Friday, February 19, 2010

Big Love 4.6: Barb Ascendant

What we first noticed last week - Barb voicing her views to Margene about how Margene joined the family - comes out full throttle in Big Love 4.6, as Barb lets Bill know just how she feels about not only Margene but Ana.

Why Ana?  She's come back into Bill and the family's life with news that she's pregnant.   This was the one thing that didn't quite happen in 4.5, when just about all else hell broke lose for Bill and his family and his political career.    But Barb is not really too upset about this - in fact, she wants to welcome Ana into the family - until-

She and we learn that Bill and Ana conceived the baby before he and Ana were briefly married last year.  This leads to Barb giving Bill the best tongue-lashing we've seen in the series so far, about Bill's extra-curricular pre-marital sex.  This is where Margene comes into the picture in Barb's outrage - she and Bill also had sex before they were married.

It's good to see Barb getting back into a little greater control of the family.  One aspect beyond her control, however, is Ben along with Lois and Frank in Mexico.   They're trying to make a deal with a balky bird dealer, when those horrible Greens show up, Hollis and Selma.   I tell ya, Nightmare on Elm Street has nothing on the Greens as far as sheer creep-quality is concerned.   I'd rather spend an evening with J.J.

I'm not sure how Nikki would feel about that, though.  She shows up dressed like a "whore" - her mother's word - for J.J. and her mother's wedding, and there's no doubt that not much good is going to come out of that situation, either.

Top it off with Alby's gay lover committing suicide, and you have a Big Love just simmering for punishment and redemption as Season 4 proceeds.

5-min podcast review of Big Love

See also Big Love Season 4 Start with Casino, Psycho, and Birds ... Big Love 4.2: Politician or Prophet?  ... Big Love 4.3: Super-Compressed, Super-Fine ...  Big Love 4.4:  Bill and Don
... The Potential for Brilliance in Big Love 4.5

See also: Big Love, Season 3 ... 1. a 4th ... 2. Two Issues Resolved, Two Not So Much ... 6. Exquisite, Perfectly Played ... Big Love Season 3 Finale: Bigger Love ...

And from Season 2: 2: Oh, Happy Day, and Not ... 3: Sons and Mothers ... 4. Help Me, Rhonda ... 5. The Waitress and More... 6. Just Lust ... 7. Margene's Mama ... 8. Polygamy and Misgivings ... 9. Swing Vote Margene ... 10. Polygamy as the Ultimate Cool/Bad ... 11. Family in Crisis ... Big Love Season 2 Concludes

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