BIG LOVE “The Oath” Review

BIG LOVE "The Oath"

BIG LOVE “The Oath” Season 5 Episode 4
– As the day of Bill’s swearing in as a senator draws closer, more secrets and revelations surface. As much as Bill wants the family to have moved past Margene’s bombshell revelation that she was only 16 when they married, even he is not capable of what he asks others to do. Apparently, Bill cannot even look Margene in the eye when they are having sex or a conversation. Yet, in typical Bill fashion, he expects the rest of the family to pull it together and move forward. Even as Bill declares that the family is not falling apart or fracturing on the “eve of their greatest triumph”, it really is.

Everyone thinks there were ulterior motives for the marriage of Bill and Margene. Nicki thinks Margene was just looking to be adopted and slutted it up with any man until she got a taker. Don thinks Bill overlooked what he may have suspected about Margene due to his obsession with her. Don also remarks that the obsession had little to do with Margene’s intellect. Barb thinks that Bill’s animalistic urges took over and that she overlooked the possiblity because she needed Margene. Barb drops her own bombshell when she tells the wives that she was lonely and felt isolated when the marriage consisted of only she and Nicki. Barb needed Margene in the family as much as Margene needed to be in the family. Naturally that does not sit well with Nicki. Nicki has never been known to be able to see how cold and closed off she can be. The one thing she always had was the knowledge that she got Barb through a rough time and was Barb’s strength. With that one comment, Barb has taken that away from her.

Some of the saddest scenes tonight dealt with Lois. It was hard enough for Bill to tell her about her disease, but later having to tell her that Frank gave her a veneral disease that they could not cure was devastating. Although he did not tell her that was the cause of the dementia, that was probably a good thing. Lois already feels filthy and like she has wasted her life. Watching Lois stand desolately out in the cold facing the fence like she was punishing herself was awful. The only good thing was that she seemed to have a moment of clarity at Bill’s swearing in. I believe that someone will seek revenge for Lois’ condition. My bets are on Nicki once she is told what Frank did. At this point, it does not seem that anyone other than Bill and Barb even know that Lois has dementia or the cause of it.

Alby has upped his evil with Adaleen by his side. He has also upped his creepiness (is that even possible?). Kissing Adaleen on her mouth like she was his next wife? Gross. Adaleen taking pictures of possible women seeking State help seems typical. She always seems to need a prophet or man in power to follow. What do you think Alby is cooking up to get back at Bill and his family for his perceived humiliation?

It was a nice surprise to see Rhonda again. Even though she is supposed to be married to Verlan and changed and all, I get the idea nothing much has changed. Ben keenly observes the baby might not be hers. She and Verlan waste no time trying to bribe Alby who seems to have some real insight into Verlan. Speaking of bribes, it is probably not a good idea to bribe or threaten the Attorney General, Bill.

I thought tonight’s episode handled the desolation each character is feeling and the fractures in the family quite well. I am interested to see how this will all pan out. In the meantime, I would like more Alby and his delicious lines such as “You were not a victim. You were a lamb dressed in a pastel frock merrily skipping to the slaughter. I mean the altar.” Love it.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Anyone cheering for Ben and Heather? What about the possiblity that Cara Lynn starts a relationship with her tutor? All signs point to that happening and soon. Share your thoughts and theories about this epsiode of Big Love in the comment section below.

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