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Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

The penultimate episode of this short season. All three wives are keeping very big secrets from Bill. This can't go well.

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Barb becomes a lightning rod for Bill's campaign; Nikki tries a new look.


Should be fun. Certainly better than the closing ceremonies, at least.

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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

I thought it was apt that Barb commented on prescription medication since just about every adult character on this show should be on something.

It looks like they are going to turn Margene into a cock tease. The Ben thing was just dropped, and now we'll have drama with her new husband.

Bill firing Barb was the first smart thing he did all year.

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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Good episode - lots of torment, and Bill finally sends someone to investigate Kansas!

Nicky seems to have more control over JJ than I thought. And I do not like Wanda! Not one bit.

I think Albie will kill JJ
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Wonderful acting by Chloe Sevigny this episode. I guess this was our goodbye to Amanda Seyfried; I'll miss her.
Normally I'd ask if State Senate races really get this ugly, but we had a doozey here in Clark County last year, so I guess the answer is yes.
Hoping for a lot of answers in the finale regarding JJ especially.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Wait, so now Nicky is madly in love with Bill ?! That, much like many of the plot lines this season just came out of nowhere. And why don't they tell Marilyn that they will go to the Feds if she doesn't back down? She's committed "RICO act" frauds that would send her up the river for a looong time.

And JJ's father is even creepier than JJ and thats saying something.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
Wait, so now Nicky is madly in love with Bill
I haven't seen this ep yet but I think Nikki's new found affection for bill started a couple eps ago and it had to do with her new found urgency to get pregnant. Remember she was avoiding it in past seasons and got busted for it.

All that plus the Doctor telling her she was more or less infertile, Anna's shocking pregnancy, and her Mom announcing she was knocked up drove her over the edge.

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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

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I haven't seen this ep yet but I think Nikki's new found affection for bill started a couple eps ago and it had to do with her new found urgency to get pregnant. Remember she was avoiding it in past seasons and got busted for it.

All that plus the Doctor telling her she was more or less infertile, Anna's shocking pregnancy, and her Mom announcing she was knocked up drove her over the edge.
Yeah, all that, combined with her collapsing immediate family on the compound, her near-exile from Bill after the incident with Ray, the attention she got from Bill on their recent D.C. trip and the feelings she started having for Ray which was probably the first time she was ever courted in her life. All these things probably awoke a need in her to be madly in love. It doesn't seem like that much of a stretch to me.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Can someone explain to me the weird comment JJ's father made to Nikki's Mom at the dinner table? And have they explained the creepy dynamic between JJ and Wanda, yet?

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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

JJ and Wanda are brother/sister.

And it would seem like JJ's dad want's a piece of JJ's new wife
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

It's funny -- in the episode when JJ took Adele to the marital bed, I made a joke that he should have used Kevin Kline's The Big Chill line and said "This bed's always been lucky for your daughter and me". Turns out it was indeed a lucky bed after all.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Everytime Barb opens her mouth, they get into deeper shit.

It seems that none of the wives really want to be in this mess of a family. It looks like Margene wants a life with someone else outside of this marriage, Nikki wants Bill only for herself and Barb seems to be fed up with the life of the principle overall.

Sarah's finally said enough's enough and getting her ass out of there. I'm really gonna miss that ass... and rack. So she gets back together with Heather so she'll have a witness for her marriage, we don't see her again and now Sarah's moving away from her. Poor Heather.

Is it me, or does Teenie look like a miniature Sarah Palin?
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

I thought the scene with the whole family at Teenie's b-day/Sarah's going away was really well done. That is when the show is really firing on all cylinders. That's to say the trials and tribulations of the family and how they stick together.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Its almost comical how they seemed to panic when Sarah probably announced to the producers that she was leaving the show and they immediately recast Teeny with a potentially hot-when-older actress and then did a 180 with her character and made her the 'new teen girl with doubts about the principal' so that she can play off Ben in the future
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Really good essay/summary of the episode from LA Time's Show Tracker Blog:
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It’s the penultimate episode in this fourth season, “Big Love” fans, and after last week’s crazy, south-of-the-border detour, it’s nice to see all the action has been brought back to Salt Lake City and focused squarely on the family.

This episode, titled “Next Ticket Out,” had the Henrickson clan bursting at the seams. Never mind the opening sequence of domestic bliss, which had everyone coming together at the dinner table and Bill proudly sporting his World's Greatest Dad apron and serving up platter of barbecue — all to the tune of the Build With Bill campaign jingle, which was so cheesy it could have been manufactured in a Velveeta factory.

No, this supper was just a flimsy scrim that unveiled the rampant dysfunction that was gurgling just beneath this well-scrubbed surface. And this was the episode in which everyone was brought up to speed and all season's ducks were lined up in time for next week's finale. Although, with all the story lines going on this season, there was a lot to catch up on: Margie’s paper marriage to Goran. The discovery that Joey killed Roman. Teenie's entry into teendom. Nicki's problems conceiving. Marilyn’s extortion of the casino.

And Sarah moving to Portland. After the news had been revealed that that actress Amanda Seyfried was leaving the series, part of me was afraid that Sarah would meet some untimely demise and be left for dead as the hapless victim of some tribal meth war. So it was with relief to discover that Scott just found a job in Oregon, and the newlyweds had merely decided to make their way west. Basically, Sarah was intent on getting herself the heck out of Dodge before the runaway campaign train reached its inevitable end.

Though who can blame her, really? Portland is reputably a lovely city (despite Nicki’s insistence that its streets are laced with heroin). And now that there aren't any family members held captive in ostrich pens down in Mexico, Bill is back on his megalomaniacal campaign track and running full speed ahead.

This time, however, Sarah is not the only Henrickson not on board. Barb now regards the state Senate run as that annoying thing on the to-do list that constantly tromps on her freshly-mopped floors, and something she’ll finally be glad to be through with. Margie admitted that she used her marriage to Goran to distance herself from the family's eventual exposure. Even Teenie said she doesn’t want to be outed and risk losing her popularity (though she may have single-handedly sabotaged her own social standing with that bizarrely intense and lengthy Yankee Doodle Dandy of a tap routine during that on-air interview).

Only Ben and Nicki have secured their seats aboard the Build With Bill bullet train. Though while Ben is two pompoms and a megaphone short of becoming Bill’s most ardent and unwavering cheerleader, it’s unclear whether Nicki is really and truly aligning herself with her husband, or if this is another plea for love and attention. Nicki is still looking to find herself. As a result, she’s finding herself in revealing tight-fitting tops and short skirts (and it was touching, if a little uncharacteristic, to see Cara Lynn stand by her mother and support her new look).

Though it appears that Nicki still wants it to be all about her as well. Did you catch her (unsuccessful) effort to bring it back to her when Sarah revealed she and Scott were moving to Portland? And when the second wife said that she didn't want to share anymore and that she wanted to be Bill’s one and only? (Does this mean that Nicki could be ... monogamous?)

Though to her credit, Nicki tried to spread her newfound message of love to her spiraling-in brother. Poor Alby, however, continued in his downward slide of compartmentalization and self-destruction. In public, on the witness stand in court, he denied any kind of knowledge of his and Dale’s sacred apartment. In private, however, he stepped out of his shoes and laid bare his mourning. The way Matt Ross stumbled through Alby’s grief, spinning around his prison cell of an office with the blown-up photo of him and Dale, to the tune of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” was heartbreaking. And though Nicki tried to coax out Alby’s human, vulnerable side, Roman’s unrelenting death grip on his son ultimately proved too strong. Alby clamped his emotions, rejected his sister’s pleas for new outfits and new chances at life. He also succeeded in bringing Nicki down with him, shaming her into buttoning up into her "Little House on the Prairie" duds once again.
Also on the compound, something’s rotten with the Kansas ranch and why J.J. was called to Juniper Creek and why he was censured, and Adaleen was chloroformed for her snooping insolence. Wanda has retreated herself into a knitted silence (thank God Nicki saved Wanda and Joey Jr. from J.J.’s creeping, fingernail-less clutches). And what’s up with J.J.’s doctor delusions, and the way he prescribed medication for Nicki's high blood pressure? Is this why he's using Malinda as a human medical experiment? Could he be cobbling together some kind of Franken-Walker?

Back on the campaign trail, Bill continued to rack up points for hypocrisy, sanctimoniously pulling a Trump and firing Barb for hiring Marilyn behind his back. The guy who would stop at nothing to uncover J.J.'s documents at the Kansas ranch decried Marilyn's underhanded actions as "unconscionable." And Bill declared his family and his faith were the foundations for every decision that he made, while snapping that his family act like one in front of potential voters.

Though the women in this episode actually called Bill out for not practicing what he preached. First, Marilyn took him to task for cheating on his wife. State Senate opponent Leslie Newton Usher (Amy Aquino) questioned his family values. Margie challenged his insistence on having her marriage to Goran annulled. And Ana flat out called him crazy for his unbelievable rant about how a woman taking on another husband was “unnatural.” (“A man has to know his woman is his. That’s just the way it is,” he said. “A woman cannot have two husbands. It’s just wrong. I’m not a hypocrite.”)

And Barb continued to question Bill’s motives as she became more and more unhinged. And though her medication quote in front of Salt Lake City wives was admittedly a little off-topic (and ruffled the feathers of good ol' anti-depressant-taking neighbor Pam), there's no denying that it came from a place of truth (“We are asked to be perfect, and it is an impossible standard to meet”). And I liked how she stood by her words, no matter how nutty, lashing out at Bill and her situation in general when he insisted that she take it all back. "I'll retract. I'll retreat. I'll apologize," she ranted. "You write out whatever you want me to say and I'll say it. Because I certainly don't have a voice of my own."

At least Barb, as unmoored as she has become, still has enough of a moral center to atone when she had done wrong. Like when she came clean to Bill, and when she apologized to Tommy that it was her own wounded pride that brought Marilyn on board (though she was rewarded with a chastely hot hug of comfort from Tommy for it).

705096_BL_LT_408_12_8_0807 Also self-aware: Margie. Although it took her forever to finally admit that her marriage to Goran was selfish, at least the third wife had the maturity and the wherewithal to realize that she was in danger of falling into the same extramarital trap with Goran that she did with Bill. And I got a kick out of seeing a clearly ruffled Bill size up his hunky Serbian competition and challenge him to a ferocious game of ... tetherball? The metaphor was slathered on pretty thick as Bill and Goran slapped around a big ball for bragging rights as to who was king of Margie's court, and the slow-mo action and the Olympic-style music was played to hilarious effect. Of course, Bill's got too big of an ego to be shown up by this Eastern European himbo playing house with his shiniest wife. So he acted like typical Bill and stopped at nothing to be the big man on the block, volleying up a sweaty fury in order to win at all costs and not lose face, not even relenting after Goran got smacked in the face.

So Margie and Barb were somewhat pulling away from Bill as Nicki was tightening her grip on him. And part of me entertained the thought that perhaps both Barb and Margie would desert Bill, leaving Nicki to remain in the Big House as Bill's sole wife. Though, of course, it's highly unlikely that this would happen, as the family came together as a united front by the hour's end. Sarah, sweetened by her father's support of her move to Portland, returned the gesture and came out in support of her father, despite his many flaws. And Bill (finally) spoke out in Barb's defense and in effect acknowledged that women are, indeed, Utah's greatest natural resource.

Ultimately, the episode gave Sarah a nice send-off. The backyard scene book-ended the episode with some more nice family sentiment, and allowed Sarah to step back and look fondly at her crazy, mixed-up family. Her eye contact with birthday girl Teenie made me wonder if the younger Henrickson daughter will now take over Sarah’s spot as her family’s anti-polygamist voice. And the quilt that Sarah received as a gift was very sweet, particularly after seeing that Bill sacrificed his own identity and cut up his beloved Hot Dog Man apron for his eldest daughter (though I'm still not convinced it makes him any less of a weenie).

What did you think? Does this make you excited for the season finale? What do you hope will happen? Where’s Joey in all this? What is Marilyn’s ultimate endgame? What secrets will be found in Kansas? Will J.J.’s father please stop saying “baby doll” so that we can all sleep at night? How many licks will it take for Bill to find his moral center?

-- Allyssa Lee
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Everyone has said that Margene has been made stupid this season but it's Barb. She used to be the Backbone of the Female Trinity. But now she's just making mistake after mistake.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

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Everyone has said that Margene has been made stupid this season but it's Barb. She used to be the Backbone of the Female Trinity. But now she's just making mistake after mistake.
Agree.
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Some thoughts:
-Loved Nikki in this episode. I hope Albie's "dressing down" of her didn't make her go back into her cold shell.
-Margene. So now she's afraid she'll romp with her paper husband? Please make this storyline go away. IMHO, it totally takes away the focus of her business, which I thought was a sign of her growing maturity and independence.
-It's nice to see that Barb is just as fallible as the other wives this season. Remember, she's had to deal with her first born having a miscarriage and then getting married (which she was against), being ousted from her church, and the happenings of the casino all before the start of this season. Add all the additional drama of this season and its easy to see a change in Barb.
-Is JJ sexing his sister?
-Was that tetherball match one for the ages? lol I don't think I laughed this hard in a long time. Man that was hoot. Thanks go to the writers for such a tension breaker in a pretty original way. (that wasn't meant to be taken seriously, right? lol)
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Love the show, but it's definitely been an off season for the most part.

JJ is supposed to be scary, but Nikki of all people just pretty much takes back their daughter and he lets it go and then she strolls onto the compound to grab Wanda, he says she should stay, and he kind of just lets Nikki walk right off with her.

That's the kind of inconsistency that has been pointed out about throughout this season that the writers had done a much better job avoiding before.

Still, it was a strong episode and I'm glad they didn't do something extreme and have Sarah killed off as revenge for the arm chopping.

I have no doubt Sarah will be seen again when they decide its the last season. I'm just wondering what way they'll go. Will the love and family conquers all, with a hell of a lot more roadblocks that I could ever imagine ANY family dealing with or will they decide that this kind of love eventually destroys things and have the marriages fall apart in the end.

After all, it is the family aspect of the show that I think is always the best, no matter what else they're dealing with.

I had a friend that went to BYU and lived in Provo. I really knew nothing about what the Mormon life was, because my friend acted like almost everyone else in high school. I was out there for 3 weeks after our freshman years at different colleges and it was the worst 3 weeks in my life. Seriously. Very cultish feeling no matter where you went. I was always looked at as being odd or an outsider by both sexes and there wasn't a single place to get a beer. I'm told it's not as bad in SLC, but I can see why they tackle the subject of women in Utah, because my friend was totally not the same person after just one year there and was married before anyone else and a lot was expected of her. She's probably drinking benadryl at this very moment.
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

I chuckled when Barb mentioned Benedryl. I have a friend who's about Barb's age who also takes Benedryl to "relax".
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

Was that David Naughton as the female senate nominee's husband? He's not listed in imdb, but I was sure I saw him for that brief second.
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Was that David Naughton as the female senate nominee's husband? He's not listed in imdb, but I was sure I saw him for that brief second.
Yes, it was Mr. Be a Pepperhimself. Going to go dig out my Makin' It 45 and dance the night away. LOL.
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Liked Nikki bitch slappin' Bill as well.
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It's nice to be reminded of how sexy Chloe is....
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

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It's nice to be reminded of how sexy Chloe is....
Yes it is!
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Re: Big Love #42 "Next Ticket Out" - 2/28/10

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I chuckled when Barb mentioned Benedryl. I have a friend who's about Barb's age who also takes Benedryl to "relax".
My hands started itching recently and I figured out that Benedryl doesn't make the itch go away, it just makes you so high that you don't care.

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