Bill's ongoing high-wire act began to show signs of wear and tear tonight as rebels rose up all around him. On the home front, his wives reacted in surprising ways to his request for personal time. Barb's underlying resentment of having to share Bill informed her negative reaction, while Nicki's pure acceptance of her place in the pecking order had her compromising her own desires in the best interest of her husband. Meanwhile Margene played the situation to her advantage, protesting meekly about being nothing more than a sex toy for Bill while happily offering him physical release from his frustrations. (I was somewhat surprised by the fairly graphic depiction of their coupling, but this is, after all, HBO.) I thought Nicki's line about being "the most stress-free of any of us" was wonderfully ironic because, in her own twisted way, she was absolutely right. From the perspective of a practicing polygamist, Nicki's blind belief in the Principle makes her the most likely to acquiesce to Bill's wishes.
While the wives continued to fight over their time with Bill, it was his son who was most in need of his guidance. While Ben struggled with coming clean about the nature of his relationship with Brynn, his parents, especially Barb, were faced with the harsh reality of the impact of their influence on their son's future.
Douglas Smith has been extremely effective as the tightly wound eldest son, and he has been putting in excellent work this season as Ben has earnestly tried to reconcile his faith with his desires. His wholehearted need to legitimize his relationship ended up being the last straw as he clumsily admitted his vision for his future to an unnerved Barb. When she in turn confronted Brynn about the complexity of the life she was signing up for, Brynn was compelled to end the relationship. Ben has Bill on such a pedestal, and their father-son dynamic - peppered with religious and moral overtones - continues to be fascinating to watch.
The simmering war between the Greenes and Roman came to a shocking boiling point as Bill's betrayal of the Greenes' uneasy trust lead to their brutal retaliation against Roman in the final moments of tonight's episode. I knew that there was no way the ATF had managed to capture all of the followers, and the phone call to Bill, delivered by a cornered Hollis Greene, left me with a very unsettled feeling that we have not seen or heard the last of these people. The buildup has been too ominous to be so easily squelched by alleged capture. (By the way, almost as scary as Hollis Greene was the Boston agent who made no bones about her contempt for Bill's lifestyle.)
Speaking of unwelcome family connections, Lois squealed like a pig when Frank confronted her with the stolen money that he cleverly traced to the multitude of sweet-pea cans in her kitchen. (I did enjoy her pathetic attempt at seduction and her offer that was mercifully scoffed at by Frank - an image that will haunt me for some time to come.) I am interested to learn more of how Uncle Eddie figured into Bill's eviction from Juniper Creek and how that created the current rift with Frank, a man who seems to have no qualms about blackmailing and betraying his own sons when the need arises.
Only four episodes left, I am sorry to report, though I suspect the action is just heating up. Watching this show this season has allowed me to utter the two words I never thought I'd say - Tony who?
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Bills ongoing high-wire act began to show signs of wear and tear tonight as rebels rose up all around him On the home front his wives reacted in surprising ways to his request for personal time Barbs underlying resentment of having to share Bill informed her negative reaction while Nickis pure acceptance of her place in the pecking order had her compromising her own desires in the best interest of her husband Meanwhile Margene played the situation to her advantage protesting meekly about being nothing more than a sex toy for Bill while happily offering him physical release from his frustrations I was somewhat surprised by the fairly graphic depiction of their coupling but this is after all HBO I thought Nickis line about being the most stress-free of any of us was wonderfully ironic because in her own twisted way she was absolutely right From the perspective of a practicing polygamist Nickis blind belief in the Principle mak