The next morning, Eddie's counting out large bricks of cash in his mobile home, while his newest wife Rae is telling him this is a bad idea. Eddie assures her that they'll get it back in thirty days. Sure they will. I already have that date marked on my calendar with the words, "HA ha!"
Bill finds Joey in Barb's kitchen, and favors him with a heavy silence while pouring himself a cup of coffee. Joey tells Bill he's not in the mood for a lecture. Has he forgotten whom he's talking to? "You're lucky I'm even speaking to you," Bill snits, which is quite an exaggeration. Joey says Bill made him a target by putting him on the UEB board, and says, "I went along with it because I thought I should want the same things you do, but I don't." He says he just wants to live peacefully. "Then get your wife to stop poisoning people," Bill grumps. "I'm trying!" Joey whines, like that's hard for everyone and Bill should be able to understand that. Bill bluntly breaks the news about Wanda wanting to take on Kathy. And then he offers Joey a job as a truck driver for Home Plus. Joey's clearly about to take it, as soon as he can swallow that softball-sized bolus of pride currently stuck in his throat, but then Nicki rushes into the kitchen before he can say a word. "Wayne's run away," she says.
Next thing you know, Bill is across the street knocking on Pam's door and asking her if she's seen his "neighbor" Nicki's son. Pam suggests an Amber alert, but Bill says they're holding off for now. "You're a really good neighbor," Pam says as Bill hurries off. And Pam's a really terrible polygamy detector.
In the middle street, Bill meets up with Nicki and Margene, who are walking along calling out for Wayne. "What have I done?" Nicki berates herself. But her moment of clarity is short-lived; Margene picks this moment to close her eyes and start praying as she walks. I'm fairly sure it's the prayer to St. Christopher, which is what my mom always advised me to try when I lost something as a kid. Even then I was such a religious skeptic that I was pretty sure she was mocking me. Similarly, Nicki thinks that Margene is mocking her, so she freaks out and deals Margene a smack across the chops that brings even the soundtrack to an abrupt halt. Margene is furious. "You slapped me!" she recaps. Nicki yells back, "You are rubbing your blasphemy in my face! What's the matter with you?" Margene yells the question right back at her. "He likes the school, Nicki! He wants to go there! Can't you understand that for even a second?" Bill runs up and asks if they've found anything. "I just knocked on twelve doors, Nicki, and at every one of them I had to pretend he wasn't my son. All I was asking was for you to give me one place I could publicly claim him. I'm going over to Beach Court to lie!" He dashes off, and Nicki marches onward, resuming calling Wayne's name. That leaves Margene as the only one still on that spot in the street. And it just happens to be the only spot in the whole neighborhood from which Wayne is intermittently visible over a fence, apparently bouncing on a neighbor's trampoline. He waves happily at Margene at the apex of each jump. Margene directs a heartfelt whisper of thanks heavenward, then runs it that direction hollering for Nicki. Wayne continues bouncing in slow motion, wearing his school uniform. It's like The Man Show for pedophiles.