I actually liked Margene quite a bit in season one and couldn't really see why so many viewers found her to be annoying, but by the time we got to about episode four in season two I was surprised by how irritating I was finding her to be. Then by the time we got to "Oh, Pioneers" I was actively rooting for her to get the smackdown from both Barb *and* Nicki, which is a total switch for me because I initially loathed Nicki the most. (Even though Nicki is loathsome in many of her actions, I feel I understand why she is the way that she is, whereas Margene seems to know better than Nicki yet still allows herself to do things that she knows aren't right.)
Margene treats Barb like crap. Not only that, I hate that she thinks that certain behavior is okay for her and not for Barb. When Margene decides to sleep with Bill on Barb's night (even when she vocally admits that to do so is "not right") she excuses herself to Barb later by saying that "Bill insisted" with wide, innocent eyes that say, "Well, Barb, what would you
have done?" Fine. But, episodes later, when Bill asks Barb to help him on the business trip and Margene's "second honeymoon" gets ruined, Margene has the nerve to get angry with Barb for coming because "Bill insisted". She actually yells at her and doesn't stop to think that her earlier transgression (sleeping with Bill on Barb's night) was much worse than Barb's in that a) Margene knows just how it feels to be betrayed by not sticking to the schedule, b) she admitted to Bill that to do so would be wrong, c) this wasn't the first time (episode 2 season 1), d) she gave in to Bill's request for no other reason then her own selfish desires. Barb at least gave in to Bill's request for the sake of the family even though she clearly didn't want to. Barb's acquiescence to Bill's request at least resulted in money for the family whereas Margene's only satisfied her sexual needs. Barb didn't want to lie to old friends, she didn't want to be on a trip with her husband and Margene, but she did it any way because she still cares for the family.
Furthermore, Margene thinks it's okay to take her anger out on Barb when Bill is the one who put her in this situation by disregarding her feelings like he almost always does. Rather than empathizing with Barb over what a jerk Bill can be, she decides to blame her when she *heard* Bill coaxing Barb to come, making it seem as though everything was all right.
The thing that made me completely lose all respect for Margene though was the way she handled the whole Weber vote thing. If she hadn't acknowledged that "gambling is bad" I could easily swallow the way she sided with Nicki and Bill over Weber Gaming, but the fact of the matter is, she has demonstrated that she is a person who is willing to ignore her own judgement in favor of being told what to do by a spouse. "Oh Bill, just tell me what you want me to think about it," Even if one isn't a feminist, the way Margene is so ready to sacrifice having a mind of her own for the simple purpose of being favored by her greedy husband was truly puke-worthy.
Also, the way Margene is trying to rope Ana into this freak show is so, so sad. Margene knows perfectly well that Bill is already having problems satisfying three wives, sexually or otherwise, and yet she wants to drag another woman into this situation for no other reason than because she feels she needs an ally against the other two wives. It isn't at all about loving Ana or about how well Ana gets on with Bill; it's about loving what Ana can do for her. Ana would be someone who would be beneath Margene on the wife-totem pole and who would presumably side with her in family votes and the like.
She also obviously doesn't care how her sister-wife Barb feels about another addition because, rather than saying with sincerity why she'd like Ana to join the family, she uses the information she has about Ana in a way to hurt Barb. The look in her eyes when she tells Barb (and Nicki) that Bill and Ana dated is smirky in that I-know-something-you-don't-know kind of way, it's clearly a jab, and it's obvious that Margene is more interested in power than family by the close of the second season.
Edited by TWoP Sun, May 12, 2008 @ 11:55 PM.
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