They were an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances, and creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer opened a window into a world that few of us will ever see: Sarah tells Ben she's pregnant Amid the confusion of her polygamist family, Sarah Amanda Seyfried attempts to engineer a normal evening out of her senior prom. Accompanied by a date even if it is her teenage uncle Franky , she heads out with her best friend, Heather Tuttle Tina Majorino , and brother Ben Douglas Smith.
In attempting to embrace the normalcy of teenage existence, Sarah tries to grab onto one perfect moment before saying goodbye to her childhood in this pivotal and emotional episode. Her few seconds of serenity here, watching the sun rise, remain one of the most bittersweet and genuine moments in the entire show. And to free Seyfried to be a movie star.
Her escape, however, is short-lived when Roman chases after her and rams his car into hers—with her long, flower-laden braid trapped in the window—her neck snaps upon impact. After picking up a male hustler, Alby takes him back to a motel, where the hustler played by Southland and True Blood star Kevin Alejandro attempts to seduce Alby. But the self-loathing Alby is so conflicted about his sexuality that he instead prepares a hard-boiled egg sandwich with a hunting knife, reads a newspaper tire ad, and then makes a strange guttural animal noise while banging his head against the wall, until the rent boy leaves.
Beautifully filmed, this provocative and hugely controversial scene depicts a Mormon religious ritual that outsiders had never seen portrayed before or since.
The beauty and grace of the rituals that Barb undergoes are deeply contrasted with the inner turmoil she experiences here. Has Barb been on the right path? And Burstyn perfectly captures the happiness of a mother who sees her daughter returned to the flock, only to fully realize just what this ceremony was all about for Barb.
When Roman thanks Nicki for helping him, the weight of her actions finally hits her, and she shoves her father down the courthouse steps. Following the Henricksons on a road trip to Cumorah , New York where their prophet, Joseph Smith, was said to have discovered the gold tablets that were the basis for the Book of Mormon , the weary family, undone by tensions both large and small, is nearly ripped apart by a series of secrets that come tumbling out: As the family, shocked and surprised to find out her secret, gathers on the side of the road, Sarah confesses all.
The elegiac scene plays out without dialogue, but the implication of acceptance and love is more than clear. But the Christmas Eve confession of Margene in Season 5, in which she revealed that she was 16 when she first slept with Bill and married him, made her appear even younger still.
While Nicki is secretly betraying both the family and the course of justice by aiding her guilty father , she does stick up for them when it seems as though Bill and a neighbor might actually come to blows at the neighborhood block party.
In true Big Love fashion, any fragile peace is punctured by an unexpected twist. The wives out themselves on stage After four seasons of struggling to keep their polygamous activities a secret from the neighbors, the wives follow through on their pact to bring the Principle into the light by outing themselves on stage after Bill is elected to the state senate.
Her murderous wrath is interrupted by a phone call from Bill, with questions about the decades-old suicide of his sister Maggie. Was she sealed to an older man as a teenager? Was death her only escape?