Big Little Lies has come to a conclusion for Season 2 — and probably for good unless the forces are with us and the entire talented team is able to come together once more on HBO. This seems highly unlikely but at least the most recent episode supplied some answers to worrying questions.
Thankfully, the most important aspect of the story had a happy ending. While she was under oath, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) was reduced to tears when Celeste (Nicole Kidman) took her to task regarding her horrible parenting skills. Her cruel and always nasty mother-in-law tried playing the put-upon straw but that ploy didn’t work. The judge could see through her and, after a lot of back and forth, awarded Celeste full custody of her boys, as it should be.
With that established, the other women — known as the Monterey Five — were able to get on with their own messes.
Jane (Shailene Woodley) had a talk with Ziggy, who pushed his mom to stay with the cute guy from the Monterey Aquarium. Jane took her boy’s suggestion to heart by going to her workplace and kissing her beau in front of a huge wall of fish. The couple seemed quite content. Actually, they seemed genuinely happy.
Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) heard the final verdict regarding her marriage when Ed (Adam Scott) sat her down to discuss the matter. Although the words that first tumbled out of his mouth din’t sound encouraging, in the end he told his wife they should take a do-over after her tryst with another guy. He suggested a second wedding with the immediate family present. That dilemma ended well for this clueless mother.
As for Renata (Laura Dern)? She found her empty house not so empty because her dastardly husband found a way to keep his precious toys while she wasn’t able to keep anything in the bankruptcy that was his fault. After taking one of his trophy baseball bats to his collection of trains and memorabilia, she left the room and presumably his life to start over again, with or without a man by her side.
Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) had the most to take on in order to move on in whatever way she could. Her first stop after court was to say good-bye to her dying mother by not killing her (or did she?) but by getting close to her in her hospital bed. After that, the formerly abusive mother had another massive stroke. As a result, Bonnie was able to take on other matters.
She seemed determined to deal with every obstacle life had thrown at her, beginning with her unhappy marriage to Nathan (James Tupper). Bonnie let her conscience guide her as she told the father of their young girl that she was not in love him. She never had been in love with him. Bummer.
In addition, she apparently also confessed her most dreadful sin because after telling her husband how she feels, Bonnie left their house. Did she drown herself — as has so often appeared to be the case during memory flashback and flash-forwards?
No. She met up with the rest of the Monterey Five, whereupon the group headed to the police station in a scene viewers have seen throughout Season 2 of Big Little Lies. With that, the season finale and probably the entire series ended, indicating that authorities would finally find out who killed Perry and why that happened.
Big Little Lies is no longer on the HBO calendar with new episodes. However, this beloved series deserves a do-over. So, watch again as Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep get into all kinds of messy situations on Big Little Lies.