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1-12: "The Ceremony" 2006.06.04 (recap)


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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 11:24 AM

From my TiVo:

Bill and Joey confront Roman at a UEB priesthood council meeting' Nicki's family allegiances are tested; Barb seizes the spotlight during an award ceremony.


O, the anticipation! HBO, how crafty you are in making us wait A WHOLE EXTRA WEEK to the finale!

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:02 PM

Rhonda is a BEE-YOTCH! What a way to stab Barb in the back.

Wanda is a serial poisoner. YAY!

Nikki was so pretty.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:01 PM

Barb said it...but it really applies to Bill:
"I got what I deserved."

Nicki should never braid again!

Edited by myke25, Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:02 PM.


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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:02 PM

I muchly prefer Non-Prairie!Nicki. Sarah and Teency sold that look of utter devestation as they walked out of the reception.

If the reception didn't have enough tickets to give Barb the number she had asked for, how the bloody hell did Wendy get in?

This episode was fairly predictable. Sad, but predictable.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:02 PM

Wow, I think this was the best episode yet.

Loved Wanda the Poison queen. And I loved Joey's exasperated "Not again!"

I think this was the first episode I liked Nicki in. Ugh[/selfhate]

How bad did they make Margie look? The hair was awful. The dress seemed frumpy. If they can make Nicki look pretty, Margie should look like a goddess.

Poor Barb. Still need time to process that.

Loved the symbolism of Bill waiting outside for Joey next to a red traffic light. He may think he's making progress but circumstances around him are holding him still.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:02 PM

Help-me-Rhonda and a Bedazzler. I'm still laughing. Wanda and the anti-freeze cocktail. WTF?

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:03 PM

Wow. I can't yet formulate a response, but can someone help? At the end when Barb was in the bedroom saying "I got what I deserved," what did Nicky say in response? I couldn't hear it, so if you got it, what was it she said?

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:03 PM

Great episode. Jeanne Tripplehorn was fantastic. Nicki and Margene looked lovely in their dresses. I had no idea Wanda was so vindictive, and I love it, I understand why she poisoned both those men, she wanted to protect her Joey.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:03 PM

Oh man oh man oh man...what a great episode. It really nailed some of the characters down to places I didn't think they'd touch.

Random thoughts...
Nicki looked absolutely stunning all dressed up.

I counted about 5 people with motive for outing the Henricksons. LOL -- Rhonda, Roman, Wendy, Nicki, Adaleen...awesome.

Love the Sousa march in Adaleen's car, and her patient mother-cum-equal interactions with Rhonda. And the Be-dazzler. Oh, the Be-dazzler.

Poor Teeny...and poor Barb. I'm betting Bill will still blame Wendy for the outing, even though he's on the outs with Roman.

And I didn't get all the seat on the council rhetoric, but I have to say that Bill's mom was awesome...what a prayer!!!

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:05 PM

WOW!
So it was Wanda after all!
And how do we wait for the next season? Does anyone know when it is going to begin?

It appears that Bill and Roman may be more evenly matched in their drive and ruthlessness than we'd imagined. Is this show just going to evolve into the replacement for the Sopranos, in terms of destruction, but instead of goomas for sexual thrills we'll have polygamy?

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:05 PM

Wow. I felt so awful for Barb... that was horrid.

Nikki cleans up nice.

Wanda rocks my socks!

Oh, and Bill is an idiot, he brought this on his family all by himself.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:05 PM

Well, who knew! I never for a second suspected Wanda as the poisoner. I love how Lois and Joey know all about it, and it's like, "Aw, gosh, Wanda's fallen off the wagon again!" I suddenly like Wanda a lot more...

Maybe it was the suit, but I keep thinking they've got Alby looking a lot like depictions of Joseph Smith. I wonder what that's about (if I'm not just imagining things). Am I the only person who sees it?

Ultimately I guess it was for the best that Nicki and Margene didn't go to the ceremony; it would have been even more embarrassing for all of them with the additional wives actually present. Poor Nicki, though, she really looked nice.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:05 PM

OMG, I loved this episode. I KNEW it couldn't have been Roman who poisoned Frank. Yet, I never would have guessed it was Wanda. That was awesome.

I really am worried about these people and I love Barb so very, very much that it hurt to watch her fall apart like that. Yeah, it was dumb of her to get involved in that contest, but she just wanted acknowlegment. Oh, the tragedy of it all!

It really seemed like we saw some actual growth from Nicki. I felt so happy to see her move out of her comfort zone by wearing more modern clothing.

I'm actually rooting for Rhonda, as well. I want so badly for her to escape.

Oh, and Bill is still an idiot.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:06 PM

Help-me-Rhonda and a Bedazzler. I'm still laughing. Wanda and the anti-freeze cocktail. WTF?


I am so going to burn in damnation, but both storylines had me cracking up. I loved Bill rounding up Wanda, Joey and his mother and going into full coach mode.

But then pretty Nicki had to utter the world's saddest 'boss lady' and I, like Barb, burst into tears. I know it was a dangerous, unnecessary risk but a small part of me wanted the gang to get away with it. I wanted Bill, Barb and the Hendrickson gang to win a big one.

That final shot of Bill looking over his homes and pondering his potential loss was so sad.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:06 PM

I knew Rhonda could be vindictive, but wow. I didn't realize right away that she was likely the one who gave Roman the info on how to best strike back at the family, but her little smile there was just pure evil.

Is it wrong that I was worried Alby might die? Yes, he's bad, bad, bad. But I am really interested in his character, and where they might take him next season (and beyond, if the show keeps going). I'm glad that he is alive, for the time being, at least. I'm sure next season he'll do something to make me regret being glad, but that's TV for you.

I don't think I could have felt any worse for everyone in this terrible situation than I did tonight. Poor Sarah, who looked as though she'd rather melt into the floor than stand up and walk out of that room, but she still did it, and took care of Teeny on the way. Thanks for that help there, Benny.

I just...wow. It's rare that a season finale just depresses me this much, but thanks, Big Love! You did it.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:08 PM

Actually, after an entire season in which Bill proved himself to be incapable of thinking one full step ahead at a time, it was thoughtful, unselfish, put-everyone-else's-needs-before-herown Barb who wilfully closed her eyes to the wanton stupidity of what she was doing and dragged them all into the abyss with her. And it was Nicki who alone saw how foolhardy the course of action was and tried to speak up, but she was bulldozed into going along under the guise of "supporting" Barb. This was a true emotional twist and it was gut-wrenching.

However, I don't buy the drama of escorting Barb from the stage. It would have made more sense for Mrs. Governor to simply give the award to the runner up, assuming that Barb was the intended recipient. But, then it wouldn't be TV.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:10 PM

what did Nicky say in response? I couldn't hear it, so if you got it, what was it she said?


I'm pretty sure it was either "Oh Boss Lady," or "No Boss Lady."

And wow. I hadn't realized how much I'd grown to care about these characters. My stomach was literally turning throughout the last ten minutes especially during Nicki and later Barb's break downs. This may be the best HBO show since Six Feet Under in my opinion.

Best quote of the night: "You can't just go around poisoning everyone who's mean to us!"

I officially LOVE Wanda.

Rhonda is one vindictive little bitch isn't she? I still hope she gets away though.

And Nicki without the braid equals stunning.

Edited by sordidheart88, Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:15 PM.


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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:12 PM

Oh man, I almost died from laughter during the poisoning drama. Not again? Priceless. And then Lois going on and rubbing it in that it really wasn't her...I swear, I still have a stomachache from all of that.

Ohh wow, Sarah looked so so sad in the end scene. I wanted more kids, but what we got was powerful enough.

Pretty good. Not the best, and I didn't like how it ended, though I definitely saw it coming.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:11 PM

Oh. My. God. Had to rewind and rewatch cause I was like, "Is that an Antifreeze cocktail? Waaaah?" Oh, Wanda. Someone who has not really grasped the most basic religious tenets. But still, laughing my ass off. And I LOVED LOVED LOVED when Joey was telling Bill about how Wanda poisoned Frank, and he had to supress a tiny little smile at the memory. Ah, good times.

That little beeyotch Rhonda. Wow. Not surprised, but vindictive much?

Poor Barbara. However, the public Mommy Award was ill-advised. She told Bill not to join that fancy club because it might endanger their secret. But it was totally OK for her to be in the public eye.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:11 PM

The Finale was great. I'm a huge Chloe Sevigny fan and when I saw her new look, I literally choked up. The finale really tied up the question about the poisoning and how weak Joey really looks compare to his wife Wanda--how calm she was..lol

Jeanne and Chloe definitely looked beautiful but Ginnifer's Hair-DO? She really was the one sporting the Beehive look.

I noticed how when Bill & Joey busted in on the meeting and Roman was talking over the speakerphone- the guy was about to talk about the Beehive Mother of the Year- and again we saw Bill in typical fashion so into his plotting against Roman..(the talking and talking)- he didnt catch it.

I just love Lois! U go Laura Palmer's Mom.

I can't wait til Season 2.

Note: I just read an interview w/ Chloe- and she said that the Henrickson Swimming Pool is actually the same pool used in Melrose Place! lol

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:11 PM

YAy Wanda, And did I see genuine saddness when Roman was looking at Alby in the hospital bed?

Rhonda went from sympathetic to spiteful bitch in 5 secs flat. Nikki did look fabby. Poor Poor Barb.

I love the fact that we got confirmation that Nikki for all her huffing and puffing is NOT a fan of the compound as she manipulated her way off. A loan bargain my booty. If Alby doesn't realize the depth of his sisters talents then he really is stupid.

I dunno what they are gonna do next season. Indeed predictable but very sad. The acting was top notch this ep. From Sarah and Tennie's devastation to Nikki's panic attack to Romans whole 2 secs of reflextion and saddness over his son's condition. I wonder if deep down he loves Nikki too.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:12 PM

While Nicki looked nice, I still don't trust her. Me thinks that she lifted the extra two tickets, so that Barb would feel guilty they couldn't go.

Additionally, when they got back after the ceremony and she flew into her little tirade, I think I caught some evil eyes when Bill was comforting her.

She is a shady woman

And I absolutley LOVE Lois! Every line was delivered perfectly.

I cannot believe Wanda, she is most definitly delisciously loony.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

Wanda The Poisoner Extrodinaire is excellent, and I had it in the back of my head when I read about a villain being attacked in the final episode so I thought while she was going over and pretending to talk on the cellphone she was snatching a knife. But I think I enjoyed Lois' reactions the best. And when Bill was lecturing them all on what to do, I couldn't help but think that she should be taking over, because Bill's plans aren't exactly working out a lot lately.

I couldn't tell if Nicki was actually hysterical at the end there with worry about Bill because of the way she easily deflated in her arms. It was nicely ambiguous.

As was the devastation with Sarah. She feels terrible about her mom, but having them not lie is one of the things she wanted.

One of the best ways I can tell I like a show or I felt it resonated is if I feel what the characters feel. When I saw Barb get pulled off the stage, I did feel like I was punched in the gut. Excellent work, writers and actors!

I'm so glad they renewed this.

Edited by MarchingOcelot, Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:20 PM.


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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:13 PM

Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ.....So much for the writer's exercizing restraint!! Honestly, folks, as a viewer who withstands the Sopranos-Big Love double header, these people know how to end a season!!

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

I thought for SURE there was going to be a funeral for Frank this time...guess that will be in the first show next season?

All I can say is - I wondered why it was taking Roman so long to bring Bill down - I mean all he had to do in the first place was pick up the phone and call the media or someone and get the word out that Mr. Home Plus was a polygamist - and why didn't Bill figure out that Roman has always held that trump card on him? Jeez...the man just DOES NOT THINK FORWARD past the end of his nose (or other appendage).

I agree - Nicki looks MUCH better as a 21st century woman (although did you notice that Bill didn't as much as give her a peck on the cheek - Barb got a very warm kiss on the lips, Margene got a forehead kiss and Nicki - nada...again showing that Bill only truly loves Barb.) After the ceremony - seeing Barb breaking down, and Bill's face - to me it just seemed that Bill just can't get it through his head how much his decision is affecting EVERYONE - not just him but everyone around him. His families, his employees...everyone.

Interesting scene in the Mexican restaurant with Margene and Nicki talking about their pre-Bill lives - who knew that Nicki had a thing for some other guy prior to Bill and that Margene had plans?

Thank goodness for Entourage and Deadwood - maybe the wait for the next season of Big Love won't seem so long!

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:15 PM

This episode was GREAT!! I hope they don't have us waiting forever for the next season.

Finally, mystery solved. Wanda poisoned the father. I would have never thunk it. She obviously has a problem doing this. Wanda oh Wanda.

Rhonda you vindictive little snot, step away from the Bedazzler.

Nicki, she looked so pretty.


I shed some tears. I felt so bad for Barb. She wanted that award so bad and she'll forever feel like it was her pride that brought this on the family. It really was just bound to happen, really. I can't wait until next season to find out what is going to happen. I need to know now.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

Oh. My. God. Had to rewind and rewatch cause I was like, "Is that an Antifreeze cocktail? Waaaah?"

Who would have guessed that Wanda was a Heathers fan? Oh, the humanity!

Edited by rosjaq, Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:15 PM.


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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:15 PM

"We've gotta shape up people!" Hee!

Wanda: "gets drunk, falls asleep, and then the kidneys go"
Lois: "gets drunk, falls askeep, dies"
Love Lois!

Poor, poor Barb. How humiliating. Obviously, they all knew that they would probably be found out sooner or later, but, at an awards ceremony? I guess it couldn't have been much more public than that.

All the wives looked smashing in their dresses. Nicki's loose curls looked great. The blue on Margene was beautiful. Barb looked really pretty.

I felt even more sorry for Rhonda than I usually do. She gets a taste of what it's like to be in a "normal" family and then she's forced back to the compound. How many Hummers does Roman have anyway?

One odd thing- when Bill and Joey were praying outside of the UEB meeting, there was a guy walking by staring at them. Is it really that unusual in the downtown area of a city in Utah to see people praying? I would think not, but that guy was staring at them like he just saw them kissing or something- which I think would be unusual there.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:16 PM

Great episode. I loved the toe tag attached to Albie: "drank anti-freeze". Those women are the souls of efficiency.

I was confused though by Barb's about-face on Rhonda. First she can stay to finish out the school year (how far into the summer do they attend school in Utah anyway?) and then she has to go back with Adaleen? I'm not surprised Rhonda acted so spitefully. Not admirable, but understandable. She is one spooky, creepy kid, but it broke my heart to see her ripping those beads out of her jacket.

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Posted Jun 4, 2006 @ 10:19 PM

Also, the only thing that has gotten my feminist ire all riled up all season long is the look that the three wives gave Bill in the last scene with the four of them in Barb's bedroom. The women were all doing such a strong job comforting each other and then they all plaintively turn to the man in the room for guidance.

I don't have problems with the show's premise, I don't believe that polygyny is fundamentally (heh) misogynist, but that last look smacked of female disempowerment to me.