I don’t know if this “mini-episode” has been on TV before, or on HBO’s website – if it was, I missed it. I haven’t seen it discussed in the Big Love threads.
Anyways, HBO aired a 5-minute flashback (after John from Cincinnati) showing how Nicki and Margene met. It wasn’t on the schedule, I don’t know if they’ll show it again, and unless you were one of the 12 people still watching JFC, you would have missed it.
I’ll put it in a spoiler box, just in case. (It was pretty cool.)
[spoiler]Bill brings Margene to Bill and Nicki’s house. He introduces them, and Nicki’s boys are there so he introduces them too. Nicki’s made a nice lunch. They sit down to talk.
Nicki asks Margene why she wants to leave. (Leave where?, I’m thinking.) Then Margene delivers an obviously rehearsed spiel about not being cut out for retail or clerical work – she’s a people person – and so we learn Margene’s been working at Bill’s store.
She’s at the house because she’s being checked out by Nicki as a babysitter, four afternoons a week, to give Nicki a break. Margene’s just too cute, and Nicki’s suspicious.
Nicki tells Bill to leave the room so she can talk to Margene. Nicki asks Margene if she knows about their “living arrangements”. Margene says she does and she’s fine with it. Nicki tells Margene that they’re not ready for a third wife.
So that sorta answers that question.
Margene’s hair was different – there was lots more of it. Nicki was wearing a blue dress with a big bib-collar that was much dowdier than anything I’ve seen her in.