I love Zeljko Ivanek. Creepy and all. Here he is with Cassi Thomson, who plays his (and Nicki's) daughter, Cara Lynn.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

Bill, it’s time to dump Margene as your third wife. She’s flighty, self-absorbed, epically childish and in love/lust/infatuation with your son, who reciprocates.

After all, you had Ben before you had Margene and if anyone should leave the house it should be the wife who kissed the son, not the son being led on by his sort of stepmother.

Ben & Margene

Just when you thought Nicki was the troubled one!

In fact, now might be the time to throw off the dead weight and stick with Barb as the one-and-only Mrs. Henrickson.

“Big Love” season four is already getting mucho complicated, which is fine, but it’s also spreading itself a bit thin.

Did Sarah have to take that baby from the reservation? Is this really the best time for Bill to run for office — when his always-falling-apart-life continues to fall apart?

Bill, Barb, Nicki, Margene and their nuclear family members — including Teeny (growing up fast!), Sarah and Ben — are the least interesting characters to me.

I want to spend more time on the compound with Alby and his adorable crush; Adaleen; Wanda; Joey; Frank; and God’s gift to the planet, Lois (Grace Zabriskie, you are a genius).

I am also excited to see more of the great Zeljko Ivanek as JJ, Nicki’s ex-husband and father to her daughter, and her mother, Adaleen’s new husband.

JJ is the kind of creepy, manipulative, universally despised loner I always love (see Ben Linus).

Stay here and focus on these people. They are exciting and crazy. Emphasis on crazy. (We can’t all be sane.)

As much as I love Adam Beach in anything (or nothing? suggestion?), having the casino element on top of everything else is starting to be a bit much.

So is Bill himself. I love Bill Paxton, but even he can’t get me past Henrickson’s hypocrisy, especially after having his loyal partner Don take one for the team on the allegations that HomePlus had polygamists on the payroll.

I thought Bill was going to have the family come out into the open after he became a state senator (not that that would make polygamy legal or anything). Now, after letting Don take the fall, he can’t. So now what?

Anyway, HBO issued a press release with details on upcoming episodes.

Enjoy!

BIG LOVE – FEB. EPISODES

Episode #39:  “Sins of the Father”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 7 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (10:30 p.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m., 1:35 a.m.) and 17 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 8 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (7:00 p.m.), 13 (1:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.) and 14 (8:00 p.m.)

Bill (Bill Paxton) pulls out all the stops in his efforts to win Paley’s (Perry King) support for the state senate nomination, while Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) relishes her role as his campaign’s “secret weapon.”  Marilyn (Sissy Spacek) makes a pitch to represent the casino’s interests in Washington, but encounters resistance from Tommy (Adam Beach).  Frank (Bruce Dern) picks an inopportune moment to drop by the casino with Lois (Grace Zabriskie) and Jodean (Mireille Enos).  Bill absorbs a last-minute sucker punch from Colburn (Tom Amandes), but turns the tide by embracing the Lost Boy in himself.

Written by Seth Greenland; directed by David Petrarca.

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Episode #40:  “Under One Roof”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 14 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (11:00 p.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m.) and 19 (8:00 p.m., 4:40 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Feb. 15 (10:00 p.m.), 16 (7:00 p.m.), 20 (2:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 21 (8:00 p.m.)

Ana (Branka Katic) resurfaces with a surprise revelation that shakes up the family.  Bill tries to get Tommy and Jerry (Robert Beltran) to rebrand the casino and expand its advertising into Idaho.  Lois and Frank take Ben (Douglas Smith) and Jodean south of the border to visit Don Dona (Mel Rodriguez), a bird vendor, at their collective peril.  Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) worries about the impact of Bill’s future outing on her booming business.  With a flourish, Bill shows his wives the family’s collective future.

Written by Coleman Herbert; directed by Dan Attias.

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Episode #41:  “Blood Atonement”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Feb.  21 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (11:00 p.m.), 24 (10:00 p.m.) and 26 (8:00 p.m., 3:55 a.m.), and March 10 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 22 (10:00 p.m.), 23 (7:00 p.m.), 27 (2:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 28 (8:00 p.m.)

With a revenge-minded Joey (Shawn Doyle) in tow, Bill makes an emergency trip to Mexico after Lois and Frank’s latest smuggling escapade backfires.  Nicki is jolted by a doctor’s news, but even more flummoxed by Adaleen’s (Mary Kay Place) shocking revelation.  Margene offers up a novel remedy to keep Ana from leaving the country with her fiancé.  After a scare at the casino, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Tommy look for culprits – and find some disturbing answers.

Written by Julia Cho; directed by David Petrarca.

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Episode #42:  “Next Ticket Out”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 28 (11:00 p.m.) and March 2 (11:00 p.m.), 3 (10:00 p.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m., 4:15 a.m.) and 10 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  March 1 (10:00 p.m.), 2 (7:00 p.m.), 6 (2:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 7 (8:00 p.m.)

Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) shakes up the family with an announcement, while Nicki makes an all-out attempt to be the woman Bill wants her to be.  Margene is put on the defensive when Bill questions her real reasons for getting married.  An ill-timed remark at a ladies-only event puts Barb in an unwanted spotlight.  Marilyn looks to bring down Bill as his campaign winds down.  Barb jolts Nicki with news about Joey that Bill was supposed to deliver.  A suspicious Bill looks for clues about J.J. (Zeljko Ivanek) in Kansas, while Adaleen finds them closer to home.

Written by Patricia Breen; directed by David Knoller.

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