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Review: 'Big Love' - 'Sins of the Father'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:08AM
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(S04E05)
In his campaign to win the State Senate seat, Bill's slogan is Build With Bill, but based on the perfect storm of disaster surrounding his every move, that doesn't seem to be working out too well, does it? It's amazing that Bill's ambition -- this calling he claims he has to get into politics -- has yet to please anybody in his life. More on the big doings on 'Big Love' and the Utah State Republican convention after the jump.

Could there have been a worse calamity than Marilyn forcing Bill to make an introduction to Tommy at the casino and the whole kit and kaboodle coming along ... only to find that Bill's mother and father chose that night to check out the place? The fact that Bill somehow managed to keep Margene and Barb and Daphne/Nicki from being found out as his wives is amazing...

But the bigger problem facing Bill is the Ben issue. Ben feels exiled and he's not ready to forgive his father. Ben's feelings are not unlike Bill's. Bill cannot forgive his father for making him a lost boy, and Ben is perceptive enough to recognize the pattern. Bill's sympathy for the dead lost boy -- wanting to give him a proper burial -- and his moving speech at the run-off election in which he 'owned' his juvenile delinquency past, contrasted sharply to his unforgiving attitude to Ben and Marg.

He did finally make peace with Marg -- sorta -- but until Ben is back into the fold, Barb is not going to be whole. Her tears in the bathroom seemed to be as much for her broken family as her fear that Bill's nomination is going to destroy their lives.

Marg and Nicki also have concerns about Bill's ambitions ripping apart the family. Nicki is right to question how Bill uses her, especially compared to her sister-wives. Marg has needs and Bill isn't fulfilling them. Bill is spread a bit too thin and he's pushing everyone around him to keep up, but how on earth will he keep this all secret while running for public office?

It seems like a mad scheme, made more complicated with enemies lurking. Marilyn will be a formidable opponent, and Joey cannot be trusted. The whole Juniper Creek connection remains a threat. Even his mother is down on Bill now.

When all was said and done, Bill's victory felt hollow. And he still has to beat the Democratic candidate.

Other points of interest

-- Bill told Joey that creating the new church has been put on hold.

-- Nicki's been earning brownie points by doing morally ambiguous deeds for Bill, hence her deception as Daphne.

-- What fun, a Ronald Reagan dance party! Congressman Paley came through with an offer to endorse Bill's nomination, but there were strings attached.

-- The scene with the home teacher was illuminating; Barb represented Margene's point of view only to discover that Ben's feelings were reciprocated.

-- Is the ice melting between Tommy and Barb, and not just because of the sweat lodge? Barb's heart went out to him about his lost family.

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sheyanicole

I always felt that Bill marrying Nikki was part of a deal. I think Nikki was sent to live with Bill and Barb when Barb got sick. And then Roman financed Bill's second store and I think as part of the deal he had to take on Nikki. Which seems more reasonable now that we found out about her ex-husband.

But Margene, yeah that was all horniness.

February 14 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

"It's impossible to be religious without being a gross, disgusting hypocrite. This is as true for mormons as with any other religion"
Bruce, don't be rude. You can comment on the show without making unmerited generalizations, especially since I agree 100% with everyhing else you said in your post after that line.

Allison,
I am confused by what occured after Marilyn was introduced to Tommy.... who did Bill tell she was a liar and thief?

February 08 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gina

Bill told Tommy that Marilyn was a liar and a thief.

February 08 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

I totally agree with you. I always thought his "testimony" about living the principal after Barb got cancer was all crap. He was just horny and Nikki was there. Wham-Bam he has a "testimony" the family should suddenly be polygamist. It was all crap. I too hope it falls apart for him. What is he thinking. Does he understand that when/if they win and then come out his children will be damaged by this public knowledge? Does he even care? I feel sorry for them.

Poor Ben, he has tons of women living with him. Two women who are not related. Marg wanted a family so badly that she signed on to this nut house without thinking it through. Now she is still young still very sexually active and not spending enough time with her husband, feeling left out of the big decisions (they do treat her like a younger sister and not a wife) and very lonely. Here comes Ben to her rescue and what did Bill think was going to happen.

Bill's mothers reaction was great when she found out about Ben. You could see that she was deeply hurt by Bill's actions. She had no say when Bill was younger, but she grieved when it happened. I don't think she is about to let history repeat with Ben.

February 08 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

It's impossible to be religious without being a gross, disgusting hypocrite. This is as true for mormons as with any other religion, as we see over and over on this season of Big Love. Bill has changed from a cocky selfish asshole into a horrendously evil, narcissistic, self-centered egomaniac who will stab his best friend in the back and destroy the lives of his own children for a mere chance of obtaining a bit of power and attention.

Big Love is a great, hugely entertaining show, but I feel as though I put up with Bill in order to watch it and enjoy it. Bill has gotten so bad this season that I just can't wait to see everything collapse around him. As such, I'm going to be very unhappy if Bill ends up winning the state senate race, ends up having the casino be a success, and ends up keeping the problems at Juniper Creek from messing up his family life.

I want to see Bill destroyed. He should lose all his "wives" and the senate race and his homes and business. That would be wonderful entertainment, and he fully deserves it.

Kudos to Bill Paxton for playing such a convincing asshole jackfuck nutjob.

February 08 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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