And you know what? After re-reading the entire chapter (old part and new) it doesn't suck! It needs work but it doesn't suck. That makes me feel good.
Also, I had another one of those WOW! plot bombs drop on my head. Loads of possibilities there. But I fear at least 30,000 more words just to tackle it. I'm not all that sure this would be a wise move. But its such a tantalizing idea.