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Big Love: The Baptism

by Michael Sciannamea, posted May 15th 2006 10:16AM

Margene desires acceptance and love(S01E10) "Acceptance" and "love" were two major themes of this latest episode. Margene, feeling a bit unwanted and unappreciated, is having thoughts of leaving the Henrickson home(s) and heading out on her own, mostly due to the fact that she was accepted into the family by a 2-1 vote and not unanimously, with Nicki casting the dissenting vote. One definitely gets the feeling that she is still maturing and married Bill and had two babies before she knew it, and at 23 years of age and a polygamist, it could be that she still needs time to grow and find herself.

We are introduced to Barb's sister Cindy, who is obviously disapproving of Barb's situation and is doing all she can to ingratiate herself into the family so she can "educate" the kids about "choosing the right path" and not becoming like their parents. Her involvement leads to a huge scene when she enters into Barb's home and Nicki angrily confronting Cindy and throwing her out. It'll be interesting to see if Cindy continues trying to influence Ben, Sarah, and Teenie away from acceptance of their parents' lifestyle.

Roman Grant wasn't to be seen in this episode, but his influence was felt everywhere. Bill continues to scheme against him, and has gotten his brother Joey involved by stealing genealogical records from the compound. In addition, Bill visits Ernest Holloway, an elder in the compound, and solicits his help. At first, Holloway rejects Bill, but later on, in front of Bill's house, he offers to help. This alliance could turn explosive judging from the coming attractions when Roman is seen looking at surveillance pictures.

Bill's oldest son Ben finally loses his virginity, but he is wracked with guilt over it. It's hard to tell if he's following his father's footsteps because although Bill claims to be a religious and moral man, he IS a polygamist, and that is the conundrum that Ben and his sisters have to wrestle with.

But the key figure in this episode was Margene, who although having a tough time dealing with crayon stains on Bill's whites and damage to her dryer, seemed to be much more assertive. She broke off her friendship with her way-too-curious neighbor Pam because she wanted to protect her family, and then, right after Teenie's baptism in the family pool, she asks to be baptized because she loves the family and wants to be part of it forever. Nicki and Barb seem thrilled that Margene has come to accept her place in the family and gains love from them.

As the season enters its final two episodes, we'll have to keep an eye out for Bill in his dealings with "Brother" Holloway and whether this relationship will force Roman to act, and if Bill's family stays united or if Ben and Sarah continue to hear others speak disparingly of their parents' situation.

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HandMade

great episode. barb and marg are so much more right for the family than nikki. of course, without nikki's drama, overspending, and family ties they wouldnt have much of a series.

May 19 2006 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darby

I thought this was a pretty good episode, too, but it bothers me how everyone treats Margene like she doesn't deserve to know anything.

She's right--she is always the last one to know everything, and when she brings it up, Barb and Nicki just say, "Oh, Margene, it doesn't matter," or something else to distract her. I also think it's really shitty that Nicki voted her out and said she didn't want things to become "the Margene show." It will never be the Margene show because it's already the Nicki show! Everything she does is calculated in some way to get attention. I wish they'd go back to the pregnancy thing and focus on why Nicki is taking birth control but talking about "bringing another soul into the family." I'll just die if they don't let us know what's going on before the season finale.

May 16 2006 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam E

I think this was one of the best episodes yet. Very touching and moving. Lots of people seemed to grow in some form or another. Whether Teenie was sharing her secret with Margene, or Ben was giving in to stay with his girlfriend or Bill was realizing just what kind of man he could still become. Margene's decision to end it with her neighbor was very impressive. The way she walked across the street. You knew it was hard for her and she was going to miss the neighbor, but she just had to do it.
Bravo HBO!

May 16 2006 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bd

>Bill claims to be a religious and moral man, he IS a polygamist

Polygamy is part of their religion. It is moral for them.

May 15 2006 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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