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Big Love Episode: "Oh, Pioneers"

Season 2, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: In the second-season finale, the Henricksons get ready for Salt Lake City's Pioneer Week, while Bill and Alby continue to jockey for positions of power. Margene tells Ana the truth about her family; Sarah and Heather offer advice to Ben.
Original Air Date: Aug 26, 2007
Guest Cast Branka Katic: Ana Tina Majorino: Heather Tuttle Audrey Wasilewski: Pam
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Season 2, Episode 12
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Length: 56:00
Aired: 8/26/2007
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"Oh, Pioneers" Season 2, Episode 12

The riveting and endlessly entertaining second season came to a surprisingly subdued close tonight. With Roman in custody, Bill conflicted over the future of his family, and the Greenes still lurking in the shadows, the security and anonymity of the Henricksons' suburban enclave was once again called into question. But the real threat came less from external forces than from the doubt, regret and uncertainty eating away at the family's very core. What's that old saying? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Last week's literal snakes were replaced with a figurative one this week as Adaleen played savior and showed up on Nicki's doorstep with a catatonic Roman in tow. Unfortunately for Bill, his plot to keep Roman isolated backfired as Alby managed to wrench control of the UEB. For me, the most powerful scene tonight was the one that offered up some more of the history between Roman and Bill. When Bill asked why he was run off the compound as a boy, Roman's response - "Look at you now" - was very telling. In the world of polygamy, boys on the cusp of manhood are often viewed as competition for the older men. It is clear that Roman saw Bill's potential even then. Ironically, by removing him from the compound Roman only sowed the seeds of Bill's future success, born of a vengeance to gain back what he lost as a child: wealth, security and respect. Despite Bill's interesting and disturbing past, it is the psychology of the wives and children that kept me coming back this season. Since her outing at the end of Season 1, Barb has struggled to come to terms with the life she has made for herself. Tonight, influenced by a most unexpected source, she solidified her status as first wife. Nicki, still torn between her family and the compound life she left behind, made peace with her mother but still succumbed to her impulses, unknowingly handing her father over to Alby with one indignant phone call. Margene's attempts to assert herself left the family vulnerable to the dangerous scrutiny of the outside world. And Ben and Sarah both faced their futures, with Ben inching closer to embracing the Principle and Sarah taking drastic, life-altering steps to dissociate herself from her family. As Ben asked Sarah, "Will you follow me?" it became clear that they are heading in opposite directions. There are certainly some open questions as this season draws to a close, but this show did not require any dramatic cliff-hanger to keep us wondering. Fascinating characters and stories were what kept us hooked this summer, and that is what will bring me back for Season 3. Thanks for coming along on this wild ride. show less
The riveting and endlessly entertaining second season came to a surprisingly subdued close tonight With Roman in custody Bill conflicted over the future of his family and the Greenes still lurking in the shadows the security and anonymity of the Henricksons suburban enclave was once again called into question But the real threat came less from external forces than from the doubt regret and uncertainty eating away at the familys very core Whats that old saying Keep your friends close and your enemies closer Last weeks literal snakes were replaced with a figurative one this week as Adaleen played savior and showed up on Nickis doorstep with a catatonic Roman in tow Unfortunately for Bill his plot to keep Roman isolated backfired as Alby managed to wrench control of the UEB For me the most powerful scene tonight was the one that offered up some more of the history between Roman and Bill When Bill asked why he was run off the compound as a boy Rom 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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