In the village square, after the Santa Schifezza anthem is mangled, the Mayor enters and announces he will be accepting a position in Rome and that their daughter is engaged to The Inspector. Bobachina and Bobachina stumble on with startling news. They have opened and read Tancredi’s letter to his mother. He is not an inspector. The whole town prepares to gang up on the two Bobs when a soldier enters, shoots a gun into the air to get everyone’s attention…and, none too surprisingly, identifies the real Inspector.