Barb heads into the kitchen, and Nicki says, too brightly, "Morning, Barb! Have you seen Bill?" That's not working today. Barb asks, "What have you gone and done?" Nicki prevaricates, "Nothing! Bill and me...we had a misunderstanding." Barb and Nicki then begin bickering, because Barb implicated herself right there and that could have been prevented. In an alternate universe where Nicki's not thinking of other people in terms of how they best serve her needs. In this universe, Nicki apologizes, "I'm sorry! I couldn't take it anymore. And last night, I was in such a good mood, it just popped out." Margene pops in right then and asks, "Hi! Good morning. What popped out?" Barb and Nicki simultaneously turn to her, and then turn away. Margene asks, "Is everything okay?" Barb dismissively says, "We're taking care of it, Margene." "Taking care of what?' Margene wants to know. Barb snaps, "Margene!" For all her fancy talk about sister-wives, Barb sure has no problem treating Margene like one of her kids, does she?
Bill comes in, still looking disgruntled. Nicki flings herself across the kitchen at him, cooing that they need to talk. Without looking at her, Bill tersely says, "I have nothing to say to you, and I want to see all of your credit-card statements." Too bad Nicki didn't pick up a shredder on one of her shopping binges, huh? After he marches out, Margene breaks the silence with "Okay, please tell me: what credit-card statements?" Nicki snaps, "Margene, go! Your babies are eating bugs!" Margene bolts for the door. Nicki then flings herself onto Barb, pleading to trade nights with Barb so that Nicki can work this out with Bill. Because Barb doesn't know how to define herself if she's not actively engaging in selfless behavior (thus creating a tidy cocktail-hour debate question: is it selflessness if you're getting some measure of self-definition or gratification out of it?)...she does not shut Nicki down. We see that Margene's been listening at the door, one ear cocked to the conversation and the other to the baby monitor. Nicki helpfully spills all by babbling, "It turns out everyone on the compound's in debt -- bankruptcies left and right! It's very common nowadays!"
The doorbell rings, and Barb heads off to get it. Margene stalks over to Nicki and demands, "How come I'm always the last one to know what's going on?" Nicki hops on her high horse ("250.99, FAOschwartz.com") and snaps, "Margie, it's personal. It's no big, everything's under control. I wouldn't have told Barb anything either, but she's a snoop!"