Monday, March 7, 2011

Big Love 5.8: Casting First Stones

Big Love is concluding its run with episodes that just get better and better.  It was already in the best episodes of the entire series last week, and tonight's episode 5.8 was even better - heart-pounding, heart-wrenching, heart-in-mouth, even brutal.

One of the themes is people pointing fingers about transgressions they have been guilty or almost guilty of themselves.  Margene tells Cara Lynn she must break it off with her teacher - Cara Lynn is 15, and Margene was 16 when she first slept with the man she loved.    Ben lectures Nikki on doing something about Cara Lynn, a mere two episodes after he slept with Rhonda, a married woman.

The point is not that Margene and Ben are wrong in their advice,  but everyone in this story lives in a glass house, as the goji-juice king says about Bill and his advice to Margene to leave the juice operation (by the way, goji berries are delicious, and I hate to see them bad-mouthed in this way).  On this point, it's not even 100% clear if Bill is right about Mr. Goji, who seems pretty well out there in the public for someone with an easy-to-spot pyramid scheme.

And all of the above, though about as powerful as it gets on Big Love, was not even the most stunning in tonight episode.   Cluelessness is another theme of the members of this family.  Nikki is clueless about Cara Lynn until Margene tells her.   Barb is clueless about the pathology of Alby - or at least, not enough in touch with it - and sends Nikki on a mission to get him to back off his business attacks on Bill.   In fact, however, Alby has already set Rhonda's husband on a mission to kill Bill, and Nikki's appearance at Juniper Creek brings her this close to getting her own head blown off.  Alby has a gun pointed at her, but at the last minute pulls back and kills Rhonda's husband instead.   (I told you a few weeks ago, after Rhonda seduced Ben at the strip club, that I saw more in store for those two - which, for some reason, I'm happy about.)

And Bill's lawyer Lee tells Bill that he's being indicted.  The only good thing about this is that Lee is played by Lawrence O'Donnell,  one of the best commentators on television (along with Fareed Zakaria and Rachel Maddow).

Just two more episodes left of Big Love.  And the teaser for the last has "God Only Knows" being sung by ... Rhonda (Daveigh Chase), if I'm not mistaken!

See also Big Love's Back and North to Alaska ... Big Love 5.3: Grim Christmas ... Big Love 5.5: Barb's Deal ... Big Love 5.6: "I'll Be There" ... Big Love 5.7: Couples

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 ... Big Love 4.6: Barb Ascendant ... Nearly Gunfight at the OK Corral for Big Love 4.7 ... Big Love Breakout Season 4 Finale

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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