Big Love Review: "D.I.V.O.R.C.E"

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There's only so many more episodes left of Big Love and I found it very surprising that the writers would take this unique show and bring in an overplayed plot line on TV these days.

I'm referring to the overused and quite morally wrong student/teacher relationship that is blooming between Carolynn and her math teacher.

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We all knew that it was coming, especially with the looks Mr. Ivy had been giving Carolynn all season long, but gosh darn it, I really hoped the writers would have taken the high road and had Carolynn turn him down instead of falling for the guy.

This is the third time this network season that I've seen such a dysfunctional relationship unfold on TV. What kind of message does this send out to the youth of America?

Meanwhile, "D.I.V.O.R.C.E" was the perfect title for the episode because Barb and Bill's legal relationship is heading towards splitsville. At first, I truly believed that Nikki didn't have any hidden motives, but as the storyline unfolded, it was clear this whole adoption matter came up only to become Bill's legal wife.

This was evident when Nikki let her true emotions show by yelling at Barb when Bill asked her to sign the prenuptial agreement. She may want to believe that she has Carolynn's best interests at heart, but every action she portrays proved otherwise.

Lately, Barb's actions affirmed that she no longer finds the same happiness she once did being married to Bill. Now that she believes that she, too, can hold the priesthood like Bill, I can't imagine this turn of events helping them come closer together. Barb has every right to go forward with finding the priesthood within herself, but I can't see her marriage being able to survive it. All the chips are falling into place for Bill and Barbara to finally part ways.

Could there be a new romantic interest for Alby? It really wasn't that outrageous having Alby and Verlan kiss. The way that they looked at each other a couple episodes ago pretty much confirmed that they'd one day get it on.

I almost felt bad for Rhonda. Being a young mother is hard enough, but stripping couldn't make anything easier. Then again, it's Rhonda and after her brief make-out session with Ben, I felt nothing for her again. That smooch was very strange and terribly inappropriate.

Don and Bill payed Alby a visit and let him know that they are on to him. I loved how Don took a stand against Alby by confronting him about trying to kill him. Alby now knows that Bill's on to him. What will he do next?

With all this going on, Bill added politics into the crazy life. No one is on his side and now he has the Mormon church on his case. Every now and again we get glimmers of hope for the man that there maybe just cause for his decision to run for politics, but it flickers and then goes dark again. I still can't wrap my head around why Bill ran in the first place. Can you?

Finally, Lois and Frank shared a strange, but endearing scene at the beach. They both realized that after every thing they'd done to each other, they only had each other in the end.

Loved this week's episode and can't wait to see what happens next. My only wish? That this awesome show wasn't coming to an end.

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This is the third time this network season that I've seen such a dysfunctional relationship unfold on TV. What kind of message does this send out to the youth of America? [Quote] I have no idea why anyone would want their children watching this program to begin with, so I have no idea why anyone would complain of the relationship going on between Carolynn and her math teacher. This show has more underage relationships than marriages. If parents are allowing their kids to watch this, they are the ones sending a message to the youth of America, not the network.
I also agree with neb8fan's statement. I knew this was about marrying Bill more than it was protecting her daughter. With all of the programs out there that help single mothers these days, you can't tell me they're going to make this idiotic storyline saying she has to marry a man to protect her daughter. Give me a break.

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What about Margene fantasizing that the video from her boss was him talking to her directly about sex? That was odd

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I hate the adoption storyline; if I were Barbara I would just suggest that Nikki have a will. I mean if it doesn't matter that Bill isn't legally married to Nikki and Margene then why would it matter if he were the legal father of Nikki's daughter. If it was truly about making sure she was protected in the case of Nikki's death then a will naming Bill as the guardian would get the job done.

Big Love Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

(to Bill) There will be blockades. They will put you out of business.

Barb

(to Bill) Your wife is a stinking filthy liar and should wash her mouth out with soap.

Frank
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