Big Love: Good Guys and Bad Guys
I admit that before the current episode, I haven't been very interested in the Weber Gaming subplot. I was more interested in the idea of Bill opening a third store. And by more, I mean "not very." But tonight, I sat up and took notice. All of the subtle hints dropped about the polygamist on the run from the FBI and all of the threads started to come together: The Greenes versus the Grants, Roman's exposure of Barb, road blocks. That would have been very surreal, sitting there in your station wagon, knowing that you are guilty of what the police are looking for.
Beginning with this season's opening episode, Barb's hold on The Principle has been tenuous at best. Her prayer was very moving -- she herself doesn't have a testimony of a larger principle. She has a deep, abiding love for her husband and what he believes in. Margene clearly doesn't have a testimony either -- she was teaching Ana to "fake pray" in the last episode. Margene is the one who has sneaked cigarettes in the garage. Nikki is the only one there who truly has the same beliefs that Bill does. Even the kids don't believe in it. How long can this family stay together? Or, if it does stay together, will it be for love rather than faith?
What Roman said at the close of the UEB meeting about involvement with the Greenes probably won't stop Bill from trying to play out his Weber Gaming deal, even though it could end up costing him his life, or at the very least, he could completely be expelled from the compound. Bill seems to need the fellowship of other men, but he also can't seem to break free of the compound's hold on him. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that he is a true believer. If he weren't, I don't think he would be a polygamist. The fact that he ended things with Ana out of lust shows us this. Right? Or do you think there is something else that keeps dragging him back there?
However, he truly does think he can separate business from the personal and the religious, and he is playing a foolish game because everyone else thinks it's very personal. Everyone else is playing for keeps.
It is very interesting that all of the wives are separated and isolated from their mothers. Will this bring them closer together? They are all so cut off from society and also cut off from their own families that who else do they have? That is what Nikki seems to be afraid of. But with every episode, Bill seems to grow stronger in his love for the wives, and even though Barb has the hardest time with the whole concept of The Principle, her ties to Joey and her great respect for Bill mean that she can't completely separate herself from it.
Bonnie Bedelia did a fantastic job in this episode as Margene's loopy mother. She was just pitch perfect, latching onto Nikki, "You didn't get enough love, did you?" Boy, did she nail Nikki or what? It's interesting also that she thought she could come on to Bill. Hey, he must be doing it for the sex, right? It's not an unreasonable conclusion to come to. It was interesting what she told Margene about power and who has it: I wonder if she is right about that. I don't think so -- particularly because even if Margene did have the power Ginger was talking about it, she wouldn't wield it. That automatically gives more power to Nikki.
I think the show is heading for a Holy War, and all of them are going to be sorely tested. It's always great to see Bruce Dern, and he is like the kindling for the fire. He ignited something in this episode. In some ways, though, Barb has already had her baptism by fire: She endured the humiliation of exposure and stayed with the family. I think that decision, that commitment, rather than weakening her devotion to the family probably cemented it and will bind her to them during the days to come. What do you think? Do you think she will stay? And if she leaves, will the rest of the family crumble? I think it's interesting that this show has done such an effective job in making me root for it to stay together.
|No, what they are doing bothers her too much.||29 (15.0%)|
|Yes. She doesn't like polygamy, but she is in it now.||164 (85.0%)|