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Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Pancho Duque has built himself a multi-million dollar sugar empire as a result of his hard work and efforts since arriving to the United States from Cuba. However, now that he is old and sick, Pancho must pass on the torch of the family business to one of his children, thus causing rivalries and jealousy to break out among the clan.moreless

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  • Great show so far!

    This is a great show so far as it does have a great cast and a great writers to add to it. Hector Elizondo, the great character actor, stars as the matriach of the family. Who has earned his pay with lots of hard work. As well as good family values. Now that he is old and getting ready about to retire due to his old age. He must pass along the business to his family. But sadly, he didn't want a family rivalry going on. As it will in this series going to be. Good to see Jimmy Smits back on tv. And that he does his best to take the lead from Elizondo's character. It also has the great Rita Moreno as well.moreless
  • Alredy one of my favorite series.

    Ever since the announcement for this show I had very high expectations for this show. There was something that attracted me a lot to this project, and while still mourning the cancellation of one of the best written, acted and produced shows of this last season (The Black Donnelly's), Cane definitelly fills that empty left by TBD.

    The pilot was awesome, finally a show that portraits Latins better than just ignorant labor people who are lazy as hell who live in dusty enviroments and eat beans all the time. Ugly Betty started it very well (Until that awful episode in "Mexico"), and Cane comes to defy that stereotype image of latins.

    You may judge it as another mobster show, but in reality it is a lot more than that. It is about family relationships, about latino families, and Family for latins is one of the most sacred things in the world. I can't wait for the next episode, and I really... Really! wish this show goes on and it is not cancelled right away.moreless
  • Great start.

    A fantastic pilot of what may be one of the best shows of the new season. Some very experienced actors, an old fashion story, some good lines. A man as Jimmy Smits only makes it better. In the West Wing he learned to play the role of an important man. He'll need this experenience for this rol and he is made for it. I hope for a nice story about all the different family members. The pilot brings allready everything i want in a drama serie. I'm looking forward to the next episode, for me the star of the new season.moreless
  • Like I said in the forum for this show if I must watch a prime time soap. Then I choose Cane the actors are solid veterans of the small and in so case big screen. Jimmy Smits andmoreless

    Like I said in the forum for this show if I must watch a prime time soap. Then I choose Cane the actors are solid veterans of the small and in so case big screen. Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo are two of the most well known actors and they bring the same intensity of other outings to Cane. In this story of sugar cane growers Smits and Elizondo fight to hold the family and family business together against rival cane growers. With the family business split evenly between three brothers with a forth and largest part given to an outsider Smits. The tension comes packed ready to order from the pilot outing. This show has been called a telenovela but I find that insulting to the great cast and I question why the comparison goes south of the border instead of right here with Dynasty and Knots Landing. I suggest anyone with an open mind at least give the show a shot it's worth the 45 minutes.moreless
  • A good start to a fiery drama.

    It's way overdue to have a drama with a major Latino cast on prime time network TV so for that alone, "Cane" deserves attention. However, the great cast also helps elevate it. The best, of course, is Smits who carries himself wonderfully as the man trying to keep up with the family and business and not afraid to make the hard choices to do it. I still can't believe he had that guy killed but it shows how conflicted a lead he is, which helps elevate it.

    His wife is well cast too and it seems she won't just let his behavior slide but call him on it and the pregnancy adds a new wrinkle. Cabrello is good as the brother who's long wanted the top spot but passed over and can't accept it and that leads to fine drama. And Elizondo is good as the patriarch trying to make sure his dream doesn't die with him.

    The story twists were good. I saw it coming that Frank and the Samuels daugther were involved. But I didn't see coming that the Samuels father isn't dying at all but was faking it all to lure the Duques into a false sense of security. So of course, that girl was only after Frank thinking he would be the next boss so that puts their relationship in a new light and the scene of Smits and Samuels was quite well done.

    Some of the twists may be a bit too soap-opera like (the son wanting to enlist, the daughter club-hopping, etc) but overall, this drama has a nice touch that elevates it majorly and the sugar business has some intrigue too. So for now, this could be the Sopranos fill-in we've been waiting for but with a vibe all its own.moreless
Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Lamont Samuels

Guest Star

Christina Cole

Christina Cole

Diana Mann

Guest Star

Jonathon Trent

Jonathon Trent

Carlos Duque

Guest Star

Ken Howard (I)

Ken Howard (I)

Joe Samuels

Recurring Role

Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe

Vincent Grasso

Recurring Role

Oscar Torre

Oscar Torre

Armando "Santo" Gutierrez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alex: Honey, I'm gonna need you to look after Senator Barnes' wife today.
      Isabel: Alex...I'm pregnant.

    • (Rebecca shows Jaime her new tattoo)
      Jaime: Becky, you got inked?
      Rebecca: Yeah.
      Jaime: It's just like mine. You know what this means, right? You're mine forever.

    • Rebecca: Did you tell your dad why you're not going to college?
      Jaime: No...at the party.
      (They kiss)

    • Pancho: I'm not selling the sugarcane to the Samuels, Frank. Now, bad things may come out of that, I don't want you to handle them alone. I'm making Alex president and CEO of the company.
      Frank: Papi, you can't do that.
      Pancho: I love you, Frank. But for reasons you don't know, you're just not the right man for the job.

    • Amalia: Ay Enrique, ooh. Your brother and that girl. She's gonna have to get pregnant.
      Isabel: Ay Mami, por Dios.
      Amalia: Hey, how else is she gonna get Enrique down the isle?
      Henry: It's your fault, Mami. Still looking for somebody like you.
      Amalia: Ah yeah, you're looking in the wrong place.

    • Pancho: Well, Doctor, I guess I'm not as tough as I look.
      Dr. Rodriguez: Oh no, you're still a tiger bunch.
      Pancho: Have you tried the pastelitos?
      Dr. Rodriguez: Pastelitos! Heh. How do you think I got this weight, eh? Steamed broccoli and chicken salads?
      Pancho: Alright, so tell me, how long do I have?
      (Silence breaks out)
      Dr. Rodriguez: Six months. A year. (Pancho smiles nervously). It's time to tell your family, Panchito. Por favor. Take Amalia on a cruise. Enjoy yourselves.

    • Katie: Mom! Guess what! Uncle Henry says I can go to the club Saturday.
      Isabel: What?!
      Amalia: Ave Maria!
      Henry: (From the other room) It's not my fault!
      Isabel: She's only seventeen!

  • NOTES (7)


    • In the opening sequence, the commercial being shown for Duque Rum is an allusion to the actual national Barcardi Mojito advertisements that aired on U.S. television.