When Bill gets off the phone, it's evident he's pissed -- mostly at himself. "Don't go," Barb says. "Don't do it. Once you open that door, it's just --" She finishes with a gesture that could mean anything from "one headache after another" or "we end up coming back from the compound with another freakin' wife." Bill smiles a little and asks if she has class tomorrow, and after realizing what Bill's really asking, Barb says, "Oh, Bill -- no. When we swore we'd never go back there, I really meant it. I can't -- nuh-uh. I just can't do it."
What Barb really meant is, she can't do it quietly. The next morning, she's venting as she gets ready: "The seediness, the corruption, old men preying on young, helpless girls. Prophets? Try con artists." Sarah asks why Barb's going, then, and Barb replies matter-of-factly, "Because he asked. He's got all this on his plate already and your uncle Joey to boot, I can't let him go alone. With Nicki. The emotional demands she makes on him -- you know how she upsets him." Sarah's all, "I'd rather not know, but thanks for keeping those lines of communication open!" She then rolls her eyes some more when Barb asks her to help out Margene with the kids, and asks, "Why can't we hire a babysitter like everyone else?" "Because your father has a tendency to marry them!" Barb snaps. Oh, she does not. But you know she wishes she could.
Margene's watching in the window, looking for all the world like a puppy at the pet store. As Barb walks over to the car, Nicki says, "Don't take this the wrong way --" thereby ensuring Barb will. And she does by breaking out the Passive-Aggressive Patty tone and saying, "Let's not get into anything unpleasant." Nicki's immediately on the defensive with, "I'm just saying, you don't have to come. The fact is, you can make me so uncomfortable. You don't like anyone, you don't try to fit in at all, you just scowl." I love how Nicki whipsaws between smooth adult and petulant teen in nearly every conversation she has with Barb. She continues, "Admit it, you do. You make it hard on everyone else." As Nicki opens the SUV door and prepares to climb in the passenger side, she tells Bill, "Don't worry -- everything's going to be fine once we get there." And that's when Barb neatly barrels on past her and slides into the passenger seat. Delightful! Is it wrong to enjoy how much these two clash?