Rachel Paige
August 04, 2017 11:24 am
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBO

I am here to tell you about the best Big Little Lies event ever, and also here to break the news to you that you’ll never be able to see it yourself, I’m so sorry.

It’s one thing to re-watch the entire series, but it’s another thing to feel like you’re actually living it. That’s the idea HBO Home Entertainment had when they put together an immersive Big Little Lies experience celebrating the release of the DVD (that you can buy right now, and probably should). We can talk about the drama, mystery, and lies weaved by Madeline, Celeste, and Jane, or we could actually have a part in it as well.

Since Monterey is a very far drive from Los Angeles, instead, a beachside trendy bar was taken over for the night and turned into a brand new “clubhouse” that the home owners association of the town has been working on forever. The guests (myself and the other press attendees) were invited inside to check it all out, and celebrate the community’s hard work (a la the Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley-themed gala) and that’s where things started going horribly wrong, and I had a front row seat.

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But going horribly wrong on purpose. Teaming up with the Los Angeles-based Play Collaborative Arts, we all soon found ourselves in the middle of the unfolding saga. Here’s the lowdown: man behind the new clubhouse, Bill, has been accidentally poisoned with aspirin (it’s a real thing), and has slipped into a coma. But why? Everyone knows he’s allergic to aspirin, so who would be willing to give him some? And, on top of that, what are they trying to hide in keeping Bill quiet — maybe forever?

In small groups, we traveled from room to room in the clubhouse, hearing different sides of the story from everyone we met. The mothers are all at wits end with one another  — like how Tammie and Fabienne are romantically involved, and also Tammie is still sleeping with her ex-husband, Bob, and also sleeping with Bob’s new wife, Kristine. And Kristine has it in for Nancy, who is slowly unraveling. Meanwhile, the dads have their own drama in constantly switching sides to get a new app off the ground and make as much money as possible.

Honestly, HBO, just make this Season 3 of Big Little Lies, I’ll still watch.

Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images for HBO Home Entertainment
Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images for HBO Home Entertainment

After two hours of hearing many different lies, both big and little, the (accidental) killer was revealed. And fine, I’ll tell you: It was Andi, Bob’s daughter who was having an affair with Bill…but that’s only because Andi found out Bob was also sleeping with Tammie. It was heavy, you guys.

And also so well done. Big Little Lies already deserves a large handful of Emmys, but the Big Little Lies Experience deserves one, too. I also really wish you could see it, and even though I asked (and asked again), it was a one night only thing. Don’t expect the Big Little Lies experience to come to your town anytime soon…even though that’s a really great idea. Also a great idea: Big Little Lies escape room. You can have that one for free, HBO, as long as you invite me to check it out as soon as it’s open.

You can pick up your own copy of Big Little Lies on DVD right here

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