Push Comes to Shove
Big Little Lies Season 1



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

Intentions gain clarity in "Push Comes to Shove," a wonderful showcase for Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård.

Episode Info

Nathan hosts a couples dinner for Madeline and Ed to discuss a "parenting paradigm" for Abigail. Meanwhile, Celeste prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline's play, and clashes with Perry over the prospect of her returning to work; Jane meets with Ziggy's teacher to talk about classroom bullying; and Madeline stumbles upon a clue about Jane's past.


Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Alexander Skarsgård
as Perry Wright
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
Virginia Kull
as Ms. Barnes
Kathryn Newton
as Abigail Carlson
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Critic Reviews for Push Comes to Shove

I'm starting to think that you could add a scene of a beautiful woman looking intensely at the ocean as Motown music swells to anything and make it feel more dramatic than it is, but big things are coming soon.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Alexander Skarsgard is chilling as the monster in a sharp suit.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Even better, the masterful plotting and meticulously crafted tension has taken us to the point where relatively minor domestic and community tensions are weighted with almost apocalyptic undertones to them.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

After three weeks of successively better and better episodes, an off week with overly obvious narration is the first less-than-excellent installment of the bunch.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

What I particularly enjoyed about the episode is how the show really delved into the psychology of these characters, and exposed what really makes them tick.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

With Big Little Lies Season 1 Episode 4, the tension is ratcheted up a bit as things move relatively slow, but by doing so reveal more kinks in the armor of every character.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies is smart to hold such focus on Celeste's life.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

All three women are at crucial turning points in their stories, and while the murder on campus is supposed to be the critical element of the story, getting there, learning about these women, is the real reward.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Such is the acting chops of Alexander Skarsgård that we start to tense up now pretty much every time he enters a room, he's steeped in so much menace. This episode deftly played that up slowly, until the final grab at the end.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

You can feel Celeste growing more brazen by the second, and here Kidman is really proving the power of a quiet performance.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…