When Bill gets off the phone, Don is sucking down a soda and looking at him with an expression like, If only your wives were into pill-popping and Sapphic behavior, your marriages would be so much easier. Don tells him they've been there for five minutes, and with a heartfelt "Oh, fudge," Bill realizes he lost count of the cars.
In a classroom, Barb is holding up a felt board with the lifecycle of a butterfly and explaining that the insect's life is brief, yet action-packed. One little boy asks if butterflies go to heaven, and Barb punts that with, "Gosh, I don't know." (That's a much better answer than the one I got from Sister Mary Albert when I asked if my cat would go to Heaven. Her "No. Animals have no souls. There are no pets in Heaven" was one of those experiences that was obviously formative, as I'm still bringing it up now, in this recap. Anyway…) Anyway, the junior theologians in Barb's class have decided that there's no good reason for moral and attractive insects not to go to Heaven, and in a corner of the room, a guy in a suit is watching all of this with a frowny look, like he's just collecting material for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The minute some kid passes on his dad's words on the matter ("You have to be baptized to go to the Celestial Kingdom"), the guy knocks for Barb's attention.
Nicki is walking downtown and she ducks into a building. We transition inside, where Roman is being tended by what looks to be a nurse -- but could just be another handmaiden in thrall to his evil. Nicki enters an office, and an old blind man turns toward the noise. She then says, "Daddy." Roman greets her warmly. He then asks, "You have thorough and complete check-ups." Nicki nods. Roman continues, "You must have thorough and complete check-ups. A gift of the Gospel lived is health." Meanwhile, the handmaiden to evil preps his arm so he might receive an infusion of fresh-sacrificed virgin blood, or whatever it takes to animate his desiccated old carcass. Roman bids her to come over. Nicki and her nice Coach satchel sit down. Nicki looks wary; the Coach bag merely looks nice and leather-y.
Roman then plays Nicki like a Wurlitzer. Under the guise of not wanting to come between her and Bill by telling Bill about A) the credit card Roman co-signed for Nicki, and B) the $6000 debt she's run up on it, Roman more or less draws her into his web of machinations and lies with a payoff and an implicit threat. He'll give her $3000 for half of the bill now, with a promise of the rest at the end of the month. However, Nicki has to spill on Bill's business details, or else face Roman spilling all to Bill and not having the bill paid. Roman helpfully adds, "If Bill were to throw you out, you know you could always come back home." In an unguarded moment, Nicki looks at him with seething resentment.