Big Love brings out my Inner
White Trash Insert Proper Term Here quotient, and I am so glad it is back. You know it’s a pretty kooky show when the sane character is the one who thinks it’s a great idea to have three wives. Big Love appeals to the same spot in my psyche as Harry Potter does: it’s the magical thinking, baby!
This season’s opener seemed to move slow, but today I’ve been thinking of all the story lines that were set up. There’s kookoo Wanda, the poisoning avenger. I had to crack up when Roman threatened to take her away from her husband and give her to someone else, ha! She’d poison her way out of that one, too. And isn’t Mary Kay Place fabu as Nicky’s mom? She’s pretty tough with that Hummer. . . . I think more will be revealed about the prophet’s first wife.
There were several gems in this episode, like Nicky sliding over into boss-lady’s seat at the planning table or Don becoming emotionally involved in the illness of Wendy’s kitty (as he’s eavesdropping on her).
Zabriskie’s Lois is such a treat. Tell me you can watch any other character when she’s in the scene! No, I knew you couldn’t. Now what is that box about? It’s about how Grace Zabriskie is an artist in many ways. Just read the text that accompanies the box here and you’ll be glad there is such a person in the world, and
maybe you’ll be inspired to revel in the white trash joy of your own life.
Edit: That didn’t come out the way I intended. The “you” above is me — it’s the white trash joy in my life I am calling out to me. Badly written. Some people are offended by the term white trash, and I want to think about that. It’s for another post.
Anyway, Grace Zabriskie is one of those actors you know you’ve seen somewhere before. She first captured a place in my mind’s List of Actors I Know when I saw her play Dennis Quaid’s Mama in The Big Easy. Quaid is one of the best actors on the planet — which he shows again here in this cognac-on-cotton-candy of a film. And still, when Grace is on screen, she is the one you watch. Whoever casted her in Big Love is a genius.