An armed intruder breaks into the McAllister home and accosts 15-year-old Lily, demanding to know the whereabouts of a woman pictured in a locket. She locks herself in the bathroom to escape him, and he eventually shoots himself. The man is identified as Philip Parker, a mentally ill drifter. The family becomes extremely tight-lipped about the subject; and is able to keep the incident out of the press because Lily's grandfather, George Greeley, owns the newspaper. Henry Bellow, a new student in Lily's class, confronts her with research about the Greeley family. He forces Lily to accept the fact that her family has undertaken a number of devious maneuvers throughout the years. Lily realizes that they have made a number of enemies, and suspects that Parker may not have chosen her house randomly. Lily's family freezes the bank account of her uncle Nate, the "black sheep," after he resumes his drug use. He steals a necklace from Lily's mother, Catherine. He pleads with Lily to keep this a secret, and hints that he may know the truth about Parker's identity. Lily's father, Will, assures Lily that he is just as much in the dark about the situation as she is. Lily asks Henry to do some research about Parker. While at his house, she notes several photographs of houses on the wall. Henry says only that he is trying to find someone. He discovers that Parker and Catherine were high school classmates. Catherine insists that she doesn't remember Parker, and dismisses the whole thing as a coincidence. Catherine's brother, Robert, presents her with proof that Will is having an affair with a co-worker. He has the woman fired. George forces Will to break things off with Jayleen, and suggests that he behave more discreetly in the future. He shares that he plans to name Will, not his son Robert, as his eventual successor on the paper. Catherine replaces the dining room carpet after Parker's suicide. Her mother continually complains about the decor and forces further changes. The normally unflappabale Catherine has a major freak-out and trashes the furniture.moreless
This was a wonderful show! As with many nighttime soaps, the glamour and wealth is almost overbearing, and somehow it jarred me as earlier shows (Dallas, Falcon Crest) did not. Lily is so chic and fashionable that it's distracting in parts. The attempt to counter this stunning wealth with the introduction of a classmate who confronts Lily with her family's not-so-pleasant past is a little cheesy in the way it is done, but hey, these things happen in pilots.... I love mysteries, and this episode promised a couple of them (perhaps connected?) that would be researched by Lily and Henry as the episodes continued. This had just the right feeling of bad things to come and foreshadowing, and the minor issues mentioned above are insignificant compared with the promise of good storylines to come.moreless
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