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?
Back at the compound, Nicki caps off Bill's stressful day by telling him she's off to spend the night with the folks, then adding, "You better come by to pay your respects to my father." Bill points to the domestic mayhem and tells her he's got his hands full, and Nicki huffs off. When Bill comes back in, Barb gives him a really unhappy look.
We then meet The Prophet. He's riding in the middle of a caravan of Humvees, as he's working off the theory that the more fossil fuel you burn, the more important you are. We see Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton) in profile in the darkness and then the camera pulls back so we can see the very young teenager next to him. She coughs and Roman turns to her, asking, "Rhonda, you feel okay?" He sounds like a grandpa, but the fact that he's holding her hand -- and that's got a wedding ring on it -- hips us all to the fact that he's got a new wife. Seriously, she's practically just out of the womb.
Roman pulls up and hops out. He greets Bill jovially and re-introduces Rhonda. Bill's pretty terse in reply. He says hi to Lois, rendering her speechless. I can see where he would. Roman then hands over a jar full of some murky-looking liquid one of his other wives brewed up and says, "Tell him to drink it -- tell him I said so." Lois looks like she's biting her tongue. Then she takes Rhonda's hand and pulls her along, saying warmly, "Come on, Sister Rhonda." Roman makes small talk with Bill; his son Alby looms behind him, trying for "menacing" but landing on "sulky." Then there's a brief and awkward conversation wherein we learn that Roman's got a big interest in Bill's business, and Bill may be hiding something when he tells Roman that there are some legal papers in the mail. Roman's put the Grandpa Voice back on when he says, "Oh, good, we're all squared away. I'm glad -- mighty glad." There's a hug, and boy, does Alby look unhappy to see it.