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Episode 11: The Final Episode, Season Review

This is it. The final Big Love episode and the final Unofficial Big Love Podcast. We’ll keep it light on details for those still waiting to watch the last ep. (If you want to know more, you’ll just have to listen!) We recap the final episode. The final scene wraps up (most of) the seasons [...]

Episode 10: Barb’s Has a New Church, Plans for Bill in Jail, Showdown with Alby

The penultimate episode of Big Love means the penultimate podcast. Yes, Barb is going to a new church–the Reform Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which, as far as we can tell is a fictional approximation of the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Women [...]

Episode 9: More Greg Ivy and Cara Lynn, Legal Troubles, the Cult(?) of Goji Blasts

Just two more Big Love episodes as we break it down in podcast 9. Greg Ivy and Cara Lynn take center stage in this episode. Margene sniffs out what’s going on. Greg denies, denies, denies when she shows up to confront them. (Then, of course, he admits his love for Cara Lynn.) Ben and Nicki [...]

Episode 8: Nicki’s Wedding, Re-sealing, Heather and the Bishop

We’re all the way up to Big Love episode 7, which means we’re back atcha with our 8th Unofficial Big Love podcast! Bill and Nicki’s wedding was the big event this week. With Barb officiating, no less! But did that gleam in Barb’s eyes mean she was somehow sabotaging it? Afterward, Barb discovered the other [...]

Episode 7: Real Divorce?, the Sacrament, Greg Ivy and Cara Lynn

It’s Big Love episode 6 and podcast 7. This so-called paper divorce between Bill and Barb is looking a lot more real. Ben’s worried about his parents, Nikki’s power hungry, and Barb’s still using her leverage to tweak Nicki. Barb, after finding a lesbian mentor, refuses to take the sacrament at Bill’s new church! In [...]

Episode 6: Divorce, (More) Women and the Priesthood, the Mormon “Brand”

We’re all back (Melissa too!) to tackle the fifth Big Love episode on our sixth podcast. The D-word comes up early on. Is it just to adopt Cara Lynn, or does it mean more? Barb and the Priesthood–a recurring theme–is a big again in this episode. We talk about the laying on of hands and [...]

Episode 5: Lying for the Lord, the Future Return(?) of Polygamy, Faith & Wealth

The crew (minus Melissa, sadly) is back to talk about the fourth Big Love episode of the season in our fifth podcast. Right off the bat we parse Bill’s statements about lies, prevarication, and “lying for the Lord.” We look at the Mormon tradition of leaders past and present avoiding talk of polygamy. Bill tells [...]

Episode 4: Roles of Men and Women, Apostasy, Margene’s Big Secret

Big Love episode 3 aired this week, which means our fourth podcast is here! This week we talk about how men’s and women’s roles differ for Mormons, from the Bill’s and Ben’s Special Salute to Womanhood to the big changes Bill instituted in Church. Apostasy is all over the place in this episode. Barb continues [...]

Questions and Comments for Episode 4

Have any reactions to the third Big Love episode? Is there something you’d like us to cover on our fourth podcast or want to say about our last one? Ask away!

Episode 3, part 2: Women and the Priesthood, Pornography, Dating

In part 2 of our third podcast, we continue discussing the many Mormon references in the second episode and address some listener questions. We give background on Barb’s attempts to give a priesthood blessing to Margie and get one from her Mom, and cover just how radical and subversive an act that is by Barb. [...]