And now, the chickens have come home to the gubernatorial mansion. They are roosting on the dais, disturbed only by the little spokestool who wants Barb to come with him. She walks off, looking baffled. Bill and Wendy both watch her departure with concern.
And then, the spokestool says to Barb, while they are still standing in a corner of the room, not ten feet away from the press, "I need to be direct. Are you engaged in polygamy? You have to answer the question: are you a polygamist?" Barb is stunned. Then her face contracts into furrows of worry and something else, and she nods. Evelyn Linton gives her one brief, contemptuous look and turns to the spokestool, spitting, "Good heavens. What are we going to do?" Pick someone else as your winner and downplay the finalists so there's no big press deal?
Nope. The spokestool says they'll disqualify her and proceed. Evelyn Linton would like to know how she's to explain the disqualification, and the spokestool says, "Anything but the truth." This is when it sinks in with Barb that in mainstream society, she will never be Barb first, polygamist second.
It has finally hit the rest of the Henricksons that all is not well. Bill gets a flash of understanding right as we hear the spokestool hiss, "Take her out the back way." We move back to Barb, who is trying to keep it together, and she stammers to the security guard, "But, but, but, my fa-fa-family...?" Ever the soul of discretion (NOT!), he marches Barb across the room again and up the center aisle. She is visibly upset and equally visibly trying not to show it and equally visibly failing. Bill watches her go with simmering anger, while Sarah openly gapes in outrage, Teeny looks worried, and Ben looks confused.
As Barb is marched back, Evelyn Linton takes the mike and says, "One of our contestants had to withdraw for personal reasons, but we send our sympathies to her, Barbara Hendrickson, and we congratulate her for making it this far." It's not clear if Bill's pissed about them boffing the Henrickson name or booting Barb from the contest, but he's had enough. He gets up and asks the spokestool, "What's happening to my wife?" The spokestool says, "She's been disqualified." Bill asks, "Why?" and the spokestool spits, "Sir, that would be a matter for you to discuss with her. [pause] And your other wives." Bill turns around and hisses to the kids, "We're leaving. Let's go. Let's go." Ben hops to, leaving the mortified Sarah to gather Teeny by the hand and lead her out.