By Gina Carbone
Hard to believe we’re already so close to the “Big Love” season four finale.
HBO issued a press release on the big day and I’m nervous that the synopsis does not include anything specific about my compound peeps — Lois, Frank, Alby, Adaleen, Joey, Wanda, J.J., etc.
Before posting details on the finale, here’s a reminder of what we’ll see tonight and next Sunday:
**Update: I just saw “Blood Atonement.” Six words: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Hollis Green just became the Black Knight. I’ll bite your legs off! Wow this show just went to a weird place. Did it jump the shark? Perhaps. It’s a real possibility.**
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.
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.
And here’s the March season finale info:
Episode #43: “End of Days” (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: March 7 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (11:00 p.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m.) and 12 (8:00 p.m., 4:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: March 8 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (7:00 p.m.), 13 (1:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 14 (8:00 p.m.)
With the State Senate election only days away, Bill (Bill Paxton) puts the squeeze on Paley (Perry King) in an attempt to protect his candidacy. But Marilyn (Sissy Spacek) has an ace up her sleeve that threatens to wreck Bill’s chances, or so it seems. At the casino, Jerry (Robert Beltran) and Tom’s (Adam Beach) tribal leadership is jeopardized by the illegal actions of family members. Caught in a tangled family web, Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) weighs her allegiance to Bill with her desire to keep Ana (Branka Katic) and Goran (Steve Bacic) in her life. Desperate to get pregnant, Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) gets news from Dr. Roquet Walker (Eric Ladin) – J.J.’s son – that seems too good to be true. A late-breaking polygamist scandal in Kansas becomes national news, forcing Bill and his three wives to rethink their bold post-election plans.
Written by Eileen Myers; directed by David Petrarca.