BIG LOVE “The Special Relationship” Review

BIG LOVE "The Special Relationship" Season 5 Episode 5 – Just when you thought that there could not be anything more that could come along to crack the foundation of this family, we have this week’s episode. As the Henricksons are finally moving past the revelation that Margene was under age when Bill married her, Bill breaks the news that in order to adopt Cara Lynn, he will have to divorce Barb. Do you think that went over well?

I am a bit confused about the sudden urgency to get Cara Lynn adopted. Bill insists it is to protect her, but from what? If Nicki is her biological mother and recognized so by law, and her father is dead, who exactly could claim her? Wouldn’t it be kidnapping? Further, Cara Lynn is not a small child. She is in high school and will probably be 18 in just a few short years. At that point in time, her adoption would be meaningless for protection as she would be an adult. Am I missing something here? Just when I think Bill cannot be any more clueless about his wives’ wants and needs, he tells Barb that they need to divorce so that he can marry Nicki in order to adopt Cara Lynn. Let’s set aside the fact that Nicki just told everyone at the end of last season that she wanted Bill all to herself. Let’s also set aside the fact that Nicki has always fought Barb for more control in the family. Bill and Barb have been married for 20 years. She is his first wife, someone he chose long before he even though of plural marriage. Shouldn’t that mean something? Barb’s agreement in the end seemed less about accepting the situation and more about ending the situation, which saddens me. Will Barb assert herself more once they are divorced? Try to become a priestholder, something that is entirely against their religous beliefs, through this one act? Read More...


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