Big Little Lies S01E05 “Once Bitten” **spoilers**
Kind of funny that the title of this episode is “Once Bitten” and Alexander Skarsgård who plays Perry, Celeste’s wife-beating husband, previously played the vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood.
Yes, Eric Northman beats up Celeste again this episode. And the Asian woman who appears briefly in the flash forwards says that she couldn’t imagine Madeline and her beta-male husband Ed having sex. Once again, there’s the contrast between the asshole jerk who makes Celeste have intense orgasms, and the nice-guy Ed who does the opposite to Madeline.
Someone bit Amabella at school, but she refuses to say who did it. Renata goes totally crazy psycho bitch, and she’s sure that Jane’s son Ziggy is the “bully.” But the show seems to be suggesting that Ziggy is innocent. Is Renata crazy psycho bitch enough to murder someone?
Madeline and the good looking theatre director get into a car accident that hurts him more than it hurts her. Perhaps this leads to Ed getting suspicious, finding out that Madeline cheated on him with the theatre guy, and he goes beta-male rage on him?
The episode ends with Jane being pulled over by police for speeding after she visits the interior decorator in San Luis Obispo whom Madeline believes is the guy who raped Jane. The show is trying to suggest that maybe Jane shot the guy because we know she was packing heat. But I am almost sure that’s a red herring. That would make the rest of the show anti-climactic. The murder victim is surely a character who has gotten more airtime than the interior decorator who was only onscreen a few seconds in this episode.