We're only 5 episodes away from the conclusion of "Big Love." Here's what's happening with the Henricksons in the episode titled "D.I.V.O.R.C.E":
Lois and Frank
It's feeling like old times for Lois and Frank. Frank lies to Lois. There's a knife in Lois' purse. Lois is planning Frank's murder. And in some ways, they now have been brought to back to a time so long ago, when it was just Lois and Frank and no sister-wives. The wives have learned of Frank's venereal disease and have left -- (Frank tells Lois it's because he kicked them out to take care of her). Frank takes Lois to a beach and lets her know she has been "out" for 2 days in her dementia. Lois informs Frank she has not forgiven him but she won't kill him. All they have left is each other, she tells him, but she also makes him promise he will kill her if she's out for more than 3 days in her condition.
Ben and Heather...and Rhonda
Heather admits to Ben that she has been seeing a boy at BYU, which Ben doesn't take very well. Meanwhile, he's been hanging around newly married Rhonda and her baby, being duped into beliveing she's a changed woman. Her husband Verlan hasn't killed (or kissed) enough for Alby quite yet, so he hasn't been able to provide enough bacon for Rhonda and the family. Rhonda then goes to work at the strip club to earn some cash where a lonely Ben drops by and kisses her. Ew.
Cara Lynn and Mr. Ivey
Continuing the culture of "ew" are Cara Lynn and her teacher Mr. Ivey. Now they're making out all the time and falling in love with each other. Nicki doesn't know a thing and is instead focused on learning calculus and getting Bill to marry her.
Bill and Barb
Yes, Barb and Bill are going through with the divorce. He plans on marrying Nicki, but he leaves Barb in charge of the family finances. Sugar hits the fan, and Nicki rightly accuses Bill of leaving Barb in change of the finances because he doesn't want to lose Barb entirely.
Barb is experiencing so many transformations in her life. She drinks, she dances, she doesn't take sacrament, and she's getting a divorce. She feels she should be a priethood holder and seeks a mentor in her mother's former friend, Renee Clayton. (Nancy and Renee had a falling out years ago because Renee has grandiose feminist ideals and is a lesbian.) Renee counsels Bill, Barb, and the wives, but they cannot come to an agreement about Barb's religious views. The paper divorce now feels real.
Do you have guesses on what's to come for the Henricksons in the final episodes? My thoughts: It feels like Rhonda and Heather might figure into Ben's life in a big, polygamous, loving way. It's almost like Heather = Barb and Rhonda = Nicki. Lois and Frank seem to heading towards a meaningful (albeit sad) conclusion together. Margene's admiration for her boss appears to be too deep to ignore. And for me, Barb and Bill don't feel over at all. Their paths are changing, but I think they will converge in some way again. Your thoughts?
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