The Baptism


Episode Info

Bill (Bill Paxton), believing that Roman (Harry Dean Stanton) is responsible for him losing the site for the third Home Plus store, enlists Lois (Grace Zabriskie) and Joey (Shawn Doyle) in an effort to find a mole on the UEB council. They come up with one man, Ernest Holloway (John Ingle), who hasn't been given a new wife in over ten years. Thinking that Ernest must be out of favor with Roman, Bill and Joey go to meet with him, but Roman seems to be a step ahead of them. While Bill is at Juniper Creek, Wanda (Melora Walters) goes into labor. Back home, the family is preparing for Teenie's (Jolean Wejbe) baptism. Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) fails in her assignment to wash Bill's whites when a red crayon ends up in the dryer. When she visits Pam (Audrey Wasilewski) for stain-removal advice, she gets an earful. Pam has apparently determined that Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) is a polygamist, and is none too happy about it. Margene exacerbates her laundry problem when Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) catch her trying to clean the dryer with a flammable spray. Margene contemplates running away, and is thrown for a loop when Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) tells her that when Margene first joined the family, Nicki bet Barb that she wouldn't last six months. Ben (Douglas Smith) is feeling tremendous sexual pressure from Brynn (Sarah Jones), who has decided that they're both ready to lose their virginity. Barb's disapproving sister, Cindy (Judith Hoag), visits town, and tells Barb that her estranged mother wants to spend time with Barb's children. This episode was directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers).


Bill Paxton
as Bill Henrickson
Chloë Sevigny
as Nicki Henrickson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Barb Henrickson
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Margene Henrickson
Harry Dean Stanton
as Roman Grant
Bruce Dern
as Frank Harlow
Grace Zabriskie
as Lois Henrickson
Amanda Seyfried
as Sarah Henrickson
Douglas Smith
as Ben Henrickson
Jolean Wejbe
as Teenie Henrickson
Shawn Doyle
as Joey Henrickson
Melora Walters
as Wanda Henrickson
Matt Ross
as Alby Grant
Keegan Holst
as Wayne Henrickson
Spencer Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
Garrett Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
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