Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Carla and Samantha are still in London. Samantha goes in labor. Will has been released from prison, and needs to cope with what others think of him. In the present, Carla is still telling her story to Detective Marjorino. The detective gets more evidence to tie in the recent murder to events that happened a few years ago. Aaron, Craig and Jenna are also in the episode.moreless

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  • Intrigue!

    *Will and Sam!!! They got so close to getting together! But it all dies! I'm so sad! Will and Sam were so perfect and then when Sam is in the hospital and Will comes to visit, I just wanted to push them together. And Will talking to Craig about the girl who got him through prison... awwwww!!

    *I felt so sorry for Aaron, Jenna does not deserve him. And poor Carla trying to let him know and him brushing her off for aaron!

    *Will's a priest!!! I loved it! he was so old though! How did he become a priest? Too bad we'll never know...moreless
  • 1987 continues to draw you in, further developing the characters.

    Another great episode. The flashback sequences deserve a 10, but I was disappointed to learn that the murder seems to be a conspiracy and not just the act of one person. We learn now that both Carla and Will are involved in the murder in some way, thus, even if they're not the killer, they still abetted a crime. I think it would have been better if it was the work of just one person.

    I guess we'll just have to see how this plays out now. But if they continue to link more of the friends I think it'll eventually ruin the whole murder mystery theme.moreless
  • A good way to show how the multi-year arc spreads out.

    Like "24," Reunion is a concept you can't judge by just the first episode. You needed the second one to show you how the "one year an ep" story really works. And so far, it does look rather nifty. I can already tell there will be fun in the moves between the past and present day. It is rather striking how the present day Carla is so much more serious and even sad in contrast to her bright 80's persona.

    Ah, poor Aaron. He spends who knows how long wanting Jenna, finally gets her but then realizes the hard way she doesn't feel the same way. He does get a good line with how dumb he can be, which is even funnier considering how oblivious he is to Carla's feelings for him. The "let's get married at 30" thing promises some fun when we eventually get to 1999. As for Jenna, I don't know if her "I might be dead by then" line is meant to be a clue or not but I have to say, so far, of the bunch, she's the one I'd be less upset is the victim.

    A nice building on the Will/Craig arc. I am amazed Will isn't more upset with Craig over what happened. Then again, maybe he thinks it's payback for keeping quiet over sleeping with Samantha. Speaking of which, the twist in her arc is nice and I look forward to what happens when she has to come clean to both men over the pregnancy and who the father may be.

    The present day moves push things nicely with Carla throwing away the gun in the river. And then the final shot, which I honestly didnt' see coming, where we find Will is a priest now. I can already tell the fun of this show is seeing how these characters get to this point and I can't wait for more.moreless
  • The showcase of horrible, shallow writing continues...

    After the first episode, which left me less than impressed, I was willing to see if the difference between the pilot and the actual series would be positive. After all, there’s usually a difference, because the pilot needs to cover a lot of exposition and character introduction. So I had some hope that the simplistic writing and stilted acting would repair themselves once the series actually got moving forward.

    The gimmick remains the most interesting aspect of the series, because not much else has been offered. I noticed an incremental improvement in the writing, but there were still lines that the actors could barely pull off, because they were an unnatural as it gets. George Lucas writes better dialogue! I truly worry that this is a concept that will die because of poor execution.

    The cast, for the most part, steps up to the plate and tries to make the whole thing work. Like the pilot episode, the most impressive member of the cast in this episode is Chyler Leigh. She pulls off the age difference rather well, and she looks hot in both eras. The rest of the cast hasn’t been able to showcase their talents in the same way, so perhaps they also have more to offer.

    I still find Will to be the worst offender in terms of the bad acting. The writing has a lot to do with it, but I still feel like he’s auditioning for an Afterschool Special. It’s really quite bad. He has his fans, of course, who will deny it, but he can’t emote to save his life. Even the Tom Cruise clone (far less interesting this time around) shows more talent.

    Among the writing woes: having teens less than a year out of high school, looking very young, getting served without question at bars. There are people I knew in college that were still being carded until they were 30! There’s no way Will and Craig would be getting served in 1987 at the age of 18. The sheer amount of alcohol freely available was a bit hard to believe. And did anyone else notice that Carla grabbed the murder weapon with her bare hand? Thanks for leaving your prints!

    Speaking of Afterschool Specials, Sam’s story is beginning to get ridiculous. How much more is this young woman supposed to endure, all while trying to keep secrets? For that matter, how could Craig not know what happened between Sam and Will? They have it written all over their faces. Jenna was better at hiding her feelings (or lack thereof) for Aaron (who’s still trying to do his best Alan Ruck impression.)

    Lest I allow my preference for arc-driven SF series get the best of me, I asked my wife if she’d like to watch this episode. It didn’t take her long to figure out what was going on. But like me, by the third act, she was not impressed. She saw a lot of the same flaws that I saw. The point is: the writing staff needs to get their act together soon and add some depth to the story. If they don’t, this just won’t be my first casualty of the new season, but it could very well be off the air against much stronger competition.

  • Just one more step closer to finding out who was killed. In this episode, we find out that Will is alive and that he is a priest. Another great twist was finding out that Samantha can not have kids anymore and she just gave up her only child.moreless

    So now we know that Will and Carla are alive, four more friends left on the murder list. I personally don't like Jenna because she is so insensitive to Aaron. But, I do like Amanda who plays Jenna. Great twist as I mentioned before. Can't wait for the next episode.
Fred Keating

Fred Keating

Mr. Malloy

Guest Star

Adrian Holmes

Adrian Holmes


Guest Star

Gregory Harrison

Gregory Harrison

Russell Brewster

Recurring Role

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Detective Matos

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Carla: You ever think how 20 years down the line, our lives will be affected by the choices we make today?
      Jenna(laughs): 20 years? Who thinks that far ahead? I'll probably be dead in 20 years.

    • Aaron: (in reference to not being able to get into the club) A mix up? Right, kinda like our whole relationship, one giant mix up.
      Jenna: Aaron…
      Aaron: I know you like to pretend that I am some lovesick geek, but that's not true is it? Because before you were on MTV I looked pretty good didn't I? Like on New Year's Eve when-
      Jenna: That was a long time ago.
      Aaron: Mix up number 1; because in what universe is sleeping with someone 3 months ago considered a long time ago?
      Jenna: You're my friend Aaron.
      Aaron:Mix up number 2; because somehow I thought sleeping with someone meant that you were actually more than a friend.
      Jenna: Stop it, that's not what I meant.
      Aaron: Which leads to mix up number 3, how you can rip out my heart, but god forbid I call you on it.
      Jenna: You want me to clear everything up, how's this: I love you, but I'm not in love with you. I slept with you, but that doesn't mean I want to date you. And the scariest thing that I could ever do is admit that to you and lose the one thing I love about you most: your friendship. Aaron…
      Aaron: (starts to walk away) No, thank you. It's just nice to know I wasn't so mixed up after all..

    • Carla: You're the smartest person I know . . . except when it comes to women.
      Aaron: Thanks.

    • Jenna: God, just when you think you're out of high school, you keep getting sucked back in.
      Carla: Something tells me you never really escape high school, it just haunts you for the rest of your life.

    • Samantha: So what's your plan now that you're out?
      Will: My plan. Don't you know? My plan is you, Sam.

    • Carla: Am I boring you Detective Marjorino?
      Detective Marjorino: Maybe I should remind you, I am not your biographer.

    • Carla: (to Sam) She'll have a great life, y'know. Everything you want for her. And she'll do great things and one day, she'll thank you for giving her the chance to do those things.

    • Carla: (upon entering the confessional) We've gotta stop meeting like this. People are going to think I've found God or something.

    • Carla: Can I ask you a question detective; Are you going to charge me with a crime today?
      Detective Marjorino: No, not today.

  • NOTES (6)


    • MTV: MTV (Music Television) was relatively new in the '80s. The network was founded in 1981.

    • Whitesnake: Whitesnake was a British band, active primarily in the 1980s. The band was formed by David Coverdale (of Deep Purple) and was originally popular only in Europe and Japan.

    • SATs: Scholastic Aptitude Test. Aaron claimed he got a 1520 on his SAT Verbal. The initials SAT have been used since the test was first introduced in 1901, when it was known as the Scholastic Achievement Test and was meant to measure the level achieved by students seeking college admission. The test became much more widely used in the 1950s and 1960s and once was almost universal.