October Road

Season 2 Episode 9

We Lived Like Giants

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Aired Unknown Feb 11, 2008 on ABC
9.2
out of 10
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Owen, Nick, Ronnie, Aubrey, Gabriel and the Commander take a road trip to find the girl who saved Owen's life, and The Commander uses the opportunity to remind his sons of their childhood, and to finally be able to tell them about his condition. Nick encourages Gabriel to tell the truth about his upcoming departure to his daughter. Eddie has to babysit Sam, who feels uneasy around Phil.moreless

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  • A good episode that makes you want to see what happens next.

    9.5
    I have to admit that I have not been a faithful fan of this show. I watched the first few episodes and then I felt the show took on an almost soap opera feel to it. So basically, if there is nothing better on, I watch it. Boy, I am glad I watched this episode. There was so much going on but I never got lost and they did every character justice - Aubrey coming to terms with her father, The Commander trying to have one more day with his boys "living like giants," Owen searching for new love, Hannah coming to terms with her old love and struggling to move forward with Ray. The only thing I really disliked was when Hannah threw out the flag that had her and Nick's initials on it. You don't have to throw out the past to embrace the future. Especially in this case, where she seems to be struggling with letting go of her feelings for Nick.moreless
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    7.5
    So October Road has been in a few slumps this season, and I think this would have to be one of them. We got significant improvement in the last episode, but I think this episode was just a fun filler to keep the story lines in motion. The thing I did love about this episode was the transitions at the very end and how things tied together which this show masters quite often, on the sentimental side.



    Aubrey's father's sendoff was quite pathetic, and I wish at least something more happened rather than seeing Gabe go on the Grey Hound to go to Denver. It just felt like the whole story line with Aubrey's father became unnecessary with this episode. Hopefully we'll see some rehashing of events in the episodes to come. The "I Wanna Rock n' Roll All Night" montage was really fun too see and it was definitely the highlight of the episode.



    Owen finding someone in the end was nice. I can't help but feel bad for the Commander, and girls night was pretty unbearable overall, other than the Nick/Hannah memorabilia. A good enough episode of October Road but definitely not the best.moreless
  • The Commander, Ronnie, Nick, Owen, Aubrey, and Gabe take a road trip to find the woman who saved Owen's life. Janet, Hannah, and Pizza Girl have a girls night out while Eddie and Phil babysit Sam.moreless

    9.8
    I love the whole road trip, the Commander was so sweet in this episode. He wanted to make that whole road trip with his boys so great and nothing was turning out right. The motel was a dump, there were squids on the keys, and the clams were chewy! Nick is struggling with the choice to tell Aubrey that her dad is in debt again and plans on cutting and running once more. He doesn't want Aubrey to get hurt, he is still so in love with Hannah, but he does care for Aubrey, he is such a sweet guy. I love the whole girls night out and that Janet and Hannah are becoming friends with Pizza Girl. I like how Sam was scared of Phil, he seems so intelligent and wise for his age, but you get to see his vulnerability in this episode and that he is still just a kid. But I love how Eddie shows him that Phil isn't so scary, but in fact a really cool guy. The I want to Rock and Roll All Nite montage, with Sam and Phil doing the airband, the girls dancing at the bar, and Pizza Girl pulling in Ikey, plus the guys in the pool in their boxers on the road trip. This was just a really great scene. We got some more insight into the glory days of Nick and Hannah, where Hannah contemplates whether it can glimmer any brighter than Nick and Hannah. I love Pizza Girl's response of "It is a different kind of glimmer". I hope Nick and Hannah glimmer again, even if it is in a different way. My favorite line in this episode was Ronnie "Aww good, I thought mine were the only ones that sucked!". Loved it and laughed so hard. The only thing I didn't like about this episode was the flag that Hannah threw out in the end, you don't have to get rid of everything in your past to move on in the present and future. Other than that great episode!moreless
  • Realizations here and there.

    9.0
    Girls Night Out: The girls, namely Hannah, Janet and Pizza Girl spend a night out at Sully's. They were mostly just gossiping about stuff until one of Hannah's old friends came by and made it really awkward for everyone. It was nice to see Pizza Girl really interact with Janet and Hannah and i think they've got real chemistry.



    Boys Night Out of Town: Everyone went for their own reasons, and everyone appreciated what happened, though it took some of them a while to really realize it. "When we were young, we lived like giants."



    Rant: One thing bothered me in this episode and it was the poor acting of the person portraying Aubrey Diaz. She's usually tolerable in the past episodes and she may be eye-candy, but she's no Jessica Alba and when you can't act, you don't belong on anything that isn't daytime soap.moreless
  • Review

    8.3
    I expected something much different from this episode when I heard it was going to feature a road trip for Owen. But instead of the trip being about Owen finding Jenny, it ends up being about the Commander wanting to have one more normal day with his kids and Aubreys dad leaving her again to go to Denver. The first 28 minutes of this episode was very slow paced and actually kind of boring. The first 28 minutes kind of set up the final 15 minutes, with girls night out ready to happen and the road trip simply being formulated. I think they should have moved the scenes along at a little bit of a more advanced rate. The connection between Aubrey and her father was a mixed bag for me. I liked the Ferris Wheel gag that her father put on for her, but everything after that came across as a "We kind of got that all ready." We know she doesnt like what her dad used to be and she has all ready mentioned about being like him so we didn't really need the second coming of the "You are inside of me" kind of thing. Once the music in Sullys Tavern (I want to rock and roll all night) started playign the episode did a turnaround. I really enjoyed that entire 3-4 minute music devotion to the entire cast and thought it was placed in a very good part of the episode. Overall though, the episode was lacking a little something and this show as a whole hasn't produced anything over a 9 for me in 3-4 episodes now.moreless
Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg

Nick Garrett

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

Hannah Daniels

Geoff Stults

Geoff Stults

Eddie Latekka

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke

Owen Rowan

Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Phillip 'Physical Phil' Farmer

Tom Berenger

Tom Berenger

Bob 'The Commander' Garrett

Armand Assante

Armand Assante

Gabriel Diaz

Guest Star

Eric Tiede

Eric Tiede

Brian

Guest Star

Amanda Walsh

Amanda Walsh

Lucy

Guest Star

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Rooster

Recurring Role

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Ronnie Garrett

Recurring Role

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Leslie Etwood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hannah: Why is it when memories are happening you don't know it, so you don't get to appreciate them until its to late?

    • The Commander: (choked up)... I just wanted to have one more day... one more day with my boys... where we lived... like giants.
      Leslie: And did you?
      The Commander: We did.

    • Hannah: Nick and Hannah- Do you think it's true, it doesn't glimmer any brighter than that?
      Pizza Girl: Sure it does, just a different kind of glimmer.

    • Gabe: When you're young you live a giant. As the years pass, you get noticeably (pauses) smaller.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sweet Sweet Sleep" by Ian Ball
      "Street Corner Serenade" by The Wet Willie Band featuring Jimmy Hall
      "Rock and Roll All Night" by Kiss
      "Lighthouse Keeper" by Kevin Salem
      "Endless Conversation" by The Alternate Routes
      "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
      "Home Is Where The Heart Is" by Kelly Slattery
      "When You Get Back" by Jon Cleary
      "Hmmm" by Bryan Greenberg

    • Warren Christie (Ray Cataldo) does not appear in this episode, although he is featured in the opening credits. This marks the first episode of the series not to feature Ray.

    • ABC originally scheduled to air this episode on February 4, 2008.

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