A Million Little Things – The Pilot

After a long summer of continually seeing previews for ABC’s A Million Little Things, we finally get to see what the hype was all about.  Unfortunately, most of the hype took away from the episode as scene after scene was familiar and most of the lines that should have come off stronger were expected. Even with that, the episode was still enjoyable and there were some nice twists and turns in the writing that makes me excited to see this weeks episode. But let’s take a look at the primary four characters.

Jon

Jon
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He was the glue to the friends and had it not been for Jon’s outgoing personality during the day they met on the elevator, the crew would never have been together.  Their common bond was the Bruin’s and during their time in the elevator, Jon convinced them all to get season tickets for the games.  Ten years later, they continued the tradition.

Everyone loved Jon and he didn’t know a stranger.  Successful, giving and full of life, Jon was living the American Dream.  But something happened and he jumped to his death.  We have a couple of clues that were left.  The first is that he made one last call to his friend Eddie (more on that shortly), and he left a folder with his Delilah, his wife, written on it.

Ashley, Jon’s assistant, watched him as he jumped and noticed the phone and the folder, which she put in his desk.

Eddie

Eddie

We start the episode off with Eddie talking to a lover on the phone as he packs his bags.  He says that he can’t live in his marriage anymore and that he is in love with the person on the other end of the phone.  While he’s packing, his wife comes back home and Eddie quickly hides the suitcase, acting like everything is fine.  He’s afraid of his wife Katherine, as she is a very successful attorney that always is working.

Eddie heads off to his lover when he receives the call from Jon. He sees his phone ringing but decides not to answer it.  The big reveal is that his lover is Delilah, Jon’s wife.

After the funeral, Eddie shows back up to Delilah’s house, but since Jon is gone, things have changed and Delilah needs time.  Eddie goes back home to his wife, but will the two find a way to make their relationship last?

Rome

Rome
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Rome is struggling with major depression.  We open watching him trying to kill himself as well.  He tries to overdose on pills, but in a comical sequence of events, he struggles to get them in his mouth.  Gary, the other friend, is calling him over and over again, which he denies a couple of times before answering.   Gary shares that Jon killed himself and Rome spits out the pills.

I connected most with Rome during the episode.  Depression isn’t something that is easy to deal with and for some reason, men have a hard time expressing those dark feelings.  Rome’s struggle with it was real and genuine.  He wasn’t able to express the feelings to his wife and finally came clean to his friends as they went to the Bruins game together, hopefully strengthening their bond and releasing some pressure that depression was putting on him.

Gary

Gary

Gary is a breast cancer survivor, which is rare for men to get, but still possible.  He shows up to the doctor and gets the news that he is still cancer free, but as he put it, now he gets to “hold his breath for another three months.”

Gary goes to support groups, where he meets Maggie.  It’s Maggie’s first meeting and the two hit it off, meaning they have sex and spend the night together.  The next day is Jon’s funeral, and he brings her along for an awkward first date.  Everyone ends up liking Maggie and she spends the day with the crew.  Later that evening, when Gary goes to the Bruin’s game, she stays back with the girls.

Back to Gary.  Eddie, Rome, and Gary go to the game but Gary is in a funk.  He confronts the other two by telling them that they don’t really talk about anything real.  They get together but keep all their talk surface.  Jon obviously had something going on under the surface and had they talked more, then maybe he would still be there.

This opens the other two guys up and slowly, the three of them start sharing deeper struggles that each one is having.   Sadly it took a death for them to open up.  There are still secrets to uncover, but at least it’s a start.

 

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