Things definitely heated up this week for the Henrickson clan. After last week's slow-moving debut, I was excited to see all the cards falling into place for some interesting developments. Unfortunately for Bill and the ladies, it's definitely not all good news.
Lois once again provided the necessary dose of comic relief as Bill introduced her to the ultramodern technology of caller ID. The expression on her face as she looked around the laundromat and then directly into the receiver before hanging up was hysterical. A few minutes later, caller ID would have come in really handy as Bill's incriminating phone call with Joey provided Roman with taped evidence of Wanda's guilt and the ensuing cover-up. The fallout from that incident was two-fold. Joey's position as a pawn in Roman's game sent him into a drunken stupor that Wanda mismanaged in her typical style. Meanwhile, Alby's anger at Roman for not acting on the information took him to the state police, which in turn caused them to raid the compound just as Nicky and Margene were attempting to help Wanda and Joey flee. Talk about a vicious circle.
While two of his wives were busy dealing with family issues, Bill was dealing with the vandalism of his Home Plus billboards and with some dissension in the ranks, both at the store and on the homefront. Don expressed his concerns to Bill about the potential fallout if their lifestyle is exposed. Wendy sought Barb's assistance in dealing with the shadowy Hummer. Nicky complained to Margene about her forgotten anniversary. Ben brought Brynn into the ever-growing circle of trust by admitting to her that his family "believes in the everlasting covenant of plural marriage." Between Ben and Sarah, I'm surprised there is anyone left who
doesn't know about the family secret. It seems to me that one of these leaks could come back to haunt them (my money is still on Sarah's friend, Heather, played with creepy, bright-eyed eagerness by
With all the craziness going on around her, Barb attempted to reboot her academic life and for about half a day, it seemed as though she was finding her way. However, the demands of the household soon overwhelmed her once again, much to the disappointment of Sarah who seemed to like the idea of her mom striking out on her own. I am fascinated at the thought that for some time, Bill, Barb, Sarah and Ben lived a normal life until Barb's illness forced their hand. I hope we continue to learn more about the origins of the current situation, how the kids reacted and how Margene came onto the scene. I guess once you've jumped into the pool, you might as well swim to the deep end.
I felt like we learned a lot more about Nicky tonight. It is easy to dismiss her as selfish and irresponsible, but it is really becoming clear how her childhood on the compound shaped her and how deeply her beliefs run. (When you look at her parents, it's a wonder she is not a complete sociopath.) Chloe Sevigny really keeps us on our toes with her portrayal of this complex character. Just as I think I am starting to understand her motives, a new one emerges. The exchange between her and Barb in the backyard was really telling as we got to see the different pathologies at play. Nicky explained that she married for the "principle" as opposed to love. "I don't know that marriage based on love can go the distance.... How do we survive the bad times on just love?" That inquiry coupled with her confession to Margene that she feels sorry for Wanda and Joey because they only have each other really underscored Nicky's values and attitudes about marriage and family. Barb's counterpoint - that she did marry for love and that her love is what enables her to deal with all the problems that arise - almost seemed flimsy in the face of Nicky's conviction. Almost.
Finally, poor Joey gave himself up for Alby's attempted murder. In some crazy way, he probably felt like he could kill two birds with one stone - protect Wanda from herself and protect Bill from Roman. By putting himself in jail, Roman can't use him to collect more information from Bill. But with those tapes already in hand, it seems that, unbeknownst to Bill, Roman already has a decided advantage.
Tonight's episode was so chock-full of goodies, but here are a few more highlights:
- Don't know how many of you caught it, but the sister/wife singing with Adaleen in Roman's office was none other than
Emmylou Harris; meanwhile, it looks like Sister Rhonda is shaping up to be the
Christina Aguilera of the compound. Man, does that girl creep me out. Rhonda, I mean.
- When Margene inquired about why Wanda would want to kill Alby, Nicky replied simply, "You met him."
- As Roman learned that the state police had made their way onto the compound, Alby innocently asked, "Is this the end of days, Papa?" Probably for you, Alby, once Roman finds out who tipped them off.
- When Bill called Lois and she said to him, "I don't care for your tone," and Bill replied, "And I don't care."
Wow, I'm exhausted. There was a lot to discuss this week so I'm anxious to hear your comments.
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Things definitely heated up this week for the Henrickson clan After last weeks slow-moving debut I was excited to see all the cards falling into place for some interesting developments Unfortunately for Bill and the ladies its definitely not all good news Lois once again provided the necessary dose of comic relief as Bill introduced her to the ultramodern technology of caller ID The expression on her face as she looked around the laundromat and then directly into the receiver before hanging up was hysterical A few minutes later caller ID would have come in really handy as Bills incriminating phone call with Joey provided Roman with taped evidence of Wandas guilt and the ensuing cover-up The fallout from that incident was two-fold Joeys position as a pawn in Romans game sent him into a drunken stupor that Wanda mismanaged in her typical style Meanwhile Albys anger at Roman for not acting on the information took him to the state p