In the background, Margene is sweeping her front porch. She sees Barb come out to get her paper and pssts her over. She tells Barb that something's up between Nicki and Rhonda. Of course, Barb has to already know everything, so she acts like this isn't news. She psychoanalyzes, "The real problem is that Nicki has never been able to stand up to her father." Margene has more immediate concerns in mind, namely Nicki's calling Rhonda a monster a few minutes ago, and Rhonda "trying to fight back from being sent back to the compound," according to Margene's interpretation of events. But before they can discuss this further, Margene spots her ex-friend Pam coming across the street. Barb disappears into her house with a "So long, neighbor!" wave, leaving Margene to deal with Pam alone.
"Your hair got long!" Pam says to Margene as an icebreaker. Margene says she's growing it out. And doing a bang-up job, too, since it can't be more than a month since the Season One finale in the show's timeline. Pam gets to her point, which is that Barb told her Margene was pregnant. "She said you didn't want to tell me because you thought I'd judge you too harshly for your proclivities." As if the word "proclivities" isn't kind of judgmental all on its own. I mean, do you ever hear anybody saying to somebody else, "Nice proclivities"? No, you don't. Margene looks over at Barb's house -- this is clearly news to her. Pam starts launching into a speech about how she has compassion in her heart for Margene. "Thanks," Margene says, pretty mildly given that a police car has just pulled into view across the street. "I really gotta go now," she says calmly, just so Pam doesn't think there's any causal relationship between her ending the conversation and the fuzz rolling up. Pam doesn't look entirely convinced.
Or maybe she's just trying to figure out what the hell is up with that police car. It's a Juniper Creek unit, a plain white sedan with the word POLICE printed on the side in block letters. If you can imagine a generic police car, this is it. Two brown-uniformed officers get out and head across the street to Barb's, their pace leisurely but their manner serious. Cop-like, in other words.
Out back, Margene dashes up to where Bill and Don are working on the jungle gym in the backyard, and tells Bill that the compound cops have arrived. Bill tells Don to hide Rhonda, who has somehow teleported into the back yard since her little menstruation symposium with Teeny. Don herds Rhonda under a tarp beneath the jungle gym as Bill runs into the house. Margene adds a warning that Pam's out there as well. Bill heads into Barb's kitchen through the back door, blows past Sarah, and alerts Barb to the new development, as Margene and Nicki come running across the back yard. Bill and Barb go to the front door, leaving Nicki, Margene, and Sarah gathered around the center island. Nicki hands out ingredients and utensils and puts them to work without a word. Poor Sarah, man. The adults can't seem to handle anything, so she's getting drafted into being one of them.
Bill answers the door with Barb backing him up. He knows the younger Juniper Creek officer, a guy named Thomas, but the older, balder one has more of an attitude as he coldly accuses Bill of harboring a teenage runaway. Why, whomever could he be referring to? Bill denies it, and when the cop asks to look around, Bill asks for a warrant. Wouldn't you know it, they have one, endorsed by the Sandy police department and everything. "For all three of your houses," the cop adds. "The police department that Roman owns lock, stock and barrel?" Barb non-sequiturs, and Bill shushes her. The cops enter. Thomas tells Bill they're looking for both the girl and evidence of certain crimes: "Kidnapping, extortion, sex with an underage minor." "When did you become such a hypocrite?" Bill asks him. The question is, how do you live at Juniper Creek and not become one?