Barb goes and knocks on the Tuttles' door. Heather's dad is still in uniform, and Rhonda and Heather's mom are at the piano, and Heather herself appears at the foot of the stairs. Barb firmly tells Heather's dad, "Whatever your misgivings may be about my family, you will keep the children out of it." Heather apologizes to Barb, but her dad sends her back upstairs, folds his arms, and informs Barb, "It is my duty to investigate allegations of abuse." Barb says there's no abuse at her home. As someone with experience in the public schools, she knows whereof she speaks. And furthermore, "You do not take the wild, unsupported allegations of a damaged pathological liar to question someone. Shame on you. If you wish to question my daughter, you'd better damn well have a basis, or I will bring you up for unprofessional conduct so fast your head will spin." Heather's dad blinks, and Barb asks to talk to Rhonda. Rhonda agrees, and she goes to meet Barb right outside the front door.
"I'm so glad you found me!" Rhonda lies quietly to Barb. "They keep putting words into my mouth." Barb, amazingly, has finally started seeing through Rhonda's crap. She severely tells Rhonda that she can't keep lying to get what she wants. So Rhonda hugs Barb and lies, "I love you, Barb." For once, Barb seems immune. Rhonda releases Barb and starts to go inside. Then she returns, and tells Barb, "Kiss off." The upper hand regained, Heather's dad tells Barb to keep Sarah away from Heather. "I don't want my daughter's moral judgment compromised," he snots. And he slams the door in her face. Considering that nobody's been arrested yet, that could have gone a lot worse.
Margene rushes right up to the counter at the diner and urgently tells Ana, "You have to learn how to fake-pray. For Bill. That's what he wants." Ana asks how Margene knows this. "Because you told me he's religious," Margene stutters, and proceeds to give a demonstration of clasping her hands and closing her eyes. "He does the talking. You nod. That's it." Sounds about right to me, but Ana seems to think there's more to it than that. Margene tells her not to give up. "Something like this doesn't happen very often. When you meet someone who makes you feel like a better person? Someone who makes you realize you can be more than you who are? If you ask me, that's love. Sometimes you have to fight for it." Ana doesn't quite look convinced. Or maybe Margene just made her feel that much worse about getting dumped.