My Own Worst Enemy

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on NBC
7.4
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165 votes
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Episode Summary

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The implant in Edward's brain starts to go haywire, which makes strange things start to happen to Henry Spivey, which make him start to wonder about Paris, Russia, and his friends.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • there are a number of movies and tv series that involve somebody leading a sectret life as a secret agent -- This series gives the whole thing an interesting and entertaining twistmoreless

    8.0
    I have just seen this on DVD -- there are a number of movies and tv series that involve a family man leading a sectret life as a secret agent -- This series gives the whole thing an interesting and entertaining twist -- I won't say too much because if you havent seen it and have come here to find out about it then I highly reccommend you watch it -- But basicaly Henry Spivey is happily married with 2 children but has a secret life as a secret agent Edward Albright -- The twist is that Henry Spivey dosen't know about Edward Albright and Edward dosen't know about Henry -- well that,s until now and that's about to change.moreless
  • Review

    9.5
    I like the concept that the show is built around. Christain Slater seems to play both roles very well. You have to give respect to actors that can perform well in multiple roles. Most of the time they don't have to do it while being on the same show. Characters like Nate Fisher versus Nick George is a great contrast of Peter Krause and his ability, though you can see some very distinct simalarities between that character. Christain Slater seemed to play this episode to near perfection, which made it so watchable. Just the way he changes around his facial expressions really make it seem like you are watching two different actors. As I said - I like the basis around which the show is built. I do wonder what the multiple season archs could look like. It looks like a simple episodic show kind of like a "Chuck". I'm not sure if I have turned this into must watch television but it is something I will be taking a look at on nbc.com whenever I do get the chance to do something like that.moreless
  • a decent, fun pilot

    8.5
    My thinking going into this show is that it would either be incredible or it would extremely suck. Luckily, the pilot doesn't suck, at all. Many hyped tv pilots, such as Fringe and Bionic Woman, have been extreme let-downs. This one is definitely not. It does what a pilot episode is supposed to do, introduce the series. This pilot was enjoyable. The story: Edward is a suave, womanizing, pistol-action spy whose whole life is dedicated to the job. Henry is a normal everyday family man living out a boring 9-5 job. Their secret? They're actually the same person. Edward volunteered himself to go to "sleep" by the government whenever he's not working. Not only does the government let him "sleep", they've created a split-personality, which in this case would be Henry, waking up Edward whenever he's needed and Henry completely unaware of this happening. That all changes when the line separating Henry and Edward mysteriously disappears and now the wrong personality is caught in the wrong situations, and like it or not, their worlds clash with the other and both have to step into roles they're not ready for. The episode gets it's strength focusing on the Henry/Edward storyline and Henry finding out he's a created spilt-personality for this superspy, dealing with what that means for him, and what it means in the future. I did find myself liking Henry more because Edward, and this may or may not change as the series progresses, is a bit of a Grade-A jerk. Christian Slater does a commendable job playing two distinct people sharing the same body. The Russian villain is played with lovingly Bondish roots, an old-school type villain with sophistication, wit, and a grudging but admirable respect for his nemesis while still plotting his murder. Since the episode was all about Edward/Henry, it put a lot of focus off of the other characters, namely, Henry's family. Henry's normal job isn't elaborated much on either. Hopefully as the series progresses, it will bring more depth to Henry/Edward's world and Henry's family will have a much more active role. As a first episode though, it's not extremely painful and it was fun to watch. It's too early to tell if the series will be any good but the pilot hints at more to come.moreless
  • A little bit working, this will be in top 10 of the year.

    9.5
    A little bit working, this will be in top 10 of the year. Slater is talented and he could be an overload for this show. just for that his role mates need to improve their selves i think. Subject is good and hopefully will be better. But writers have to find lot s of new subjects for this show. i think u cant write lot s of different subject about some one's psychology. What ever i think their visiul efects crew must work hard this time. i hope nbc doesnt cancel this show for any reason, i just started to translate this show to turkish.moreless
  • This was the Pilot episode of My Own Worst Enemy, and I must say that it was one of the best hours on TV I've ever seen. (Spoilers)

    10
    This was an amazing Series Premiere. I loved every second of it, and I think that Christian Slater has found his best role ever. He is excellent as Edward Albright and Henry Spivey. He gives each one of them their own unique personality, and he pulls it off excellently. This episode had plenty of action, and to me, it seemed like I was watching a movie not a TV Show. This, in fact, is better than most movies in my opinion. I am definitely looking forward to more episodes of this show. Overall I give this episode a 10 out of 10.moreless
Roy Hausmann

Roy Hausmann

Russian Agent

Guest Star

Mark Ivanir

Mark Ivanir

Uzi kafelnikof

Guest Star

Delaina Mitchell

Delaina Mitchell

Mother

Guest Star

Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

Tony

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Since we clearly see them all using cellular phones and pretty new ones, we can estimate that the time frame of the events is now days. At the beginning in France, Edward said that he needed KGB to know that he is in Paris. Since 1991 KGB doesn't exist anymore and is know under new name of FSB.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Henry: At my age you begin to wonder is this it? Is this my life? Wife, two kids, house, job, two weeks' vacation, pension plan...
      Dr. Skinner: And?
      Henry: It's not a bad life.

    • Mavis: Why did I put you there? You were told to bring her in.
      Edward: I was told to bring her in if I could.
      Mavis: You spent three hours making love to her. Tell me Edward, at what point did the situtation become untenable?
      Edward: Right after she killed the bed.

    • Edward: God created the most beautiful place on earth and then put the French there to even things out.

    • Henry: That raise was a cost of living adjustment to adjust to living with two very expensive children.
      Jack: Mom's the one with the shoe addiction.

    • Henry: Did you ever bring home a souvenir from a dream Doc?

    • Tony: How was Paris?
      Edward: They don't let you smoke anymore. Next thing you know, they'll stop being rude.

    • Henry: Now for a poem...Roses are red. Violets are blue. I'm a split personality...and so am I.

    • Tom: In a few years when you kid is in the campus bell tower, picking off other students with a rifle, yelling about how daddy was never there, just remember...I called it.

    • Tony: How are you feeling?
      Edward: That all depends...did the Angels beat the White Sox?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Henry Spivey and Edward Albright

      Christian's characters share the same first names as the two spirits that shared one body in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." In the novel, mild-mannered Dr. Henry Jekyll's alter ego is the violent, Mr. Edward Hyde.

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