Big Love: A Barbecue for Betty
(S01E09) Paranoia. Deceit. Anger. Seems like just another "normal" day in the Henrickson household(s). Nicki finally tells Bill about her massive credit card debt, but chooses to do it after she and her husband have sex. (I guess breaking bad news to your partner after great sex doesn't make it easier to take,)
Bill obviously is pissed off, especially since he and his tormentor Roman Grant have come to some sort of agreement to settle their financial dispute and fresh on the heels of a big deal to open a third Henrickson's Home Plus store (which he later loses out on). Nicki fears that she will be thrown out of the house, and Bill's attitude toward her plays on her paranoia.
Bill's friend, business partner, and fellow polygamist Don Embry is ready to take on wife number 4, and the Henrickson's decide to have a lavish barbecure for the future Betty Embry. Bill spends thousands of bucks on lobsters imported from Maine for the occasion (they eat lobster in Utah?), but later the plans are dashed when Don's three wives blackball Betty and vote her down. Margene has been acting paranoid about the vote for her to join the Henrickson family, and learned that she "won" by a 2-1 majority. She is constantly freaking out over who voted against her, and she can certainly relate to Betty.
Bill comes to the realization that even though in his type of family "dynamic" he is supposed to be lord and master, there are many things he is not aware of which makes him say "I feel like a stranger in my own home." His daughter Sarah, responding to his indignation over her not telling him about a father-daughter event, calls him out for his own web of deceit regarding his three wives which leaves him stone cold silent.
The incredibly nosy neighbors across the street who have been all over Margene then unexpectedly set her up with "Chad," who comes across as quite forward and nerdy at the same time. After one "date" he brings her flowers and tells her that she is the one for him. (Just what exactly is in the milk out there?) Sooner or later Margene's relationship with them is going to result in a very uncomfortable situation. In addition, she later learns that Nicki was the one who voted against her, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that their relationship, tenuous at best, is certain to deteriorate with time.
It seems that Bill is losing control, and to top it off, he can't even throw out the garbage in his own store's garbage dump and eventually leaves it at the ill-fated store site. Even after he reassures Nicki that things will be OK after she runs away for a night, things are not going in the right direction for Bill. Plus, we only say Roman Grant for only a couple of fleeting moments, and suffice to say his battle with Bill is not over by a long shot.