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2006, TV Show

Big Love Episode: "Take Me As I Am"

Season 2, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Barb reaches out to her family when she learns her mother (Ellen Burstyn) is ready to marry again; a revelation about Weber Gaming prompts Bill to talk business with Alby; Nicki worries about outside influences on her family; Hollis Greene continues to be a threat.
Original Air Date: Aug 19, 2007
Guest Cast Luke Askew: Hollis Greene Aaron Paul: Scott Ellen Burstyn: Nancy Audrey Wasilewski: Pam
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Season 2, Episode 11
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Length: 50:00
Aired: 8/19/2007
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"Take Me As I Am" Season 2, Episode 11

I've read articles claiming seeing yourself through your children's eyes can cause an unexpected identity crisis, especially if you don't like what they see. When Barb and Bill start to comprehend the impact of their choices on the lives of their families and children, their true nature is called into question in a multitude of ways. As Season 2 wraps up, the snakes hiding in the bed are much less dangerous than the ones hiding in the family. As Barb continued to grapple with giving up one family to preserve another, her children got caught in the crossfire. Ben, so confident that he is being called to a polygamist lifestyle, was bartered for a chance at redeeming both himself and Barb in her family's eyes. Meanwhile, Sarah's strong will was weakened at the thought of losing Scott. The conversation during her dance at the wedding with Bill heartbreakingly summed up the extent of the damage - Bill's attempts at fatherly advice were meaningless to Sarah because they were steeped in hypocrisy. In a sense, Bill exposes his children to infidelity on a daily basis. How are they supposed to take him seriously when he claims to wish better for them? In other family matters, Ellyn Burstyn was spot-on as Barb's conflicted mother. In one episode, she portrayed all the bitterness and heartache that comes when a child rebels in unimaginable and polarizing ways. It was also interesting to see Bill's role in that situation as less of an interloper and more as someone who was equally disappointing to Barb's family. That was an angle I hadn't really expected. Also eye-opening was Barb's conciliatory familial maneuvering played against Alby's effort to sway Nicki with claims of Bill's involvement in Roman's shooting spurred by the sinister Hollis Greene. While Barb's family is seen as socially acceptable, politically correct even, the Grants are seen as subversive and unlawful. Yet the tactics employed are chillingly similar: separate the prey from the herd with promises of security and inclusion. On the surface, Nicki and Margene seem so committed to the Principle and to the family they've made. However, Margene's budding rebellion (witnessed in the discussion about surrogate motherhood) and Nicki's own doubts about the losses she has incurred threaten their foundation to a far greater extent than Barb's family does. These final episodes seem to be building to a final showdown between Bill, Alby and the Greenes, with Roman's life hanging in the balance. However, for me, the bigger battle is heating up right in that gigantic backyard that links the Henricksons' homes and lives. Right now, a week seems an awfully long time to wait. I can't imagine how I'll feel next Sunday. show less
Ive read articles claiming seeing yourself through your childrens eyes can cause an unexpected identity crisis especially if you dont like what they see When Barb and Bill start to comprehend the impact of their choices on the lives of their families and children their true nature is called into question in a multitude of ways As Season 2 wraps up the snakes hiding in the bed are much less dangerous than the ones hiding in the familyAs Barb continued to grapple with giving up one family to preserve another her children got caught in the crossfire Ben so confident that he is being called to a polygamist lifestyle was bartered for a chance at redeeming both himself and Barb in her familys eyes Meanwhile Sarahs strong will was weakened at the thought of losing Scott The conversation during her dance at the wedding with Bill heartbreakingly summed up the extent of the damage Bills attempts at fatherly advice were meaningless to Sar read more

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Premiered: March 12, 2006, on HBO
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: The complicated life of Bill Henrickson, a Utah businessman who also happens to be a polygamist with three wives and seven children. As the owner of an expanding home-improvement store franchise, Bill works hard to satisfy the needs of his family, and frequently clashes with Roman, a.k.a. `The Prophet,' the father of his second wife, Nicki, who holds sway at a remote polygamist compound.

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