Big Love Review: "Certain Poor Shepards"

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Although there were many shocking situations that went down on this week's episode, "Certain Poor Shepards," nothing was more surprising than finding out that Margene was only 16 when she married Bill, Barb, and Nikki.

Whoa! Who saw that one coming? I knew that Margene didn't want to show Bill her driver's license because of something to do with her past, but being a teenager when they got married was not something I expected to find out.

Christmas on Big Love

I net Alby discovers this secret first, which would be a major problem for Bill. Speaking of Alby, how scary has he become?

Like Laura said, something inside him has changed. He no longer has a care for anything or anyone but himself. I really thought that Laura would not have stood up to him. When Alby came to pick her up, I thought that she would have left obediently, but it turned out that she is a lot stronger than I gave her credit for.

Now that Bill put himself in the middle of Alby's relationship with Laura, I am sure Alby will seek vengeance for it. Really, like there wasn't enough heated circumstances between these two already.

It is really sad that Lois is coming down with some sort of dementia. One minute she's her usual old self, and the next, she's screaming into a fast food intercom demanding for Santa Claus. Why was she able to get as far away from the house as she did? Where in the world were the other adults? And goodness, why hasn't Frank shown his face at all this season? Where is the crazy old man?

Carolynn uncovered that her father is dead. Nikki tried for the longest time to keep it from her, but now that the truth is out there, Nikki wants her to acknowledge the real evil man her father was. I was surprised that Carolynn seemed to accept this news as well as she did.

Did anyone else get weird vibes from Carolynn's teacher? I really hope that the writers don't use this as another avenue for shock factor and put these two in some sort of unhealthy romantic relationship. I really like Carolynn with the young sweet boy who seemed to have the very best intentions. What do you think?

We didn't get any Christmas cameo from Sarah, but it was nice to see Heather back. She looked great. New hair, new attitude, and could there be a new love sprouting between her and Ben? That would be something I'd like to see.

Barb still has not been able to come to grips with what is happening in her life. This has to be the reason for her drinking. She told the family that she believed that they are all leading unholy lives. However, Bill tried to get her to see that they aren't doing anything wrong.

Poor Bill, he can't get a break! Even during the holidays, nothing in his life is working out. He even has a minor breakdown asking the heavenly father why he and his family have to go through so many hurdles. All he wants is to be able to live his life in public and not be ashamed for who he is and what he believes in.

The episode ends with the entire family creating the holy manger scene. No one looks happy to be there, while car after car drives by taking pictures of the spectacle. What did everyone else think of the episode?

Certain Poor Shepards Review

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Big Love Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

If you can't learn to please me, your future is not right.


There's a whole new face of polygamy.