[Attention! This post contains strong themes such as suicide, alcoholism and infidelity!]
ABC’s attempt at a “This Is Us” type show.
Instead of family, it all revolves around a group of friends: Eddie, Rome, Gary and Jon have been friends for a decade, they go to hockey games and spend time together with their respective families.
They had stuck together through think and thin, marriages, kids and even cancer.
At first, we meet them in the same moment, in those few minutes that will change their lives forever.
We see Jon (Ron Livingstone) closing a deal in this office, Gary (James Roday) in a hospital gown, waiting to find out if his cancer is back, Eddie (David Giuntoli) on the phone, planning to leave his wife for another woman and Rome (Romany Malco) who is trying to end his own life by swallowing a ton of pills.
But it’s not Rome who dies: it’s Jon. He jumps off his balcony and kills himself.
We then deal with the aftermath of this tragic even, Gary telling Jon’s wife Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) that he is dead, we meet Rome’s wife Regina (Christina Marie Moses).
Gary hooks up with one of the other cancer survivor at his therapy group, Maggie (Allison Miller)…
… who he later brings to his friend’s funeral.
Eddie gives a powerful eulogy, talking about Jon’s belief that everything happened for a reason and the instrumental role Jon had on his sobriety.
In between these events there are little flashbacks of previous ones, like Rome’s attempt at suicide or Ashley (Christina Ochoa), Jon’s secretary, unresolved mystery of hiding a folder with Delilah’s name on it and Jon’s last phone call, which was to Eddie.
After the wake, Eddie, Gary and Rome go to a hockey game, a tradition the group of friends has had for a long time. They all got season tickets, because that was the thing they all had in common when they met, stuck in a faulty elevator for 2 hours.
There are secrets after secrets that are being revealed throughout the episode, like Regina’s failed restaurant, Rome opens up to his friends about his suicide attempt, Jon’s last deal was buying a building for Regina’s new business venture, the contents of the folder with Delilah’s name on it, something called “Rutledge” and we find out who is the woman Eddie has been having an affair with:
I was shocked. For a moment. I should have probably figured it out, it might have been obvious but I am tired, okay! And I took some medicine that is making me loopy.
Honestly, I was entertained. It was not nearly as emotional as “This Is Us” but this is not just focused on friendship and family. It’s a more soap-opera version of NBC’s hit that does not only involved feelings but there is a mystery component to it.
People are hiding secrets and just from this first episode, we are perfectly aware that once they will come up, they will shatter these people’s lives forever.
I’ve missed James Roday on my screen. I’ve been a fan of Psych for a loooooong time and this more dramatic role suits him perfectly. I am not familiar with the rest of the cast but it’s very well-done.
It’s not that glossy Riverdale-like show where everybody looks perfect all the time. Sure they are all good-looking people, I mean, guys… It’s ABC. But they tried to give it that indie/rugged vibe and it kinda works.
This was in my “Shows I’m Keeping an Eye on” and I will definitely be watching again next week.
What did you think about it? What do you really think happened to Jon (because remember? We did not see him actually jump!)? Are you intrigued by the story? Did you like the show? What are your thoughts on it?