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Spoilers for the series finale of Big Love: [Apologies in advance for any typos or errors in quotation; I'm typing this on an iPad in an airport. Big Love: "When Men And Mountains Meet" At its best in its first three seasons, Big Love understood that for all of the things Bill did .. reading me on this show here, eh, you probably read the Community reviews already. Big Love went off the air Sunday night after five seasons. "When Men and Mountains Meet had some shocking scenes, but overall I felt.
She marries ex-Mormon Scott Quittman despite her parents' initial reservations. In the third season, he expresses his sexual attraction and love to Margene, his third mother, who pacifies him as she loves him as a son. He has stated his desire to follow The Principle—to practice polygamy, as his father does. She and Bill marry, then she divorces the family.
Aaron Paul as Scott Quittman — Sarah's boyfriend and eventual husband. Former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys.
He attempts to enter into polygamy like Bill and his forefathers, albeit reluctantly at first. Wanda's psychological problems surface when she poisons people who cross her or her family. In a strong, perennial, and sometimes violent feud with his wife Lois. Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson — Bill's mother. In a long-time feud against Bill's father, Frank Harlow that included attempted homicide. She lived in Joey and Wanda's home and assisted with the care of their infant son.
Her twin sister, JoDean, marries Frank as his newest wife. Patrick Fabian as Ted Price — Cindy's husband. Although sixth wife to Roman, Adaleen is his most trusted confidante and is able to influence his political decisions. After Roman's death, Alby sends Adaleen to be a wife of J. Bill and Nicki have a moment where he tells her to support Margie, because what she wants to do is kind and unselfish.
Nicki does not comprehend this idea and tells Bill that the best place for Margie is at home, with them. Bill says that they are all free. Bill goes to see Cara Lynn when she doesn't show for breakfast. She's says "I don't eat with Nicki" and Bill gets his parent game on and says "Her name is Mom and yes, you do. Nicki is at the shelter helping out when Barb comes to find her. Nicki is scared; she doesn't want to be alone. She thinks Barb's on her way out the door and Margie wants to leave.
If Bill leaves, she'll be alone. She tells Barb in a moment of honesty and says "I have no ounce of the milk of human kindness in me. I'm spiteful, jealous and mean. Trust me, got that memo. Bill gets on the capital and tries to force his municipality hearing into a debate about the legality of polygamy. He had to make one last stand, I guess. I know I'm supposed to be moved here, but I'm not really.
Making polygamy legal makes Bill's life easier, but what about marriages like Roman's or Alby's? What about those trapped women? Barb's got her Baptism dress and she tells Bill she loves him before she goes.
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Cara Lynn and Nicki have a nice, brief talk about how Nicki knows that Cara Lynn was in love and that she wanted to try out the dangerousness of love. Nicki tells her that it never feels any less dangerous. Barb goes to be baptized and can't do it. She's not Barb Dutton; she's Barb Henrickson and she needs her family.
Recapping the Series Finale of "Big Love": "When Men and Mountains Meet"
Hundreds of polygamists come to Bill's Easter services. Apparently they all saw on the news how Bill wants polygamy made legal. It's feels like a forced manipulation to make Bill seem to be the hero one last time.
Barb comes in and Ben gives up his seat for her. At least he's polite, even if he is dumb. Bill has a vision of the polygamists before him, including Emma Smith, wife of Joseph and rebel priesthood holder. He gets his sermon on. Barb tells the other wives that she didn't get baptized. Bill sits outside, writing pages and pages in a yellow tablet, while watching the wives through the window. He seems very happy and peaceful. Hell, he's even tolerable to me.
Ben comes out and Bill tells him that he felt a grace descend upon him at the service. Bill says everything's going to be OK and to remember that faith comes from love, not the other way around. Frank and Lois are laying together and Frank's remembering when they were first married.
The camera pans to the bedside table with some medicine and a syringe. He talks to Lois until she doesn't respond. Way to come through at the end, Frank. Bill heads out to pick up Lois, not knowing about her and Frank.
Carl the creepy neighbor comes by and asks Bill about the sod on his lawn. Bill tells him he said he'd take care of it. We cut back to the wives cooking and hear three gunshots. The wives run out Margie calls because Bill's on the ground bleeding.
He's in and out and he turns to Barb. He tells her he needs a blessing. She's crying, shaking her head and he finally gets through to her and she blesses him, saying that the Heavenly Father knows what is in his heart. And then Bill fades out.
Bill wasn't a bad person. He didn't always do the right thing and he hurt a lot of people, but he wasn't malicious about it. And it was really a kind thing to ask Barb to bless him. The moment plays out a bit too long, and curdles, the way that false escapes do.
On the one hand, Big Love has never hesitated to show its women as strong. On the other, it has tended to finesse or sidestep the issue of whether polygamy itself, or polygamy as practiced by the Henricksons, empowers or subjugates women.
But the series ends with him at odds with at least two of his wives about their freedom, and the impasse is resolved not through character but by default. The Henrickson women end Big Love strong and independent, but the way it happens feels like a Gordian-knot way to give everyone the happiest possible ending. Even, strange as it feels to say, Bill and Lois.
After we watched the episode, Mrs Tuned In told me she had a hunch the show would somehow end up in the afterlife, something you might be wary of post-Lost, but a resolution that would be fitting in Big Love. Its central mythology, after all, was not about a smoke monster but the question of whether the family would end up together in the celestial kingdom: Was it all worth it?
There was a lot that fell away in the wrap-up—Lois got a tearful sendoff, and we had the brief return of Amanda Seyfried as Sarah—but in the end, Big Love came back full circle to the core relationships.