Outside, Margene drags Nicki into her yard, from where they can both see Ginger carrying on with Bill. "See? Do you believe me now?" Margene says. Nicki does. I do like the way this show doesn't find it necessary to fill in every single scene. Other shows would have cut away from Bill and Ginger to show Margene's reaction upon first spotting this display, but this one gives us credit for filling it in on our own. It does that a lot, and I appreciate it, even though I wouldn't have minded a little break from that embarrassing scene in Barb's kitchen just now. Nicki doesn't say anything, but her expression indicates that she's realized Margene was right. At least, I think that's what that expression means, as I've never seen Nicki make it before. Margene asks why Nicki took Ginger's side. Even now, Nicki can't just apologize: "You were being pigheaded. We're married; she's my mother too. And she likes me." I suspect it's that last one. Nicki has no defense against that demographic, small as it is. Margene isn't ready to let Nicki off the hook, asking her, "Why didn't you respect me? My wishes?" Habit? As Bill finally extracts himself and sends Ginger staggering across the backyard with her boom box, waving amiably at them both, Nicki says maybe Margene just doesn't understand her mother. You know, like Nicki does. "You've known her all of one day," Margene whispers, and says that her mother has competed with her her whole life. "My boyfriends? The spotlight? And now my family." Nicki notices that Ginger seems to be having some trouble with Margene's back door, and asks what she's doing. "She's tanked," Margene duhs. She hears Ginger topple over inside the house, and goes to investigate. She finds Wayne standing over his unconscious and blinky-bloused grandmother, who seems to have taken out everything she possibly could on her way to the floor. "She tipped over! I didn't do anything!" Wayne says innocently. Damn, all the effort of keeping the houses free of modern sin and vice, and you still get a six-year-old watching a drunk pass out in the living room.
Even now, the next morning, Barb can't leave until Joey finishes doing something under the hood of her car. You think Frank was screwing around under there last night? No way to tell. Barb's still wearing the clothes she wore yesterday, because the alternative is borrowing something of Wanda's and she's not about to go home looking like a wintertime picnic in 1957. Joey tells Barb she doesn't always have to "hold it together." I would think that last night would have made that apparent. Barb asks him how he can raise his son there. Joey doesn't think Juniper Creek is inherently evil: "There was a time before Roman, and there'll be a time after." Those times just keep getting further apart, though, don't they?