Eastwick

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2009 on ABC
8.3
out of 10
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205 votes
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Three women residents of the New England town of Eastwick each make a wish on a coin, summoning a mysterious man named Darryl Van Horne into their town. Strange things occur upon his arrival and local historian Bun predicts ominous events in the horizon.

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  • Eastwick is a true delight!

    10
    The pilot episode of Eastwick was perfect and I really enjoyed stumbling across this series. I was immediately reminded of Desperate Housewives with a mix of some other shows such as Charmed but this series still maintained a unique feel. I liked the characters, the story, and how it all flowed at a nice fast pace to set the series up with out dragging things out too long. I was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces such as Matt Dallas, Sara Rue, Rebecca Romijn, Jon Bernthal and Paul Gross. I had some good laughs and I couldn't believe how angry the character Raymond was for no apparent reason, and that he was calling Roxanne a slut in front of his children, I mean this show doesn't hold back. It was also great when Darryl was sweet talking Roxanne and mentioned he was a demon in between the sheets, perhaps a reference to his true identity. I look forward to watching more of this awesome series!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • My Guilty Pleasure series of Fall 2009 aims to please.

    9.0
    What's It About?: Three seemingly ordinary women from the town of Eastwick wish (on a coin) for their lives to change. A mysterious man arrives, helps them discover their hidden powers, and brings forth unfortunate events in their town.



    After reading several negative reviews about the show, I'm pleasantly surprised that it isn't as bad as they say. For me, it wasn't even bad at all for a pilot episode. I like all three lead actresses and Paul Gross does very well as Van Horne. It's been ages since I've seen the original film version on video, so I really can't compare the pilot to the movie. The film is only their starting point and hopefully, they have enough material to make this series work.



    Verdict: I have a soft spot for small-town dramedies/dramas (Ed, Gilmore Girls, Everwood) and this show fits the bill for me. And who am I to resist Lindsay Price' sexy librarian look? The pilot fared exceptionally well in its Wednesday slot, so here's hoping that trend continues. Eastwick's my guilty-pleasure series for Fall 2009.moreless
  • A superb cast brings us into a town with interesting traditions and intriguing characters, who are racing headlong into situations that make us want to hang around to see what the fun is all about and not want to miss a minute of the action.moreless

    9.5
    While some of the subject matter is definitely outrageous, it is really well written. From the beginning of the promos it seemed intriguing. I don't know why they started getting so spotty with their promos. Well yes I do, but this kind of product needs time for the audience to establish viewing patterns. They gave up too soon.



    The cast is superb. I am a BIG Paul Gross fan and he has brought his gift of subtle humor to the role. But that takes nothing away from the rest of the cast, who are also far above average.



    The plot was off at high speed from the beginning. It promised much fun and intrigue. I was hooked.moreless
  • Not bad but reminds me of Charmed meets Desperate Housewives..

    7.0
    This could be like a charmed come back with a desperate housewives kinda twist. they could say the girls gave there powers to the fountain and these three desperate strangers received them as there lives clash at the fountain.



    I did enjoy charmed and was sad when the series ended so i am looking forward to seeing where this show goes. So far three woman that didn't care for one another come face to face with fate and destiny as they receive these powers passed down by witches. They become friends and they talk about there lives in a desperate housewives kinda way.moreless
  • Charmed, I'm sure.

    6.5
    I'm hardly what you'd call the target demographic for this Witchly series, a mix-up of Charmed and Desperate Housewives, but this pilot worked far better than I expected it to. Clichéd, sure, and not a whole lot propelling the season forward, there is, however, plenty of chemistry between the main cast, and the script has enough humour to entertain the possibility of a few more episodes, if my busy TV schedule permits.



    This pilot pigeonholes itself into a rather awkward corner – I get that this is about 3 witches; 3 strong women trying to find a balance, trying to find their way, but was it necessary to bash every single male character? Some of the jokes are funny, especially the vibrator scene, but if us male specimens aren't simply 'toys', we're either 'pervs' or 'drunks' or what have you, I hope they tone this over the course of the next few episodes. I highly doubt it; maybe I'll have to make a wish.



    The three leading ladies do a commendable job of reeling you into their very stereotypical suburban lifestyles: Roxie is the sex-driven, hip mom with the power of premonition (some jokes work, some don't); Joanna is the uptight journalist with the power to hypnotize men into doing whatever she wants, not women though (cos us men are so weak minded); and Kat is the busy bee of the bunch – married to a bum, mother of five, working long hours as a nurse, she has ability to control nature (earthquakes, lightning, you name it).



    Comparisons to Charmed are inevitable, but they really are two entirely different animals altogether. Eastwick may delve into some witchly goings on, but it's not even established in the first episode that Darren is the Devil incarnate. In fact, the writers use this as a cliff-hanger, which is entirely baffling, as I'm sure the majority of viewers watching would be curious fans of the source material. Whereas Charmed started off with supernatural gifts and demons, Eastwick is attempting to root itself in the real world, so there has been no chanting, rhyming or any kind of hocus pocus as of yet.



    Overall, it's a decent pilot. There's not exactly anything remarkable about it – it's safe television. The only real selling points at this stage are the three leading ladies, who click almost instantly. I'm not sure what Darren wants with these women. I'm not sure where the series is heading. These would normally be questions that would make you stay tuned to find out, but there's very little on offer to compel you to keep watching, and these unanswered questions feel like a result of bad storytelling more than anything else. Acceptable, if by no means exceptional.moreless
Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Clyde Hardin

Guest Star

Christian Alexander

Christian Alexander

Gus

Guest Star

V.C. Dupree

V.C. Dupree

Edgar

Guest Star

Jack Huston

Jack Huston

Jamie

Recurring Role

Mia Hays

Mia Hays

Amy Gardener

Recurring Role

Torsten Voges

Torsten Voges

Fidel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Roxie first meets Darryl at his mansion, he has short hair, but in all of his other scenes, he has longer hair, even though those moments supposedly happen in the same day or the day after.

    • Film Difference: In the movie, the three women didn't have distinct individual powers. In the pilot, Kat can control nature (specifically cause earthquake and lightning), Roxie has visions of the future, and Joanna can hypnotize people into submission.

    • Film Difference: Felicia Alden, Bun Waverly's counterpart in the film, falls down the stairs after slipping on necklace beads. In the pilot, she is attacked by red ants as soon as Kat, Roxie, and Joanna made their wishes by the fountain.

    • Film Difference: In the film, the three women are friends right from the beginning. In the pilot, they became friends only after having drinks at Roxie's.

    • Film Difference: Sukie Ridgemont, Kat's counterpart in the film, has six children and is left by her husband. In the pilot, Kat lives with her husband and has five children. In the movie, Sukie is a newspaper writer while Kat is a nurse in the series.

    • Film Difference: Jane Spofford, Joanna's counterpart in the film, is a divorcee and a music teacher. In the pilot, Joanna is single and a newspaper writer.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Roxie: (to old man eating chicken leg) Chicken Hands, you gonna stare at my boobs all day or are you gonna buy something?

    • Bun: (voiceover) There is a place at the edge of New England. An everyday sort of town. But if you look beneath the humdrum surface, what you'll find here is something quite surprising. Because once upon a time, the women who lived in our town were said to have certain special gifts. That is, before they were burned alive by those nice pilgrims. Of course nowadays we know better than to believe in witchcraft. We call it silly superstition and lies. But just for a moment, let's wonder what if. What if the legends are actually true? What if the gifted ones are still here among us, only they don't even know what they are? They might spend their whole lives sensing they are somehow different, but they have no idea just how different they are.

    • Roxie: You're offering me fifty thousand dollars to have sex with you?
      Darryl: No. No, I'm offering you fifty thousand dollars to sculpt me. The sex would be free. Unless of course, you felt compelled to pay me.

    • Roxie: Be a kid! Act crazy. Sneak out of the house. Chase boys. Rebel!
      Mia: Mom, it's not rebelling if you tell me to do it.
      Roxie: Yeah, but it's still fun!

    • Bun: (voiceover) Sometimes, those with the most powerful abilities are hiding in the most unlikely places.

    • Kat: Before he [Raymond] got laid off from the candle factory, he was climbing up that ladder. He was in charge of wicks!

    • Kat: It's just that I spend all my time taking care of everybody else-- five kids, a full-time job... okay, fine, I'll admit it-- a husband who's got the maturity level of a ferret.

    • Roxie: Sometimes I wish I could meet someone who got me, you know? Someone dark and dangerous and exciting, who moves here in a cloud of scandal. And everywhere he goes, he stirs up sex and trouble. And he's got a really huge... (gasps) appreciation for art.

    • Joanna: I'm afraid to speak up for myself at work. And I'm hopelessly in love with the photographer at the paper. You know, Will. But every time I get near him, I say something horriblyembarrassing and inappropriate.Like last week, he asked me how I was, and I told him I had a yeast infection.

    • Darryl: Everyone has a price, Roxanne.
      Roxie: Fifty thousand dollars.
      Darryl: (chuckles) Ouch.
      Roxie: You want me to build a monument to your ego? That's the going rate.

    • (talking about Darryl)
      Roxie: I don't care how much money he's offering me. Or how good-looking he is. Or how big his... you know, is.
      Joanna: How big? Like, on a scale of cars. Golf cart? Hatchback? Four-door sedan?
      Roxie: Full-size SUV.

    • Kat: (to Raymond) I'm starting to think that you're married to that hammock.

    • Darryl: (to Joanna) Do you ever take that bun out of your hair, or is it permanent like a tattoo?

    • Kat: I'm really sick of this town, with its dumb, old legends and myths. Witches and water. It just makes us all seem like dumb, gullible hicks.

    • Roxie: (to Darryl) My hands are going nowhere near your lump of clay.

    • Joanna: Clyde, look at me. It is not a tight squeeze in here.
      Clyde: It's really not, not at all.
      Joanna: You're just a creepy boob-brusher.
      Clyde: I just like boobs.
      Joanna: But you're not gonna do it anymore.
      Clyde: I'm done.
      Joanna: Also, you wanna give me a raise... and all the money in your wallet.
      Clyde: You... (hands Joanna some bills) should have some money.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Roxie asks "Who the Hell are you?" Darryl replies " Me? I'm just a humble patron of the arts, well, I am a Demon in between the sheets..." which alludes to his true identity as the Devil at least in the Film version anyhow.

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