[L]egalizing polygamy would alter the state of marriage in general far more than gay marriage could. Allowing Jane to marry Ann does not in any tangible way change Sally’s marriage to Bill; allowing Sally and Bill to marry other people while remaining married to each other changes it drastically.
Which, you know, brings us right back to Barb.
Speaking of Boss Lady, she and Margene are chattering about Wayne's fifth birthday, which is coming up on Saturday. Barb comments that it's strange Nicki hasn't said anything about it, and Margene focuses very hard on making formula as she says, "Yeah. Strange." Barb asks if Nicki's spoken to Margene about it, and Margene says too quickly, "No, not so much. Not a lot." With one well-raised skeptical eyebrow, Barb gets Margene to begin babbling, "I know nothing! Nothing!" Nicki comes right in then and Barb turns to her all, "So! What's up with Wayne's birthday?" Nicki answers, "It's a secret, Barb." Smiling from the nostrils down, a deadly-serious Barb asks, "What is this with the secrets?" Nicki flees; it's pretty clear she only came in to make sure Margene wasn't gossiping. Barb goes back to raising the interrogatory eyebrows and Margene blurts out, "I'll just say this: the Monte Cristo hotel and resort."
When Bill gets home, Barb hits him between the eyes with the news that Nicki's planning a big blow-out for Wayne. He's all, "Lucky it's my night with her -- I'll talk it over." And I realize that he's probably heading through Barb's house because it maintains their cover and all, but I like to think there's also some subconscious recognition on his part that she's his real partner.
Cut to Bill, Nicki, and the kids all sacked out in front of the TV. The bald weatherman -- it's like Dr. Evil is out on work-release -- is nattering away. Nicki gets up from the couch. Bill's sitting in a recliner with Wayne sleeping on him. I don't know if it's just me, but she seems to be the least touchy-feely of his wives. I wonder if that's supposed to reflect a compound upbringing where PDA between spouses could present some logistical issues, or if this is an indication that she's just not that into him. Bill's all, "Before you bolt for the night, let's talk about Wayne's birthday." Nicki stalls, and Bill pins her down on details. She's invited 153 people. Bill protests, "This is ridiculous! He's a little boy!" True -- he'd probably be happy with one of those inflatable bouncy things in the backyard and license to get messy for an afternoon. Too bad he won't get that. Bill's getting hot now: "You propose to parade 200 people in prairie garb and sunbonnets up and down our street?" When he puts it that way, it seems like a really bad idea, doesn't it?