Elsewhere on the compound, Roman presides over a UEB board meeting, with Bill in Joey's seat. I can't believe Roman wouldn't have figured out some way to have Joey's vote counted in absentia rather than letting Bill sit there. Aside from the fact that we'd only have about half of an episode then. Roman explains to the board that they're looking to buy a company called Weaver Gaming. "They distribute touch-screen entertainment devices to six states," Roman euphemizes. Bill blares, "You mean video poker machines?" He asks Roman if it's legal, or moral. "Our own UEB promoting liquor and gambling?" he tsks. Roman's way ahead of him on the morality question: "We bleed money away from those with unholy lifestyles. With it, we support our own." And that, my friends, is why he's the Prophet. You might almost forget to mentally add the words "unholy lifestyle" to the end of his last sentence. Roman adds that the gaming company is already up to speed on what goes on at Juniper Creek, and they don't care. "It is an investment that will ensure the security of our community and our families," he promises. That last bit kind of wipes the superior smirk off of Bill's face, although it's not quite so apparent on first viewing. Subtle work by Paxton there. Roman offers to let Bill "play with one first." He then has Alby call for a vote, which is unanimous in favor. Except for Bill's single "nay" vote, of course.
After the meeting, Roman harangues Bill about his recalcitrance, but Bill isn't interested in playing games. He just wants Joey out of jail yesterday. Roman says there's nothing he can do, now that it's in the state's hands. "Figure it out," Bill says flatly. "You know what I want. Bring your offer to the dinner table." Roman looks like he'd really rather just being a salad.
Barb calls her sister's house, and gets Kim Lee. She identifies herself as Aunt Barb, and nervously asks for Cindy. Kim Lee disappears from the line for a moment (Cindy's got hold music!), then comes back and offers to take a message. As Margene comes wandering in with a couple of painting sponges, Barb tries to convey her message through Kim Lee: "Can you tell her that her sister Barb loves her and no matter what she's done or what she thinks I've done, that we can still make it better." "Okay, bye!" Kim Lee chirps, and hangs up. Barb sees Margene standing there in the doorway, and gives her a sad smile. Margene smiles back, and decides that whatever she was going to say about the painting sponges, it can probably wait. Painting sponges are very seldom urgent.