"Next Ticket Out" is another deeply flawed episode of "Big Love," but at least it's not as bottom-scraping as last week's episode. Indeed, the whole thing moves with the illogic and terror of a nightmare, with all the strengths and weaknesses that that implies. Some of the episode's best sequences - and there are many - have that sense you get when you wake up in the middle of the night, your gut churning with the sense that something has gone wrong, not quite able to remember the dream that sent you in that direction. And some of the episode's worst sequences have the feeling you get in a nightmare, where logic and reason are tossed aside simply because it's time for more bad stuff to happen. Nobody's running from any monsters here, but they are running from the sense that all of their bad decisions are slowly catching up to them, and there's nothing they can do to fight back.
[Full recap of Sunday's (Feb. 28) "Big Love" after the break...]