Tension filled the Henrickson households last week on Big Love as the coverage of Roman's trial intensified. Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) struggled with her devotion to her father and commitment to Bill (Bill Paxton), who urged the DA to offer protective custody to witnesses Kathy and Rhonda. At the courtroom, Bill begged Alby (Matt Ross) to talk to the D.A. but, seeing the case collapsing, Alby refused and planned to fight another day. In the end, the charges of suborning rape were dropped and Roman (Harry Dean Stanton) pleaded to lesser charges of false imprisonment.
Tonight, Big Love continues with the episode Better or For Worse, which finds Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) arguing over living arrangements in the wake of the Henrickson's recent expansion. Roman, who now has to attend victim empathy counseling and cannot return to the compound for six months, calls his children to his motel, offering up thinly veiled threats to the compound's hierarchy.
At the same time, Nicki is contemplating on returning to her job with the D.A. but perhaps for the wrong reasons. In an attempt to find Franky's mother, Sarah (Amanda Seyfried), Ben (Douglas Smith), Heather and Franky explore the heart of Juniper Creek but make a dangerous foray as they stumble upon Alby, who has been clamping down with his "God Squads." As for Bill, he plays hardball with brother-in-law Ted, a businessman with a lot of connections who longs for a valuable historical document in Alby's possession.
While tonight's installment of Big Love promises a lot of juicy drama, the episode airing on February 22 seems to offer more. According to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, this episode finds the entire Henrickson clan embarking on a 2,500 mile road trip and it easily ranks as the finest hour of television all season. But more importantly, stuff happens. Ben-and-Margene stuff. Sarah-pregnancy stuff. Nicki-birth-control stuff. Big stuff.