Big Love: The Happiest Girl
The disturbing thing about the marital relationship as it has developed is that Margie and Barb (who make strange bedfellows, indeed) are the ones who have both changed. As Barb tries to hold onto any control of her former life, Margie is plunging forward, embracing every aspect of new ventures, possible fourth wives, a new baby, everything. In fact, you could argue that Margie represents the future, Nicki the present, and Barb the past. And the past and the future are incompatible.
Barb is always the first to cut Bill off sexually, which the other wives never go along with. So, anything that might have worked for her as solo wife is no longer useful. And after so many years of polygamy, you would think that she would know better. In fact, Barb and Bill both continue to do the same things over and over again and hope for different outcomes every time, regardless of the fact that Bill bungles situations, with narrow escapes, and Barb loses more and more of the husband and marriage she once had. Perhaps it is being back in school, or perhaps it really was being exposed at the Mother of the Year event, but Barb's foundation has cracked beyond repair. I say this because Bill cannot fix what he refuses to see. But he is incredibly self-centered, and he has never had to be anything other than that.
I don't know what consequences Nicki will face for having stolen that money. Alby obviously knows it was her, and the fact that he hasn't harmed her or ex-communicated her or had her arrested means that he wants something from her. Or, more to the point, from Bill. But Alby and Nicki are birds of a feather, and I think he cares for her. I don't think he will harm her. He is vying for position, having brought Roman home now to kill him kindly with morphine and "other pain killers and sedatives." Adaleen handed over the compound to Alby lock, stock, and barrel, and he isn't going to give it up now.
Frank and Bill are definitely cut from the same cloth. However, Frank is not as smart as Bill (don't get me wrong-- I don't think Bill is very smart, either), and Frank doesn't have Bill's luck. (And that is why I don't think Frank will successfully get Kathy away from poor, hapless Joey). Bill's life is composed of about 90% luck, I think, and 10% having wives who are smarter than he is.
I thought it was hilarious that Bill's answer to his poker buddies who are creeped out by the fact that he is squeaky clean was to introduce the guys to two of his wives. It's too bad that he traded in his marriage to one of them with that action. Barb was incredibly humiliated, as she should have been. Bill was proudly standing there with his arms around the two women like they were notches in his belt. And his tacit implication by asking Margene if she were ready to come upstairs was that the three of them were going to end up in the same room-- or perhaps the same bed. For prim and proper Barb, that was a cold shock. I think she didn't realize, when Bill introduced Margie as the secretary, that Bill was really ready and willing to sell out each of his wives for his own business purposes. She didn't realize it because he hadn't yet done it to her.
(The episode's funniest line was when Nicki told Barb that Margene couldn't possibly be the public wife because she didn't have that uppity thing that Barb did that served them so well in public, and boy, that's the truth).
Again: I don't think Bill has changed. Perhaps, though, he has become less cautious and more open even in his most intimate relationships about who he is. He had sex last season with Nicki in Margene's bed, and was at war with Roman over business, but he was able to excuse away his behavior in the bedroom, and mostly hide his dealings with Roman. As he has felt that he could bring his life into the light with Weber Gaming, what has happened is that his wives have started to get to know him better, and they don't like what they see. Bill is baffled because he honestly hasn't changed, and nobody has gotten uppity with him before this-- he has always had pretty unquestioned power about his business dealings, and his downfall is going to come from trying to marry (forgive me) his two worlds.
Polygamy could ONLY work for Barb if nobody knew. Now that people are finding out, it isn't working anymore.
Finally, I hadn't before considered the fact that Heather could be a lesbian. Rhonda is more perceptive than I am. Rhonda may be a dirty rat, but boy, she can sing like nobody's business. That must be what you get when you sell your soul to the devil.