Bill and Barb then go schmoozing to the melodic sounds of the average white band, and soon come upon one Councilman Davis. There's a brief, awkward moment where Mr. Davis is trying to place him, so Bill smoothly prods him, "I spoke at Rotary. Henrickson Home Plus?" The light bulb goes on and it's time to make small talk. Anyway, Bill does the chit-chat and mentions that Henrickson Home Plus is sponsoring one of the buildings here, then intros Barb. She smoothly burnishes Bill and talks up his interest in what is clearly the councilman's pet project, then mentions, "I can't wait to bring my class." Davis takes this opportunity to say, "There's not much you can't accomplish with a private/public partnership. Now big government " he begins wagging his finger. I disagree. Big government can accomplish a lot! It can manage to pass the buck on who was responsible for the Hurricane Katrina travesty, it can tap U.S. citizens' phone conversations without their consent, it can gut the Endangered Species and Clean Air Acts, and if Prison Break is to be believed, it still finds the time to engineer massive frame-ups against the children of its former employees. Let's see a public/private partnership do all that.
Anyway, Davis is all, "You're a teacher, eh? Where do you stand on merit-based salary?" As a worried Bill looks on, Barb deftly replies, "I believe you support it, Superintendent Reinhardt opposes, my union is hostile, and the legislature doesn't seem to know what it thinks. And you want my lowly opinion?" This is accompanied by a light tap on the forearm, and while it charms Davis, Bill is now looking at Barb all, Look, having the extra wives is work enough -- don't go recruiting extra husbands too. Davis assures her he does; Barb tells him she's flattered, and totally changes the subject. As Bill watches his first wife smoothly schmooze someone who could matter to his business, he gets smitten all over again.
Meanwhile, on the flipside of paradise, Nicki and Margene are grocery shopping. This is another one of those self-consciously "funny" scenes, only instead of the "Who's on First?" act, it's all situational irony. As Nicki rants about how plural marriage teaches the value of selflessness, she completely ignores how Margene is pushing a full buggy, doing pliés to pick up products Nicki's boys have dropped, and grabbing groceries for Nicki, all while toting her infant issue around her neck.