Big Little Lies - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Push Comes to Shove



Critic 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.


Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Virginia Kull
as Ms. Barnes
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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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.

April 5, 2017 | 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.

June 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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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.

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

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