Big Little Lies E02 “Serious Mothering”
More great MILFy soap opera drama. Like Desperate Housewives with better acting and better cinematography. Best HBO series of the year.
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Celeste (Nicole Kidman) is physically abused by her husband, but it turns her on sexually.
Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) hardly ever has sex with her beta-male-provider sensitive husband Ed. But she complains to him a lot about her alpha-male ex-husband Nathan who left her.
Nathan meets up with Ed at a park. Ed is wearing dorky bicyclist clothing. Nathan (a West Coast version of a guido) subtly insults Ed, and in a passive aggressive manner, Ed threatens to beat up Nathan (you have to watch it to appreciate it).
At the end of the episode, when Madeline hears from Nathan that Ed threatened to beat him up, even though Ed denies that happened, we see Madeline is for the first time turned on by Ed, because suddenly she sees him as more alpha.
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The main storyline is about how bitchy Renata (Laura Dern) invites every kid in the class to her daughter Amabella’s birthday party except for Ziggy, single parent Jane’s son (Jane is played by Shailene Woodley).
Madeline, who is loyal to her friends, and Jane is now her friend whom she has taken under her wing, retaliates against Renata by throwing an event on the same day, and she believes that her daughter Chloe is more popular at school and will be able to get more kids to attend her event and thus ruin Renata’s party.
At the end, all the parents are in the principal’s office after Chloe tries to arrange a making up between Ziggy and Amabella, but the school officials say that there was a nonconsensual touching and Ziggy is in trouble again.
Once again they haven’t showed us exactly what happened, so it’s up to the viewer to decide which kid is guilty and which is innocent, but I think it’s Amabella making stuff up and intentionally trying to get Ziggy in trouble, because she’s a little bitch just like her mother. I could be wrong about that; the writers could be leading me into a trap.
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We still don’t know who is murdered.