Welcome again to Monterey! Big Little Lies is again with extra impossibly costly homes and delightful ocean views… however that picture-perfect setting has some cracks across the edges, too.
A while has handed since Perry’s deadly “accident,” however the girls are clearly nonetheless haunted by what occurred. Celeste wakes up screaming from a Perry-themed nightmare, and is comforted by Perry’s mom Mary Louise (oh hello, Meryl Streep!), who’s staying with Celeste to assist with the boys. Mary Louise helps get the boys off to highschool, however she additionally asks Celeste: “What was it about? Your nightmare… you mentioned ‘rape.'” (Yikes.) She does break up a combat between the boys on the best way to highschool, although, and sternly instructs them to indicate their overwhelmed mom some respect.
It’s the primary day of second grade for the youngsters, and Madeline is her traditional tightly wound self: She complains to Ed, “Now we have to earn our good-mom badges over again.” She reunites with the opposite girls in school… however whereas all of them kiss and hug, the opposite dad and mom are gazing them. Plus, Bonnie doesn’t appear pleased to see them — or pleased about something, actually. Nathan tells Madeline she’s been “shut down” for some time now… and we expect we all know why.
Madeline appears to have shrugged off the tragedy: She’s working as an actual property agent and already again to sniping about Renata. (Boy, the afterglow of sisterhood wore off fast, huh?) However when she runs into Mary Louise, it’s stilted; Madeline asks how she is, and Mary Louise replies, “I can’t complain… Really, I can. My son is lifeless.” (!) She bluntly factors out that Madeline is “very quick… I discover little folks to be untrustworthy.” (!!) She pegs her as a “wanter,” by no means content material with what she has, and he or she nonetheless needs to know what actually occurred to her son that night time. She’d ask Madeline, she says, however “I doubt I'd get the reality, would I?” Whoa. Madeline dutifully repeats that Perry “misplaced his stability and fell,” for the report.
Celeste is again seeing her therapist once more — the seat subsequent to her is conspicuously empty — and talks about her nightmares, and the way she blames herself for “the accident.” If she’d left Perry sooner, or not informed him she was leaving him that night time, possibly he’d nonetheless be alive… and her therapist factors out that she’s nonetheless beating herself up, though Perry is gone. She means that Celeste exit and see somebody new, however Celeste shrugs that off: “That a part of me’s nonetheless lifeless, I suppose.” In the meantime, Bonnie goes off on lengthy runs by herself, attempting to outrun her recollections of that night time… however it’s not working.
Madeline and Nathan meet with Abby’s school counselor, and it shortly goes south when Abby admits she doesn’t even need to go to varsity. (“The planet is dying, Mother! However God forbid I don’t examine Lysistrata?”) That naturally doesn’t compute for Madeline, and he or she unloads on Nathan, blaming him for primarily condemning their daughter to a lifetime of fast-food service jobs. At her realtor’s workplace, she bumps into Mary Louise once more, who’s seeking to lease a spot on the town so she’s not on high of Celeste and the boys. Mary Louise slyly notes, “I see you’re carrying heels,” however she does apologize for the way she spoke to Madeline earlier than. She had a pal again at school, she explains, who was quick and who turned out to be “fairly treacherous… you remind me a lot of her.” Rattling, Mary Louise… you’re going to suit proper in round right here.
As for Jane, she’s now working on the native aquarium, however she’s surprised when her bizarre coworker refers to her as certainly one of “the Monterey 5,” like they’re a gang or one thing. She huddles with the opposite girls (minus Bonnie), and Renata assures them the cops don’t have something on them. However Madeline senses Bonnie is the weak hyperlink, and confronts her about her moodiness. Bonnie flatly reminds her: “I killed somebody, keep in mind? That’s heavy.” She blames Madeline for cooking up that lie about Perry and making all of them stick with it; if she’d simply informed the reality, she might be free by now. Madeline doesn’t have any extra luck with Abby, who says as an alternative of school, she needs to go work for a start-up constructing housing for the homeless, to which Madeline responds: “I don’t give a f–okay! I don’t care about f–king homeless folks!” Yup, that’s our Maddy.
Celeste is working via her very difficult emotions about Perry: She nonetheless has fond recollections of their time collectively, together with the nightmares. At dinner with Mary Louise, she scolds her sons for combating, however Mary Louise pertains to the anger they’re feeling. She talks about how “superb” their dad was, and the way “unfair” his demise was. She admits she’s irritated that her buddies’ “mediocre” sons are nonetheless alive, and hers isn’t. She even lets out an anguished, cathartic scream on the dinner desk, which rattles Celeste. (“My grief is just too loud for you?” Mary Louise chuckles.) In truth, she wonders why Celeste isn’t as indignant as she is.
However Celeste’s nightmares gained’t go away, and he or she wakes up from one — along with her and her buddies in a police lineup, and Perry on the opposite facet of the glass — screaming, “No! I’ll f–king kill you!” Mary Louise rushes in to consolation her, but in addition asks, “So… who're we planning to kill?”
Big Little Notes:
* Laura Dern’s Renata didn’t have a lot to do that week apart from brag about Amabella’s genius-level IQ and strike energy poses throughout a photograph shoot… however, having seen a number of episodes forward, we are able to guarantee you there’s one thing huge brewing for her.
* We realized that Celeste has been sending Jane baby assist cash for Ziggy, which Jane rejects as “rape cash.” However that’s one other ticking time bomb that’s certain to go off quickly, proper?
* Appears like Detective Quinlan remains to be reviewing video of the women’ testimony from the night time of Perry’s demise. Possibly the case isn’t as closed as Renata thinks? Bonnie got here fairly near strolling right into a police station and confessing, too, earlier than stopping herself.
* I like that Ed and Nathan nonetheless hate one another’s guts. Nathan requested Ed if he might discuss to Bonnie for him, and when Ed hesitated, Nathan known as him “a snide f—okay.” Guess we shouldn’t count on an all-guys poker night time anytime quickly.
* Talking of Ed, he bumped into Tori, the spouse of that theater director Joe who Madeline slept with, and he or she fortunately confirmed off her new breast implants! She mentioned she received them to distract from her huge nostril (“Now no one notices it a lot”), and we’re not the one one who sensed some flirting there, proper?
* We knew Meryl Streep can be good, after all… however rattling, she’s actually good right here, proper?
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