In the next scene, the insurance guy delivers some good news: the flash flood that also hurt their roof (one presumes the roof was flooded) is considered "an act of God." Bill gets a thoughtful look on his face, and I hope he's not all "Say, Roman DOES have some pull after all."
Don comes by later with the cheery news that he's remembered he's not in the driver's seat, but the Lord is. Bill replies that the Lord just drove their plans for a new store off a cliff, because the land for the new store has now been declared a historical site: "Allegedly, some Shoshones camped there one winter. They filed an injunction; the land will be tied up in court for months, if not years." Don's newfound calm is completely gone. He's not having a very good forty-eight hours. Bill correctly guesses that Roman is behind this, and snarls, "What do I have to do to get that man out of my life? I need that store."
Well, Bill, you could not answer that panicky call from Barb, because she's passing on the news that Nicki's made a martyr-like goodbye call. Because, Bill, if you don't answer that call, then you can just...unload Nicki, and then you don't have Roman as a father-in-law anymore, and some problems get solved. It's not a great solution, but you did ask. However, Bill does answer the call...
...and so he's off to find Nicki. Bill knows to go to the mothership -- the mall. He finds her in the food court. He looks at the paper she was reading, and she tells him, "It's a job application. I got stuck. It asked for marital status." And you were stuck because you were shocked that an employer would do something illegal? I personally think Nicki's driving home the point that Wife #2 has no real status -- a point she can count on to resonate with Bill, since Lois was in that slot for so long. Bill asks what Nicki's doing here, and she assumes a look that's probably titled Wherein The Plucky Young Mother Makes Her Way In The World before answering, "The shelter kicks you out before 7." This pushes yet another of Bill's buttons -- nobody who is so obviously invested in having beaten the disadvantages of living in Jupiter Creek is going to stand for one of his wives enduring similar humiliation. Bill tells her, "You made me feel that I had failed -- that I wasn't in control. I couldn't forgive you for that. But I'm not in control of you, and I love you anyways. We made a covenant with each other. We can disagree, we can argue. We're human. And beneath that there's something strong: family. Nothing -- nothing -- breaks that bond. This isn't the compound and I'm not my father. We don't kick out family members." And then Nicki delivers her masterstroke: she tells Bill that his expulsion from the compound wasn't because Frank wanted Bill gone, but because Roman did. To hear her tell it, Roman perceived Bill as a threat to his leadership -- not only did Bill have the pedigree on his side, he also had tenacity, and Roman can't handle people who aren't easily cowed. I can't decide whether I want this to be true, or have it turn out later to be false.