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'Big Little Lies' is less white this season. That doesn't mean it's smart about race

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of "Big Little Lies."

No one knows what's troubling Bonnie Carlson. One of "Big Little Lies"' infamous "Monterey Five" - a group of affluent women trying to cover up details of their involvement in the killing of one of their husbands at a gala school fundraiser - the guilt-ridden Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) has been withdrawn since the incident, distancing herself from friends and family. Her husband Nathan fears he is losing her. Her friend Madeline asks if she's on drugs. Others in her circle are mystified and concerned.

But Bonnie's mother Elizabeth, who drops in for an unexpected visit in Sunday night's episode, bluntly offers her thoughts about what's at the root of the problem: Bonnie is a black woman living in a white community

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