Bigger Love, Episode 66: The Recession 

Three Februarys ago, Mrs. G. watched a marathon session of HBO's Big Love and wondered if the premise of this show would work if the roles were reversed. Mrs. G. wondered if viewers and critics would respond as enthusiastically to a show about one woman with three husbands. A show, for instance, called...


Bigger Love. So she wrote a pilot and the response was overwhelming. Episodes 41 and 55 were warmly embraced as well.

The world seemed ready for a show about Mrs. G and the three hot husbands who serve her every need. HBO, call her.



When last we met, Mrs. G's husbands helped her set and achieve healthy goals for 2009. She had hired a British manny to help with the children and bring her a midafternoon o' tea.


In this episode, we find Mrs. G. struggling to keep up with her bills during an economic downturn. Despite working harder than ever, she is crushed under the weight of a mortgage, car payments, utilities and groceries. She wonders how much longer she can remain in the middle class. 

She wonders how much longer there will be a middle class.


No shrinking political violet, Mrs. G. writes her president a letter and asks him why he is capitulating to the Right and just when he plans to become the change she wants to see. She sends him her favorite political policy book.


When the president doesn't respond, she send him another letter because she can. Oh yes she can.

Mrs. G. doesn't know where to turn. The pressures are mounting. She applies for a bank loan but is denied. It turns out those eight figure bankers' bonuses have cleaned out the coffers. Despite a tax payer bailout, banks are, doggonit, just plain tapped. Those banksters. They really are brazen motherfockers something else.



Her husbands meet with a financial advisor to brainstorm how to cut costs.


Much to Mrs. G's dismay, the British manny suffers the first budget cut. It's a real shame. He has grown to love the children.

Among others.



Brad takes on the lion's share of the childcare.


  Matt cultivates a thriving Victory Garden in the backyard to cut food costs.


George runs weekend basketball camps in the neighborhood for extra dough. His complete lack of hoop skills doesn't affect the success of his camps' enrollment. There are always waiting lists. Most of the boys' moms park it on the sidelines all weekend to watch George sweat coach their children.  They fight to give him juice boxes when he drives it to the basket.


The whole family enthusiastically pitches in to save pennies and keep the house running like a carefully balanced wash load. Except for Mrs. G, who doesn't do any domestic chores at all. She works outside the home. She slaves away at the office. Plus, she babysits the kids on the weekends.


Life rolls merrily along until Mrs. G. discovers Brad is spending an increasing amount of time in internet chat rooms.



The family stages an intervention, but Brad is lost to them.



A few weeks later, he abandons the family for television vampira, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. They move to another continent.

Mrs. G. is devastated but her remaining two husbands compete to dry her tears. George dabs one eye while Matt dabs the other. Teamwork. They work double time to cheer her up.



George buys her a puppy with some of the proceeds of his basketball camps.


Matt dusts and vacuums in his rugby shorts.

Mrs. G. is a lucky, lucky woman.

But with Brad gone, there is the issue of childcare. Mrs. G. dips into her decimated 401k and allots a chunk of funds to hire a new manny.

She begins the arduous interview process.



The first candidate is a washed up politician with four children. Wait! Five children. He forgot one. He spends most of the interview blathering on about his character, integrity and values. Zzzzzz.

Negatory. Mrs. G. doesn't like him or his hair.



The next candidate is a scruffy Spaniard with a smoky accent. He has zero experience with children. His nickname is El Pícaro, The Scoundrel.

Mrs. G. hires him on the spot.

By hook or by crook (and a second job at Starbucks), Mrs. G. keeps the financial ship sailing and her family afloat. There's food on the table, clean sheets on the beds and a roof over everyone's head.

Life is good times three.


But then...then an unexpected postcard arrives in the mail from a salty, Parisian pirate—a much needed stimulus package.


To be continued...

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Reader Comments (64)

My favorite series! Can't wait for the next episode!!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

This was just what I needed this morning! Thanks for the laugh, Mrs. G.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUrban Cowgirl

Love it!!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I hate it when I join a series halfway through. Bah! I shall go and acquaint myself with the back story.

(btw husband #2 is actually wearing Rugby shorts. Oh yes there really is a difference. In fact we should have more (any) rugby players in the cabana. Mmmmhmmmm, Jonnie Wilkinson!!)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrash

great fun... does the bigger love house have toilet seats that automatically lower? that would be a must with all the men living there

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren @Junking in Georgia

This is so much fun! Great way to start the morning!!!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracie

Setting my DVR for this one.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*m*

I love the way this show started off fabulous and gets even more fabulous with each episode.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen on the Edge

Finally! Something about this recession that I can enjoy! :)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustJuli

Has Matt considered adding a certain ....'cash crop' to his Victory garden? You could blend an episode of 'Weeds' with 'Bigger Love.'

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

I love this series.....MORE, MORE...please!! This is a great way to start my day!!!

Thanks Mrs. G!!!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlil miss

Can we do an intervention with Brad to get him to shave that raggedy-ass looking beard?

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg

I loved every word of this! I'm dying laughing over here. I would totally watch this series. :-)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmyBean

Why is it I think this is so funny, but when dh comes to the computer to read what I'm laughing about, he doesn't find anything humorous about it? LOL. I tihnk this really could be a hit series for the female audience.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenni in KS

Keep it coming Mrs. G, hilarious!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNana B

You've read the books by my favorite authors as well!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Juggling Life

You are my favorite writer with whom I completely disagree politically (except about the bankers! Can't wait for the next installment.)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I love this. If HBO doesn't call you, Mrs. G., they're FOOLS! Can't wait for the next installment!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlesia

You had me at John Edwards.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Harp

More! More!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaughinginohio

Quite a series you've got going there!

May an old Southern girl provide a little behind-the-camera tech advice? Your husband's Victory Garden may make a few dollars, but the crop will never make it to the table. See those frilly little fans on the branches? Those are the lacy beginnings of cotton bolls.

But then, I've never been to Hollywood, and I hear they do some STRANGE stuff out there.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterracheld

Thanks for the agriculture tip, Rachel! Maybe he can spin cotton and make us clothes. My farming experience is limited.

I can't slip a thing past you women.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

Now THATS what im talkin 'bout...

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisamcelliott

Honey.. can we talk?
I am totally on board. Finally something worth watchin!

Mr Darcy.... swooooooon

But the new smokin' hot manny... double swooooooon

You are a woman after my own heart. I have already signed up for the next installment.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

Love the Bigger Love.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrightside Susan

But wait...rumors abound that your sweet Brad may soon be available. May he find his way back into the fold, soon.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrudeek

Another perfect installment!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzenmomma

Ok. We need to do a Very Special Bigger Love where we merge with the HBO series "Hung." Anyone? It's a male prostitute who is really a gym teacher/divorced dad of 2/entrepreneur and he has a very big. .... shoe size.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate in Michigan

Big Love is my secret vice which I love but this is just hysterical... can't wait for more!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs W.

My favorite part of this entire series is how love keeps you together. I tear up every time your husbands come to the rescue with great plans to make things work. Basketball camp, victory garden, puppy--sheer genius.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreen Girl in Wisconsin

Now you've doe it, Mrs. G. This bladder cannot tolerate a belly laugh after coffee.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMinnesota Matron

cotton bolls? hahahahahahahahahahaha.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrash

I am on the edge of my office chair!!! when does the next episode air?

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I love Bigger Love! The guys are sooo supportive. They are the best.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkellyg

Hilarious! Love Bigger Love... Sweatin' the cliffhanger ending now...

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraphrodite

I laughed out loud when John Edwards' picture showed up. I think of you whenever I hear about him on the news. Your original post about him when this first came up last year(?) was hilarious- especially how you defended him and his hair to your relatives.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

and you're keeping them all to yourself?! even with JD returning?! how about spreading the love, ahem, by adding a few wives. surely, the men need extra attention. you can't satisfy them all, all the time, can you? don't be a hoarder!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

A Colony cliffhanger! Oh, the suspense.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Krieger

Mrs. G., you are the bomb!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Oops! I mean how you had defended him before all this cheating stuff came out:)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

OK, how about Bigger Love + Weeds + Hung = Eat your heart out, NBC execs!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

No call from HBO? Skip em. Please consider making your own video version to insert into your blog site. This is fantastically imaginative and witty. Please proceed.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMAYBELLINE


January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecky

Just do whatever is necessary to keep George. I love him.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjean

You are such a clever writer--this is serious entertainment. Those book titles are perfect--they say it all.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorinna

Sigh. You make real life seem so...dull. I think I'll join you in your imagination, if you don't mind.

And someone please explain to me why Obama is backing Bernanke. Please.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent

Dear Mrs. G-

I love you and your many varied romantic trysts! I'm available to ASSIST with childcare . I work cheap. Call me.

Yours most sincerely,

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Ummm, could I borrow George for a day??? I would settle for two hours!
How FUNNY, I love it! Best laugh I have had ALL day!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanna

Mrs. G, I heart you big time!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

High-larious Mrs. G--it seems, though, as in the Big Love family this season, your family needs to branch out in to some other businesses to keep everyone housed, clothed and fed, and that the husbands need to do their share . . . if casinos aren't your thing . . . maybe lifestyle advice? "How to keep your queen bee buzzing" by George, Matt and Johnny???

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeelin

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