Roman listens to his answering machine messages. It seems to be quite a formal process for him, as he sits in an easy chair facing the machine like he's settling in for an evening of radio serials or something. When he hits the play button, he learns that Nicki called to tell him about the police search of their homes. "They didn't find Rhonda. Because we didn't take her," Nicki says. She also says that she hasn't told anyone about anything Roman may have done, "in the interest of peace, and your relationship with your grandchildren." Roman closes his eyes thoughtfully.
Bill has gotten dressed up and run right to Joey in lockup, and Joey comes clean about the recording Roman has of Bill talking to Joey about the cover-up. "Why didn't you tell me this?" Bill demands angrily. Joey says it was because he thought they were using it against himself, not Bill. Because it's not like Roman has ever sought any kind of leverage against Bill for anything, right? Bill asks what he said on the recording. Joey tries to dodge, and finally admits that Bill called himself "Mr. Cover-up." Bill's goes pale. "Wanda was going to be reassigned to Alby or Dad," Joey excuses. Bill says that Wanda is going to have to confess, that she's sick, and she needs help. Joey refuses. "My son needs a mother," he says. And one day, a food tester as well. Joey gets up and leaves the table to signal that the visit is over.
Barb, Nicki, and Rhonda pull up to a large suburban house in Barb's car. Rhonda's carrying some nearly-empty secondhand luggage. Inside, a little while later, Barb and Nicki are scoping out what is clearly a shared bedroom in a runaway shelter. Barb is giving Nicki whispered exhortations to "say things about the compound" to the people who run the place, I guess to make sure they don't try to send Rhonda back there. Nicki's kind of over Barb's always talking down Juniper Creek anyway, let alone asking her to join in on the fun, but Barb just wants them to be clear that they aren't sending Rhonda back. Right about then is when Rhonda returns with the guy who runs the place, a fellow named Neal. He looks like a Neal. He clarifies the story as told to him: Rhonda stowed away in Barb's car; as Barb explains, Bill ran away at 14, but still has family at Juniper Creek. "That's how we know Nicki," she adds. The guy says there's some legal issues requiring them to get a hold of the kids' parents. Why, that's crazy talk! Involving a minor's parents? What will they think of next? "Her parents live on a satellite compound in Mexico," Barb says, probably not realizing that Rhonda's mom was up on the compound during the last episode, and probably didn't hop the next bus back to Chihuahua as soon as Rhonda turned up missing. Unless she thought that was where Rhonda was going, of course, which, who knows? "We just want to make sure that she never, ever goes back to that awful place," Barb says, with a prompting look at Nicki, who dutifully adds, "It's a cesspool." Neal takes Barb downstairs to take care of some paperwork for Rhonda. Barb, whatever you do, don't sell him a warranty.