Why would anyone be married to Bill Henrickson? That's one of the bigger questions at the center of "Big Love," a question that the show has never really answered as well as it might have, since the three women at the show's center are so much more interesting and compelling figures in comparison to their mutual husband. Some of that may be due to Bill Paxton, a good, reliable guy at playing regular Joe types but someone who can't really live up to the lines the show gives the other characters about the charisma that shines off of him. Some of it may have to do with the show's milieu, a world where unquestioning patriarchy is the norm, as opposed to the more gender-equal society most people who can afford HBO live in. And some of it may just have to do with the fact that there's really no one who's good enough to score with Barb AND Nicki AND Margie. And, hell, Ana while we're at it.
[Full recap of Sunday (Jan. 24) night's "Big Love" after the break...]