This episode sealed the deal; I'm totally convinced this season is going to be the best one yet. First and foremost, tonight we got two and half sex scenes! Ben and Brynn get it on, and Nicki and Bill get frisky outside among the freshly laundered sheets hanging out to dry at Juniper Creek. The half sex scene is when Bill goes to visit his mom, Lois, and is confronted with his Uncle Eddie's new wife and her big naked breasts. It's not really a sex scene per se, but it is full frontal nudity, and these are Mormons. Translation: it counts as half a sex scene, people!
Sadly, Bill and Nicki do not visit Juniper Creek for the sole purpose of getting randy outside Nicki's parents' house. Roman wants Bill support in a council vote. But Bill refuses unless Alby tells the police that he poisoned himself and that Joey had nothing to do with it. Roman, typical Roman, orders Alby to comply. Alby, in a not altogether surprising, but still not completely expected twist, instead decides to tell the police about Roman and Bill's cover up. He also tells them that Bill is staying at the compound.
Sauntering back to Juniper Creek from the police station, he tells Nicki not only what he has done, but also that it was Roman who exposed Barb as a polygamist. Nicki is devastated. She confronts her father, but Roman coldly rebuffs her. Roman, after all, has more important things on his mind -- like the fact that Rhonda has finally pledged herself to him. And please, allow me a moment to say that the thought of Roman taking Rhonda's virginity makes me shudder.
Bill and Nicki flee Juniper Creek, only narrowly escaping the approaching cops.
Meanwhile, back in the 'burbs, Barb thinks Margene's relationship with Ben is inappropriate after discovering that Ben sometimes spends the night on Margene's couch. She confronts Margene, and Margene, much to my amazement, stands up for herself! Discovering that Margene has a backbone after all is pretty fantastic. All I can say is that it's about time!!! Margene also has two of the best lines of the episode. First she screams at Barb, "Knit your own sweater, boss lady!" And then later she tells her, "I'm attractive. I just am."
Of course, Barb does have a right to be concerned about Ben's sexual activities. She just has the wrong girl; it isn't Margene she should be worried about. Poor Sarah stumbles upon Ben and Brynn having sex late one night. Though she covers for him, she still warns him that Bill and Barb would not be pleased. Ben clearly feels conflicted about his sexual activity, asking Sarah if she thinks he’s going to hell. But, he is a 16-year-old boy, and he's not conflicted enough to stop!
And then there's Rhonda, who in addition to pledging herself to Roman and flirting with another young guy at the compound picnic, also spends Bill's entire visit totally making eyes at him. And to be honest, I don't blame her. I mean, Bill's not such a shabby looking guy, especially when compared to Roman.
But that's not to say I like Rhonda. Not even a little bit. The only reason Roman was even in a position to expose Barb at the Governor's mansion is because Rhonda told him about Barb's nomination for "Mother of the Year". And if that weren't enough to convince you of Rhonda's shadiness, she sneaks into the back of Bill and Nicki's car, unbeknownst to them, and flees Juniper Creek!
I fear she's going to become Bill's fourth wife and cause such trouble that suddenly Nicki will seem as docile as Margene.
Despite all the heavy drama, this episode is full of delightful little inconsequential jokes. When Bill steps into Lois’s trailer looking for his mom and instead finds Eddie’s new wife standing shirtless in the kitchen, the first thing he says is, “You’re not my mom.” It’s a great moment. And then there’s the scene where Roman is watching Nick at Nite and cracking up over an episode of “The Newlywed Game”.
I can’t wait for next week!