'Big Love': The best hour of television you'll see all week

koldyke-paxton-big-love-320.jpgI have no reason in particular to write about "Big Love" today, besides the fact that when an episode of television is as brilliant as Sunday's (Feb. 14) hour was, it simply must be discussed.

I don't even know where to begin. With that devastatingly sad ending, I suppose. Though you could see it coming from a mile away, it was no less heartbreaking. 

Actually, the fact that it wasn't a shocking surprise is a compliment to the brilliant work of Benjamin Koldyke -- who played the tortured Dale Tomasson -- because the pain of his character was so palpable, you just knew it wasn't going to end well.  

I mean, this dude is such a good actor that it wasn't until I went to look up his name that I realized he's the same guy who is playing Robin's current love interest on "How I Met Your Mother" and I'd already written an entire blog post on him earlier this week.

That is talent.

And bravo to the writers for managing to craft a storyline so tender around a character as duplicitous as Alby (Matt Ross). I wanted to weep right along with him when he walked in and saw what Dale had done. 

No doubt, however, that the devastation of what's happened will drive Alby to turn right back around and be the scheming terror we've always known him as. 

Meanwhile, his sister's tear into the motel where her mother was to be sealed to her lecherous ex-husband was pure entertainment. To see Nicki -- Nicki of all people! -- dressed like a casual Vegas hooker and barging into room after room desperately trying to find her young daughter who had been promised to a man three times her age? It was awesome. Especially the way she hysterically threatened at the top of her lungs to kill her ex-husband and her daughter's "betrothed" if they ever came near her again.

My favorite scene of the episode, however, was when Nicki, Margene and Barb sat down to discuss Margie's resistance to Bill's plan to take the family's polygamy public. The way Margie stood up for her need to grow was great, but Nicki once again stole the show, going berserk over never having a childhood let alone time to herself as an adult. Chloe Sevigny has most certainly earned her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.    

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the return of Ana (Branka Katic). A pregnant Ana, I should say. How seamlessly the show has managed to introduce a plot twist so big that it could affect the entire series and yet it was done with little to no fanfare, just the way things of that gravity go down in real life. 

I could go on all day long about the brilliance that is "Big Love" but I will leave it at that for now and let you guys take over the talk in the comments section.

Just one last thing: Please don't let those Green weirdos touch even one hair on the beautiful head of tall, handsome Ben (Doug Smith). He's just too cute to be contaminated by them. 

Hang tight, Benny. 

I bet ya daddy will be coming for ya...