Later, the men hang out alone by the table afterwards, as men do while women clean up in certain households. Eddie's got his feet up on the table, as men do in certain other households. I've never been in such a household, but they might exist. Bill invites Eddie to come along to check out the poker machine company with him and Don tomorrow. Eddie asks if Bill's sure he wants to get into that, but instead of outlining his doubts -- which I'm sure are well-founded -- he just says, "I'm there for you." He's going to regret saying that in a moment. He asks what else is going on, and Bill decides to unburden himself about his involvement in the cover-up of Alby's poisoning. "I could be arrested tomorrow," he says. Eddie reacts in quiet shock. So Bill not only got something off his chest, he also got his uncle's boots off the tablecloth. Two-fer. Bill says he hasn't told his family because he doesn't want to worry them. Or get his ass chewed clean off, more likely.
Just around the corner and across the street, there's a parked car with a guy sitting in the driver's seat, and that guy is Alby. He's listening thoughtfully to "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" on his car radio. You don't see many people getting that into Patti Page any more.
Next morning, Barb takes a phone call. We don't hear what it's about, but we hear that she's on her way somewhere right now. She hollers out her back door for Margene, telling her that Rhonda's parents have been located and are on their way to pick her up from the runaway shelter as we speak, so Barb's heading over there. "What can you do?" Margene wonders. Barb admits she doesn't know, but it doesn't seem to be slowing her down any. "What about Nicki?" Margene asks darkly. Barb says Nicki doesn't need to know, and dashes off. And that's Nicki busted, right there.
Margene marches straight over to Nicki's and confronts her for not telling Barb about Roman's exposing them. Nicki wonders how Margene knows. "The Volmers are coming for Rhonda, and if you'd told her, she would have said something," Margene over-explains. Nicki's suddenly a lot more interested in this conversation, horror-struck that Rhonda's parents are already on their way. She dashes over to the phone and gets right on the line with Willie Bowden, her second cousin, he of the machine shop. Margene protests on behalf of the poor girl, but Nicki sets her straight: "'Poor girl'? Who do you think is responsible for everything? Who do you think put my father up to exposing Barb? What little witch do you think's been blackmailing me?" Nicki gives Willie directions to come get Rhonda immediately, adding, "Yes, she spot-welds too." I bet that's not true. Or maybe Nicki's planning to take Rhonda's place at the machine shop so she doesn't get in trouble with the other spouses. She'd probably be happier there anyway. Nicki hangs up, and in the meantime Margene's already on gotten on board with Nicki's plan; in fact, she wants to drive. She runs out to have Brynn watch the boys. Why is Brynn there without Ben? And if she isn't, why doesn't Ben have to watch the boys? Does this mean that Margene has been enlisted into Ben's project to recruit Brynn into the Principle as soon as possible?