Cut to a few minutes later, with Ben and Nicki in Barb's kitchen. Nicki demonstrates that she's perfectly capable and willing to tear Ben a new one even when Barb isn't in the room. Which is why it's a bit weird that Barb actually is in the room. Ben says he just wanted to try to talk to Brynn, but she refused. "You made sure of that," he snaps at Barb. "Don't you sass us," Nicki warns before Barb can say a word, let alone pop Ben in the chops. Ben says he might want to live the Principle, and accuses Barb of letting her own self-loathing get in the way of that. Funny, that's not what he told Brynn. Nicki grabs Ben by the ear, causing him to protest, "You're not my mother!" Nicki makes the excellent point that Ben doesn't get to pick and choose which parts of the Principle he likes: "Plural wives and plural mommies," she reminds him. Barb finally gets tired of watching her son get disciplined by her sister-wife, and sends Ben to his room. He goes, Nicki yelling after him the whole way. And then Nicki starts in on Barb for letting Ben talk to her like that. Barb, still kind of beaten down after last week's humiliating defeat, tells her to give it a rest. Hey, maybe elimination-based reality shows could learn something from this subplot; instead of kicking people off when they lose a vote, Big Brother or Survivor could just make them chill the fuck out.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B | 1656 USERS: B-
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