Big Little Lies: Season 2, Episode 5 “Kill Me” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Mary Louise looking off into the distance.
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The pattern of Big Little Lies continues as Mary Louise taunts people, Bonnie’s past is slowly revealed, Jane has intimacy issues, and Madeline struggles to recover her relationship.


Network
HBO
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Martin Martin Donovan

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Recap

New Day, A Few Additional Details: Bonnie, Elizabeth, Martin, Madeline, Ed

When it comes to Madeline and Bonnie, for the most part, we get incremental updates but nothing Earth-shaking. Take Ed knowing he was more so chosen to be a provider to Madeline’s kids than a lover. We got that. It seemed clear in season 1. Then with Bonnie, we’re informed Elizabeth was abusive, likely due to drugs, or lack of medication, and she feels her dad, Martin, didn’t protect her. Diffuse a situation, yes, stopped them from getting worst, “Keeping the peace” is even said but didn’t protect her.

But, to keep things from being too, “You couldn’t have entered this in the first season?” We get Elizabeth asking Bonnie to kill her.

For The Love Of The Children: Renata, Celeste, Mary Louise

Mary Louise teasing Renata.
Mary Louise: Who lives in a house with no furniture?

As we’ve often seen, Renata is a bully, and her strong-arming is likely how she has become successful. So, with money enabling her, she sees being aggressive as the means to handle any and all situations to her advantage. Case in point, when it comes to Celeste’s issue with Mary Louise, she thinks she can push her to drop the custody suit. Thing is, Mary Louise knows how to get even under a stranger’s skin. So between bringing up how empty Renata’s house is, where they have tea, and poking at all the things she sacrificed seemingly for naught, she pushes Renata to flip out and realize she can’t play Mary Louise.

Trusting Yourself, And Someone Else, Is A Long Process: Bonnie, Celeste, Jane, Corey, Mary Louise

The custody battle is clearly going to be nasty, and it is beginning to appear to perhaps not even be about the boys but coercing Celeste and her friends to testify on the witness stand. At least that is what Celeste thinks. Which only pushes Bonnie further to want to confess since she doesn’t want everyone to go down for what she did. But, on the way to the precinct, she spots Corey. Which is a bit strange and leads to the need to question if there is more to the young man than it appears. An idea that seems horrible since Jane badly wants to be intimate with him but continues to struggle.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why does Nathan so badly want to be friends with Ed? Is it just because Bonnie is friends with Ed or he wants to make a dad group like the wives have?

Review

Highlights

Mary Louise

Meryl Streep picking apart each character is the sole reason for this season. For it gives you everything you’d want. Her battles with Renata and Madeline are ridiculously comical. Then, her making Celeste come out of pocket is devious and genius in a way. Then with Jane, she shows this softer side, and it really pushes you to understand this is Perry’s mom for we’re seeing all the sides to him we got in season 1. All that is missing is her being violent but, considering how she cuts people with her words, maybe for her she likes violence that doesn’t leave a physical mark?

The Twins Coming To Ziggy’s Aid

While not a major moment, I must admit it was sweet for the twins to see something wrong happening to Ziggy and then coming to his rescue. Even beating up the kid who refused to back off just because he was bigger and apparently his parents say too much around him.

What This Trial Might Bring

In the long run, it seems Mary Louise wanted to get the truth and put it on record. So her forcing a custody battle is genius. But also, it makes you wonder if there are any secrets left that can be pushed out? Most of the women are in their 30s and 40s, and we’re reminded of how Celeste used to be an attorney. So what is the chance her past may come out the woodworks? Yes, she told Perry she basically didn’t have anyone but what if that was a lie? Hell, with Perry’s mom, and Bonnie’s parents showing up, imagine us meeting more parents before the season, hopefully series, ends in a few episodes.

On The Fence

Ed

Despite Ed being understandably mad, there is just something about the way he handles it, and interacts with Madeline that makes you wish he would just leave. I get he loves his daughter, seemingly wants things to work, but it seems like a lost cause at this point. One which is turning him into an ass and making him insufferable.

Bonnie

Martin (Martin Donovan) defending himself against Bonnie's accusation that he didn't protect her.
Martin (Martin Donovan) and Bonnie

Being a Kravitz fan makes it so, while I love Bonnie, I feel like she is playing catch up. A lot of what we see, if the first season was longer, you could imagine a lot of this put in there. Mind you, it would remain one of the weakest stories on the show, but at least it wouldn’t be one of the weak justifications for a second season. Which, I know, is brought up nearly every episode but I can’t help it. Mary Louise is a good character, but she can’t be the sole thing which makes this season worth watching right?

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 5 "Kill Me"The pattern of Big Little Lies continues as Mary Louise taunts people, Bonnie’s past is slowly revealed, Jane has intimacy issues, and Madeline struggles to recover her relationship.
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Martin Martin Donovan
  • New Day, A Few Additional Details: Bonnie, Elizabeth, Martin, Madeline, Ed
  • For The Love Of The Children: Renata, Celeste, Mary Louise
  • Trusting Yourself, And Someone Else, Is A Long Process: Bonnie, Celeste, Jane, Corey, Mary Louise
Season 2, Episode 3 “The End Of The World”Healing from the wounds of the past is the focus this episode but, as we see, not all wounds heal properly and allow a person to truly move on.
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 6/23/2019
  • Mommie Dearest: Bonnie, Elizabeth
  • Life Without Ed: Madeline, Ed, Dr. Reisman, Celeste
  • Can’t Move On When The Issue Is Staring At You In The Face: Mary Louse, Celeste, Corey, Dr. Reisman, Jane, Amabella, Renata, Gordon
Season 2, Episode 4 “She Knows”Mary Louise continues to be a big draw as the ladies of Big Little Lies watch their lives nearly all fall apart.
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 6/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
John Davidson John Marshall Jones
  • One Last Hoorah!: Renata, Gordon, John
  • And They Dare Say The Truth Will Set You Free: Madeline, Ed, Bonnie, Elizabeth
  • Drastic Measures For Immediate Problems: Mary Louise, Jane, Celeste, Corey
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Somebody’s Dead” [Series Premiere]While each and every big name actor and actress in this film have had polarizing roles and performances in their filmography, for each and every one this show seems to be a quick reminder. A reminder to those who love their work why they are fans and for those who don’t get it, don’t understand all the hubbub about this actor or that actress, this will either be what turns you or what solidifies your opinion.Jane (Shailene Woodley) | Celeste (Nicole Kidman) | Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) | Abigail (Kathryn Newton) | Renata (Laura Dern) | Ziggy (Iain Armitage) | Annabelle (Ivy George) | Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) | Nathan (James Tupper)
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Serious Mothering”As we get to know the woman of Monterey, surprisingly Madeline almost seems like the normal one. Especially as the state of Celeste’s relationship is revealed and Jane’s vulnerability makes you question her mental state.
  • Topic 1: Battle Lines Drawn (Madeline & Renata)
  • Topic 2: The 2nd Choice (Ed, Madeline, Nathan and Bonnie)
  • Topic 3: An Elle Type Relationship (Celeste and Perry)
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Living The Dream”Living the Dream is a strange episode title for it seems most of the characters are either living or remembering their most fearsome nightmares.
  • Perry’s Fear of Losing Celeste (Perry & Celeste)
  • Madeline vs. The World: (Renata and Madeline)
  • Jane’s Past Revealed: (Jane & Madeline)
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Push Comes to Shove”Closure and being happy. One usually means having the other but there is usually some obstacle in the way. Of which, usually it is one conversation which could clear things up, allow you to get something off your chest, and give yourself the permission to move on. But getting to that point of having that conversation? Oh, there are few things harder.
  • Jane and Ziggy
  • Madeline
  • Celeste
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Once Bitten”Everything is coming apart. The ideal relationship, the ideal family, the ideal mother and child relationship, it is all going to hell. Which, at one time, was something which could be endured, given a stiff upper lip, but that pose can’t be held forever. After awhile, that lip trembles, tears fall, and your grip loosens and you have no choice but to admit you weren’t keeping things together. You were just digging your names into your palms and focusing on that pain to avoid everything else.
  • Episode Focus: The Mental State of Jane Chapman (Jane and Madeline)
  • Subplot 1: Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Celeste)
  • Subplot 2: Car Crash (Madeline)
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Burning Love”Maintaining a healthy and happy relationship with your spouse and children is hard. Just like marriage, raising a child depends on compromise, defying expectation and sometimes what you thought was normal, and constant adaptation. For love is precious yet can be fleeting. Especially when abuse, miscommunication, or irreconcilable beliefs are put into the equation.

With all that said, let’s talking about “Burning Love.”
  • The Essence of a Happy Marriage Is The Ability To Pretend (Ed, Nathan, Celeste, Madeline, Perry, and Bonnie)
  • Burying The Hatchet (Renata, Jane, and Madeline)
  • Will The Kids Be Alright? (Chloe and Ziggy)
Season 1/ Episode 7 “You Get What You Need” [Season Finale]Big Little Lies, honestly, ends in an anti-climatic way. If only because the whole “Who killed who” reveal isn’t impactful nor the reveal of who has been bullying Amabella.
  • Episode Focus: The Death of a Tyrant (Perry, Madeline, Bonnie, Jane, and Celeste)
  • Subplot 1: Who is Bullying Amabella? (Jane, Celeste, and Renata)
Season 2, Episode 1 “What Have They Done” [Season Premiere]While there was a need to question why a second season, Meryl Streep pretty much is the sole answer you’ll need.
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 6/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mary Louise Meryl Streep
  • A Broken Bonnie: Bonnie, Nathan, Ed, Madeline
  • Pretending Things Are Normal: Madeline, Abigail, Renata
  • The Heavy Weight Of A Secret: Celeste, Mary Louise, Jane, Madeline, Perry
Season 2, Episode 2 “Tell-Tale Hearts”Big Little Lies continues to drum up more drama, to justify its second season, by involving the kids more, an additional parent, and chaos between all 4 families.
Director(s) Andrea Arnold
Writer(s) David E. Kelley
Air Date 6/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Elizabeth Crystal Fox
Corey Douglas Smith
  • You Lost All Of Mine (Our) Money?!: Renata, Gordon
  • You Lie A Lot, Don’t You?: Ed, Madeline, Chloe, Abigail, Celeste, Mary Louise, Skye, Bonnie, Elizabeth, Nathan
  • Reconciling The Truth You Know With What Your Child Is Ready To Hear: Ziggy, Celeste, Jane, Mary Louise, Josh, Max

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