Big Love

Season 2 Episode 11

Take Me as I Am

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 19, 2007 on HBO
8.9
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Barb finds out that her mother is about to re-marry. Bill hears disturbing news about Weber Gaming. Meanwhile, Nicki is upset by outside influences on her children.

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  • The cracks between Bill and his wives get bigger

    9.6
    In tonights episode, Barb takes matters into her own hands where her son is concerned. She finds out Bennie is dating twins from the compound and this spurs her into action. She goes to her Mother, who is about to get married and makes a deal that Ben will stay with her and her new husband and she will deliver him at their wedding reception. Sarah finds out that Scott is seeing other women who will have sex with him and it breaks her heart. Bill ends up coming to visit him and this causes him to break up with Sarah, but Sarah tells Scott that she doesnt mind if he sees other women (so untrue!) Alby and Bill meet and Bill offers Alby his seat on the UEB for a price. Alby visits Nicki and tells her to get Bill to give up Weber gaming, and also ends up telling her that Bill is the reason Roman was shot by the Greenes. So much happened in this episode, that it was very difficult to keep up. It also looks as if Wanda is up to her old tricks and was getting ready to poison Kathy when Joey came in and told them they had to run because Alby was coming to collect Kathy for Frank. It appears that all of Bills wives are turning against him by the end of the episode. Margene is completely fed up with him picking Barbs needs over her own. Nicki seems convinced that Bill is to blame for Roman, and of course Barb blames him for almost everything. Even Sarah tells her Father that she doesnt trust him at all when it comes to advice on relationships or life in general. Another thing we find out tonight is that Pam, the neighbor, wants Margene to be a surrogate Mother for herself and Karl. We only have one episode left to tie this all up and while I can't wait to see what happens, I dread waiting a year to see what happens after the finale. One thing is for sure, Bill is backed into a corner right now by his own family and enemies. What he does next will define him.moreless
  • Ben is dating twins frm the comp.so barb steps in to make sure ben doesnt follow in his fathers footsteps.margie &Bill were supposed to go to a weber-gaming dinner, but with barbs plans, doesnt look like thats gonna happen.meanwhile, nikki plans a party.moreless

    9.1
    i am here to talk about ben. I think there is still tension between Ben and margie, and something is going to happen sooner or later, because of the way he is acting towards her. i think ben wants to live the principal, and follow in his dads footsteps. Margie is indeed right, What is barb living?...she doesnt want her own son to live the principal, but maybe she is getting sick of living it..but that doesnt mean her feelings for bill has changed..i, personally, think that nikki, is gotten herself into some deep deep water that may be impossible to get out of without, a decent fight, that is. Sarah knows she isnt comfortable with scott seeing other girls, but she wants to keep him around.(i dont see y!).. so theres my review..c ya! ~_~moreless
  • 211.

    7.6
    The second to last episode of a season is usually superior to the finale, despite the fact that it rarely gets as much hype as the final episode of the year.



    This was good, but the last 15 minutes or so were really boring. Anything solely revolving around Barb is usually very hackneyed, and anything further incorporating her family gets even worse.



    Looking back on this episode and seeing just how important Roman Grant is to the show I really have to wonder how they will go on without him in Season 4. Will Alby become Bill's full-blown nemesis this year?moreless
  • 211

    7.0
    The last couple of scenes really saved the entire episode. The season 2 penultimate episode of Big Love is quite lacking as far as penultimate episodes go. Lets face it, season 2 is not as good as season 1 was but nonetheless it was still a great season, and this was a perfect example why season 2 wasn't as good.



    Where's Rhonda Volmer? I really think she should play a part in the final 2 episodes. I really hope she's in the finale, considering how much loose ends are left to be tied with her. Scott wanting to see other women was expected considering he's 10 years older than Sarah. Interested to see what the result of their relationship will be. Margene yet again was absolutely hysterical in the car talking to Nikki over the phone. The family's confrontation at the very end was definitely the best thing about this episode, and it just really salvaged the episode. The snakes in the bed. Wow, gotta hand it to the Big Love crew, this was enticing.



    The end left us pumped for the season 2 finale so I can say this penultimate episode served it's purpose but still was lacking in some ways.moreless
  • Not many shows could match the dramatic intensity set forth in this episode of Big Love. This is clearly a show that deserves a following because polygamy is just a setting behind a wonderfully crafted, well written, and superbly acted drama.moreless

    9.7
    Not many shows could match the dramatic intensity set forth in this episode of Big Love. This is clearly a show that deserves a following because polygamy is just a setting behind a wonderfully crafted, well written, and superbly acted drama. In this episode, Ellen Burstyn was simply outstanding as Barb's mother, and deserves a guest-acting Emmy nod just for this episode alone. Bill Paxton is amazing as the man juggling 3 wives, and falling victim to his vices, and slowly watching his older children rebel. When his daughter tells him she'll never take anything he has to say seriously about relationships between men and women, you can just see his ego deflate on screen. Between the conniving second wife and the needy, overlooked third wife, Bill has his hands full. Bill and his battle with the compound patriarch

    or his Father-In-Law--the brilliant Harry Dean Stanton--and his Brother-in-Law Alby, and the line of evil that occurs with many of the polygamist clan (Bruce Dern, the worst Dad on Earth, but devilishly funny) spills on to even Bill himself. He's no better than the compound clan, even though, in his mind, he's a righteous guy just doing what's best

    for his over-extended family.



    Religion, sex, teenage angst, relationship issues between husband/wife (and wives), mother-daughter problems, are all examined here. It's just great stuff.



    Best show on TV, and I hope it gets a Best Drama call, but likely won't due to its content, and how badly it's overlooked by fans, critics.moreless
Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny

Nicolette "Nicki" Grant

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Barbara "Barb" Dutton Henrickson

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Bill Henrickson

Douglas Smith (VI)

Douglas Smith (VI)

Ben Henrickson

Matt Ross

Matt Ross

Albert "Alby" Grant

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Sarah Henrickson

Keaton Tyndall

Keaton Tyndall

Sissy Marquart

Guest Star

Kylie Tyndall

Kylie Tyndall

Penny Marquart

Guest Star

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

Nancy Davis Dutton

Guest Star

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul

Scott

Recurring Role

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski

Pam Martin

Recurring Role

Mireille Enos

Mireille Enos

Kathy Marquart

Recurring Role

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