Big Little Lies, episode one

Two police officers are talking about something that happened at a school fundraiser. Parents are being interviewed. Madeline Mackenzie is the topic of discussion.

Enter Madeline (Reese Witherspoon). She’s taking her daughter to school and is behind a teen that is driving and texting. She gets out to yell at the driver and finds her older daughter in the car. On the way back to her car, she rolls her ankle. The driver behind her Jane (Shailene Woodley) helps her.

Madeline in turn takes Jane, who is new to the area, under her wing introducing her to Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) as well as her ex-husband Nathan (James Tupper) and his new wife Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz).

Parents continue to be interviewed by police. They talk about Madeline and Bonnie. They don’t know Jane. They don’t know anything about anybody.

Jane goes to breakfast with Celeste and Madeline and talks about not fitting in anywhere. Bonnie and Nathan talk about Madeline taking her frustrations out on them. The kids get out of school and the teacher makes an announcement. A little girl was hurt. Renata’s (Laura Dern) daughter says that it was Jane’s son, Ziggy.

The Mackenzie family is having dinner. A snarky teen and a precoscious first grader chime in as Madeline and her husband Ed (Adam Scott) talk about what happened at the school.
Celeste is spending time with her sons near the water. She’s taking pictures. Her husband is supposed to be away on business but he sneaks up behind her to surprise her. Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) genuinely seems to startle her.

Madeline and Ed talk about Nathan and her older daughter’s preference for Nathan and Bonnie. She loves Ed but still feels hurt about Nathan.

Renata vents to her husband about what happened at the school. She stood up for her daughter and now she’s the bad guy. She works. There’s no way around that. The other mother’s need to see that.

Jane calls her mother. She’s ranting about things and her mother tries to tell her to move back home. She gets frustrated and hangs up but calls back minutes later to apologize and say she loves her. She talks to Ziggy about what happened at school. He didn’t do it. He stands by it.

Madeline talks to her daughter about college. She thinks it is necessary. Her daughter does not. Celeste listens to Perry with their twin sons. He’s a good dad. Later that night she’s on the computer. He startles her again. They talk about the Ziggy. Perry wants the boys to stay away from him. She doesn’t think it needs to be that dramatic. He grabs her arm and reiterates that the twins should stay away from Ziggy.

Madeline is still up when her daughter comes in and they talk. Her younger daughter comes in and interrupts. Madeline turns her attention and the older daughter frowns and walks away.

The police announce that there are no suspects at this time. They interview parents. Madeline gets ready for bed. Jane lies in bed awake. Celeste is also in bed awake.

I figured I would give this a try since I’m one of those like three people that doesn’t watch The Walking Dead and I’ve already read the book. I thought the book as pretty good but not amazing so I was king of surprised to hear it would be a show. It’s similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train though so I guess it was more about the trend than anything else.

Overall, I thought this was pretty good. It went by quickly and was intriguing with the back and forth to the police parts. I know we are supposed to feel bad for Jane, or maybe all the moms?, but I don’t. She kind of was just annoying. She didn’t do much but I do feel bad about the stuff at school with Ziggy.

Big Little Lies is on Sundays at 9 p.m.


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