The BEST Episodes of Big Love
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Bill Henrickson seems like a typical suburban husband and father, except for the fact that he has three wives, seven kids and three homes to maintain. The Salt Lake City polygamist has to juggle his families' needs while overseeing his growing chain of home-improvement stores and attempting to reconnect with his fundamentalist relatives.
#1 - Sacrament
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 22, 2009
Bill convinces Ray Henry to go along with his idea to rescue a kidnapping victim; Nicki has a surprise visitor; Alby hatches a deadly plot to consolidate his power; Sarah makes a surprise announcement that shocks the family.
#2 - Under One Roof
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2010
Ana resurfaces with a surprise revelation. Meanwhile, Bill tries to get Tommy and Jerry to rebrand the casino; Marilyn makes yet another impressive pitch; Lois and Frank take Ben and Jodean south of the border; Nicki is infuriated by Alby; Margene worries about her booming business; and, with a flourish, Bill shows his wives the family's collective future.
#3 - End of Days
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2010
With the election only days away, Bill puts the squeeze on Paley to protect his candidacy. But Marilyn has an ace up her sleeve that threatens to wreck Bill's chances. Meanwhile, Nicki gets news that seems too good to be true; and a late-breaking polygamist scandal forces Bill and his three wives to rethink their bold post-election plans.
#4 - Where Men and Mountains Meet
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 20, 2011
In the series finale of Big Love, Margene plans on going on a cruise by herself to help people, Barb prepares to get baptized in the new church, and Nikki fears that she will be left alone if Bill goes to prison.
#5 - Strange Bedfellows
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2010
Bill, Nicki and Cara Lynn travel to Washington, D.C., where Bill tries to land an endorsement from Congressman Clark Paley while mending things with Nicki. Meanwhile, Margene's on-air triumph is tempered by a case of mistaken identity; Joey goes to extremes to safeguard a secret; and Barb and Sarah hit a young Native American woman with their car.
#6 - Free at Last
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2010
With the grand opening of the Blackfoot Magic Casino only days away, the Henricksons make last-minute preparations. Meanwhile, the feds probe the whereabouts of Roman Grant; Adaleen shares a shocking secret with Nicki; Margie makes an on-air slip-up; Bill and Nicki's smarmy ex, J.J. Walker, work out an arrangement allowing Cara Lynn to stay at the Henrickson's.
#7 - Rough Edges
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 2009
Bill petitions the DA's office to charge Roman with murder; Margene starts a jewelry business; Don's fact-finding mission about the casino license reveals the possible involvement of Bill's brother-in-law; Sarah considers her options for the future.
#8 - Til Death do Us Part
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 27, 2011
Bill eyes a wedding as a chance to reseal his commitment to his wives; Alby makes a game-changing power play.
#9 - The Noose Tightens
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 6, 2011
Bill fights for his family and his freedom; Alby looks to settle unfinished business; Nicki plans a new future for Cara Lynn.
#10 - Exorcism
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 13, 2011
Alby gets Adaleen on his side against Bill and his family. Rhonda asks Ben to marry her which results in Ben & Heather breaking up. Bill faces the possibility of a 20 year sentence, as his family tries to cope. Cara Lynn breaks down after Nikki tells her that Mr. Ivy never loved her.
#11 - Sins of the Father
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 7, 2010
Bill pulls out all the stops to win Paley's support for the State Senate nomination, while Nicki continues as his campaign's 'secret weapon.' Meanwhile, Margene gets the cold shoulder; Marilyn pitches to represent the casino's interests in Washington; Frank picks a bad time to drop by the casino; and Bill absorbs a last-minute sucker punch from Coburn.
#12 - Oh, Pioneers
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 26, 2007
In the season finale, the family prepares for the annual Pioneer Week. Bill and Alby butt heads over the control of UEB. Meanwhile, Margene reveals the truth to Ana.
#13 - The Mighty and Strong
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2010
Pressed by Coburn to state his intentions, Bill gets his family to stage an elaborate rally announcing his candidacy. He isn't so lucky when an audit uncovers insurance discrepancies caused by his multiple wives. To protect his secret and save his candidacy, he ends up asking Don to take the fall, and moves up his announcement by three days.
#14 - The Greater Good
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2010
Ignoring pleas from Nicki to become Juniper Creek's next prophet, Bill contemplates running for the vacant Utah State Senate seat. Joey and Wanda return to Juniper Creek, but a suspicious J.J. is lurking. Sarah and Scott forgo a wedding in Bill's church in favor of a civil ceremony, shocking Barb. Margene confronts Nicki about her feelings for Ray Henry.
#15 - D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 20, 2011
Bill refuses to give in to Barb's vision of the church; Nicki chafes at the status quo; Margene looks to rally the children of polygamy.
#16 - The Ceremony
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 4, 2006
To Roman's surprise, Bill and Joey attend the UEB priesthood council meeting. Alby's visit to Wanda brings out her old habits, which could potentially land Bill in big trouble. Rhonda uses the acting competition as an excuse to leave the compound but she discovers that her family isn't willing to let her go. Finally, Barb attends the Mother of the Year awards ceremony but not all goes as expected.
#17 - The Oath
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 6, 2011
Bill fights for his right to be sworn in as senator; Barb, Nicki, and Margene struggle with personal revelations and changed public profiles.
#18 - Take Me as I Am
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 19, 2007
Barb finds out that her mother is about to re-marry. Bill hears disturbing news about Weber Gaming. Meanwhile, Nicki is upset by outside influences on her children.
#19 - Come, Ye Saints
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 22, 2009
Bill takes the wives and kids on a cross-country journey to connect to their roots - and save his family.
#20 - The Baptism
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 14, 2006
The Henrickson's prepare Teenie's baptism with friction and surprises from Barb's judgmental sister. Bill decides to take preemptive action against Roman with his brother. Margene continues to butt heads with Nicki, and her misfortunes pile up. Ben wants to show his affection to Brynn but is surprised when she demands something more.
#21 - The Happiest Girl...
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 13, 2007
Bill takes Margene to a convention. Frank is looking for a new wife. Meanwhile, Nicki throws a party.
#22 - Fight or Flight
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 2009
Nicki's problems escalate at home and on the job; Alby's wife Glory reacts to her reduced stature at Juniper Creek by showing a secret document to Bill; Joey's plans to make Kathy his second wife could be derailed by Roman and Hollis Greene.
#23 - For Better or for Worse
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 15, 2009
Sarah, Ben, Heather and Frankie attempt a risky mission to Juniper Creek to find Frankie's mother; the Henricksons adjust to cramped living conditions after a recent arrival; Bill turns to his brother-in-law for help in securing a loan; Nicki mulls going back to her job at the DA's office; Roman hints at plans for a comeback.
#24 - Winter
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 16, 2011
After being elected state senator, Bill Henrikson announces that he is a polygamist, and he and his families are attacked from every side; Alby Grant returns from living in the desert with the idea of purifying the compound and getting revenge.
#25 - On Trial
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 8, 2009
Bill attempts to drive a wedge between Alby and Roman, whose case finally goes to trial. Struggling with the decision of what to do regarding her pregnancy, Sarah recruits Heather and Ben for moral support.