Big Love

HBO (ended 2011)
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  • From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer comes Big Love, the story of a man, Bill Henrickson, living in Salt Lake City with his three wives, three houses, and three families.As if normal family life isn't enough trouble, Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton, Twister, Thunderbirds) has everything in triple: three wives, three houses, three families. Bill's first and only legal wife is Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Word of Honor) but he also shares the bedroom with middle wife Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don't Cry, Dogville) and youngest wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed, Mona Lisa Smile). Bill also has three new adjoining houses, seven kids, and a booming hardware business. His closest friend and business partner at Home Plus, Don Embry (Joel McKinnon Miller), is also a polygamist. The series kicks in as Bill receives troublesome news about his father Frank (Bruce Dern, Last Man Standing), who lives in rural Utah in a fundamentalist community lead by Bill's father-in-law, the menacing "Prophet" Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton, Wild at Heart, The Green Mile). Bill's younger brother Joey (Shawn Doyle, The Eleventh Hour) was once a star athlete in the NFL, but is now getting used to living in the compound with his wife Wanda (Melora Walters, Magnolia, The Butterfly Effect). Bill's mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie, Twin Peaks, Fried Green Tomatoes) is a descendant to the original founder of the Juniper Creek compound, and is still bitter for Roman Grant's hostile takeover for the leadership. Daveigh Chase (The Ring, Lilo & Stitch) plays Roman's latest wife, the child-bride Rhonda. Rounding out the cast are Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars, As the World Turns) as Bill and Barb's oldest daughter Sarah, Douglas Smith (Citizen Duane) as Ben, the adoring son, and Jolean Wejbe as Tancy, the precocious 8-year-old.The series is executive produced by creators Mark V. Olsen (Easter) and Will Scheffer (Easter), Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman (Band of Brothers, The Polar Express).Polygamy Loves Companymoreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 10

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    Aired 3/20/11

  • S 5 : Ep 9


    Aired 3/13/11

  • S 5 : Ep 9


    Aired 3/13/11

  • S 5 : Ep 8

    The Noose Tightens

    Aired 3/6/11

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    Til Death Do Us Part

    Aired 2/27/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Paxton

    Bill Henrickson

  • Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Barbara "Barb" Dutton Henrickson

  • Chloe Sevigny

    Nicolette "Nicki" Grant

  • Ginnifer Goodwin

    Margene "Margie" Heffman

  • Amanda Seyfried

    Sarah Henrickson (Season 1-4)

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  • Quotes (95)

    • Margene: Does that mean you miss me more? Bill: Officially... I miss you guys all the same.

    • (The doorbell rings.) Nicki: Oh boy! You know who that is? Wayne: UPS. Nicki: You're so clever!

    • Bill: We need the money, is all. Just do as I ask, will you? Barb: No. No, you mean do as you say. Bill: Yes! (realizes he's just made a mistake -- too late)

    • Sarah: Why can't we just hire a babysitter like everyone else? Barb: Because we're not everyone else.

    • Bill: (seeing his father lying on the floor) Oh good lord! Lois: He's better today. He's gonna be fine. I don't know why everyone's so up in arms. Frank: (hoarsely) Don't let me die.

    • Bill: (about his father) He's gotta get to a doctor. Lois: No! Remember when he got his fingers caught in the fan? You said doctors and he was fine! Bill: He needed 23 stitches!

    • Heather: You know, when I'm 21, I really wanna go on a mission and I wish I could go to an Islamic country because I think post-9/11 that part of the world needs our help the most. Don't you think? Sarah: I think the whole world needs help.

    • Roman: (to Bill) Listen to me, son, carefully. There's man's law and there's God's law... and I think you know which side I'm on.

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    Notes (160)

    • Sarah is the oldest of the Henrickson children but, in real life, Amanda Seyfried is 6 months younger then her co-star and character's younger brother Douglas Smith.

    • Broadcast History Season 1 (March 2006 - June 2006): Sunday 10 p.m. on HBO Season 2, episodes 1-10 (June 2007 - August 2007): Monday 9 p.m. on HBO Season 2, episodes 11-12 (August 2007): Sunday 9 p.m. on HBO

    • Bruce Dern (Frank) and Harry Dean Stanton (Roman) have also appeared together in the movies The Rebel Rousers (1970) and Down Periscope (1996), and in episode 1-26: By Force and Violence of The Big Valley.

    • International Air Dates: - Latin America: October 1, 2006 on HBO Ole - Australia: June 3, 2007 on SBS - Denmark: May 12, 2008 on Kanal 5

    • Director Rodrigo Garcia received an Emmy nomination for this episode in the category "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" in the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (season 2005–2006). The award went to director Jon Cassar for episode 5-1: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. of 24. In addition, the opening title sequence was nominated for "Outstanding Main Title Design".

    • Shooting for the pilot began on April 30, 2004 and wrapped on May 21, 2004. Shooting for the series began a year later, on April 5, 2005. It took nearly another year before the show finally premiered on March 12, 2006.

    • Music Featured in This Episode: - Top of the World by Lynn Anderson - Miss America by David Byrne

    • Amanda Seyfried (Bill and Barb's daughter Sarah) and Tina Majorino (Sarah's friend Heather) both have recurring roles on the UPN series Veronica Mars.

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    Trivia (54)

    • Goof: When Bill is driving to the compound he puts on sunglasses handed to him by Barb before they leave home. In the next shot, he's wearing sunglasses of a different style.

    • We find out that Margene's birthday is March 21, 1983, and Wayne's birthday is March 17, 2001.

    • Bill's father's last name is Harlow. His mother, Lois, is the second of Frank's five wives and, following rules common to some sects, the children were all given their mother's last name. Bill's first wife, Barb, took his last name in marriage. However, Bill's children all have Henrickson as their last name although Nicki and Margie still retain their birth names, Grant and Heffman, respectively.

    • In the original version of the script, Sarah tells Heather that she has a boyfriend. Additionally, their conversation about what music they like takes place in a record store and the conversation about their families in the mall, not in the fast-food diner.

    • It's revealed that Bill's brother Joey used to play for Dallas in the NFL.

    • Highlight for a spoiler: We find out that because of a cancer six years earlier, Barb had a hysterectomy and can't have any more children.

    • See Barb's expression when Sarah suggests they get a babysitter. Sarah may not know this but the character biographies on the HBO Big Love website reveal that both Nicki and Margene were first hired as babysitters for the Henricksons.

    • The Henrickson Family Bill & Barb's children: Sarah, 16 (Amanda Seyfried) Ben, 15 (Douglas Smith) Teenie, 8 (Jolean Wejbe) Bill & Nicki's children: Wayne, 4 (Keegan Holst) Raymond, 3 (triplet brothers Garrett Gray and Spencer Gray) Bill & Margene's children: Aaron, 1½ Lester, 3 mo.

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    Allusions (13)

    • Jordan: Oh my god, Sarah has three mommies! This is a sarcastic reference to the 1989 book Heather Has Two Mommies, which teaches children about same-sex marriages and rainbow families. Oddly, Sarah's friend's name is Heather.

    • The movie Ben, Jason and their dates are watching at the drive-in is Freaky Friday (2003), starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

    • The mural at the compound that Roman is showing to the reporter features Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormonism), and Brigham Young (1801-1877), the second prophet and president of the LDS Church.

    • Nicki calls financial advisor Suze Orman on The Suze Orman Show to ask for her advice with her credit card debt. In her program, which airs on CNBC, she gives financial advice for people who phone in. One of her catch phrases, "People first, then money, then things", is heard in this episode.

    • Barb tells Bill that, while the councilman may have been checking her out, his wife was "checking for my garment line." This refers to the sacred undergarment -- a plain white garment with four small symbolic marks sewn into it at the right knee, the navel and each nipple -- that all Mormons in good standing and of a certain age are required to wear. In this case it seems as if Barb was having the sincerity of her faith questioned. Also, perhaps Bill's polygamous offshoot does not wear the garments as there has been no mention of them, nor any scenes involving them.

    • Lee Hatcher: "The time has come", the Walrus said. Bill's lawyer cites a famous quote from Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter from his book Through the Looking-Glass (1871):

      "The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax -- Of cabbages -- and kings -- And why the sea is boiling hot -- And whether pigs have wings."

    • Sarah: (to Heather) You are an ENTJ. The quiz the girls are taking is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator -- a personality test. According to the test, each person can be categorized in four dimensions: - Extroversion vs. Introversion - Sensing vs. INtuition - Thinking vs. Feeling - Judging vs. Perceiving The complete opposite to Heather's ENTJ would then be a ISFP personality type.

    • Nicki: (introducing herself and Margie to Brynn) I'm Lucy, this is Ethel. Nicki decides to be clever and not reveal their real names to Brynn. Instead, she uses the names of the two female stars of the 50's comedy hit I Love Lucy, Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ethel (Vivian Vance).

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  • Fan Reviews (79)
  • Loved it until it just got too wacky, choppy and absurd

    By lorimcclamrochkarasek, Mar 02, 2015


    By GypsieRose1, Jan 24, 2012

  • I truly love the plot of the series. I am fascinated with thewifes'scharacters, they all have different personalities and believes, but paradoxically they are forced to get along because they are not only married to the same man, but also shared the same family.

    By 1001consejos, Oct 27, 2011

  • Big Love

    By phyll44, Apr 27, 2008

  • Makes you I want to share my Husband with other women?

    By magicmannn, Nov 29, 2008