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If My Family’s Not Here, Then I’m Not Here

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Dear Kathryn,

Wow – what a finale! With all this season’s violent foreshadowing, we knew someone was going to die…but we didn’t spend a ton of time wondering if it was going to be Bill. More so, we wondered how whatever death occurred would break up the family, but we never wondered if whatever death happened would bring real healing to the family. After the building, dissipating and rebuilding tensions of the past two seasons, with threat against threat against threat impending on the Henricksons, how perfect that the violence that finally took Bill out wasn’t really produced by any of his schemes and plans. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beginning of the End

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OK, Natalie, I know you are out of town and won’t get to watch this penultimate episode, but wow, do you have some drama in store! This episode was a bit more chaotic, setting up the various plot lines that are going to come to a massive collision next week.I know some people are going to object that the episode was a bit talky, and I suppose that is right. It was full of speeches that are just a little too explicit and expository, but you know, after five seasons of incredible characters and non-stop melodrama, I’m OK with a few long speeches. Can we please start, though, with the audible gasp and clenching of my stomach when Margie said she was going to the bathroom? Read the rest of this entry »

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March 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

The Exorcism will have to wait till Tuesday

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Natalie is out of town and my HBO prime channel had a complete meltdown, refusing to show any sound or picture until 9:37 p.m. My DVR recording was the same black screen, so I have to wait until the episode is available on demand tomorrow before I can watch and respond. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alby was behind this….

Please check back on Tuesday for a post on the penultimate episode of the season and series. And no spoilers in the comments, please!

Kathryn

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March 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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We will always be this way

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Dear Natalie,

I have completely fallen in love with Big Love all over again! Last night blew my socks off and I cannot believe our time with the Henricksons is finally coming to an end. As the show hones in on its conclusion, it is striping away the distractions and taking us right to the heart of the characters we love. We all know some climax is building and they seem to know it too – as the noose tightens, who are the Henricksons and what life have they built? This episode centers on Margie, but really, the revelation of her age is the perfect way to get at what all these characters face. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

Do I Sign It Grant or Hendrickson?

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Hey K,

I am genuinely confused. I thought this Bill-Niki wedding was “just a paper wedding” with us all knowing Niki had ulterior motives, but motives that weren’t seen as acceptable. How we got from there to the whole family – including Barb and, even, Ben – supporting a “real wedding” is kind of beyond me. Like, I really am confused. Did it seem strange to you too? Even stranger, Barb officiating! Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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Dear Kathryn,

What was it about Lois and Frank’s storyline that got me so emotional tonight? There was something beautiful to those beach scenes. I noted last week how everything seems to have this ominous tinge to it right now (heightened by the Deadwood-reminiscent music!). And Frank’s bread-cutting scene began it for these two. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to tell a spouse, “don’t worry – I’m not going to kill you!” and then have conversation continue. In a strange way, it felt like these two have the most vulnerable, honest relationship on the show. Losing the safety-net of the sister-wives puts them back square in the middle of painful, aging monogamy. And I think that’s what got me. After it all, when all other communities have failed them, there’s an odd image of hope in the possibility that there will be somebody – no matter how broken – there for you at the end of it all. Who’d have ever though Lois and Frank could leave me feeling grateful for my own marriage not because of their failure, but because of their example! Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

A Special Relationship

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Dear Natalie,

Well, you are absolutely right to cotton on to Barb and track her through this season. All signs point to her being the linchpin of whatever is to come in the finale and her journey to self-discovery is definitely the heart and soul of the show right now. Now that we are here, five episodes from the final goodbye, it seems that really, maybe she has always been the heart and the soul. Nicki may have been hysterical and overwrought when she dragged Barb to the Senate floor to force her to tell Bill that she believes she holds the Priesthood, but she was not mistaken that this little doctrinal point and all that it represents about the dynamic of that “special relationship” between Barb and Bill might be the making or breaking of the family as we know it. So let’s cut to the chase and talk about divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 14, 2011 at 9:33 am