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If any scene in the second episode of “Big Little Lies” came close to replicating the peculiar allure of Meryl Streep’s scream from the first episode, it was when Zoe Kravitz name-dropped part of the show’s title. Freaked out and exhausted from trying to cope with it on her own, Bonnie (Kravitz) tells Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) yet again that she’s not OK.
“Sometimes I wake up at night in a sweat with this feeling — it’s going to get us,” Bonnie says.” “It’s going to get us all.”
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“What are you talking about?” Madeline asks, already knowing the answer.
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Now, is that line a touch heavy-handed? Yes. Is it overtly ominous in the kind of pre-meditated manner of speaking most people don’t actually use? It leans that way, sure. And of all people, would Bonnie — an introverted yoga instructor who thinks walking on the side of the road is the same as going for a hike — drop such a tasty morsel of provocative melodrama? No, I don’t think she would.
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But it’s a great line! It’s a great line, in part, because it works in spite of all the reasons it shouldn’t. It’s a great line because the internet should have a bit of fun replacing her two-word response with silly alternatives, and it’s also a great line because it defines the new breed of storytelling at play in “Big Little Lies.” No longer a murder-mystery, Season 2 is a heartbreaking cover-up, intent on watching the Monterey Five wrestle with the lies they’ve told.
Maybe it won’t be the lie Bonnie’s talking about — there are plenty to choose from — but Episode 2, “Tell-Tale Hearts,” makes it very clear their guilty consciences or other distressing emotional issues will manifest in problems...
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