The next morning, Ben sits forlornly on his completed parade float in the Home Plus parking lot. No one else is in sight, least of all Bill. And it's Sarah who drives up in the BarbMobile. Ben asks where Bill is. "Busy," Sarah says sympathetically. "He asked me to come follow you to the Expo Center and give you a lift back home." And how did Ben get there in the first place, unless he pulled another all-nighter? Which, now that I think about it, I'm sure he did. Stockholm is lovely this time of year. There's an awkward moment of silence while they each work up the nerve to talk about what's really going on between them. She says she doesn't understand him, and he says she's like Barb, trying to save him. He asks why she needs him to be okay. "I don't want to lose you," Sarah says, on the verge of tears. "I don't want to completely lose faith in this family." So no pressure or anything. Ben says he has faith in Bill, and that they're pioneers as well. "My sons and daughters, Sarah? They won't be unhappy. They'll be born into polygamy. Don't you believe any of it?" Sarah just stands there, looking at the empty Kool-Aid glass in his hand. Finally he clambers around and slides down the hatch of the float and behind the wheel. "You'll follow me, right?" he asks Sarah. She nods; she'll follow, but only in the most literal sense. Ben starts up the engine, and Sarah looks up at the giant Charlie Brown heads on the float as an insipid little music-box tune plays. Sarah swallows her tears as she watches the monstrosity pull out of the parking lot. One of the most fascinating things about this show is watching these people and wondering how much of their own bullshit they really believe -- the extent to which they're lying to themselves, the extent to which they're lying to those around them. While I really like this episode, and appreciate everything that happens in it, I'm thinking that it may have answered too many of those questions for too many characters.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: A | 1389 USERS: B-
YOU GRADE IT