Big Little Lies episode 5 pushes things forward toward the infamous Audrey and Elvis night. As I mentioned in my review, the murder plot hardly matters. The clear draw here is the deep characterization and exploration of these complex women. Sure, it takes place in the seemingly unreal world of Monterey, California. Sure, it feels like kitchen porn. But these characters and the actresses who play them are fascinatingly flawed. Favorites from Big Little Lies episode 5 include Celeste’s continued counseling sessions and Jane’s struggles to uncover the identity of Saxon Banks. As I watch the series a second time, I’m increasingly impressed with Shailene Woodley’s naturalistic performance. This isn’t an actress grandstanding. This is a woman who creates a realistic single mother, plagued by past trauma.
You won’t find much better on television than Big Little Lies.
Synopsis: Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) receives encouraging news about the play from her director, Joseph Bachman (Santiago Cabrera), but is left concerned by his newly icy demeanor. Principal Nippal (P.J. Byrne) and Ms. Barnes (Virginia Kull) share their conclusions about Ziggy (Iain Armitage) and Amabella (Ivy George) with Jane (Shailene Woodley). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) has a solo session with Dr. Reisman (Robin Weigert), who tries to get to the bottom of her relationship with Perry (Alexander Skarsgård).
Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.