What Have They Done?
Big Little Lies Season 2

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Critic Ratings: 24
Critics Consensus

Armed with a killer bob and a quietly unhinged personality, Mary Louise proves to be an intimidating force for the Monterey Five in the season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies.

Episode Info

Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie's behavior and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn't want to go to college. Mary Louise, Celeste's mother-in-law, offers her an unvarnished assessment of Madeline's character, and Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she's known in town as one of the "Monterey Five."

Cast

Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Kathryn Newton
as Abigail Carlson
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
Meryl Streep
as Mary Louise Wright
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for What Have They Done?

Season 2 doesn't feel like a necessary addition so much as an enjoyable epilogue - but it's still proven this group has plenty more to say.

Jun 19, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Big Little Lies, essentially, turns the eliciting of schadenfreude into an art form.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies, which has so often been framed as a show about women behaving badly, reframes its characters' actions and motivations not by offering new plot points, but by slowly peeling back the motivations of the men who surround them.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the heaviness of the undertones and the sinister implications of being found out, the first three episodes were highly entertaining.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Forget closure. Forget questions. The premiere of Big Little Lies Season 2 delivers on what's really important about the show: spending time with our five wonderful wives.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Thus far, [Meryl] Streep, playing Perry's mother Mary Louise, is bringing a perfectly unnerving energy; it's not cruel, it's not violent, it's not malicious -- it's simply unpredictable.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's beautifully done, but much of the emotional action here is disjointed place-setting for what's to come, a mesmerizing retreading of what we know and an introduction to a world we have already been introduced to.

Jun 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

On the basis of this first episode, it is very much top-quality business as usual, with an added and welcome garnish of Meryl Streep at her absolute Streepiest.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

You get the sense that [Mary Louise] could explode, literally or figuratively, at any moment. Which is to say: She makes a perfect Monterey resident.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

For the most part, What Have They Done? succeeds in its delicate task. It's the same show, only with a lot more guilt and grief and secrecy.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…