And then Roman's live on the line with Bill, who asks if he's being taped now. "I don't know what you're talking about, Bill," Roman says, making sure the recorder on his desk is taping the call. I'm not sure who called whom here, not that it matters at this point. Bill says that if Roman turns the state on him, he'll return the favor, "by giving them a certain little underage girl." Roman's eyes widen and he lunges for the recorder's stop button before asking where Rhonda is. Bill tells Roman to testify on the Henricksons' behalf that Alby is off his rocker (which isn't even really perjury) and that Joey acted in self-defense. I don't know how you poison someone in self-defense, but that's just about the least of the legal unlikelihoods we're being asked to swallow this week. Roman starts to mount his high horse, which he really needs to figure out soon doesn't work on Bill the way it does everyone else. Bill flatly says, "You know what I need. I know what you need." And then Bill hangs up. Roman turns to officers Lyle and Thomas, who have been sitting in his office, and tells them, "Find my son and tell him all is forgiven." Good luck with that, guys, considering you couldn't even find Rhonda when you were at the right house.
Bill's Uncle Eddie has joined the Henricksons for an al fresco dinner in their back yard, and he's telling them a story about Bill's sixteenth birthday. It's not exactly a warm Norman Rockwell memory, since it involves them stealing a cake off a bakery pallet and the loss of Bill's pants. "I told you I'd get you a cake for your sixteenth birthday and I did," Eddie concludes. So it sounds like Bill and Eddie spent some time on the streets together, which is going to force me to come up with a whole new theory as to how both of them ended up so well off. Bill is clearly uncomfortable with this story being told at his dinner table, but he plays along politely enough. "This is the bad boy I rescued from the streets," Barb boasts. Oh, Barb, shut up. First of all, nobody's going to say, "Oh Barb, that's so you, rescuing people all the time." Secondly, Rhonda's not Bill. Thirdly, shut up again, unless you want to explain why the pool fence is suddenly back in place this week.
Nicki gets up from the table and goes into Barb's kitchen with her dishes. Using a similar pretext, Margene follows for a private convo, asking if Nicki is trying to give Rhonda back to Roman. Nicki denies it. Margene doesn't believe it and she starts getting all judgy, so Nicki decides to tell her that Roman was the one who exposed them. "Are you happy now? That's what's going on," Nicki snits. Margene is not happy at all. She reminds Nicki that Barb thinks it was her sister Cindy who did it. Margene insists that Nicki has to tell Barb and Bill right away, but Nicki's too worried about what it will do to her relationship with them. Margene doesn't care, and keeps browbeating Nicki to do it until Barb heads inside to join them and Nicki agrees to tell them tonight, just to shut Margene up. "It's good to see Eddie," Nicki simpers to a clueless Barb. Margene and Nicki exchange urgent looks behind Barb's back. I promise!, Nicki mouths.