October Road

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Unknown Mar 15, 2007 on ABC
8.8
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Ten years after leaving his hometown, Nick Garrett returns to Knights Ridge, to teach a one-day course at Dufresne College, which he believes is a great way to find out what changes since he was gone. After hurting the ones he loved by writing a book, a best-selling novel, and discovering their secrets, Nick will have to find a way to confront past demons and move on with his life.moreless

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  • Pilot episode.

    8.5
    A great introduction to a show that was canceled before it's time. This pilot episode just shows how much potential this show had. We've got an original story, interesting characters, and just a great drama in general.



    Nick & Hannah's chemistry is undeniable, and you can really see that in the first episode of the series. There were some things about this episode that were a bit too cliche for my liking such as the bar fight or that guy sleeping with his best friend's wife, but other than that, this episode was for the most part enjoyable. Nick & Hannah scenes were the most interesting but I loved the final scene with Nick's ex-best friend, Eddie. Saying they can never be friends again. I also liked the camera work that went in to this, not to mention the fast paced cuts while Nick was in New York, with an enjoyable soundtrack, and you've got yourself a great pilot episode. The peanut allergy ending was just a great tie in, and it will definitely entice you to tune in the following week. Can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • Nick returns home to October Road to discover exactly how much things have changed.

    9.5
    I think that this episode was an excellent pilot episode. It introduced all of the characters flawlessly. And it did a nice job in showing how much they have changed in the pass 10 years, how different their lives and personalities are now that those years have passed.



    The pace is nice and steady. Not too slow that it gets boring and not too fast taht it's difficult to understand what's happening. The episode shows enough to let you understand what's going to going to be in store for future episodes.



    Quite possibly one of the best pilot episodes I've ever seen. You should definitely check this episode out because whether or not you like this episode will determine if this is the show for you.moreless
  • Nick returns home after 10 years. He has written a bestseller where he depicts his hometown in a not so good light. His ex-girlfriend has a son who is almost 10, is he the father?moreless

    9.8
    I thought the show looked very interesting from the advertisements. I thought the concept of the show was intriguing and I was not let down. I had never known who Bryan Greenberg was, but he has my attention now and from here on out. He is just one of the amazing actors on this show. I love the looks in this episode, they are just great. The look the Commander gives his son after he opens the door, not realizing Nick was coming home, was priceless. The look he and Hannah give eachother in the sub shop after seeing eachother for 10 years was great as well, the love is still there folks. The last look was the death look Eddie gave Nick at the bar, that look said everything, and even though I love the character of Nick, I can definitely understand Eddie's feelings at that point. Great television!moreless
  • Great intro!

    9.5
    Nick Garrett has been away from his hometown for 10 years. He left behind his friends and his girlfriend. Nick needs to realize that things have changed after he goes back to teach at a college about his bestseller book, "Turtle on a Snare Drum." His book features characters that modelpeople from his hometown such as Eddie, his former best friend and Hannah, his ex-girlfriend. He finds out that Hannah has a son that might be his own and that Eddie doesn't think they will ever be friends. His other friends, Owen, Physical Phil, and Ikey, have all taken him back. Hannah and Eddie, however, aren't persuaded to be kind to him.



    This was a great episode! A good storyline and great characters! I like Bryan Greenberg in One Tree Hill, so it was cool seeing him in this show! Also, Lee Norris guest stars! This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • I can't wait to see more episodes form this new show.

    8.5
    So here in the Netherlands the pilot was just a few days ago. When I first saw the commercial, I right away thought this show was something for me. So I of course looked it up here and I liked the reviews, so I decided to watch the show. And I can honest say that I was not disappointment. This was exactly how a pilot should be. It really made me curious to find out more. I hope that we learn later that Sam is Nick's son.And I hope that someday Nick and Hannah will get to getter again. Well I just have to wait and see. I hope this show continues to go this way, then it will defiantly be a new favorite of mine.moreless
Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg

Nick Garrett

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

Hannah Daniels

Warren Christie

Warren Christie

Ray 'Big Cat' Cataldo

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke

Owen Rowan

Evan Jones

Evan Jones

David 'Ikey' Eichman

Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Phillip 'Physical Phil' Farmer

Mary-Charles Jones

Mary-Charles Jones

Caitlin Rowan

Guest Star

Bo Mitchell

Bo Mitchell

Doodie

Guest Star

Lee Norris

Lee Norris

Ian

Guest Star

Rebecca Field

Rebecca Field

Janet Meadows

Recurring Role

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Ronnie Garrett

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Bogush

Elizabeth Bogush

Alison Rowan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Sam talking to Nick about his mothers boyfriend)
      Sam: He makes my lunches which is nice I suppose, but he forgets. (Looks in his bag and checks out his sandwich) Yep, he did it again.
      Nick: What did he do?
      Sam: He made me a peanut butter, jelly sandwich, only I got this peanut allergy. One bite out of this puppy and I'm a goner.

    • Puertorican Woman: It is the fool who fails to return to the place of his last happiness.

    • Sam: That house is haunted. You ever seen to Kill A Mockingbird? You know that guy Boo Radley, in that house is Boo Radley Senior & Boo Radley Junior.
      Nick: I know. I grew up there.
      Sam: What do you mean?
      Nick: (smiles) I mean Boo Radley Senior is my father and Boo Radley Junior is my brother.
      Sam: Oh. Sorry?

    • Hannah: You've been gone how long now?
      Nick: Ten years.
      Hannah: Right. I think it was two weeks before my 18th birthday that you left. Yes, I'm quite sure because I remember getting those roses, thinking they were for my birthday, but they weren't. They were a good-bye present as in, good-bye I'm no longer in your present.
      Nick: I can explain.
      Hannah: It's not necessary.
      Nick: Hannah---
      Hannah: Truly, don't sweat it. I should go. Um... are you, are you staying long?
      Nick: Leave Sunday.

    • Nick: How old is Sam?
      Hannah: He turns 10 in two months.
      Nick: Ten...
      Hannah: Ten...
      (Owen says good-bye to Sam and Sam goes to the door)
      Hannah: Umm... good-bye Nick. Good Luck.
      (turns to leave but turns back around)
      Hannah: And don't worry, he's not yours.

    • (Sam and Nick meet on the street)
      Nick: Hey! What are you doing, kid? Got a paper route?
      Sam: Yeah, mom thinks it's good for me. Crack of dawn, fresh air, current events. Character building stuff. What are you doing out this early?
      Nick: Same thing. Trying to build some character. Hey, let me ask you a question. What do you think about your mom's boyfriend?
      Sam: Big Cat?
      Nick: Yeah.
      Sam: He's OK, I guess. Although, sometimes, I think he's trying to murder me.

    • Nick: Look, I really am sorry, Eddie. I never thought anyone would get torn up in the process, especially you. I left here that summer with every intention of coming back to the Ridge. Then on the last night of the trip... I'm literally packing my bags and... I remembered something mom told me before she died. She said "You gotta promise me, Nicky... never to settle for anything less than unexpected adventure." And I couldn't kick the feeling that if I came back here, I'd be have giving up on that. It's like once I stayed away... staying away became away. Any of this make sense?

    • Eddie: Hey Ikey! What do you even know about Janet? She may be the coolest person in this bar, but you'll never find out 'cuz you're too busy judging her on the outside, instead of finding out what's on the inside.
      Ikey: All right, maybe I should find out what's on the inside. My guess is cake. Lots of cake.

    • Ikey: I got a bone to pick. I read your book 3 times. I still can't figure out which character is suppose to be me.
      Nick: That's 'cuz there wasn't a character based on you.
      Ikey: Well now I'm really pissed!

    • Nick: Ronnie didn't tell you I was coming home.
      The Commander: No, no. Long term effects of marijuana and video games have affected him in the short term.

    • Editor: Dufresne College called. They wanna know if you'd be interested in teaching a one-day intensive on the art of the novel.
      Nick: Not so much. Dufresne College---that's in my hometown. I haven't been back there in 10 years. There's some people there that might not be so happy to see me.
      Editor: Maybe that's why you're blocked. Go back there. Make peace with it all. You've got to get past your fears, kiddo. G. Gordon Liddy was afraid of rats, so he cooked one up and ate it. Fear gone.
      Nick: If you're suggesting that I cook and eat my old friends, I can assure you, in their opinion, I already have.

    • (Flashback: Hannah and Nick are in bed together, Eddie enters the room)
      Eddie: Ohhhhh... goodbye sex, huh? It's always the best kind.
      Hannah: How would you know? You never say goodbye. You're always around.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Music.

    • Featured Music:
      "Don't Look Back" by Boston
      "The World I Know" by Collective Soul
      "Weather With You" by Crowded House
      "Homesick" by The Vines
      "Shambala" by Three Dog Night
      "Lost Horizons" by Gin Blossoms
      "You're All I Want" by Devin Powers
      "Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon
      "Glass, Concrete & Stone" by David Byrne
      "Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy
      "This Old Life" by Dan Zweben

    • Lee Norris, a guest star in this episode, previously worked with Bryan Greenberg on WB/CW's teen drama series "One Tree Hill."

    • A few months after dropping the series in May 2005, ABC gave "October Road" a second chance and ordered six episodes of the show, to be aired either in midseason (2006-2007) or the next fall (2007-2008).

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Eddie: You seem to have forgotten which side of October Road you belong on.

      An allusion to the show title, and a possible clue to why the show was titled October Road. Is it a road in Knights Ridge or some book allusion?

    • Sam: He's Lennie to my George.
      Doodie: It wasn't George, you dope, it was Squiggy.

      Sam alludes to characters in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Lennie was a large, mentally slow man while George was a smaller man of normal intelligence. Doodie alludes to the characters Lenny and Squiggy of the 70s sitcom "Laverne & Shirley."

    • Editor: G. Gordon Liddy was afraid of rats, so he cooked one up and ate it.

      G. Gordon Liddy was the chief operative for President Richard Nixon's White House Plumbers unit. He was known for having irrational fears, one of them being the fear of rats. Liddy caught, cooked and ate the rate to get over his fear.

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