‘Big Little Lies’ March Episodes Guide

Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley in ‘Big Little Lies’ episode 3 (Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Courtesy of HBO)

HBO’s new dramatic series, Big Little Lies, kicked off its limited seven episode run on February 19, 2017, and the network’s just released details on episodes three through six airing in March. Based on the bestselling novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies was adapted by David E. Kelley and features an A-list cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, Shailene Woodley, and Reese Witherspoon. Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling co-star in the dark comedy/drama from executive producers Kidman, Witherspoon, Kelley, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, and Gregg Fienberg.

The Plot: In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling? Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline, Celeste and Jane – Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.

Big Little Lies March 2017 Episodes:

Episode #3: “Living the Dream”
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EP/PT)
Hoping to get under Renata’s (Laura Dern) skin, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) organizes a trip to compete with Amabella’s (Ivy George) birthday party. After another argument, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) succumbs to Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) charms before their first session with Dr. Amanda Reisman (Robin Weigert), a therapist. Madeline gets called for a meeting with Abigail’s (Kathryn Newton) guidance counselor. Principal Nippal (P.J. Byrne) announces the theme for the Fall Gala Fundraiser. Later, Jane (Shailene Woodley) seeks Madeline’s help with Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) family tree project, and opens up about her past.
Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Episode #4: “Push Comes to Shove”
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Nathan (James Tupper) invites Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Ed (Adam Scott) to a couples’ dinner to discuss a “parenting paradigm” for Abigail (Kathryn Newton). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline’s play, and bristles at Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) concerns about her returning to work. Jane (Shailene Woodley) meets with Ms. Barnes (Virginia Kull), Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) teacher, who suggests her son be medically evaluated in light of further evidence of classroom bullying. While Madeline is confronted by a skeleton from her past, her internet sleuthing reveals a key player from Jane’s past instead.
Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Episode #5: “Once Bitten”
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) receives encouraging news about the play from her director, Joseph Bachman (Santiago Cabrera), but is left concerned by his newly icy demeanor. Principal Nippal (P.J. Byrne) and Ms. Barnes (Virginia Kull) share their conclusions about Ziggy (Iain Armitage) and Amabella (Ivy George) with Jane (Shailene Woodley). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) has a solo session with Dr. Reisman (Robin Weigert), who tries to get to the bottom of her relationship with Perry (Alexander Skarsgård).
Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Episode #6: “Burning Love”
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) worries about the can of worms she’s opened for Jane (Shailene Woodley). Jane confronts Renata (Laura Dern). Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) tells Nathan (James Tupper) about a secret project Abigail (Kathryn Newton) has been working on. Meanwhile, Ed (Adam Scott) and Madeline have a frank conversation about the lack of passion in their marriage.
Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.