Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

In the pilot, we are introduced to six friends in 1986, while one is being interviewed by the police in 2006. Carla is in love with Aaron, Aaron is in love with Jenna and Jenna is in love with everyone but Aaron. Meanwhile, Craig and Will are best friends, and after Will takes the rap for Craig's drunk driving accident, we discover Craig's girlfriend, Sam, is pregnant with Will's baby. She's about to go to London, Craig's about to go to Brown and Will's about to go to Jail. Fast forward to 2006--one of the group has been murdered, and the rest of them are all suspects.moreless

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  • In the present, one of six friends got murdered, we go back 20 years and see what happend with these six friends in 1986. The story of the poor Will, the rich Craig, the beautiful Sam, the shy Carla, the rocking Jenna and the smart Aaron begins.moreless

    Great television. Reunion picks up in a way that very rare shows do. Within minutes you get hooked to the lovely characters and all their problems. They are high school sweethearts with lovestories and complicated relationships, but their true story, is only just beginning. While the characters immediatly take over your heart, the story shows how genius it really is. The flashbacks to 1986 are really a close look to that year and time, the music, the clothes and of course the people. The episode keeps you close for it's entire run and when it is over, it still hasn't lost you. The perfect combination of nice acting, good writing, exciting music and a charm only good tv-shows have makes you wanna see everything about the show. The ending is amazing, especially the shot of Will in jail. Perfect television in its rare form, and of course, all good television shows never get an proper ending.moreless
  • This is begaining of great series unfounatly it has been cancellied

    Wow-this is one of the best pilot i have seen for a teen show this summer. i wasn't expecting such strong story-lines from a pilot episode and that what makes it a lot more intresting for me to review . i mean there are so many different story-lines that happend in the pilot that it easy to end up very confused by end of the episode but i'm not confused and i'm guessing people were concentrating it was quite easy to follow . it's rather nice that pace of each episode cover a year which means 1985 was this episode.

    Still the clifhanger for next episode showing a flashback of a gun kind of suggest someone dies which makes you wonder which of 5 character. i suspect that person got shot but didn't die.

    It's strange seeing how character in present are so different that nice girl turn into a real evil woman-you kind can tell by what she wearing and tone of her voice. What makes this even more intresting we can see various turning point in characters leading to what they become in the future.

    This is what a good series should be like and i have no idea why this got cancelled.moreless
  • The beginning of a great show!

    The Pilot episode of Reunion might not be the best one, but it is really good!

    They introduced all the characters really well, I thought. You got a feel for them all by the end of the episode. Plus there were so many things going on at once, and so many loose ends you just had to keep watching.

    I loved the references they made, and the clothes and music, they were really great. The acting was magnificent and I thought they did a great job with flashbacks. Some people can't do flashbacks, they make it really hard to follow, but this show pulled them off great!

    Superb Start!moreless
  • good pilot episode. coule lead to a very interesting series. then again could not. interesting idea, different yet similar. too early to tell, but hold potential

    the episode starts out with a funeral, a narrative from a man making a speech, which leads into a flash back wich is 1986. where this episode will take place.

    someone has died, one of the 6 inseperable friends, which leads us immediately to beleive that it is a murder and one of the 6 is responsible!

    we are introduced to the 6 characters and how they relate with each other. Aaron is in love with Jenna, Carla secretly loves Aaron. Craig and Samantha are the perfect couple. except Samantha thinks she is pregnant, and Will is the father!

    Will takes the blame for Craigs accident and is sent off to Juvie for a year.

    a typical teenage drama with so much potential hate between the characters. which sets up a potentially perfect intro to the overall story. which appears to be, who did it

    im not sure how they are going to use the same actors to age 24 years in this series, although i think they did a good job with Carla at the funeral, she looked alot older and more mature, compared to 1986. interesting to see how the other characters apear to age.

    reunion uses a unique concept of 1 year per episode, which has been done by 24, which makes it similar yet different.

    the show could go either way from here, it has plenty of potential.

    a good pilot episode, lets hope the series lives up to its expectation!moreless
  • Very well done, especially for a pilot.

    My general view of pilot episodes is that they suck. Bad. However, the pilot for 'Reunion' was captivating, and thrilling. Although a few corny lines every now and then to let the audience know what was going on ("Why don't you just tell him how you feel?" for example) it was definately a show I need to see another episode of.

    That being said, it's on fox, and that being said, I give it four more episodes before being axed, because as good as it is, it is not going to draw 'OC' ratings, which means it is not good enough for Fox.

    Very enjoyable episode.moreless
Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft


Guest Star

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Mr. Noll

Guest Star

P.J. Byrne

P.J. Byrne


Guest Star

Gregory Harrison

Gregory Harrison

Russell Brewster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the present day, when detective Marjorino calls Carla at the funeral, he calls her "Mrs. Holland." Back in 1986, however, she has another last name. Therefore, we can tell she got married along the way.

    • At the party on Craig's house, he gives Samantha a ring and she takes it but it is not clear is that was an engagement ring or not.

    • The Eulogizer talks about how 1986 was years before he really got to know them, but in all the episodes shown we don't ever see him again. Would he have come back later on? Was he not included in the highlights of the years? Or was it just a blooper?

    • One look at the car and you will notice that the accident happened on the passenger side. The cop should have easily been able to tell that Will was the one sitting on the passenger side, since he was the one most injured. Craig barely sustained any injuries whatsoever.

    • The producers did a good job of getting the music right for 1986 with one major exception. "Papa Don't Preach" was indeed a hit that year as was Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years." A-Ha's famous rotoscope video for "Take On Me" was a 1985 hit, but was popular enough to still be seen on MTV that year. The big mistake was one of the characters talking about Wham being the new Beatles. Wham's fifteen minutes were already up in 1986, as "Wake Me Up before you Go Go" was big in the fall of 1984, while "Careless Whisper" was a 1985 hit. Wham was already way forgotten by summer of '86 as Michael was at work with his solo "Faith" album for 1987.

    • Right before Sam finds out she's pregnant we hear "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna. Wonder what her pop would have said if he'd found out?!

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Det. Marjorino: What can you tell me about 1987?
      Carla: Let's just say that 1987 started off with a bang.

    • Carla: Jenna found out that "I Love You" can be said after sex but maybe she wasn't quite ready to hear it yet.

    • Aaron: (In the diner, with Carla and Jenna) Trust me, Wham is gonna be the next Beatles! Come on... wake me up before you go-go? That's brilliant!

    • Friend/Eulogizer: There were six of them. That's what I remember. Separatley not unlike you or me, but together like no group I'd ever known. But that was 1986 when I never would've thought that one of those six friends might be brutally murdered, in their prine, by an unknown assailant. Now 20 years later, one thing remains unchanged, that the departed didn't provide us with one like worth watching, but six lives that were so close, now I can't talk about one without talking about another.

    • Carla: I don't expect it to be always nice out in the world, but here, us, together, that shouldn't change. It can't change!

    • Aaron: I know how you feel about the way Jenna treats me, but we have a thing.
      Carla: Yea, you love her and she ignores you.
      Aaron: That's a thing.
      Carla: Yea, a thing that should be removed.

    • Carla: (to her father) I don't like me as much as you like me.

    • Carla: Look, because I want to help, things only got more complicated after that summer, not less. And the next year was… was pretty crazy. And there's some things that... that I've always remembered.
      Detective Marjorino: Ok, then Carla why don't you tell me what you remember about 1987?
      (screen begins to switch between Carla speaking and someone holding a gun)
      Carla: Well, I guess you could say 1987 (gun is cocked) started off with a bang. (Gun fires)

    • Carla: The summer just started out so... so full of hope, and now it's just… everything's changed.
      Samantha: Everything but you. (Carla laughs) That's one of the things I love about you Carla. You're a constant, you'll never change.
      Carla: Maybe it's time that I did, change.
      Samantha: How?
      Carla: By getting off my big butt and telling him how I feel.

    • Detective Marjorino: Mrs. Holland, I'm Detective Marjorino, NYPD. I'd like to ask you some questions.
      Carla: What kind of questions?
      Detective Marjorino: The kind I don't like to ask in public, the kind that go back twenty years.

    • Aaron: I'm telling you…Wham!, mark my words, the next Beatles.
      Jenna: (chuckles) You think everyone is the next Beatles. Didn't you say that about Starship too?
      Carla: (while nodding) Yes.

    • Jenna: (after sitting down with Aaron and Carla) Look at you…has anyone told you you'd make an adorable couple?
      Aaron: (laughs) Yeah right…

    • Aaron: It's cute. But I mean, I dunno, a play? It sounds a little too, uh, St. Elmo's Fire, don't you think?
      Carla: You cried during St. Elmo's Fire.
      Aaron: Ok, I told you it was ragweed season, and my eyes get... The pollen count was very high that day.

    • Craig: Yellow light, you know what that means…
      Craig & Will: Speed up!

    • (While Aaron is watching Jenna dance)
      Carla: Careful, you're drooling.
      Aaron: (sighs)Is it that obvious?
      Carla: Only to those blessed with the gift of sight.

    • Alger: There were six of them. That's what I remember, six friends, separately not unlike you or me. But together, (sighs) like no group I've ever known. But that was 1986, when I never would have thought that one of those six friends might be brutally murdered, in their prime, by an unknown assailant. Now, 20 years later, one thing remains unchanged, that the departed didn't provide us just one life worth watching, but six. Six lives so close, that even now, I can't talk about one without talking about them all.

    • Craig: (At the end of his toast) To my best friends. May everything stay as perfect as it is right now.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Carla is the person questioned by Detective Marjorino on this episode. She is the first of the five living friends to give her statement to the police.

    • Carla goes to London with Samantha instead of staying in Bedford with her father because she doesn't want to be left behind.

    • This is the first time Jenna and Aaron hook up. (1986)

    • Madonna's hit song "Papa Don't Preach" is the song playing on the radio at Craig's place when Jenna starts dancing.

    • Reunion debuted at a
      *5.1/ 8 in the overnights (#3)
      *6.64 million viewers (#3)
      *3.0/ 7 among adults 18-49 (#3) at 9 p.m.
      Also of note, the retention from The O.C. viewers was solid at 90% in total viewers, and 91% among adults 18-49. There was very little audience drop-off in the second half-hour.

    • Tom Irvin was the star of "My Life and Times," which had a similiar premise of going back in time and showing various events of one man's life.

    • The town all six of the friends grew up in is Bedford, NY.

    • Thirteen episodes have been ordered thusfar for Season One (September 2005).

    • The pilot and subsequent episodes were (and are) filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    • The pilot's producer, Steve Pearlman, got the idea for the show when he attended his own twentieth high school reunion.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      - Simple Minds: Don't You (Forget About Me)
      - Madonna: Papa Don't Preach
      - Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love
      - Dream Academy: Life in a Northern Town
      - Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer
      - Joe Jackson: Is She Really Going Out With Him?
      - Wham!: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
      - The Romantics: Talking in Your Sleep
      - Bangles: Walk Like an Egyptian
      - Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart
      - Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax
      - Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time
      - A-Ha: Take On Me (also a brief glimpse of the famous music video)
      - Mr. Mister: Broken Wings


    • American Dreams: Will Estes' character, Will, is an awful lot like the last character, JJ, he played in "American Dreams." They both come from not very wealthy families, and get athletic scholarships. They both have a rich friend (Beth vs. Craig) and go into the army.

    • Haley's Comet: Sam and Will discuss Craig's love of Haley's Comet, which is perhaps the best known comet in the world. It is visible to us without aid of a telescope every 76 years, and was last near Earth in 1986. Haley's Comet will be back in 2061.

    • St. Elmo's Fire: Aaron makes a comment about St. Elmo's Fire, which was a 1985 "Brat Pack" movie about friends hanging out together after college.

    • Andrew Ridgley (Wham!)/John Lennon (The Beatles): Aaron predicts that Andrew Ridgley is the next John Lennon. Andrew Ridgley was the lesser known half of Wham!, who faded from the public eye once George Michael went solo. The Beatles are hailed as one of the greatest bands of all time. Many bands have been said to "be the next Beatles" but thus far, none have achieved such a status.

    • Risky Business: Craig says Porsche's famous catchphrase, "Accept No Substitute" while demonstrating the speeding ability of his car. The phrase took off once Tom Cruise said it in the film Risky Business. Also of note regarding Tom Cruise, Will calls Craig "Mr. Cruise" right before they get in the accident. Sean Faris (who plays Craig) has been compared to Tom Cruise since he was 12.