Big Love

Season 2 Episode 1

Damage Control

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 11, 2007 on HBO
8.5
out of 10
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122 votes
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After they're outed as polygamists, Barb decides to leave the family while Bill starts an investigation of who leaked the information. Meanwhile, Sarah attends a support group for ex-Mormons

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  • 201.

    7.4
    Disappointing, is the only word that could be used to describe this episode of Big Love. After a strong first season featuring an explosive, highly entertaining first season of the HBO series the second year did not get off to an equally exciting beginning. The drama was there as we saw Barbara turn her back on her family in search of a truer meaning of life after being outed as a polygamists, but the signature comic relief was absent as was a storyline involving the other characters. Roman Grant appeared on screen for a whopping two minutes and the only episode just felt like it was scripted at the last second.moreless
  • Season 2 Premiere

    9.4
    A very enjoyable premiere of Big Love, and it yet again proves to be one of the most addicting shows on television right now. This premiere basically set up the whole season, with great beginnings to story arcs, not to mention this episode was wildly entertaining. The 55 minutes just flew by. From the family trying to find out who exposed them to Sarah's ex-Mormon group to Barb leaving the family. This episode managed to be wildly eventful and it was just a superb premiere. I loved how Wanda was on trial throughout the episode, the cliffhanger last season just made Wanda all the more three dimensional with her having a thing for poisoning people. Aaron Paul is one of the best actors on television, just watch Breaking Bad and you'll see, I wouldn't be surprised if he does outstanding on this show too, I'm looking forward to see his appearances to come throughout the season. Just so much things about the arcs this season that will just make you keep watching.



    And let me tell you, by the end of this, I could not wait to watch the next episode. Big Love has impressed me before, but not like this.moreless
  • Nice premiere that sets up some potential future story lines

    8.1
    I was a little bit late to "Big Love," but now that I'm watching it, I must say, it manages to take a topic such as polygamy and make it endlessly entertaining. When I first heard of the show and its premise, I wasn't intrigued. Yes, I admit I judged the show unfairly and assumed it would be boring. However, I found the first season anything but boring, and the first season finale only proved how intense the show can get. The second season premiere certainly picked up around the same time the first season left off, but I felt as if there should've been a little bit more. There was a couple of major moments here, but with the way things ended in the first season, things could've been even more hectic.



    Things pick up about two weeks after Barb was outed as a polygamist in front of everybody at the Mother of the Year ceremony. Embarrassed and worried everybody things badly of her, she secludes herself inside the house and refuses to come out. As her anxieties about being known as a polygamist by the community grow, she ends up moving out, leaving Bill, Margie, Nikki and the kids by themselves and wondering when she'll come back. As for the whole "Alby being poisoned" event, he's alive and Roman is trying to figure out who was responsible. In the first season finale, when Wanda poisoned Alby, I thought it was the most random but intense moment of the entire finale. The show had hinted at doing something crazy that would raise the stakes for awhile, but it took them twelve episodes to truly deliver. The aftermath is somewhat slow moving, as Roman slowly interrogates Wanda and other people to figure out what happened.



    For the most part, nothing much happened in the episode. There was a lot of Barb arguing with different people, and eventually she decides to go back, but there were two major developments that should be interesting to see unfold. For one, Sarah begins going to an ex-Mormon group to discuss her negative feelings towards polygamy. Feeling left out in the group, she runs into a man (played by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad) who claims he wants to help her get her feelings out and understand her better. It should be interesting to see how the relationship between these two turns out. Also, Roman approached Joey, Bill's brother, about how he'd allow Joey on as long as he voted for everything he wanted him to vote for. If Joey were to accept, it could mean bad things for Bill.



    Overall, the second season premiere was good, but could've been better. I was most impressed with the increasingly unsettling images that Juniper Creek gives me of polygamy. A bride registry? Roman threatening to take away Wanda and make her marry Alby? Creepy stuff.moreless
  • Barb leaves the family after they are narced out.

    10
    What a way to open the new season of Big Love this episode Damage Control was really good. I can not believe that Barb left the Family evan though she did go back. It was wierd seeing Barb and Bill having dinner at the nieghbor's house as a happy couple evan though they were not at that moment. I really liked what Margie said to Barb about her not knowing if she can be in the marriage without her. I liked that Bill wants to find out who ratted out his family but I think that he sould leave it alone if it won't get into trouble with the state. I thought that it was strange that Nikki was telling her mothe that she was not ready to take the frist wife position when clearly she feels really comfortable taking the spot.moreless
  • Be careful Bill, Roland is no ally!

    9.1
    What a great show! Every character is brought forth with such honesty and life that at times I find myself making comparisons to '6 Feet Under'. These are some of the most talented people working in television today, although being that this is HBO, every episode seems more like a wonderful short film. I've written my review in blurb form, although in the end, it turned out to be much more of a call to action for the charcters in their various plights than a critique. I love this show, and anything other than a sunny review is unlikely to come from me.



    First: The Review:



    Alright, so here we see a splintered family consisting of a mother who blames herself for causing an dangerous outage of her polygamous lifestyle played expertly by the incomparable Jeanne Tripplehorn. Joey must do something about his wife though, or else Roland's wrath will be brought forth in terrible force, and the 'Prophet' has proven himself to be a wily one. What will become of Home Plus? I predict devistation unless Bill pays off his rat/co-worker and has her sign a gag order. I was pleased to see a new dynamic from Barb, although after spending so many years in a polygamous lifestyle, what did she think was going to happen with her campaigning so publicly for "Mother of the Year", I mean c'mon! Not that I think she deserved it. I support freedom of religion and as long as no one gets hurt(unlike with life in Roland's compound), then whe should be able to do as she will. Welcome back Barb, but be wary of Nicky, for while her skills at Motherhood and social levity pale in comparison to yours, her abilities at manipulation will allow her to usurp your authority while appearing as the dutiful wife in the process. Read on for a few character breakdowns and genral 'what the' questions.



    Sarah should be careful who she talks to even if they are former LDS, lest she risk harming her family. Margene, Margene, painting a rosy picture doesn't fix everything, and I fear you're really beginning to annoy your sister wives. Also, Nicky is a crafty one, and you must cease allowing her to use you.



    Barb I see your point and I'm glad you're back, but how will you protect the family now?



    Nicky, your desire to be first wife seems shifty. Are you being kind to Barb to reinforce your base of power in the family or do you seek to remove Barb while holding Margene as a lackey at your side? Bill you have a potential mole for the LDS(or Christian conservative league) working in your company who knows your secrets. No amount of money or threats you make at someone like this will matter if word one gets out to the press!



    Roland, Roland, you are one intrguiging character. I'm pretty sure you flipped on the Henricksons and brought forth the poligolice at the Mother of the Year Ceremony, and then turned around and pledged 'allegience' as a dangerous pedophile(who happens to believe in the covenant of plural marriage) threatens to disrupt your way of life? Please see through this Bill, c'mon.



    Overall, great show and I can't wait to see what comes next. I predict much higher ratings this year, and with that, the extensive plot twists will continue to amaze as always.moreless
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Jodie Markell

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Wendy Hunt

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Garrett Gray

Garrett Gray

Raymond Henrickson

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Spencer Gray

Spencer Gray

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