Bill and Barb are also looking unhappy as they try to figure out how to fix it. Bill suggests dinner at a restaurant, but Barb decides on Nicki's favorite home-cooked meal of lamb chops, strawberries, and coconut cake. Bill doesn't want Barb to miss her afternoon class, but Barb thinks she can get it ready before going back to the U. "It's one anniversary and four adults. I think we can manage a dinner," she assures Bill. I don't know, the adult count on this show tends to fluctuate from moment to moment.
Back home, Sarah's got her hands full with the four boys when Barb comes in with bags of groceries for dinner. Barb complains about Margene's absence and starts drafting Sarah into helping with the meal, but her instructions are interrupted when Heather pops up out of nowhere. With a carton of eggs in one hand and a carton of strawberries in the other, Barb backs up against the refrigerator, like she's being shot at or something. Sarah says she has to take Heather home. Heather solicitously asks how Barb's doing. Sarah lectures Barb on "giving up your plans for Dad's anniversary with Nicki." Barb tells Heather that it's her anniversary, too. Heather's trying to be cool with it, saying it happens in "every kind of marriage." She sympathizes with how many people Barb has to take care of, but Barb insists that it's actually easier with more hands to help. Interesting theory. Even more interesting that Barb still buys into it after six years of practice. "I hope you find your AWOL sister-wife," Sarah says to Barb, practically dragging Heather out behind her. Barb just stands there wondering what just happened.