12 times Renata Klein’s rage was the best part of ‘Big Little Lies’
Warning: Contains spoilers for Big Little Lies Seasons 1 and 2.
There are few people in this world as angry as Renata Klein.
It’s OK, though, because there also few people in this world who do anger as well as Renata Klein.
She’s got it down to a fine art. Whether she’s berating her enemies, her husband, or random coffee shop workers, the Big Little Lies legend pulls exactly zero punches.
Following the much-anticipated finale of Season 2, we’ve rounded up some of Renata’s most breathtakingly rage-filled moments below — and look, they’re sure to win Laura Dern an Emmy in 2020. Keep a note of these GIFs for the next time someone gets on your bad side…
1. The time her whispered threat made even Madeline recoil.
Renata may be the only character capable of making Madeline look mildly unnerved.
2. The time she weaponised a simple pleasantry.
If Renata tells you “thank you,” you had probably best leave it at that. Don’t make her say it again.
3. The time her attempts to reconcile with Madeline ended with her ruining Disney…
The rivalry between Renata and Madeline is one of the greatest storylines in Season 1. The GIF above comes from the moment Madeline rebuffs Renata’s attempts to get Chloe to come to Amabella’s birthday party. Renata tries to tempt Madeline by saying they’ll have the party and then go to Disney the next day, but Madeline cheerfully refuses. And that’s when things get ugly.
4. …and then this happened.
Sometimes the only way to *truly* express your rage is by launching your phone into a swimming pool.
5. The time her husband’s financial crimes led to this absolute gem of a line.
A truly excellent quote, punctuated with some spectacular finger jabbing.
6. And the time she very firmly put him in his place on the drive back from jail.
“Are you going to fucking blame me?” yells Renata at Gordon. “You lost my fucking money. Get the fuck out of my car. This is my fucking car. OUT. OF. THE FUCKING. CAR.”
Needless to say, he gets out of the car.
7. The time she expressed her frustration by furiously mimicking the doctor.
A top-level rager can express their anger in a number of ways. Shouting isn’t always the best approach. When her daughter’s doctor gives Renata some advice she doesn’t like, she opts to mimic his sentence and follow it up with the most scathing “please” possible. Glorious.
8. The time she reduced the school principal to a tiny pile of dust.
This one starts as a row about climate change, then gets personal very quickly.
“I will be rich again,” rants Renata at her daughter’s principle. “I will rise up. I will buy a fucking polar bear for every kid in this school. And then I will squish you like the bug that you are. Pretends like he’s not a smoker, hasn’t been laid in 15 fucking years, don’t you talk to me like that.”
9. Her reaction to discovering her husband’s affair with their nanny.
This may be Renata’s greatest explosion of the entire show. It begins with Gordon making the fatal mistake of telling her he still loves her, which quickly propels Renata’s anger to stratospherically sweary levels.
“Shut the fuck up for the rest of your fucked up fucking life, do you hear me?” she begins in a whisper that quickly increases in volume. “I don’t want to hear one fucking word from your fucked up little fucking twerp mouth on why you fucked up, no matter what fucked up excuse you come up with, you fucking fuck, shit, fucking…. the fucking nanny?!”
10. The time she destroyed an innocent barista.
When Renata asks you for an Americano, don’t you dare offer her milk.
11. The time she put Mary Louise in her place.
Immediately after laying into the barista, Renata turns her attention to a character who definitely does deserve her wrath: Mary Louise.
“I have spent every day of my goddam life putting my family and my child first, so don’t go there,” she yells, after Mary Louise takes a veiled dig at Renata’s nanny situation. “Don’t go there, judgy judger! Keep your eyes on your own fucking paper Mary Louise.”
12. Finally, her response to her husband getting to keep his toys.
Gordon thought he was going to get to keep his train set, despite the bankruptcy.
Gordon was wrong. Cue Lemonade-style rage that’d make Beyoncé proud.