- Nikki tries to commit Cara Lynn to a boarding school. When Cara Lynn runs to the family for support, and they say no way she'll be put in a boarding school, Nikki later castigates Cara Lynn about what a terrible, unworthy, manipulating person she is. Nikki could be talking about herself. Although her close encounter with death last week might well have made her more volatile than usual, her verbal attack on Cara Lynn is about the worst motherly failure we've ever seen from her. Nikki soon realizes this - in a great performance by Chloe Sevigny - but Bill, at his best, tells her she's still and always will be loved. (Chloe, by the way, tells Cara Lynn that Mr. Ivy had "others" - unknown at this point if this is true.)
- Ben may love Heather, but Rhonda makes sure nothing will come of that: she tells Heather that she and Ben slept together. Ben then responds that he can be with both of them - a nice touch. Heather walks off, and it remains to be seen if Ben will stay with Rhonda (who has suggested to Ben that he marry her - a suggestion which Ben has thus far refused).
- Some serious gun play in tonight's episode - not by Adaleen, to whom Alby has given his gun to kill Bill, but by Alby himself who comes after Bill in his state senator office. Barb, Nikki, and Margene have come to visit. The situation is dangerous, but, in the end, only the elderly gent at the front desk is killed by Alby, who is wounded and subdued by Bill.
My prediction, he will not, and his family will survive. But, hey, I'm a hopeless optimist and a romantic.
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 ... Big Love 5.8: Casting First Stones
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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