The next day, Nicki's back on the couch and watching some more news, and this time it's about a panda who died. "Honestly, who cares if a panda dies in a zoo?" Nicki bitches to Margene, who has just come over to ask what Nicki did with Margene's freezer. Snerk. Nicki doesn't say anything about having run it over with a truck. Instead, she gets all angry/defensive about how her father was shot and her mother needed a freezer. When she puts it that way, now who's trying to put Roman in a cold grave? Nicki drama-queens, "There's nothing I wouldn't do to be a part of my family, Margene. Nothing!" In normal circumstances, Margene wouldn't leave this room without an explanation, an apology, her freezer, and/or a chunk of Nicki. But in this case, her morning sickness is getting the better of her. Nicki wins this one by default, as Margene dashes out of her house while deploying her barf bag. Yeah, Nicki makes me sick sometimes too.
Barb's doing some homework, which in this case seems to involve using her iBook to watch video of a rat in a maze. Kids today. I didn't have stuff like that when I was in college. By which I of course mean online video learning aids, not heavy-handed symbolism. Plenty of the latter in my English department, let me tell you. Lois calls, acting all concerned about Sarah. Barb doesn't feel like playing this game with Lois, even when Lois claims that Sarah's boyfriend is "old enough to have a third wife. If he hasn't slung her a calf already, he's about to." What a charmingly colorful expression. Barb says that Bill assured her that Scott is "respectful and mature." Mature is right, at least. "Well, then, I guess I just don't know what I walked in on," Lois says, knowing damn well that Barb isn't going to be able to leave that lie. When Barb finally starts asking questions, Lois hangs up, satisfied that the hook is set. What she's expecting to actually catch, I have no idea. Perhaps just stirring shit up is its own reward sometimes.
In the establishing shot of the front of the UEB offices, men with guns are guarding the building, pacing back and forth. I'm sure it's no accident that the shot is composed so that the first two letters of "EFFORT" on the sign in front are cut out of the frame, leaving only the "FORT" visible on the screen. Inside, Adaleen is trying to do the books, such as they are, and she's clearly in over her head. Maybe it would help if she turned a light on. Alby comes in and, after a creepy little moment with his freaky alien bride, offers to take care of this stuff. By which he means pretty much everything. Adaleen carefully agrees that while she prays for Roman's recovery, they do need someone to fill in for him. Alby suggests, "Someone who can speak for him…someone who can deliver his messages…a conduit for his revelations." Gosh, who could he be thinking of? Bill, maybe? Alby turns, and walks over to where Roman's cowboy hat is sitting upside down on the counter. Even Alby doesn't have the ball [sic] to pick it up and put it on, but it looks like a near thing.