The episode title is appropriate here, except for its use of the singular. First of all, Rhonda's stirring shit up at the Henrickson homes, attracting police searches and playing off Barb's sympathies while simultaneously blackmailing Nicki in secret to let her stay. Nicki's terrified of what will happen to her if the family finds out that her father was the one who exposed them. And if Rhonda doesn't get to stay, she threatens to tell Bill that Roman did it; at the same time, Roman says that if Rhonda's there and Nicki had anything to do with her flight from the compound, he'll tell Bill. Margene knows something's up due to her accidental eavesdropping skills, but she's not entirely in the loop.
Meanwhile, Bill's got issues of his own, over and above harboring a teenage runaway in his houses and looking into buying that poker machine company. Roman's threatening to give the D.A. his tape of Bill implicating himself on the phone to Joey, and Joey's not about to roll over on Wanda to protect Bill. So Bill goes to work trying to get Wanda to confess, and Lois goes to work trying to get Wanda to go on a shooting rampage in the courthouse. Hey, whatever works.
Ben and Brynn celebrate their three-month anniversary with Margene. And then Sarah and Scott celebrate their three-second anniversary with Alby. If by "celebrate" you mean "endure creepy stalker vibe."
Apropos of little else, Pam tries to make up with Margene, but then later when Margene changes her story to claim she's a surrogate mother, Pam cuts her dead. I think we've all learned an important lesson.
Once the Henricksons get Rhonda parked at a runaway shelter, a French farce (but with more yelling) ensues where all three wives end up there at the same time with a child advocate, as well as Adaleen, waving a court order. Things get ugly, and when Nicki tells Adaleen that Roman exposed them, Adaleen disowns her. And then she gets back to UEB in time to take a call from Bill, who begs for the incriminating tape back. Which Adaleen had been hiding from Roman all along, and which she now destroys. So then Bill and Joey both walk now that the D.A. doesn't have a case.
And then Rhonda runs away for real, with a smile on her face and a stolen coat on her back. I'd say good riddance if I actually thought she was gone.
It's morning at the Henrickson households, where a general atmosphere of chaos and disarray is immediately symbolized by a close-up of Bill's bare feet stepping on a couple of plastic dinosaurs lying on the floor of Barb's kitchen. All the spouses are there, plus the semi-fugitive Rhonda, rocking her Creeker pompadour along with what looks like a random assortment of items from Sarah's closet. Bill and Nicki are both working the phones. Bill's looking for relatives to stick Rhonda with, at least for the time being; Nicki's doing a little expository heavy lifting with Wanda (apparently everyone at the compound thinks Bill and Nicki not only took Rhonda, but did it on purpose) while Margene operates the address book. Barb, meanwhile, has her hands full with Rhonda. Literally, she's got her hands full with the girl, holding her close and stroking her hair and generally treating her like the helpless, innocent child she isn't. Nicki suggests the Bowdens of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She happens to mention that they have a tool and die machine shop, with more than a touch of envy. Rhonda sneaks Nicki a hateful glare. Sarah comes in to report that the boys are getting hungry, so Nicki dispatches Rhonda to help Sarah with breakfast at Nicki's house. "We all pitch in around here," she adds pointedly when Rhonda doesn't pop right up out of Barb's lap. After Rhonda has left the house, Bill tells Barb that it's not safe for anyone to keep Rhonda around, including Rhonda. But Barb's protective instincts are running full-bore, and she's already suggesting they just adopt Rhonda. Yes, that would go smoothly. Bill says getting the state involved will just end up with Rhonda right back at the compound. Nicki's like, hey! Why don't we just skip straight to that part? Everyone looks at her in surprise, and she points out that this situation is likely to get them in trouble with Roman on top of everything else. Bill steps away from the circle to take a cell phone call from Don and tell him to go by himself to wherever they were planning to go, presumably a meeting with the poker machine company. Barb's still all, "What's best for Rhonda," and Nicki yells, "She hid in the back of our car!" She says it so forcefully that one might almost take that statement for a relevant argument.
Meanwhile, Margene has gotten a hold of the aforementioned Willie Bowden, who is apparently talking to her from the floor of his machine shop, judging by all the yelling Margene has to do. She gives the phone to Bill, and the guy on the other end is yelling so loud they can all hear as he asks, "Is she firm and able-bodied? ...We can always use another set of hands in the shop. Can she handle a blowtorch?" Nicki's looking at Bill with hope in her eyes -- If she won't go, send me -- but Bill lets the call drop.