She Knows
Big Little Lies Season 2



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

Momentum builds as the Monterey Five's big little deceit becomes unbearable in the immensely tense, "She Knows."

Episode Info

Celeste accuses Mary Louise of overstepping boundaries with Jane. Renata endures a prying court hearing with Gordon. Jane opens up to Corey at Amabella's disco-themed birthday party. Madeline continues to try to make things right with Ed.


Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
Meryl Streep
as Mary Louise
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for She Knows

This season, with Perry Wright's shadowy death serving as a catalyst for the other characters' erratic behavior, the show has smartly dedicated much of its run time to exploring the Monterey Five's strained relationships.

Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The midpoint of this midseason episode of Big Little Lies hits its apex right where it should: Amabella's '70s disco party. It heightens the tension by putting all of our getting-more-anxious-by-the-minute characters in the same room.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

In episode four of his series writer David E Kelley played a particularly skilful trompe l'oeil act of dazzling us with the shiny surfaces of the world he portrays while at the same time throwing his characters down its hidden cracks.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

She Knows brings us past the halfway point of this seven-episode second season, and anyone still skeptical about the merits of continuing the Emmy-winning limited series clearly doesn't enjoy watching six of our most gifted actresses do their thing.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As usual, it's an occasionally dizzying jumble of tones, but I enjoy its ability to swing between farce and trauma, from scene to scene, with such casual grace.

Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

There's drama to be found in such interpersonal turmoil to be sure, but Episode 4 was too predictable, too reticent, and, ultimately, too far-fetched for its own good.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The women of Big Little Lies are not doing very well. In fact, things were going so badly on this week's episode, She Knows, that you could cut the tension with a pumpkin-carving knife.

Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the great things about Big Little Lies' second season is how Meryl Streep's character, Mary Louise, plows through the intricate web of shared secrets and lies around her.

Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Where the previous episode moved too slowly, Big Little Lies Season 2 Episode 4, She Knows, packs quite a bit into the hour-long glimpse at the lives of the Monterey Five.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In She Knows, the lingering trauma of Perry's death looms large in the form of the ever-suspicious Mary Louise, but it is far from the only problem Renata, Madeline, Bonnie, Celeste, and Jane have to deal with.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Either way, we are here for it until the end, because let's face it, it will have been worth it alone for Meryl Streep's Mary Louise.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

All it took was Celeste slapping Mary Louise for this episode of Big Little Lies to turn from a slight mess into a Monterey-sized catastrophe.

Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…