I kept singing this episode's title to the tune of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect,' and as I did, I wondered if the song's meaning might translate to the lives of the Henricksons on 'Big Love'. It does seem to draw some interesting parallels when you dissect some of the lyrics under the Mormon microscope.
"What you want, baby I got. What you need, do you know I got it? This is Bill talking about divorce with Barb, making it clear that he is the decider when it comes to the issue that is central to the rise or fall of the family.
"All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you come home." This is Barb's rebuttal, which can be read two ways. Literally, she wants to be treated as an equal in the eyes of the church, the principle, and God. Figuratively, by replacing "respect" with "divorce," she's asking for the divorce that will send the family into tumult.
"Whip it to me." This could mean that underneath the veneer of pious modesty of Mormon life there exists an unhealthy obsession with sadomasochism.
No matter how you interpret it, Bill and his family are moving in a multitude of different directions and with each episode we have to ask ourselves, "who's going to be the first to go?" Read More...