Big Love

Season 1 Episode 2

Viagra Blue

3
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2006 on HBO
8.5
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While Bill seeks protection against the religious compound led by Roman Grant, things heat up between the sister-wives over Margene's overtly sexual behavior. Roman "The Prophet" asks Bill's father to act as a go-between to deliver a message to his son, and the Hendricksons get together for a family dinner with Bill's business partner and his three wives. Meanwhile, Margene pressures Bill about buying her a car and Ben goes out on a date with a girl that seems too mature for him.moreless

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  • 102

    7.5
    A good episode of Big Love, but regardless of what others think, I did not think this episode was better than the pilot. Nothing much happened, the wives just continued to be jealous, we have three sex scenes with each and every wife, I found myself wondering if that's what this show would be focused on: Bill's sex life, as it is portrayed greatly in this episode.



    The interesting part of the episode was definitely the children, we've got the daughter developing a friendship with one of her co-workers, and we've got the son who has a new girlfriend, and he has a friend, Jason.



    My favorite scenes always tend to be when the whole family interacts together, this episode just seemed a little too soapy for me. "He slept with her on MY bed!" and Marge continuing to ask for a car after Bill's heartfelt speech just bugged me.



    I didn't care too much for Bill's father's plot, the thing that this episode was, was entertaining, and we did get some development. Good, not great.moreless
  • An improvement.

    7.2
    This was a step-up from the average pilot of Big Love, but at this juncture nobody could reasonably argue that the show was going to become as good as it has based on this episode.



    We did learn a little bit more about the characters and we did get a better look into the lives of Bill and his family and of course the dastardly evil Roman Grant, but this is just not on par with TV's elite dramas like Damages, Dexter and Lost.



    Luckily people did not give up on the series yet after this as it gets even better from here.moreless
  • Things are starting to heat up!

    9.5
    Viagra Blue was an amazing episode, now this series really has my attention.



    The episode begins with Bill and Margie having sex, and very loud sex at that (with the help of a little Viagra), disturbing the other two wives, especially since it is Barb’s day. The two converse, and Nicki decides to ‘take the bullet’ and talk to Bill about it. Not only does she dismiss the fact that these are her issues (she states that Barb has the issues), but she and Bill have a little fun as well. Margie comes upstairs with laundry and overhears them, she then drops her laundry and goes to hide downstairs.



    Bill is dead set on setting up a security system inside the house, afraid that Roman may try and break in or something. Meanwhile Roman visits Frank in the hospital and tells him to give Bill a message: that he is ‘no longer allowed in the compound’. The Henrickson family holds a get-together with fellow polygamist and work partner Don Embry. While all of the women are preparing snacks, the tension continues to build between Margene and Nicki. Don tells Bill that he is dating another woman, and reveals that he hopes to marry her, in effect asking Bill if he’s ready for a fourth.



    Ben and his friend (and Don’s son) Jason are at the movies on a double date, while Ben’s date makes a few moves on him. You can tell that Jason is getting extremely jealous during all of it and asks them to calm down. Anyone sense a future gay storyline coming up between these two? They already had a gay moment earlier in the episode.



    Sarah’s newly acquired friend keeps dropping hints that she knows about what Sarah comes from, causing Sarah to confront her about it. Heather tells her that she wants to remain friends anyway and Sarah says she doesn’t even approve of polygamy. Bill is put through the daunting task of having to bring his father home from the hospital, wherein Frank bribes him that he will protect Bill from Roman, if Bill gives him $5,000. Bill is outraged and brings up the fact that his father threw him out on the streets when he was 14 years old, he quickly gets all of Frank’s things and wheels him out saying ‘Watch your back’. On Bill’s way to bring his father back to the compound he is halted by Roman’s men, where Frank gets out and walks home. When Bill arrives at home, Barb oversees him praying in his car, for God to ‘show him the way’.



    Bill makes a side trip to Margene’s home and apologizes to having sex with Nicki on her bed. He assures Margene that she is a very important part of the family, and it (and he) was not complete until he married her. After they have a moment, Margene tells Bill that she still needs a car. On his way out Bill receives a call from his mother, where she says that Frank wants to ‘kill her’ and it’s all his fault. She says that Bill told him that Lois poisoned him. In the ending scene Bill takes a Viagra and completes his trip to Nicki.



    I really liked all of the tension between the wives in this episode, it was quite the ride, and really funny at times. The episode was very well done, with the perfect blend of comedy and drama, enough so to keep me hooked on the series, a big step up from the wonderful pilot episode. There were a couple of strange signals sent by different characters, mainly by Roman and Sarah’s friend Heather. I don’t think Heather is very trustable, she seems pretty psycho to me, and then Roman is just a complete whack-job and I can’t wait to see what happens with all of this. I also suspect, as I said before, a gay storyline for Ben, or he goes full blown gay but there were definitely some obvious signs. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out! On a side note the acting on this show remains stellar, very well done by pretty much everyone.moreless
  • A great second epsiode.

    8.7
    The second episode of the series I feel is still introducing the viewers to the character's personalities, relationships and their backgrounds. This show improves with every episode and I really enjoy it. I see this as being the next hit show for HBO. Anyone on the edge of watch or not should definitely keep watching it takes a few episodes to get settled.
  • Relatively funny episode.

    8.5
    I was hoping for much more, in relation to the first episode, as it did show the potential of the series.



    I think that there's something lacking, the producers decided that everything that Bill does must revolve around one thing: Balancing his family needs.



    He is a man of great responsibility, and this episode talks about that responsability. I did remark one interesting thing that the writers wanted to share with us: The fact that this polygamy sect works around numbers.



    The leader, Roman, has a farm-like remote area, where he brainwashes females into having polygamic values and that would satisfy his male members needs. When the male members grow businesses, Roman takes out a piece of the cake for himseft. So this show's all bout showing us how polygamy is a business , a well profiting one must I say. You could see the accountants going throught the list of businesses to take money from. I thought it was pretty funny tho, good job creators.



    In this episode also there was this scene where you see bill riding in his GMC Yukon XL, and praying for everything to be well again, asking father's help. I'm an atheist and I pretty much smell secular propaganda. Well hidden but it's still there.



    What do you guys think?moreless
Annie Fitzgerald

Annie Fitzgerald

Verne

Guest Star

William O'Leary

William O'Leary

Ronny

Guest Star

David Sullivan

David Sullivan

Junior Accountant

Guest Star

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner

Jason Embry

Recurring Role

Matt Ross

Matt Ross

Alby Grant

Recurring Role

Tina Majorino

Tina Majorino

Heather Tuttle

Recurring Role

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