Big Love 5.08 The Noose Tightens

It might just feel like it’s getting tighter from all the story lines that were crammed into this one, hoo boy. Are there really only 2 episodes left? It seems impossible. Also, the intro’s song seems more and more relevant as this show winds down: “Home – is this my home? Been starting over, bathe in the water.” I don’t know what baptismal font is big enough to wash all of their sins away at this point.

Margene puts Cara Lynn on notice, but we’re still not sure how hard she’ll be on this situation. It’s Margene; she’s been the softie. This is the episode where not only is she at her most emotional in five seasons, she’s also her strongest in the end. She busts in on a “tutoring session” at the school, a slightly stronger hint at the couple that she’s onto them.

The wives gather before Bill and their lawyer to find out what the whole Barb being taken away thing was about, and it seems that not only is Bill under suspicion but Barb is, as well. I was so glad they mentioned Wanda Barzee (wife of Brian David Mitchell, abductor and rapist of Elizabeth Smart) having been charged in the crime, as well. I had to do a little digging, but I couldn’t find any other incident where a poly-wife was charged with anything, and if they did, I guess it’s been expunged.

That whole Elizabeth Smart kidnapping brought the bright light back on polygamy in Utah just after they hosted the Olympics (and swept most of their messes under the rug.) While people outside of Utah may not have thought she’d been taken by a polygamist, almost everyone there thought some weird fringe leader had grabbed her. I know I sure as hell did as soon as the news broke.

But Wanda getting charged with procurement and false imprisonment was HUGE. I know of one polygamist wife that was charged from one of the FBI raids, but that was back in the 30s. (There was a raid in ’35, ’44, and then the Big One in 1953.) Typically the feds like to imprison the men and scatter the women. But because this sweet looking blond-haired angelic child of a wealthy Mormon man (and she played the harp, too!) caused national attention on the one thing the LDS Church wants people to just forget about, they threw the book at her, too. I’m not saying she didn’t deserve it, I’m just saying it’s shocking.

Alby Grant at one point said, “No one has ever been successfully prosecuted for anything happening at Juniper Creek.” Remember that the actual name is “Short Creek.” After the ’53 raid they split the town in two – Hilldale and Colorado City, but the locals still call it “The Creek.” And the fictional statement is still true for Short Creek, with the one exception of Warren Jeffs, but damn it if his case wasn’t recently over turned. (Don’t worry, he’s facing charges in Texas, and we hate him here.)

I say all of this to illustrate that Barb is up the Creek without a paddle. The state (which is essentially the Church) is pee eye issed that they have to walk the polygamy walk again, and she’s going to jail alongside her husband, if they have anything to say about it. And she knows it, doesn’t she? She is visibly shaking, she threatens to drink the Dran-O, for crying out loud. “I am a woman of deep and abiding faith and now I might get indicted as an accomplice to rape.” Well…yeah. Also, that phrase “of deep and abiding faith” is so Mormon. I love it when the writers get little things like that in the script.

Cut to the mousy polygamist wife with the Wisconsin accent (come on, actress, research that shit – they should sound like Norwegians speaking Valley Girl) being forced off the compound by Nicki “for her own good.” Nicki reminds me of LDS missionaries getting their baptisms in. She, like them, is not really concerned with the individual and their thoughts, fears, and needs, but instead Nicki is all about being able to tick another notch on her list of Women She’s Helped. Missionaries say “Baptize them and let the wards sort ’em out,” and Nicki’s fine with letting the various welfare organizations handle all of her heavy lifting, as well.

One thing leads to another and Bill makes the trek down to Juniper Creek (and in reality it’s a four – five hour drive, I continually laugh at them “zipping down” there) to confront Alby. Because of Alby Don’s about to have a complete meltdown, and part of me wouldn’t fault him for selling out his share in the stores for 3 times their worth. What the hell has Bill done for Don aside from ruin his life? At first I wondered why Bill didn’t call Alby out on attempted murder, but then he pulled out his Ace: Madison, a young cousin that was paid off to not blab about being sodomized by Alby years ago.

One, we now know just how much Roman and Adaleen knew about their boy and two, of course the threat of public knowledge of his homosexuality is far more serious a crime than murder for these people. Just… good lord. This man was broken from the beginning, forget your wish that Dale could have healed him, he was just busted goods, folks.

(Although I have to stress again how perfectly cast Matt Ross is. As the hybrid of Warren Jeffs and Joseph Smith, you couldn’t ask for better. Don’t believe me? Here’s the profile of Joseph Smith:

 

Joseph on the left, his brother Hyrum on the right.

Joseph on the left, his brother Hyrum on the right.

I mean, are you kidding me? That’s Alby. Amazing. And sorry, but the prophet was the most important man in the faith, period. Everything about him was worshiped and idolized. And every prophet since has tried to fill his shoes as The One Mighty And Strong. Which is another reason why Alby as shepherd is so hilariously wonderful.)

Alby is not one to take a threat lightly, so he enlists Verlan to do his dirty work again: Verlan will dig a lovely hole out in the desert and they – together – will fill it with Bill’s corpse. And now we find the line Verlan won’t cross, but he does a great job of keeping that hidden from Alby for the time being.

Margie finally sacks up and busts in on Greg Ivey’s little love den that he’s been keeping with the under-aged Cara Lynn. Oh, I was so proud of her being so strong and sarcastic “I may not be a math genius, but I figured that out.” But as she doesn’t have (much) of a leg to stand on when it comes to inappropriate relationships, you can tell that Cara Lynn and Greg don’t take her threats too seriously.

Also, there was the proof that they’d have carnal knowledge of each other, but I laugh derisively at Cara Lynn claiming that it’s alright because Greg is “devout.” Not if he’s fucking out of wedlock, he’s not. Oh, but he’s long learned the art of justification, that goes hand in hand with that brand of religion. GROSS, by the way. Margie clearly used the situation to work through some of her problems with her own marriage, those arguments and frustrations not fully formed, just yet. She was chilling in her anger as they drove home, though. “Do you have any idea what this family is facing right now?”

And oh, how I will miss Nicolette’s old time, curmudgeonly quips when this show ends. “Just where have you two Good Time Gals been?” Ha! It’s funny because that’s exactly how my aunts and older female cousins talk, like time stopped after Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney finally got the Barn Built. “Say, this has all been swell, but I gotta get back to the chores!”

I did love the scene with Barb frosting her cake with utter precision, trying to be exacting and perfect in something, when Heather – dragged before her by Ben – admits that it’s her fault the “coppers” came down on the family like a ton of bricks. How glorious it must have felt in that instant when she hurled that cake to splatter all over the window? And you know she felt utter horror and frustration immediately after, because who is going to clean it up? Barb, that’s who.

Mousy Wisconsin Polygamist Bride talks Barb into giving her a ride to the bus station so she can go back to the compound, Nicki hears this and loses it. You are drowning that horse in the trough, Nicki, it’ll drink when it’s ready. That girl is just all about control since her life has been completely beyond any within her power up to this point, and by God she is going to force everyone else around her to be just. as. free. as. she. BE HAPPY, DAD GUMMIT.

Goji Mike trying to hardball Bill in the senate house made me laugh, as it does any time anyone that isn’t Alby tries to get tough with him. Bitch, put a gun in his face and threaten to put his wives in the “hole” (insert that creepy music with the child sing songy vocals here) and then you might get him to move an inch. And a little PSA for you, pyramid schemes and tourism are the leading bringers of money to the state of Utah. I’d like to see some financials on that bridge in Guatemala, Mr. Sainte. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Senator Draw Me! (I can never remember his name, but he looks just like the turtle you draw for those art correspondence courses) lets Bill know that the feds paid him a visit. Well. That’s a horse of a different juice drink. He tells the senator to have the Church call off the dogs and he’ll resign. (Please notice that the state house answers to the Church, that’s as real as it gets, y’all.)

Oh, Bill, it can’t be that easy. Things are looking bad for the Henricksons as Margene can’t seem to grasp that she is to say “Yes, no, or I don’t recall” to any question given to her by the feds, Nicki decides that Lawrence O’Donnell is a terrible lawyer for her (she didn’t get any big pay off as First Wife by proxy, after all) and is her typical unhelpful self, and Barb lets everyone know she’s aware they all were resealed without her. It’s moments like this when I wonder why the hell they even try to stay together. Just dissolve this shit and move on, land sakes. Especially when Nicki is so awful. Yes, she can work a generator like nobody’s business an build a barn in two days, but so can lots of people. Plus you won’t have that constant fear of being stabbed in the back by your “loved ones.” And let’s face it, that is all she knows. More on that in a bit.

When Margie is questioned, the big moment (and great job by US Marshall Head Bleed from LOST) is when it’s suggested that the family didn’t really want her, they just wanted a young, impressionable recruit. Ouch. That one hit home with the poor lonely girl just looking for a loving and stable family. (And you went with that motley crew?)

Nicki, whilst sewing quilting squares to the original Von Trapp Family Singers (oh my god, I lol’d and kicked my heels at that), finally gets that something is up with her neglected daughter. Push comes to shove and Nicki marches her to Greg’s to demand that they stop seeing each other. I got hives when he called Cara Lynn “Sweetheart,” and loved that Nicki snapped, “Don’t you sweetheart her!” How justifiable for Nicki to lose it like she did. Here she is in the beginning stages of realizing all that’s been done to her over the years, her misguided attempts to help other women from suffering as she did (and as she knows she was spared from suffering by being married off to Bill) and her own daughter is now trying to ruin all the plans Nicki’s made by getting married to a man more than 20 years her senior.

I’m sure she was thinking of that horrible horrible scene from last year as Nicki ran in a panic to every room in that seedy motel, looking for her daughter, just getting to her in time to save her from being married off to a dirty old man. How for Nicki, that was her moment to really face the compound, to stop making excuses for them, and to draw her own line in the sand. Her frightened and horrified screams as she weakly slapped at Greg… So very sad. I’ll miss Chloe Sevingy’s Nicolette, that’s for sure. What a unique and layered character. She’s just indefatigable, isn’t she?

Not so fast. Family meeting where Bill lets them all know that Home Plus is being targeted by Alby, the indictments are coming, and it’s just not looking good. Barb hisses at Nicki to use whatever influence she may still have with her brother to call him off. Fat chance, but Nicki does her duty as always. She runs into Verlan who lets her know that Alby wants Bill dead. VERLAN. DO NOT TELL NICKI. She has no filter, dude!

Of course Nicki immediately chastises Alby for wanting her husband dead and we know it can’t be good for Verlan, even with the red herring the writers through in about Bud Mayberry (aka, Terminator 2.) Alby tries to pull rank, but Nicki pulls out all the stops, they know about him sodomizing lots of boys, not just Madison, they know that Lura left because he was in love with Dale, and she delivers the killing blow, that Dale “would rather hang himself than spend an eternity in Outer Darkness with [Alby].”

Oooh. Alby stops her from being able to leave and we just know shit is about to go down.

Margene, who has been confronted by Michael Sainte that perhaps the family is actually a cult, then confronted by Bill and Barb that Goji is the cult, seemed to be on the point of walking away from the family. “It’s not about the juice! It’s about feeling needed and validated!” But she eventually calls Goji and quits the business. And here’s where I’d like to insert another PSA, as someone that grew up devoutly Mormon and the daughter of a woman that was obsessed with pyramid schemes (and I mean she tried every single one that came down the pike, from Smellaleuca to Nu-Skin.)

They’re both cults. Now before you go thinking I’m just Miss Sour Grapes over here, there actually is a checklist:

  • does the outfit/group isolate the individual?
  • does the outfit/group claim a higher purpose than the rest of the world?
  • does the outfit/group push the individual to unrealistic goals of perfection?
  • are the beliefs of the outfit/group thought to be sacrosanct?
  • is the leader always right?
  • do they encourage black or white thinking?
  • are members recruited deceptively?

Make your own opinion, but you ain’t changing mine.

Adaleen checks in on Alby and makes him swear that he wouldn’t “really” hurt someone. I assume this is family code for murder. A little rough and tumble is all well and good, however. Does anyone really think anyone else in this family will actually be honest at this point? Go ahead and cue that creepy child sing song music as Alby shuts the front door, and opens the closet where he’s stuck his ungrateful sister. Oho, look who’s in the closet now! Oh, and she’s in a pastel prairie dress. And her hands are duct taped. And her mouth is duct taped. You know, like brothers and sisters do.

He covers her head in a sack, gets Verlan (who doesn’t know who it is) to help him carry this new “apostate” out to the desert to fill the hole, instead. When Alby takes the sack off and Verlan sees who it is, you have to think he knew his time was up. Oh, Nicki! Her guttural “I don’t want to die!” and trying to break through to her brother with tales of their growing up together, and Alby shoots three feet to the left of her and kills Verlan, who gives out a high pitched scream before falling face down in the dirt.

Alby steps over his dead body, lovingly holds the pink collar of Nicki’s dress and soothes, “This is who we are, who we’ll always be. You’re my sister and I love you.”

In my family we show love a different way, I’m just saying. But having known a child of one of the more violent polygamist families (on the show they’re the Greens, in real life they’re the LeBarons) I know that it’s pretty typical, what we’ve just seen. Can you take that in for a second? It’s just other-worldly, and I know this show gets flack for being “crazy” with the plot lines, but this shit is real. The Juniper Creek stuff is the most realistic aspect of the whole show, you just have to believe me on this one.

Back in Sandy, Bill prepares the other wives for his going away for a long time, maybe 20 years. They’re shocked, but then in staggers a dirty, weirdly dressed (even for her) and crazy-eyed Nicki. The lights were on, but no one was home. It seems like we’ve finally reached Nicki’s breaking point.

 

Man, I cannot wait until next week. They crammed so much in this episode, it’s just going to be even more jam-packed, I suspect.

Homework for funsies: read up on Ervil LeBaron, Dr. Rulon C. Allred and his assassination, and Warren Jeffs’ attempted suicides in prison. I bet we’ll see a lot of parallels in these last two episodes.

Edited to add: I have backlogged previous seasons’ discussions, hit the Big Love tag to catch up.

 

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  • I wish I had found this blog before the end of the series. Great writing. Great insights.

    Speaking of the LeBarons, one of my old high school friends married a couple of the Chenowyth girls, but that was after Ervil went to prison.

    And you’re right. Both are cults.

    • Laura Stone

      I’m in the process of moving all of the other season’s recaps/explanations into the crazy religious stuff over here, if you ever find yourself with loads of time on your hands. :) Checking your blog, seems you’re going to know all of my references, too.

      Was your high school friend from the George or Hurr’kin? My friend was a co-worker, about 10 years older than me, and remembers the assassination of Allred, on top of other things. She changed her name and went into hiding when the LeBarons started their blood atonement work in earnest. Scary, scary stuff. I was still in my “Heather” stage then, too. How crazy that I stuck with it as long as I did.

  • Lisa

    ?does the outfit/group claim a higher purpose than the rest of the world?
    ?does the outfit/group push the individual to unrealistic goals of perfection?
    ?are the beliefs of the outfit/group thought to be sacrosanct?
    ?do they encourage black or white thinking?
    ?are members recruited deceptively?

    I think that means that the Tea Party is a cult!

    And every one of the Hendricksons is massively messed up.

    • Laura Stone

      Ha! But they’s Red Blooded Amerkins! *cough*

  • Bead

    OKAY, FINE. ::orders up entire series run from netflix::

  • I was from up north in Tremonton. I went to high school at Bear River and was a Seminary Bowl state (in Utah, that means world) champion.

    We had non-FLDS polygamists in the area. I worked with a couple of the wives at La-Z-Boy. They had a look of defeat about them. No doubt they were treated badly by their husband and sister-wives, but everyone in the factory mocked them mercilessly as well.

    Later, after I moved to WA, the head of the Kingston family was arrested for beating an unwilling young bride at a ranch I had worked at in my teens. The scene where Roman takes Kathy Marquart (a very Utah name) to the ranch to marry Hollis Greene (and kills her as she escapes) may be loosely based on that.

    The plot line in which Nikki infiltrates the prosecutor’s office is also based on a Kingston scandal.

    My wife just reminded me that she also had a polygamist boss at Weber State. Good Jewish girl from Detroit that she is, it really freaked her out.

    I love how Big Love portrays Mormon power in the state. They nail it. My great great grandfather was Wilford Woodruff. Reading his journals started me on the road to apostasy. It was all about political power. One of my favorite passages was one in which Wilford complained about Brigham Young outlawing all the stills in the territory except his own. Brother Brigham was cornering the market on liquor and Wilford didn’t like it.

    • Laura Stone

      My fam’s from Lehi, I lived in St. George, and just boggled at the Short Creekers. Down south there weren’t many who weren’t associated with the FLDS, but up in Lehi (American Fork, West Jordan all the way over to Roy) were little pockets of off shoots.

      I remember that mess with the Kingstons. I was freaked that people shopped at the Mall of Americas, knowing they owned it, too. Oh, Kathy! What a wonderfully sad and pitiable story line she had.

      I can’t quite say who my relatives are, since most of my fam is TBM, but we go back to the first polygamist families of SLC under behest of Brigham. Woodruff, huh? I would love to read those journals, what an amazing bit of family history you have there.

      And ha ha to the still! I still find it crazy that so many Mormons didn’t know that Joe had a bar in his house in Navoo!

      That Bill asks his Senator Buddy to ask the Church to back off is a wonderful bit of writing – it’s spot on.

  • I must have screwed up the Kingston legal scandal link. Here it is http://www.tribblogs.com/polygamyfile/2007/08/laura-fuller-one-year-later/

  • Valerie

    A question: when Barb was sitting in the chapel (with the stained glass windows), a woman came to check on her wearing what, to me, resembled a nun’s habit, and called Barb “Sister Henricksen.” I thought I heard Barb call her “Bishop.” What kind of place was that?

    • Laura Stone

      I have been trying to figure it out myself. It’s nothing related to the LDS church (or FLDS, for that matter.) I wonder if it’s some Episcopalian chapel, and Barb’s drawn there because they allow female clergy? (No LDS chapel has stained glass.)

  • txvoodoo

    “I have backlogged previous seasons’ discussions, hit the Big Love tag to catch up.”

    I LOVE YOU.

    Hell, if they were all in a word doc I’d put them all on my Kindle and READ IN ORDER.
    Thank you for your insights, seriously.

    (and i’m still out there pimping!0

    • Laura Stone

      You’re the best, Toots!

      And I just can’t believe there are only 2 episodes left, period. WHAT ON EARTH WILL THEY DO? (My money is still on an assassination attempt by a fringe group – the wives will be the shooters.)

  • Ivyfree

    Trivial, but I noticed that when Nicki was sewing and listening to the Von Trapps, the song she was listening to was The Lonely Goatherd- a song about a lonely goatherd falling in love with a girl, played in the movie by a puppet with long blond braids. In the song, they carry on until the mother catches on and makes them get married.

    I thought it was a nice touch.

    • Laura Stone

      Every single song they use on this show has a double meaning. They can be such thoughtful writers at times. (And then I read Marge’s Blog and she mentions how every morning she helps make breakfast, which includes COFFEE (she says decaf) and I want to shake the hell out of the writing staff.

      NO. No coffee! Of any kind! Boo.)

      Now I’ll let you get back to your yodeling. ;) (Oho, yodel-odle-ay-ho, Oho, yodel-adle-oh!)

  • Cinco

    Txvoodoo sent me, and I’m so glad she did–I’m a midwesterner who was raised Catholic and Jewish (and am now happily neither), so your insider perspective on polygamy/LDS/Utah is absolutely invaluable to my understanding of this season. Thank you and I look forward to the next two posts!

    • Laura Stone

      Thank you for commenting! She convinced me to bring a lot of my older posts from another location over here to help answer a lot of the doctrinal issues from previous seasons.

      I’m looking forward to the next two episodes! (And feel free to bring up discussions/comments whenever the spirit moves you. Heh.)

  • Lida

    “Senator Draw Me!” – Holy LOL. I always thought he looked like a turtle but your description is SPOT ON.

    • Laura Stone

      He is totally Tippy the Turtle, am I right!?

      • txvoodoo

        OMG. It’s MITCH MCCONNELL! Except Mitch never smiles that much.

        • shipperx

          Heh! Yeah, I see the turtle and I think of Mitch.

          I see Itzen on Big Love and I just thing “It’s the evil President from 24!”

  • Sylvia

    I’m *soooo* glad I came here – via txvoodoo.

    I love reading all the minutae of your life and experiences with FLDS.

    ::hugs::

    • Laura Stone

      Why, thank you! Glad you’re here, too. Now if I can only publish this pesky book, you’ll get all the minutiae you never knew you wanted. ;)

  • Sylvia

    Sorry, it’s fishsanwitt :)

  • Sylvia

    I would *totally* buy that book!

  • Valerie

    Me too! Get to work! :-)

  • Melanie

    I think Barb was in a RLDS church. It wasn’t Episcopalian; being one myself, the Bishop doesn’t just hang around casually in the church and if she had been an Episcopal bishop, she would have been wearing a purple shirt with a white collar. And her skirt wouldn’t have been that long. Shallow me, that’s the first thing I noticed.

    I grew up in Missouri with a lot of “Smiths” who attended RLDS services and their churches looked like that. Very modern, but the stained glass would have depictions of Jesus meeting the Native Americans and such.

    • Laura Stone

      I don’t know of ANY RLDS in Utah, to be honest. They didn’t follow along after Kirtland and Navoo. Not to mention that RLDS is so insignificant to Utah Mormons (Fundie or Mainstream) that they barely get any mention. It could have juts been a non-denominational bible-focused religion, perhaps affiliated with Safety-Net? I can’t find anything on HBO’s site that gives any info.

      I want to say that it’s insignificant, but since we’re at the end and everything that matters to the ultimate arc is being jammed in, it can’t be.

    • Laura Stone

      OH! I had forgotten they recently changed their names to “Community of Christ.” It could be.

      But as I said, that faction was insignificant before the Saints made it to Utah Territory, and a few stragglers showed up in the late 1800s, but were chased off by the Whistle/Whittle patrols. I think – if it is an RLDS meetinghouse – that’s lazy writing. They don’t have any of the “keys” to Mormons, even Fundies like Barb (who is still acts like a mainstream Mormon, barring her polygamy.) would think that.

  • Sandra Davenport

    This is the one of the best series on television, and this episode was epic. I can’t believe that there are only two episodes left. I have recently taken the time to go back and watch this series from season one and I have a couple of observations: 1) The writers have done a superb job at being consistent with all of the characters. 2) as far as Margene being treated like she is in a cult – yeah, big time. The whole first season she is being told that having outside friends is dangerous and at one point Barb tells her that their way of life is isolating but that they do it for the good of the family and for eternal salvation. (Jeanne Tripplehorn is excellent in that seen because you can see even then that she herself doesn’t quite believe it). 3) There is a scene in season 1 episode 8 that has a TV clip of Condolisa Rise saying “There is no such thing as a bad terrorist or a good terrorist. You can’t hate Al Qaida and love Hamas”. This was such a tell for the whole series for me. It may as well said “There is no such thing as a bad polygamist or a good polygamist. You can’t hate the Compound and love The Hendricksons”. 4) Jeanne Tripplehorn deserves and Emmy!

    • Laura Stone

      I am totally on board with lumping them all in together. This isn’t polyandry, some love commune where adults can come and go as they please, this is all about religious dogma saying women are breeders. You can dress them up in modern clothes like the Henricksons or prairie dresses and angel bangs, ultimately it’s the same thing. Great recall from S1.

      Funny thing is that the Mainstream LDS Church also isolates its members, tells them that outside friends are dangerous.bad, etc.

      Which leads me back full circle to the first sentence of my reply. Heh.

    • txvoodoo

      Wow, Sandra, some great points. This is why I really need to do an entire series rewatch.

      I’ve been saying for 5 years that this cast deserved Emmys.

  • Valerie

    Laura – why does LDS frown on coffee? Even decaf? There are many, many reasons I could not be LDS…and that is just one of them.

    And it seems to me that if Barb can drink, Margene ought to have her coffee.

    Also, who do YOU think will die? Because, as the Big Love Forum on TWOP puts it, all those “Chekhov’s guns” have to mean something.

    Right now, the general consensus will be Margene, in an accident. (Alby’s aiming for Bill but hits Margene). Which will cause the charges against Bill to be dropped, but Barb will leave and Nicki and Bill will be stuck with each other.

    Then Bill and Nicki go to Juniper Creek and take over.

    • Laura Stone

      The Mormons have an additional set of scriptures called “The Doctrine & Covenants” and it’s essentially “modern revelation” received by Joseph Smith as the church grew (and where all of the rules for conduct are.) He got a “revelation” from God that the church calls The Word of Wisdom – and within this are the rules for diet, including abstaining from coffee, tobacco, etc. There’s actually good stuff in there, but they ignore the “eat herbs and not a lot of meat” bit and focus on booze, coffee, and smoking.

      That’s why it’s such a huge thing that Barb is drinking (and why she hides the bottle in the cupboard.)

      I kinda think Nikki will die – it seems like something Chloe Sev would root for, and I think it will be what leads to Alby’s undoing.

  • Sister Wives returned with their second season. I think this shocking, since of their legal issues they have because of their lifestyle. I think that not everyone would do this. But hopefully it will be resolved as soon as possible.

  • Valerie

    you okay? I figure you’re working on the recap, but I – and all your other fans – can read it!! Really, really look forward to your take on the penultimate episode.

    • Laura Stone

      Just got back in town from an anniversary trip, sorry! I’ve got it ready to type in, check back tomorrow – just in time to get excited for the finale!