Bigger Love, Episode 102: PBS War & Peace

Three Februaries 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, 55, 66 and 82 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.



In the last episode, Mrs. G. and her husbands dealt with Brad falling in love with a "human" life-sized doll named Annalina.


Brad had to go through intensive therapy because Annaline was "beguiling" him to abandon his seven children with her come hither eyes. Annalina ultimately left Brad and "ran" away with...


the Manny. The 1% are right. It really is hard to keep good help.


Due to tough economic times, Mrs. G. and her husbands decided to soldier on without a nanny and let Brad raise his own children for a while.

It was a harder job than he thought, but he realized he needed to suck it up since he had forced the family to incorporate a "human" life-sized doll in their home for several months. Brad also came to appreciate why new mothers often live in robes for months at a time.


Lucky for Mrs. G, George was more than willing to step up to the plate and work a little harder to help cover Brad's usual chores: brushing Mrs. G's hair, rubbing Mrs. G's feet, doing Mrs. G's laundry...and such. 


New York continued to be the perfect home and Mrs. G's plus sized lingerie store was going gangbusters.


In fact the shop was doing so well, Mrs. G. opened up a plus sized clothing shop right next to it.


The only dark spot in Mrs. G. and her husbands' lives was Matt spending his second month in the hospital, recovering from a mauling from a what he thought was a retired circus lion but turned out to be an active duty Bengal tiger. They are both healing nicely.


So life was rolling along swimmingly when the doorbell rang unexpectedly one afternoon.

Mrs. G. immediately invited them inside and George went in the kitchen to rustle up some hot tea and cookies. Big Bird and Snuffy were in a state. "We don't even know this Mitt Romney," Big Bird cried, "but he wants to off us and we are on the run!" Snuffy just stood beside his best friend shaking his head and silently muttering, "We're puppets for Christ's sake. Puppets. They want to take away our home and our Medicare. We're puppets!" George assured them both that he had grown up watching Sesame Street and that as long as he had a home, they had a home. Mrs. G. agreed even though she was more a fan of Zoom.

"There's just one more thing," said Big Bird sheepishly as the doorbell rang again.

Mrs. G. opened it to find a small line of haggard folk.


"I don't have anywhere else to go," Oscar grouched. "Romney says I'm a moocher, and I should pull myself up by my bootstraps, but there's only one problem: I DON'T HAVE ANY FEET!"


"They say our love is unnatural but after 30 years together, we have no complaints," Ernie sighed.


"If Romney cuts Obamacare, me have no insurance because of me pre-existing condition. Me no want to die."


"That's it!" George yelled. "This Ken Doll, blue blooded, silk stocking is messing with the wrong Democrat. Everybody stay put and I'm going to see what I can do to stop this madness."


George flew to Washington to discuss the matter with a good friend. They talked strategies and solutions.


George and President Obama decided the Sesame Street gang should hide out at Mrs. G's house until the election was over and common sense ruled the nation once more. After which, President Obama would secure the whopping $227 necessary to keep PBS funded.

"Sesame Street is 30 years old. Maybe it's time for some infrastructure improvement. That would create some new jobs. Maybe we could sell that to the Congress," said the President.

"Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha," they both howled.

"Good one," said George.

"I try," said President Obama.


George flew back home and shared the good news.

The Sesame Street gang breathed a sigh of relief.



Children all over the world rejoiced.


Mothers everywhere praised God they would get at least one hour a day to themselves.


The kids loved their new house mates and Brad was grateful for a little me time.

It was a win win.


Elmo found work as an underemployed Wal-Mart greeter with no benefits.


Bert and Ernie opened up a Bed & Breakfast on Fire Island. Under New York law, they finally tied the knot.


The count went to work at the National Treasury Department because he can actually count.

And everyone made the best of it until November 6th, 2012.


On November 7th, Big Bird and his pals moved back home and the whole crazy, idiotic, partisan bullshit nightmare was over.


War, unemployment, 16 trillion dollar deficit, millions without health care, a war on women, children going to bed hungry, struggling teachers and school systems, skyrocketing college tuition prices, loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and this is what you bring up at the first debate?




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Reader Comments (54)

This is a classic episode.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSmalltown Me

laughing, crying, laughing, crying. Oh let me wake up on nov. 7th to good news.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusan

I find it interesting that Brad and Elmo are striking the same pose, and wearing the same, uh, shirt.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisse

Bows at your feet.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Loved this, Mrs. G! I would like to go and stay at Bert and Ernie's B&B.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralison

I would stand up and cheer, but I'm at Starbucks. An impressive tour de force, my blogging friend...

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent

Bravo! Bravo!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMIME

Love it!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercardinal

Love it!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter1les

Oh, I just love it! It's hard to believe that all of this will be over in less than a month.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Takin' it to the Street!
Worthy of TV air-time. Perhaps PBS would like to air this particular episode of Bigger Love?
Only in fantasy can the Count live on... (I was saddened when his "voice" died; I'm still not over Jim Henson's death.)

I once saw Oscar's feet. They were cleaner than my 20yo barefooter son's feet, but definitely greener and furrier.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren (formerly kcinnova)

I have no words. This is beautiful! I love you, Ms G!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenC

this is the perfect antidote to the intense anxiety attack Mitten's rise in the polls has caused for me...

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary Rith

Yes! That last paragraph sums it up very nicely.

Have you seen Maureen Dowd's column with guest Aaron Sorkin?

It's brilliant.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

OMG Heather, you need to be next to Obama or at the very least with his top marketing aids. This is just wonderful. How can so many just be so out of touch with reality? Thank God you have created the safehouse for all those that have educated, taught and saved our young people. What kind of madness will be on stage tomorrow night? Let them all go back to their real homes in November!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennie


October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Ken doll----amen sister.
Always loved the street gang.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

Absolutely wonderful. You had me giggling when Big Bird rang the doorbell and laughing so hard by the end that my daughter was concerned for my state of mind. Thanks Mrs. G. for this!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermomwhoknits


October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergina

Hilarious!! But actually, George didn't go to WADC, Obama came to visit George in LA this weekend!! And they all got together with Katy and Stevie and a bunch of other people and had a good time!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

As usual - a masterpiece.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrightside-Susan

A gem! Brad and Elmo are beautiful. Your are a genius.

And I agree about ZOOM! I can still sing the song.
"Write ZOOM! Z-double O-M. Box 350. Boston, Mass. 0-2-1-3-4444444444!"

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyK

Ah yes! Bigger Love...another inspired episode Mrs. G. I laughed so loud the dogs came to see what I was up to!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterk


I love you.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

a *like* to Aunt Snow here!

Zoom! I loved that show! Hubellubo frubiends! They had their own language! Cuban yubou spubeak ububbubi dububbubi? Back in the day, they didn't have a translator. Now they do:

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSmalltown Me

Go Mrs. G!!!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Loved the post... As one of your resident conservatives ....I appreciate and embrace the humor..and I choose (as I hope you do too) that there actually some of us who don't agree. I'll love my Derf friends through every bit of this election. I'll respect and embrace (YES) your thoughts. I also hope that you can understand that there are a lot of folks that disagree.

I want this election over too! I think elections divide us, and the politicians use us. This IS diverse...and we have to somehow find a way to embrace our differences and still be friends. We can fight, we can debate...but in the end? We have to find the common ground on HOW we move forward. No party has that wrapped up, because frankly? None of them (in my humble opinion) has a FREAKIN CLUE!!!

We are citizens. We CARE about our neighbors. WE are involved in making changes in our communities. These (idiots) (and I mean ALL of them, including the media who espouses their wisdom nightly) don't make the change in OUR communities...WE DO!!!

So...looking forward to the end of the election cycle.

And...I go out there and (perhaps get a flogging for it, but still...) say that Mitt was right. If WE (meaning OUR country, OUR budget) can't afford "whatever" without borrowing from should all be "on the block". I love PBS, but really? I don't want to be indebted to China (or any other country!) to do our business. Say what you will, and I'll take the flack...but I rather like the idea of "if it puts us in debt to China (or another country) is on the table". Seems pretty common sense to me.

And I'll leave it with...I adore you ALL....I love my country....I totally dislike all politicians....and I totally HATE this election cycle.


October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Carol

This is SO awesome! Love the cookie monster line!!!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraphrodite

Diane - Respectfully, I find the reference to China a bit interesting. US debt is primarily held by US residents and institutions, not by the Chinese. Of the debt held by foreign entities, China is only one country. If we consider the make-up of the debt, the vast majority of it is due to the economics downturn, tax cuts, and a war. The percentage of money spent on PBS is a fraction of a fraction of that amount. In addition, if "everything" is on the table, that means we're looking at (yet) more people loosing their jobs, which drives tax revenues down further, demand for goods down further and a decline in retail sales which means more lost jobs. Austerity hasn't exactly been a rousing success in Europe.

I live in a state where we had to cut, cut, cut, and cut some more. We've often lead the nation in job losses and when we're not losing jobs, we're nowhere near to recovering them quite like other states have. There was that whole business with a recall election and then we were told that when the leader of the whole brilliant plan survived the election, jobs would rain down on our state like manna from heaven because the only reason why they hadn't yet was due to all sorts of "uncertainty." We're still waiting for the miraculous influx of jobs promised.

There's also the question of being penny wise and pound foolish. I could hit financial trouble and sell off everything I own, but my belongings are only worth so much and when I sell them at a fraction of what I paid for them the money will only feed my family so long. When things do turn around then I'll end up paying more to replace these things than it would have if I had just kept them meaning I lose in the end. The other option could be to forgo maintaining the things I own (house, car, my own body), but there's greater costs associated in the long run with forgoing regular maintenance.

As for the end of the election being the magical healing much as I'm looking forward to November 7th, I highly doubt it will be as miraculous as folks think it will be. The recall election has long since passed, but that hasn't helped fix what was torn apart in the process. It's going to be a very long time before any of that changes, if it ever does. And it wasn't just politicians, either. It may have been the Gov's grand "divide and conquer" strategy, but most of the tearing apart came from my "neighbors." I haven't forgotten how my neighbors railed about how lazy my family is, how we needed to "get a job!" (thanks, got two), how we should find somewhere else to live, how we were responsible for bankrupting the state, and how we were an evil cancer that needed to be gotten rid of. Care for our neighbors? From where I sit, my "neighbors" sure have a funny way of showing it.

Mrs.G - Loved it (obviously).

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermamaraby

Bravo! Bravo! so funny, so true. You Rock, Mrs. G!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie in AZ

I'm a conservative who is voting for Romney but I think this is brilliant, funny as hell. We could use The Count at the Treasury Department!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Brilliant. Love this!!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

I was laughing so hardI woke animals and others up the first time I read it earlier today!


October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersmartcat

Mrs. G, I really hope you have LOTS of book deals on your doorstep because you are a genius. I love this episode!

Diane, I hear you about wanting the election to be over! You're a good resident conservative because as far as I can remember you haven't attacked people with your opinions. In fact I don't remember you attacking anything, you write logical, reasonable responses to the liberal side of things here. Thank you for sticking with us!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I just love this post! You had me laughing out loud! Never have been been a big Sesame Street fan, per se, I'm more of a Bill Nye the Science Guy kind of person, but still, HE's going after PBS? One of the few TV channels I can watch without suffering from disgust? Learn to pick your battles, Mitt, going after Sesame Street (PBS) is just showing how out of touch you really are with what the American people!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Too funny! I actually work at a PBS station so this hits close to home. What irks me most is that while government funds for public broadcasting can be cut, I haven't heard the that government regulations, which specify what we can and cannot air, would be lifted.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter~annie

Loved the post. And I especially treasure the respectful dialog here. Thank you, Diane and Mamaraby.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

Love it. I don't hate you conservatives either. (How can I; I'm the sole progressive among my siblings.) I must say I don't see how 1/100th of one percent will affect the deficit, but perhaps Mr. Romney will go into greater detail on that, and some of the other opinions he voiced.

Is it okay to put up the link to Louie's response - ? He's on a tear (so much so that a Dutch newspaper interviewed him). He's at the height of his 15 minutes!

And for no politics - Cookie Monster going wild - !

nola naomi (I sometimes forget to add that nola; I hope I haven't overwhelmed the other, original naomi here)

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

I so look forward to these. That photo of Clooney with the President is priceless! Thank you for the morning laugh. My husband thanks you too!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStace

Wild applause and cheering. Green Girl LOVES happy endings.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreen Girl in Wisconsin

Wonderful!! Oh, how I hope Michelle and Barak are lurkers!!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBriget


October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterknittergran

Diane Carol, you are one of the many Derfs whom I hope to someday meet in person. You, my friend, are Good People.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren (formerly kcinnova)

I love Bigger Love....and the saga continues!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie - a different one

I went to elementary school with a girl who was on ZOOM for awhile!
And this post was a great one!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternavhelowife

OMG, that was hilarious! And oh how I wish it were that simple...sadly if Obama wins I will only be slightly relieved. I think it's ridiculous that I'm virtually forced to vote for "the lesser of two evils" when I don't feel like either party really has my (or my family or friends') best interests at heart. It makes me SO MAD. So this election (like most in the past) I will be "throwing my vote away" and casting it for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party because I just can't bring myself to use my one vote;my only vote to support a parties' rise to power that I don't truly believe will make our country a better place.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim Akari

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

The GOP scares the living bejeebies out of me -- and I embrace every opportunity to take a lighter look at politics.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy in Walla Walla

Thanks for the laughs with my lunch. My co-workers came over to check on me. I gave them your URL and told them to go away or they would have eaten my nachos.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat


Bwah ha ha! Can't wait for the next episode!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLil

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