Even Barb looks embarrassed at this. Cindy demands to see pictures of Barb's kids, and Barb dithers over whether she has any photos. The first one she pulls out is of everyone -- and I do mean everyone. Cindy doesn't even see the photo before saying shortly, "Oh." Barb gives Cindy a dark look, then finds one snap of her three kids. Cindy exclaims over how good-looking the kids are. Barb kvells, "Sarah's making straight As, Ben is team captain in baseball and Teeny is a handful, but that's what we expected from a child in the [gifted and talented] program." Wait -- Teeny is a handful? Exactly how is that polite, intellectually curious, non-couch-potato kid a handful? The Henricksons wouldn't know what to do with a kid who was a handful if they had to pry its sharp little teeth out of their calves.
Barb mentions that Teeny turned eight and is getting baptized this weekend. Bill will be doing the honors, in the family swimming pool. Cindy makes a huge show of not saying anything; it's the grown-up equivalent of saying, "Does this bother you? I'm not touching you. I'm not touching you. You can't say I touched you."
Then Cindy gushes about how "Mom would love to see this picture, Barbie! I wish you knew how badly Mom feels about this -- this estrangement. She prays every night that she'll have you back in her life again." Barb says she prays for the same thing. Cindy deftly begins steering the conversation along: "She misses Ben and Sarah, and she hardly knows Teeny, outside of little clues like this. I think this lack of communication has gone on way, way, way too long." And it's about to go on even longer: Barb is under the impression that Cindy's helping to broker a family peace between them all, while all Cindy wants to do is have the kids spend some time with her and Mama Dutton, presumably for healing purposes, but more probably for anti-polygamist brainwashing purposes. It's only too bad she can't take Margene too -- that's the person who really needs it. The kids don't seem that enamored of the Principle as it is.
Speaking of effed-up relationships, here's Ben giving Brynne a pretty little stash box he found the time to make in wood shop between raging erections. Brynne is very delighted, and gropes her thanks. Ben's flustered -- "What are you doing? Stop it -- stop it!" Brynne snaps that they've had eight whole "real go-out dates" plus school, plus rides back and forth to school for a few months, so when is Ben going to let her in his pants? Well, gosh, I can see how frustrated she is, what with there having been eight "real go-out dates." In some cultures, they'd be married already. She presses, "I'm ready and so are you." Instead of snapping, "I'm not ready, and you're presumptuous," poor Ben asks, "Seriously. Why can't we just wait?" Brynne snots, "Do you know what it feels like to have a guy say no to that?' and Benny does NOT reply, "Do you know what it feels like to have someone constantly dogging you to do something you're not ready for?" Then she breaks up with him: "You need to date somebody who wants what you want." I'll say this for her: she's right. Unfortunately, Ben doesn't want "right." The scene ends with her saying sadly, "It'll be all right. We can still be friends, okay?"