Yeah, I think this part of the storyline was a combination of nonexistent buffer and demands of the story being in conflict with each other. ¬†Joe gets to have his moment with Joyce, Sal gets to have her moment with Joe, and some important character beats are hit, but at the expense of SEMME-the-organization’s competence. ¬†Seriously, why were they walkin’ off leaving Joyce and all this junk on the ground behind?