American actress and fashion icon Chloë Sevigny is one of Hollywood's boldest and most gifted actors. Known for her many indie film roles, Sevigny has garnered much critical acclaim since her 1995 debut, most recently a Golden Globe for her performance on HBO's Big Love. Sevigny is also widely revered for her sense of style, and recently launched her fourth collection for the hip NY label Opening Ceremony.
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The fifth and final season of Big Love as well as the complete Big Love series are now out on Region 1/North American DVD. Be sure to catch Chloë Sevigny in her Golden Globe-winning role of Nicolette “Nicki” Grant by getting your copy via e.g. Amazon.com:
“I don’t have one ounce of the milk of human kindness in me. I’m spiteful, jealous and mean…”
- Nicolette “Nicki” Henrickson
What a ride. What a conclusion. Hopefully everyone tuned in to the season and series finale of HBO’s Big Love last night. Here’s our last ever Big Love recap, of yesterday’s episode 5.10 “Where Men and Mountains Meet”. Please note that this recap is not spoiler-free and spoilerific discussion is allowed in the comments-section of this post, so if you haven’t seen the episode yet and would like to remain unspoiled, please come back later.
Onto today’s update, beginning with a video of the making of the final scenes of the finale. HBO hasn’t released an actual video recap of the episode yet, but this’ll do just as well. Courtesy of HBO:
Since we don’t have a video recap today, here’s a quick summary of what happened last night — please highlight to read: Following a family dinner, Cara Lynn reveals to Nicki she is thinking of moving back to her “other family”, but is ultimately able to reconnect with her mother. The Henricksons lose Home Plus. Barb reveals she plans to be baptized in her new church, but is later unable to follow through with it without her family there. After a bold move at the state senate to legalize polygamy, Bill receives an unexpected warm welcome from the polygamist community at his new church, where he then experiences a new “heavenly vision”. Frank keeps his promise to the dementia-ridden Lois and ends her life peacefully. In the final moments of the episode, Bill is unexpectedly confronted and gunned down by his neighbor outside his house while the wives are inside preparing the Easter dinner. With his last breath, Bill asks Barb to give him a blessing, and he dies in the arms of his three wives. Eleven months later, it is revealed the wives are still together, with Barb carrying on Bill’s legacy of his church, Cara Lynn still living with Nicki and Margie following his passion for voluntary work. Ben and Heather have also reconciled, while Sarah and Scott are still together and now have a baby.
An extra important reminder today that HBO’s Big Love is coming to a close tonight after five riveting seasons. Please don’t forget to tune in to tonight’s season and series finale, episode 5.10 “Where Men and Mountains Meet”, beginning 9/8c on HBO.
With the specter of jail time looming, Bill charts out contingency plans for the family, while orchestrating a last-minute preemptive referendum on the senate floor. Meanwhile, Barb goes forward with her plan to join a reform-minded church; Margene contemplates taking a hiatus to serve as a volunteer abroad; and Nicki despairs being left alone as her family splinters. Cara Lynn considers a return to her roots; Ben enlists Rhonda to help him win over Heather; Don shares some bad news with Bill about Home Plus. As Easter arrives, the Henricksons receive heartening support from their polygamist constituents, briefly lifting the dark cloud that’s been hovering over the family since Bill’s election. Finally, an unexpected vision leads Bill to a final confrontation with his most deeply-held beliefs.
[Bill: "You risked everything for your daughter. You didn't cause this!"]
“I did…! She’s right. I am horrible! I’m worse than them! I’m worse than any of them!… They didn’t put the shame into her. JJ didn’t. Alby didn’t. My father didn’t. I did. Why would Heavenly Father have allowed that? He has forsaken us! He’s taken his love from us!”
- Nicolette “Nicki” Henrickson
Hope y’all have been tuning in to the last episodes of HBO’s Big Love. Here’s at last our recap of last Sunday’s episode; sorry for the delay, but we unexpectedly ran out of space this weekend and weren’t able to get that sorted until now. Anyway, onto today’s update, beginning with the HBO video recap of last Sunday’s episode 5.09 “Exorcism” from the HBO website:
So as always, any thoughts on the episode? Personally, Chloë Sevigny owned this one with her portrayal of Nicki. Nicki and Cara Lynn had a couple of absolutely heartbreaking but at the same time riveting moments in this episode, as did all the wives in their wives’ meeting in the early minutes of the show; my second favorite scene. To me the best scene last Sunday, though, was Nicki confronting Cara Lynn in her bedroom. After the show, I read a lot of comments online about how bad it was of Nicki to say those things to her daughter and how she was really talking about herself and not Cara Lynn. But although I don’t really disagree with that, I do think Nicki had a point; Cara Lynn is “a little manipulator,” as she’s admitted herself. The problem was the way it came out was like an older child blasting a younger, not a mother scolding a daughter; there was no motherly “guidance”, only blame. It’s a powerful scene.
But then Chloë was in fact really terrific throughout. Her expressions and movements were just spot-on hilarious e.g. when she noticed the boys were eyeing something going on outside the house while they were performing Margie’s song. Priceless and brilliant. I’m really going to miss Nicki and her mischievousness.
Media-wise, we’ve updated the gallery with 294 HD screen captures of Chloë as Nicki in the episode, as well as 10 site-exclusivevideo clips. Please remember you must be a registered and logged in media archive user to access our collection of video clips — unlogged users will not be able to view said material. All new videos are in .MOV format, which is playable in e.g. VLC and QuickTime.
So, this is it. The season and series finale is today. :,( Do not miss it.
With Alby on the run and posing an imminent threat, the Henrickson family finds itself in lockdown mode. Frazzled though not incapacitated after a near-death experience, Nicki decides to break Cara Lynnʼs “dependencies” by enrolling her in boarding school. Barb spars with Bill about her new churchʼs stance on polygamy, and her commitment to the family. Lois begs Frank to rescue her from confinement; Margene vows to repay Pam for her Goji investment; Ben (Douglas Smith) and Bill debate what to do about Rhonda.
As always, coverage of Chloë Sevigny’s appearance on the show as Nicolette “Nicki” Grant will be posted next week. Check back soon!
“You do have a choice. You do, Alby. Remember that early spring when papa wouldn’t let us go swimming because it was too cold? We went anyway, and I waded in too deep and the current swept me away. But you ran in and pulled me out. Do you remember?… Same blood runs through our veins and always will. I’m the one person who understands you!…”
- Nicolette “Nicki” Henrickson
As always, hope y’all were able to tune in last night to the new episode of Big Love. The HBO video recap of episode 5.08 “The Noose Tightens” from the HBO website:
So as always, any thoughts on the new episode? First off, a Chloë Sevigny fan though I am, can I just say: Ginnifer Goodwin – wow!! She really showed a whole new side to Margene in this episode, and I loved every second of it.
On another note, I know this season was promoted with promises that Alby would eventually go off his rocker, but little did I know just how literally they meant it. Sure enough, Nicki (especially as his sister) pushed the wrong button bringing up Dale, but I think what happened in this episode finally showed there was never any negotiating with Alby anyway. I’m surprised how quickly the episode dealt with Margie’s “cult idea”, though; there would’ve definitely been more material to cover there. But I guess with only two episodes left there just wasn’t any time to go into it more.
Media-wise, we’ve updated the gallery with 239 HD screen captures of Chloë as Nicki in the episode, as well as 9 site-exclusivevideo clips. Please remember you must be a registered and logged in media archive user to access our collection of video clips — unlogged users will not be able to view said material. All new videos are in .MOV format, which is playable in e.g. VLC and QuickTime.
Hope you check back with us again next week for coverage from this Sunday’s episode. Only two more to go!…
“If I consider what you’re asking — and that’s just a really big ‘if’ — then I’m telling you right now the only name going on that cake is mine.”
- Nicolette “Nicki” Grant
As always, hope everyone was able to tune in last Sunday to the seventh Season 5 episode of Big Love. Here is the HBO video recap of episode 5.07 “Til Death Do Us Part” from the HBO website:
So what did you think of the new episode? Personally, this was probably my favorite Season 5 episode yet, certainly a huge step forward from last week. Chloë played this episode brilliantly, there were just so many beautiful moments (the one Nicki had with Barb just before the ceremony being my favorite; I really thought they connected on some level in this episode for the first time in ages), and although the Henricksons’ situation still remains a bit too complicated for my liking, this episode made some terrific, unexpected turnarounds just when you thought you had it figured. But even though the ending of last Sunday’s episode definitely seemed like a clear indication of what’s to come in the series’ remaining episodes, it probably actually raised more questions than it answered (one that particularly struck me was, if Bill ends up facing charges of statutory rape, what will happen to Nicki and Bill’s plans to legally adopt Cara Lynn — the whole purpose of Nicki and Bill’s legal marriage?). I predict a pretty momentous end of season…
Media-wise, we’ve updated the gallery with 294 HD screen captures of Chloë Sevigny as Nicki in the episode, as well as 10 site-exclusivevideo clips. Please remember you must be a registered and logged in media archive user to access our collection of video clips — unlogged users will not be able to view said material. All new videos are in .MOV format, which is playable in e.g. VLC and QuickTime. As always, hope you check back with us again next week for coverage from this Sunday’s episode. Only three more to go!
Bill eyes a wedding as a chance to reseal his commitment to his three wives, though Barb remains skeptical. In the meantime, Nicki looks to take full advantage of her special day. Alby makes a game-changing power play; Lois resists Barbʼs vision of her future; Marge is cautioned about the financial pitfalls of Goji Blast; Cara Lynn brings a guest to the theater; Heather changes her mind about Ben.
Be sure to watch, and as always, check back with us for coverage of Chloë Sevigny’s appearance on the show again next week!
“We’ve been tested. But things are gonna be better now.”
- Nicolette “Nicki” Grant
As always, hope everyone was able to tune in last Sunday to the sixth Season 5 episode of Big Love. Here is the HBO video recap of episode 5.06 “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” from the HBO website:
So what did you think of the new episode? Personally, this wasn’t one of my favorite episodes this season. Although Bill in particular had some terrific moments (and I also loved seeing Lois and Frank come together peacefully at last, not to mention seeing Nicki have that beautiful little moment with Cara Lynn), overall I felt a lot of the character relationships just got too complicated in this episode. Cara Lynn’s story with her teacher in particular not only feels far-fetched (in this particular situation), but bodes a similar over-the-top climax as Nicki and her mother had with J.J. & co. over his medical meddling. (I love the name of the new church, though. “The New Assembly of Mormon Pioneers”.)
Media-wise, though, we’ve updated the gallery today with 193 HD screen captures of Chloë Sevigny as Nicki in the episode, as well as 6 site-exclusivevideo clips. Please remember you must be a registered and logged in media archive user to access our collection of video clips — unlogged users will not be able to view said material. All new videos are in .MOV format, which is playable in e.g. VLC and QuickTime. As always, hope you check back with us again next week for coverage from this Sunday’s episode!
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