'Big Love' Season 4 Premiere: New Opening, Bird Watching, Etc.

"I'm watching birds."

Yes, that's Alby (Matt Ross) for you. On tonight's Big Love season 4 premiere, there was a new opening sequence for the HBO show. None of the thin ice stuff and the Beach Boys tune. Instead, what was previously released as a very vague falling / falling out promo turned out to be the opening sequence of this season's Big Love.

Right off the bat, of course, we can already deduce what the glaring thing about this opening sequence is: Bill (Bill Paxton) and the wives never touched. There was a moment when I think Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Bill are about to touch hands, but at the last possible moment, they don't. Such will be a glaring theme throughout this season, disunity among the household. Bill will reportedly need to make decision that don't always get the support of all the wives (so what else is new?).

The first sequences were kind of awesome, and the juxtaposition of the quite murmur of singing from Bill's church is cut with the Feds busting in the compound in search of Roman Grant, who as we all know, is quite dead. His daughter Nicolette Eugenia Grant (Chloe Sevigny) is also under deep scrutiny because the mysterious amount of cash that was dumped into her bank account. By extension, Bill's about-to-be-opened casino also becomes under close FBI scrutiny.

With the news of his daddy's demise, Alby couldn't wait a second longer before relishing his freedom (kind of). He sets off for the park and armed with his trusty binoculars goes sight-seeing. He isn't waiting for long until someone does come and his excuse - "I'm watching birds." - didn't exactly fly. Off to the bushes they go!

But - uh oh - how unlucky can you get? Turns out Alby's tryst was with Dale Tomasson (Ben Koldyke), the state-appointed trustee to oversee Juniper Creek affairs during Roman's absence. Sucks!

As for the other wives, Barb is still reeling from last season's excommunication, but her attempt to get daughter Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) and fiancee Scott (Aaron Paul) into Bill's church seems to be falling in deaf ears. And, weirdly, it's Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) who comes to the rescue and tells her to not sweat it. Just when you thought she's all grown up, she adds, mischievously, that she's picking up Barb's share in the sack if you know what I mean.

As for Nicki, following last season's Ray Henry debacle, she and Bill finally have some alone time, while, of all things, transporting Roman's body from the casino site to the Big House. So in the end, Bill did hold hands with everyone in gratitude, but it was cut short when Roman's hat - oh so symbolically - presented itself.

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