We then transition to Barb's driveway. Benny's playing street hockey, and Bill stops him long enough to congratulate him on a nice shot, then tell him, "I'm going to be gone overnight. Keep an eye on things for me." We find out that Bill's heading back to Juniper Creek for Roberta's funeral. Ben says, "Mom says you weren't going," and Bill replies wearily, "I thought twice and changed my mind." I'm surprised Nicki's not clinging to his shins, begging to go. You can't expect her to miss the first of her mothers-in-law's funerals, can you? Bill explains that Roberta was good to him while he was growing up, then charges Benny, "Act in my place. You're the man of the house." With Bill gone, Ben may be the most senior householder with a Y-chromosome, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts the minute he tries that man-of-the-house business on Barb, she grounds him for a week. Or she should. Anyway, right as Bill heads out, he asks Ben to check on Margene's disposal. Yes -- her disposal is exactly what Ben yearns to explore.
Zoom up to Nicki's room, where she's got Raymond making the bed with her by singing a song with him set to "Michael, row the boat ashore." Raymond looks like he's enjoying this. Barb comes in and says hi to Nicki and Raymond, and from the bathroom, Wayne yells, "I'm here too!" The boys are sent to go visit with Teeny while Barb tries to negotiate a new schedule with Nicki. Barb's bright idea: "I thought you could look at your calendar and give me an estimate of your cycle." This way, they can schedule Bill for the nights Nicki's likely to be ovulating. Nicki asks her, "Why don't we just do it like we used to: keep to the schedule and give him to me on an additional basis?" Barb pushes for the wonders of regimented time, and Nicki hems and haws about how she'd rather have Bill come home the minute her basal temperature jumps. Barb protests, "Yes, but you only ovulate two days a month." Nicki says, "You're so persistent." Barb twigs to the subtext and promptly apologizes, adding, "I guess I'm in organizational overdrive today." As the two of them pull up Nicki's comforter, Nicki notes, "You do that when Bill goes away." The two of them then have this subtext-loaded conversation:
Nicki: There's been something I've been meaning to tell you. I was wrong about Bill.
Nicki: He's not seeing a fourth [wife].
Barb: Oh, I never thought he was. What gave you that idea anyway?
Nicki: Oh, little things. He wasn't where he said he'd be, leaving the house at odd hours. And it turns out I just had my signals crossed.
Barb: Well. That's easy to do.