This post originated on another journal and is being added to HDJM’s canon
I’m not giving a detailed analysis on this ep, because this was all just them getting their ball rolling. Although, if there are any Mo’s out there (or former Morg) didn’t it bug you that they didn’t get Testimony Meeting right? Then again, they only have an hour to tell a story, lol. (They’ll get that joke.) A running gag in my book is how everything (EVERYTHING) ends up with a Testimony Meeting. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. And for the record, you wouldn’t use that time to just apologize (Nicki) nor would you say that you’re excited about your new business and you know it’s a true thing (Margie.) Eh, it needs to ring true to me, or I just think the writers read an article about some Mormonish behavior and tried to input that. Whatever – it’s not affecting your viewing, just mine.
Um, I need Ben to never ever sing again. My shame meter was off the charts. Christian rock AND earnest dork trying to “rock out” set me off.
THE FOOD STORAGE BITS HAD ME LOL’ING. Y’all have no idea how accurate that was. It’s just hilarious. See? That’s why little details set me off, they get obscure things like FOOD STORAGE smack on, Testimony Meeting, which is so incredibly important to the experience doesn’t deserve the same attention to detail? Anyway, sides of beef, row after row of canned goods, etc., the generator…. Although Nicki’s mom would TOTALLY know how to hook it up. But then Nicki wouldn’t have gone into the freezer, etc. etc. (I was waiting for her to be locked in, honestly.)
So did y’all know that Warren Jeffs has had homosexual allegations from the beginning? So if you were wondering where Albie might be headed, I’m just saying. They’re following a LOT of rumors that swirled around that jackass.
Oh, another little detail that I appreciated (that just underscore my earlier complaint) was the church service with the three men on the dais. There have to be three leaders, btw. A bishop and two counselors. Nice little touch to have Ben be the second counselor.
It should also go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway *G*) that Barb dealing with the loss of her membership to the church really affects me. That sense of loss, of needing to over compensate in other arenas, the struggle to prove (even if only to yourself) that you’re a “worthy person” is so sad, because it’s so true. Imagine that humanity decided you weren’t a person. It’s that extreme. I mentioned in a comment elsewhere that when you come out of that organization and start to see the real world around you, it’s like up has always been down, and right has always been left. It affects EVERYTHING. That’s how all encompassing it is. I know you can’t understand that if you’ve not lived it, but really, it’s just that extreme. (That’s why there are so many bitter ex-mos.)
Anyway, I need some more eps to air so I can see where things are going.