‘Big Sky’: The Abductor Has a Strange Relationship With His Mother

ABC’s new series Big Sky is quickly becoming a fan favorite. With just two episodes that have premiered so far, the show is already heating up. If you’re looking for shock and an edge-of-your-seat drama, this is it.

So far, we’ve met a number of characters, one of which has a rather strange relationship with his mother, which is apparent when viewers first meet them.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from ‘Big Sky’]

The cast of 'Big Sky'
Valerie Mahaffey, Katheryn Winnick, Brian Geraghty, John Carroll Lynch, Ryan Phillippe, Dedee Pfeiffer, Jesse James Keitel, Kylie Bunbury, Jade Pettyjohn, and Natalie Alyn Lind in ‘Big Sky’ | ABC/Kharen Hill

A truck driver is kidnapping women in the Big Sky area

A truck driver named Ronald Pergman (Brian Geraghty) has been kidnapping women in the area, including two teenage sisters, Danielle (Natalie Alyn Lind), and Grace (Jade Pettyjohn). Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), an ex-cop, and her husband, Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe), a private investigator, along with his partner, Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury), are searching for the girls. Danielle’s boyfriend is Jenny and Cody’s son, Justin (Gage Marsh), and this team is determined.

However, they have no idea that a local state trooper, Rick Legarski (John Carroll Lynch), chose Ronald to abduct women in what appears to be a sex trafficking ring. When Cody gets too close, Rick shoots and murders him. Ronald also kidnapped Jerrie (Jesse James Keitel) right before the girls, and he is holding all three captive.

The abductor has a strange relationship with his mother

Brian Geraghty in 'Big Sky'
Brian Geraghty in ‘Big Sky’ | ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

In episode 1, we meet Ronald, the long-haul trucker who kidnaps for the sex trafficking ring. He has a rather strange relationship with his mother, Helen, (Valerie Mahaffey) which is obvious right from the start with the way they talk to each other. They live together, and she chastises him for not bringing his dirty dishes to be washed, and tells him, “My house, my rules.”

“I really don’t mean to be a nuisance honey,” she tells him. “I guess mothers can get that way. Don’t forget to clean your room, don’t forget to do your homework. Don’t be 38 years old and not have made something of yourself.” She goes on to put him down for his profession, and Ronald goes off on the road to work.

It’s clear that Helen doesn’t respect what her son does for a living, and she needs to constantly remind him of it. In the premiere, Ronald is driving, and his mother calls to check on him. She apologizes for earlier, and says “sometimes I just worry so.” There’s clearly a lot of passive-aggressiveness in this relationship.

“Tell me mom,” Ronald asks her. “Is there a reason you can’t be proud of me?” He defends his profession, and he eventually hangs up on her after saying he’s driving.

Helen mentions that Ronald should relieve himself sexually

Brian Geraghty in 'Big Sky'
Brian Geraghty in ‘Big Sky’ | ABC/Darko Sikman

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But the strangest conversation between them plays out when Ronald returns from abducting the girls. His mother again chastises him, this time for being out all night and not calling. Helen says as a mother, she “worries.”

She goes on to make a very strange suggestion as his parent. “You seem pent up,” his mother tells him. “You get this way, and it does not become you.” She asks if he’s OK, and he says he is, although she isn’t convinced. She then suggests that he should relieve himself sexually, which is a truly strange and inappropriate comment.

Ronald sleeps next to his mother

At the end of episode 2, we really see how strange the situation is when Ronald comes into his mother’s room at night. He wakes her up, and tells her that he “couldn’t sleep.” He gets in his mother’s bed to sleep next to her, and she holds his head as the scene cuts away. He’s a 38-year-old man and he just got into bed to sleep next to his mother.

It’s clear that Ronald and his mom have an unconventional relationship, and it’s strange to say the least. We’ll have to see what the next episode holds as Big Sky continues.