It's fully dark outside when Nicki and Margene pull into the driveway at home, and Margene wonders what's eating Nicki now. "Poor Joey and Wanda," Nicki says. "They're all they've got. No other spouses to lean on. How are they gonna make it through this crisis with only each other?" Margene just nods and smiles as she gets out of the car. Okay, Margie? You ruled this episode, but you need to dial down the condescension a notch. You just spent the day with your husband's second wife, so the "polygamists just don't understand" expression rings a bit false.
Cut to the dinner table. It's adults-only, with Bill and his wives in the same configuration as in the title sequence, except with Barb and Nicki in opposite places. Margene is telling the story about the Creeker who ran into a hole in the ground, and everyone's laughing. Bill apologizes to Nicki for forgetting their anniversary. "You just busted me too soon," he says. "You know I always remember by 2:00 or 3:00." Barb says that's when she reminds him, and gets up from the table to get more strawberries. Nicki tries to act like she doesn't care about the slight, and changes the subject to her "heroism" back on the compound. "Thank God I was there…I can't imagine what would have happened if I hadn't been." Margene just smiles at Bill, and clears her place at the table so she can get out of there before cracking up completely.
Once it's just Bill and Nicki at the table, Nicki says she saw the sign on the way out of town. Bill says it's taken care of. And he doesn't want the other wives to know, or any of them to worry. One wall goes down, and another one goes up. Which, given the fact that Margene was apparently too preoccupied with her Twizzlers to notice a fifty-foot photo of her husband's face hanging over the road, might actually stay up for a while.
Later, after the dishes are done, Barb sees Nicki in the back yard clearing up the day's toys and goes out to join her. They meet by the edge of the pool, briefly teasing us with the hope that this scene will end in a splashy catfight (it won't). Barb apologizes for forgetting, and of course Nicki isn't as magnanimous about things without Bill around. Barb firmly says she loves Nicki. Nicki says she loves Barb too, but that's not why she married. "I married for the principle." Barb says she didn't, but she loves Nicki and their family. Which of course scares the crap out of Nicki. "I don't know that a marriage based on love can go the distance…How will we survive the bad times on just love?" Man, you can take the girl out of the compound… Barb doesn't have an answer to Nicki's question, but just takes Nicki's hand and says, "Happy anniversary." Nicki returns the sentiment. So I guess they've made up.