You Get What You Need



Critic Consensus: There are no easy answers in "You Get What You Need," but the finale does right by its talented ensemble in more ways than one.

Episode Info

In the Season 1 finale, Celeste makes a bold move after another fight; Madeline deals with fallout from her past before the school's fall fund-raiser; and Jane learns who's really been hurting Amabella at school.


Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Alexander Skarsgård
as Perry Wright
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
Ivy George
as Amabella Klein
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for You Get What You Need

It's too messy to be a mega-happy ending, and a super-dark ending would have been mean to the audience. You can't always get what you want.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

In a tense, thrilling final episode that's so all-around good that it can be forgiven for crafting an ending that, at times, feels a little too neat.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies succeeded so well as a series because of the commitment to telling these stories and because of the astonishingly good work by the actresses telling it.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, the finale was packed with the appropriate tension and fun red herrings that fit the show perfectly and made for an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The hour was designed to scare you, to gnaw at your emotions, to keep you in a heightened, tense state; after watching it, I was emotionally spent.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies had the audacity to examine mothering, divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, and the fractious divide between working and stay-at-home moms. And it did it with a generosity and kindness not usually afforded characters like this.

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

I hope that this current prestige TV season proves once and for all how much of a market and a blank canvas there is for female-fueled and -focused projects. Big Little Lies showed us all just how amazing and valuable a series like that can be.

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

What an outstanding miniseries.

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

What we did need - and what we got - was an unvarnished exploration of the multitudinous ways to be a woman. A series that shattered the Bechdel test. Not a celebration of women, but simply a thoughtful recognition of them.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Happily ever after? That turned out to be the biggest little lie of them all.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…