Review: Big Little Lies – ‘The End Of The World’

When we last left “the Monterey Five” of Big Little Lies, it had been revealed to Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) that her deceased son Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) was not only abusive but is also the father of Jane’s son—information that Jane (Shailene Woodley) had hoped to keep from Ziggy a bit longer. Renata (Laura Dern) was dealing with the ramifications of her husband Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling) being arrested for fraud by the federal government. Celeste (Nicole Kidman) was dealing with the emotional battle inside her mind between the good times and the bad times with Perry. During an argument with her mother Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Abigail (Kathryn Newton) accidentally revealed Madeline’s affair while Ed (Adam Scott) was in the room. And Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) continued her inner struggle with the night Perry died.

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Bonnie continues to keep her pain locked up internally. Adding to her pain, thanks to her mother’s recent visit, is Bonnie’s remembrance of her youth and how she was raised by her. As Bonnie wrestles with this moment with her mother, Mary Louise continues to search for answers regarding the actions of her son Perry. She goes as far as confronting Jane, at one point asking for a paternity test. When she tells Jane that she remembers raising such a nice, positive boy, Jane reminds her that the Perry she knows was the complete opposite.

Jane begins to find what could be the seeds of happiness as she reaches the early stages of a friendship with Corey (Douglas Smith). While her guard is still up when it comes to touch, Jane is slowly finding someone who could mean more to her in the near future. Meanwhile, Celeste is surrounded by positive images of Perry. From her own memories to Mary Louise and the boys watching old home videos to Celeste arguing with her therapist Dr. Reisman (Robin Weigert) about hanging on to the good experiences she had with Perry, Celeste is battling with how or what to remember about her husband. She toggles between exposing Perry’s abuse against her to Mary Louise—explaining that the Vicodin pills she has were for the pain after a beating—to reliving a past video message from him while in bed.

Renata’s daughter suffers an anxiety attack at school during class. When a counselor tells her that it’s due to a mix of what her parents are going through and learning about climate change in school, Renata pounces on the latter. She unleashes her rage on her teacher and the principal, which leads to a conference at the school so parents can voice their concerns.

Madeline and Ed have begun couples therapy with Dr. Reisman, thanks to the reveal of last episode’s secrets. Ed has turned cold to Madeline, spending as little time as possible around her. Madeline confides in both Celeste and her daughter Abigail regarding her fears that Ed will leave her—fears that became apparent during Madeline’s speech at the parent/teacher climate change conference.

The lives of “the Monterey Five” continue to approach grander obstacles as their secrets slowly begin to see the light of day. And as Mary Louise continues to pry into everyone’s lives in order to protect the memory of her “oh so perfect” son Perry, her actions may begin to attract the attention of Detective Adrienne Quinlan (Merrin Dungey)—the detective who is still trying to piece together the chain of events on the night of Perry’s death.

Big Little Lies airs Sunday nights on HBO and is available for streaming on both the HBO Go and HBO Now apps.

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