Meanwhile, back on the compound, Joey's catching Bill up on Lois's crazy antics, up to and including Lois holding off Frank's other four wives. We get a shot of them: one is a toothless old crone, two look as though they've just come off twelve years of nonstop pregnancies, and one is very young. All of them are in skirts and braids, while Lois is short-haired and wearing pants. Bill does an uncanny imitation of Lois: "'And I mean it!' -- like a nervous tic at the end of half her sentences. 'No doctors -- and I mean it!'" The two men plot when to take Frank to the hospital.
Back at the Henrickson Home Plus, Margene is embroiled in the kind of total chaos that makes my Fallopian tubes knot themselves in self-defense: the baby bawling, her older son bawling for attention, Wayne eating mayonnaise from the jar with a spoon, and Raymond (the younger of Nicki's two boys) peeing on the floor. Margene turns around and yelps, "Wayne, no," and that's when he knocks the glass jar on the floor. Cue the phone ringing. Instead of sticking binkies in the mouths of the babies, getting Wayne away from the glass, tossing a towel on the pee puddle, then restoring order with one kid at a time, Margene goes for the phone.
Then follows a conversation where Margene tries to pretend she's not completely overwhelmed, then gradually sinks into pleading, "When are you coming home?" Barb is ignoring this because she's too unhappy about spending the night. Then Nicki pops in the room with advice for Margene re: Wayne's bedtime and Barb gets snippy with "Don't overwhelm her." "I'm just trying to help!" Nicki protests. In the back, Bill's ranting about a business deal -- "You tell him there's no way in H I'm going to --" and Barb pulls a classic passive-aggressive move with, "Margene, you're breaking up." She then passes on Nicki's advice re: Wayne's bedtime and hangs up on the sobbing Margene, leaving her to deal with the four little kids and two big messes. Remind me again how polygyny's great for the women because your sister-wives will help with the housework and child-rearing?