'Big Love' - 'Next Ticket Out' Recap
by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 1st 2010 9:02AM
(S04E08) "There is nothing about us that's the same and you know nothing about me." - Barb Henrickson
"Oh I know some...and I'm just getting started." - Marilyn Densham
The season is winding down and usually the plot endings that come to a predictable end do so just before the big shockers do. And that's what happened this week.
However, the surprise, one of many to come I'm sure, wasn't within the plot or the behavior of the characters or even the duality between good and evil of some of the supporting players in our little bigamy tragedy. It's the emotional reaction to the characters' connections and their endurance to endure that sneaks up on you and knocks your block off as you stand there all smug and self-aware that you were able to predict the ending. And it should. A show like this about much more than its plotlines and story shockers.
Of course, leading up to that great heartfelt and touching ending were some huge speed bumps along the way. The melodrama turned up to 11 in some scenes such as Bill and Margie's argument at the casino and Bill's big showdown with Marilyn, played in a very sweet-yet-sinister tone by the usually sweet Sissy Spacek.
Sure it was fun watching Bill tell off the self-righteous evangelical and even more self-righteous lobbyist to basically go to Hell without actually saying Hell, but it felt a little over the top for a show of this caliber, just to make an enemy out of Marilyn who was already headed down that path. After all, she's a lobbyist. "Evil" is considered a skill worthy of including their resumes.
I never thought anyone could ever feel sorry for poor scheming Alby, but watching a grown man dance barefoot to Nancy Sinatra in the throes of a sadness spiral just sucked the sympathy right out of me. Every time Roman's ghost would make an appearance in Alby's neatly cut flattop, it was because of his ignorance and unable to carve a path for himself within his church without someone doing it for him. It always made for a great tense moment that's sure to set up further headaches down the road.
Now that ghost has officially taken over as he verbally abused Nicollete out of his office, followed by that ultra creepy shot of Roman moving towards the camera with open arms. It's creepy for two reasons: (1) Roman is still able to control his son even from that great big polygamist compound
Meanwhile, the fallout from the election is really starting to smack the Henricksons from just about all sides.Bill has always been a level-headed and dangerously reserved fellow, so the tetherball game made for a nice steam blowing moment. Plus, it's always fun to watch a grown man get smacked in the face with a tetherball. It just is, don't ask why.
Marilyn's discovery of Bill's "affair" with Margie also made for an interesting angle. Sure the truth about the family is going to spill out in some shape or form, but it's a nice distraction that I frankly didn't see coming. It's so simple and yet so brilliant. It's still not yet known if Marilyn knows more than she's letting on, but a big clue came towards the end when she calls Barb and a shot of her laptop features videos of Margie's explanation for Ben's off-stage kiss on her shopping network.
Marilyn's attacks seem really personal for reasons that don't seem fully known. Sure she's been outed as running a political scam with casinos, but she's really gunning for Bill's head in motives that seem more personal than just fiscally or politically motivated. Could it be that she's trying to get back at him for a wrong that's been done to her in a completely unrelated yet similar way or could it just be that Bill hit her where it hurts the most? She's so cold and calculating that it's formed a hard callous around her that makes a tough bird to crack.
And speaking of cold motherf*#$&s (literally, insert rimshot here), JJ has officially gone full schitzo now that Nicki's mother has uncovered Roman's unfinished plans to censure him and his other medicinal activities. It's the one loose end that's bound to make for a great finale next Sunday. Will JJ finally get the smackdown that's been owed to him since he crawled into the universe or will he continue to be a fingernail-less nail in the Henrickson's slowly constructed coffin? Let's hope the chloroform wears off in time so Adaleen doesn't miss it.
- Bill's hypocrisy about his religious beliefs with Ana that a man with more than one wife is okely-dokely, but a woman with more than one husband is "unnatural" had me cackling like a grandmother at the beauty parlor, as does all religious hypocrisy.
- Is it just my ears or did I hear the first use of the "F-word" of the season? Sure it's HBO but this is a show about Mormons and hearing a curse word during 'Big Love' is like spotting an albino Bigfoot.
- Is it wrong that I kind of find the "old Nicki" a lot hotter than the "new Nicki"? Is there a word for a gingham fetish, besides "insane"?
- "I like bagpipes," Marilyn's explanation for visiting Scotland at the same time as her evangelical sting-man, is officially the lamest excuse for anything in the history of the world. Someone needs to put it on a T-shirt NOW.