"The greatest freedom we have is obedience."
Gee, doesn't that sound familiar? I love the parallels between them and the JWs. I love these little catch phrases and slogans they keep inserting into the dialog. Typical cult speak. Things that don't really make any sense at all except in the warped logic of people conditioned to respond a certain way when their beliefs are questioned.
Remember the JW phrase that was going around after one assembly drama, "To obey is better than a sacrifice."
I also liked the tour Roman gave to the newspaper reporters, explaining why they were the one true church. Wasn't it funny when the paper misquoted him? "We're just like homosexuals." --- I just about died laughing!
And isn't it interesting how, like the JWs, they try to spin everything they aren't trying to keep on the down-low.
I think that Roman's new wife (Rhonda?) talks the talk pretty good, don't you? And she is so self righteous about it. And what about obedience to the command, "Thou shalt not steal?" Obviously that doesn't count. After all, look who her husband is. Roman, that old thief. And then the whole, we do one thing, but call it something else to get around the law. Hey, if she isn't old enough to be married under the law, it's child molesting, no matter what they call it.
And what was going on between Roman and Nikki in the bedroom? A little incest, maybe? A guy who would marry a little girl would certainly have no scruples about his daughter giving him a blow job, or whatever was going on.
Bill's father is also a sleaze. He makes his wife come and go through the back window by sitting out front of the house with a shotgun. He kicked his son out of the house at age 14 (this sounds a lot like disfellowshipping) by taking him to downtown SLC and tossing him out to survive on his own. (What did Bill have to do to survive on the streets?)
And yet, as much as I detest most of the men in this show for their terrible treatment of their women, I sure do like Bill. Flawed though he is, he seems to genuinely care for his family. He hasn't kicked his son out of the house for getting too chummy with his new wife Margene, he tries to give them everything they want, he tries to protect them, and he genuinely cares for his employees. He still tries to care for his parents, even after what his father did to him.
I like the Henrickson family. I even like Nikki, as manipulative and childish as she is. I think she is a product of her environment. I think there is some serious abuse in her past. And poor little Wayne. That was the birthday party from hell! And what did Barb do that she feels so guilty about? Does it have anything to do with why Roman had to help Bill out because of her?
A very interesting show.