Joey then calls Lois and says darkly, "It's Wanda." Lois replies, "Oh, lord. Not again." I...I don't even have the words for how much I love that they treat her poisoning people like we treat the cats horfing hairballs on the bed -- it's an unpleasant hassle but ultimately a minor inconvenience. His voice rising with every syllable, Joey haltingly asks Lois to come sit with Wanda while he runs off to meet Bill. Wanda calmly says, "I don't need anyone, Joey." He comes completely unglued, shouting, "Oh, Wanda, you do!" Lois shrugs and hangs up, figuring it's the least she can do for the woman who made her look like a husband-poisoning shrew.
Cut to downtown Salt Lake City. Bill is waiting nervously for Joey. Well, thank God Joey had the brains to avoid calling Bill and shrieking, "I'm running behind because my wife just poisoned Alby!"
Barb and Margene are working on Barb's suit; the powder-blue outfit is on a dressmaker's dummy and Barb's pinning hems like a pro. It figures the would-be Mother of the Year is sewing her own outfit. God forbid any award-caliber parent actually outsource any sort of domestic activity. Barb frets about how she'd really like Nicki to bring over the sewing machine, then puts Margene on the spot by asking, "What does Nicki really think of this Mother of the Year thing? Spill it." Cue Nicki wandering in through the back door with the sewing machine in hand. She's rewarded for her efforts with the opportunity to hear her co-wives gossiping about her; Margene spills, "She said she thinks it's a 'tawdry testimonial to monogamy,' but she's all for you winning." Barb then presses on the issue of Nicki's appearance, saying, "Try to get her to wear something a little more...I mean, she sticks out like a sore thumb." Margene says, "Ohhh..." in a way that suggests she thinks Barb really ought not to have said that. Barb continues, "I don't want to hurt her feelings, but it's like walking into the governor's mansion with a sign saying, 'Practicing polygamist,' and she'll never listen to it coming from me. She'll think I'm attacking her. Even just offer to do her hair." Nicki's face has been a study throughout this whole scene; she's not freezing in her usual anger-attack mode, but genuinely struck by Barb's words. It's interesting that she only takes criticism to heart when it's not even directed toward her.
Anyway, she then marches into the room with the sewing machine. Barb and Margene have identical "Busted!" looks on their face. Nicki sweeps off again, having made her point.