Big Little Lies - Season 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Once Bitten



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Episode Info

Madeline gets encouraging news about the play from her director, but is unnerved by a significant change in his demeanor. Meanwhile, Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes discuss the Ziggy-Amabella situation with Jane; and Celeste has a solo session with Dr. Reisman, who presses her for more details on her marriage.


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
Santiago Cabrera
as Joseph Bachman
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Virginia Kull
as Ms. Barnes
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
Ivy George
as Amabella Klein
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
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Critic reviews for Once Bitten

One thing this show taps into that I think is super-interesting is the idea that intelligent people can often end up in abusive situations- if you have the kind of mind that Celeste has, you can use it to justify anything.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Once Bitten is an episode analogous to a knife thrust into your back by a good friend.

August 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Perhaps not the most elegant installment, but an enlightening glimpse into the lives of two women dealing with abuse nonetheless.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

And "Once Bitten" is straight up fantastic, reining in some of the show's most self-indulgent tendencies to further a story just as tense and compelling as that of any critically acclaimed drama anchored by a "brooding" (and, yes, melodramatic) man.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The pendulum is swinging for the characters at just the right time.

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

This week we get more intimate with each of our main marriages in turn, and the results are astonishing even as they are volatile, emotional, and raw.

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