So Margene has Barb and Nicki over at her house, facing off with them with Ana at her side for moral support. Which I'm thinking is counterproductive at the very least. Margene is trying to frame her new neighbor-baby-having wishes as a "calling." If by "calling" you mean "total inability to tell people no," then Margene is right on. Ana chimes in that she agrees with Margene. Barb can't exactly call bullshit in front of the company, so she agrees that while "it's important to be valued…one has to feel valued in proportion to the larger interest." Nicki says this is a personal conversation, and Margene asks her define "personal." Does it mean a wife and her husband, or "a wife, a wife, a wife, and their husband?" Nicki says either way, it's not for "a wife, a wife, a wife, and a new friend." Point to Nicki, especially since I thought she was going to say something a lot worse there. Margene claims to be getting tired of all the secrecy around their lives. Barb says something about discretion. "And I think our husband will have strong feelings on this matter," she adds. "His name's Bill," Margene tells Ana, who utters a soft, "Oh," as if she didn't already know that. Nicki and Barb look suspicious, because they're not the idiots Margene thinks they are. Or, arguably, the idiots that Margene is. Man, she was doing so well this season, and now she's trying to accomplish everything at once and she's just going to end up getting thumped.
After Margene happily waves goodbye to Ana, she runs into Nicki, still lying in wait for her in her house. "Of all the boneheaded times!" Nicki bitches. Margene protests that Ana is her friend, and that she wants equality with Nicki and Barb. Nicki angrily explains exactly why that's a non-starter: "You're the youngest and the shiniest, and the newest, and arguably, somewhat attractive. You don't get to have those things and share equal power with us!" She's about to storm out, as Margene tells her they can't keep her locked up, "like some princess in a bottle." And the historical evidence of that is? Nicki decrees she doesn't want Ana in their houses, saying, "Bill would not approve!" Margene says pretty confidently that Bill would, and that brings Nicki up short. "It just so happens Bill dated Ana," Margene says. Nicki processes this bombshell faster than a Pentium chip. While still dealing with the initial shock, she seizes on the past tense, then swallows her feelings entirely. "Our husband's dating life is none of our business," she reminds them both. How much fun would it be to play this character who always gets to say things that no one else in the world would ever say? Nicki leaves, ordering Margene not to tell Barb. "Or she'll be out the door in two seconds flat!" Again.