Then the wives are all meeting at Barb's place. They're hashing out the schedule for the next month. Barb notes, "Margie, your birthday is the 21st -- which is my night, but I'll give you Bill for the night." Margene says they can trade, but Barb neatly kneecaps her attempt to discuss schedules as peers by saying condescendingly, "Oh, sweetheart, that just makes it more confusing. You take him both nights. I don't mind." Margene fills in her schedule. Nicki then asks, "What about Wayne's birthday? He turns five on the 17th." Barb replies, "Oh my heck, that's right," then adds sotto voce, "I can't believe it." I can't believe that -- Barb seems like she knows down to the minute exactly how long Nicki's been married to Bill. Nicki points out prissily that Wayne ought to be with his father on his birthday. Barb replies that the 17th is family home night anyway, but Nicki wants an exclusive night with Bill. She asks if Margene minds and Margene, ever eager to please, says she doesn't. Without looking up, Nicki replies, "You got a problem with it, Boss Lady?" Boss Lady does, but she climbs up on her cross and says, "Whatever works for you two is fine." Then Barb hands out the envelopes with the household cash, commenting that it's still a little tight. Nicki scoffs at the amount and Barb pounces with, "Do you have something to say?" Nicki does not, and Barb plows on, "This isn't just about logistics. It's the spirit of openness that makes us a family." And in that spirit, Nicki heads off to handle the kids, taking Barb's peanut butter along the way.
Bill and Don are busy signing all the papers to begin the process of franchising all their stores. Bill's phone rings Ah, it's Melora Walters, playing the a ramblin' wreck of a woman role. Quelle surprise. Here, she's Bill's daffy sister-in-law Wanda, and she's calling to let him know his father's taken sick, his mother's acting crazy, and his brother Joey's about as useful as tits on a boar. Good to see that she married someone she had a lot in common with. Bill is all, "All I want to do is sign my papers and check out the view of the Tabernacle from the window."