Big Love Review: "Exorcism"

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Big Love brought all the drama and left very little anticipation for the series finale on "Exorcism," as Alby became a wanted man, but that did not stop him from his one mission: kill Bill.

Trio of Wives

The feud between these two men has gone on since the beginning of this show and who did not expect it to end in a glorious showdown? They both knew that each wanted the other dead, but it surprised me to see Bill give away his perfect opportunity.

Even Nikki begged Bill to just go ahead and be done with it, but Bill did not shoot him. This action clearly proved that Bill is in his right mind and is not madly acting out. He probably realized that having Alby thrown in jail would cement to his followers the type of monster he really is.

The hardest character to understand is Nikki. She has always been a bit nutty, but never would I have thought she would say such horrible things to her daughter. Even the way she did it was beyond creepy. Poor Cara Lynn. She had to wake up in the middle of the night to find her mother waiting to make her feel worthless.

Yeah, so maybe Cara Lynn should not have fallen in love with such an old man, but I don't think Nikki should have gone through such extremes to keep her daughter away from Greg. Wouldn't he be thrown in jail anyway?

Speaking of jail time, what would the sister-wives do if Bill heads to jail? Barb clearly wanted them to start thinking and making plans, but how would their marriage survive such turmoil?

It was interesting that Nikki brought to light the comparison between Bill's relationship with Margene and what Cara Lynn was doing with her much older teacher. On one hand, both relationships are morally and legally wrong, yet Bill never knew Margene's real age. It would be hard to believe that if Bill did, he would not have kept it in his pants.

Am I the only one who found it odd that after all the attempted murders between these two that Lois and Frank are all of a sudden BFFs? So Lois went crazy. Why would Frank want to be her caretaker now? Don't they hate each other? What gives?

Rhonda made it clear to Ben that the sex meant nothing to her, yet she wanted to marry him regardless. She used her only chance to inform Heather of what transpired between her and Ben.

Naturally, Heather would not want anything more to do with Ben, but why on earth would he say he would take care of them both? Does this mean he also wanted to follow in his father's footsteps?

With only one more episode left, will we get the pleasure of a Sara cameo? And what ever happened to Bill's brother and his wife? Hopefully, all will go down in beautiful flames.


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (22 Votes)

Poor Ben, he is confused doesn't know any better as he confessed one day to his father that he is strugling with the religion. I think he is one of the biggest victims of the religion. Cara Lynn should have gone to boarding school. She is very stubbon. And the school principal what the heck!!!!!. Could not believe she would actually show up to take Cara Lynn by force. In today's time can you really kidnap a child? Rhonda, what happened to the $30,000 she received in the last season. The only person not crazy in the whole show is Barb. I loathe Alby, he should rot in jail.


Overall it was a fairly solid episode and I particularly enjoyed watching Nicki realize what a manipulative and mean spirited person she is, even if it is in the context of berating her daughter. I also thought it was very typical that she tried to send Cara Lynn away and hoped that no one would notice. The disappointment of the night was Ben finally going off the deep end. I was hoping that he would be salvageable like Sarah, but I guess his family started on this path when he was still too young and impressionable. Now that the Albie situation is cleared up, hopefully we'll get a finale that isn't too cluttered and lets things end on a high note.


I think the scene with CaraLynn and Nicki was less about CaraLynn and more about Nicki. Nicki was obviously confronting herself with the whole birth control thing and about how she's manipulative and doesn't deserve love. Nicki's always felt that no one loved her and that's why she clings to any love she thinks Bill has for her.
P.S. Nicki's breakdown was one of the best acted scenes in Big Love history.


What a hilarious episode! I almost busted a gut laughing so hard and so often. Just when you think one of these idiots couldn't do something dumber, and just when you think someone like Ben (possibly the most rational of this bunch of deluded fools) might survive he, as a captive of his wacky "religion," follows right along with the rest of the imbeciles. Blame it on his adolescent hormones, I guess. When I wasn't laughing I was wishing for bad things (and that's not healthy) like hoping Alby had killed Margene or would kill Bill. My hopes that this family of fools (in this order: Bill, Nikki, Margene, but not so much Barb) will get what they deserve in the final episode are fading.


Did you start watching the show from season 1 Niki, your take on womens is pretty off? Barb wasn't trapped & it wasn't the principal.


It'sm important to note Nikki's past - she was raped at 15 by being forced into a marriage with that creep JJ. This, and her general oppressive family life has had a lasting effect on her, which illuminates her reaction to Cara Lynn. She was only projecting on Cara Lynn what she herself feels about her own self worth. Honestly, I think it would be great if Bill was taken to jail. With the heavy handed yet very subversive, masculine, patriarchal influence he has over the women gone, perhaps they will finally each find their freedom, individuality. Barb is college educated, very smart and independant, and only stayed on after the the polygamy for the love of Bill. Nikki was vulnerable and was "saved" by the marriage, as was Margene out of her dismal circumstances. The latter 2 have never known what it's like to truly be independent, and Barb was trapped, as she has very often alluded to, by Bill's conviction of the principle. Anyway. I love this show.


Thought this was a good episode! Agreed, not as good as last week, but still lots of shocking moments. I'm sad to see this show go!!!!!!!!


compared to last weeks episode this one felt week. With all the hype for the finale i hope this episode was just the foundation. Not to say it wasn't a good episode, but last weeks for some reason felt like it had more to it.

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Big Love Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Trust me. My mom's too embarrassed to say anything.

Cara Lynn

Bill: There are some real cops in front of the house.
Nikki: The same cops that let Alby go. Who are investing you and Margene are now protecting us? I feel so much better.