Big Love: Kingdom Come
I love looking at episode titles, and of course, obviously this title comes from The Lord's Prayer (which is pretty funny, because Joseph Smith instructs his followers to pray in a different way, and not to use this prayer), indicating that the Lord's will will be done. And that probably means not Bill's will.
It's a testament to Bill's strength as a businessman and to his charisma that he manages to alienate his entire family in this episode and then to slowly start to win them back. We didn't see him make up with Margene, but she doesn't seem the type to stay mad at him for long. If Margene is the naughty girl and Nicki is the good girl, what does that make Barb? Is Barb the mom? I think there is a lot of truth to Margene's accusation that Bill views her as the toy, the sexual one. And that newness is a large part of their sexual attraction: She is right to worry about what may happen when there is a fourth wife. And perhaps Nicki's fears are founded as well: she obviously has hangups in the bedroom that Margene doesn't have, but I think Bill does get something he needs from each of his wives. This overtly clear in this episode.
We also learned something important about the future of the family: Barb does not have room for anymore wives. I thought the wives were being pretty ridiculous about Bill's need to have one night off per week to himself. I think that is a pretty normal need-- but Barb was right to tell Bill that he needs to spend more time with his children, too.
What Barb did to Brynn was a stroke of genius. Okay, if Benny wants to play the marriage card, and just get married so he can have sex, then fine. Tell his "fiancee" what is really in store for her, and let her run. I wonder if Barb would have married Bill in the first place if she had known what was coming?
I felt bad for Lois in this episode. She is one of my favorite characters. She is scrappy, and she is a survivor. And now Frank (and Bill and Eddie) have completely stripped her of her independence and her dreams. She doesn't have much left, and I think she is pretty desperate. She also has a shotgun, a pistol, and a daughter-in-law who likes to poison people. I wonder if Frank has much time left on this earth. Wanda may try to kill people-- but I think Lois is capable of actually doing it. Either that, or maybe she will leave the compound for good.
It was a very smart move on Bill's part to give Ben the priesthood: The first thing that flew out of my mouth when Bill told Ben he wanted to confer the priesthood upon him was, "He's not worthy." Because Benny has been having sex, until he has gone through a repentance process, he shouldn't receive the priesthood. But that is the main problem Benny has had confiding in Bill-- the feeling that Bill is judging him, that he feels Ben is not worthy. So, the most profound way Bill can convey to Benny that he does think his son is worthy is to make him a priesthood holder.
I was honestly scared when a bloodied Hollis Greene called Bill and told him that the jig was up. I really thought Bill was going to be hurt or killed in the crossfire between the Grants and the Greenes. I thought Roman was going to figure out that Bill was playing him. I loved the ATF agent from Boston who told Bill the cold, hard truth: You might see little distinctions between yourself, Roman, and the Greenes. But outside of Utah, you're all the same. It's like chiropractors, massage therapists and osteopaths all insisting that they are really very different kind of care providers. Yeah, riiiiight.
It was great to see Bill through her eyes, and to take a step back from him a bit. There we go again with Bill being "normal" and living a "normal" life: Eddie wants to be just like Bill. But the ATF agent gave a very powerful reminder that if any of them leave Utah, they're going to jail. And that includes Benny, if he decides he wants to live the Principle. Barb clearly doesn't want that for Benny. What about her daughters? And how is she going to keep that from happening while she is living it? To what extent will she go to protect her children from her own fate?
And then, my very favorite part of the episode. Nice homage to The Godfather I and II, to have Roman Grant gunned down by two of Greene's followers while he was out going to his car, surrounded by bodyguards (Godfather I), interspersed with Bill laying his hands on his son and praying (Godfather II). Too bad Roman wasn't buying oranges when he died, but maybe he had orange on his butterscotch sundae. Hmm, butterscotch is sort of an orange color...
You do think Roman is dead, don't you? It is going to be sad to see Harry Dean Stanton go, but I high-fived my husband. I hope they make Bill the next prophet. Wouldn't that be a hoot?