Young Americans

Season 1 Episode 1

The Beginning (Pilot)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jul 12, 2000 on The WB
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The Beginning (Pilot)
Rawley Academy, a prestigious New England boarding school, begins its summer session. Will Krudski arrives on his first day at Rawley Academy; a dream that he has been anticipating to fulfill. He meets his new roommate, Scout Calhoun, and later they meet the Dean's son, Hamilton Fleming. The camaraderie between Will and Scout is later jeopardized when Will confides in Scout that he cheated on his entrance exam by purchasing it on the Internet. After meeting the unconventional crew coach and literature professor, Finn, Will seems to be adjusting to his new surroundings just fine. Scout finds himself intrigued by the pretty townie Bella.moreless

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  • A Fine example of yet another rich kid backdrop tv show that the networks think we want to see.

    90210 did it. The OC did it. Veronica Mars did it. Laguna Beach kinda did it. And Gossip Girls is going to do it. I'm not going to lie, it may sound as if i'm slagging the superficial super fake super rich teenager shows that come out every once in a while, but i honestly loved all the shows that i just named, just not Young Americans.

    It's not bad. It really isn't, except i kinda see why they kinda cut it from the viewing public. The plots were too thin, there was hardly any depth and there was no super sassy blonde chick called Veronica sleuthing in the hallways. The introduction, was good. I'll give it that, i love seeing how they introduce the filthy rich scenery. But the backdrop always becomes some flimsy thing in the background. You get the first episode basically showing you the riches of everything and then after that, it all just becomes secondary. Like in 90210, they showed a Cappuccino machine in the school halls in the pilot... and we never saw it again... You know what i mean?

    I know some people may disagree with me on the last point, but whatever... You know what else i kinda didn't like about the pilot? The fact that everyone was extremely good looking. I'm sorry, i know that these people are actors and all, but i know for a fact that having rich parents has NOTHING to do with your looks. If anything, if your that blue blooded, you might even have a little shared blood in the mix, and you all know what that means. Except we'll just leave Ian Somerhalder out of this... he gets the free pass for looking so dreamy all the time. Ian... A-hem, sorry.

    Anyway, Young Americans could have been so much more. I just felt that they slathered in too much at the beginning. What else could they have expanded on? Everything they revealed in the pilot was like 5 years worth of plotline for a daytime soap opera. They just threw too much in my face, like they wanted to sell it to me too much. I wanted it to STOP. But it was an interesting premise nonetheless.moreless
  • Great cast, this will be a really fun show!

    The camraderie between Scout and Will is fantastic. I also totally love Scout and Bella together. They're so cute and funny. Very smitten. Reminds me of how show I used to be back in my high school days.

    Jake is fantastic! A girl who cut her hair off and is pretending to be a guy. There will be so many funny stories there. The tension between her and Hamilton is hilarious! When I first watched this, I wondered when he would find out (or if!!!) he'd find out that Jake was really a girl.

    Great idea for a series. Love the summer school setting. A perfect pilot for sure, with lots of character development.moreless
Ed Fry

Ed Fry

Charlie Banks

Guest Star

N. Deborah Hazlett

N. Deborah Hazlett

Susan Krudski

Guest Star

Tracy Howe

Tracy Howe

Brian Krudski

Guest Star

John Driscoll

John Driscoll


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Bella, played by Kate Bosworth, has one brown-eye and one blue-eye. Kate isn't wearing contacts; her eyes are different colors in real-life.

    • The Getaway People performed the opening theme song, "Six Pacs."

    • Hamilton and Jake's ever changing hairstyles. The pilot was comprised of footage from a sales presentation as well as footage shot later on when the show was finally picked up.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Hamilton: Wait a minute. You actually hacked into NASA? That is so WarGames.
      Jake: Yeah, but you can only stay on for 30 seconds.
      Hamilton: (pulling off Jake's hat) Cool cap. Smells good. I didn't mean --
      Jake: It's okay.
      Hamilton: No, I meant --
      Jake: Whatever.
      Hamilton: NO, I just --
      Jake: It's cool.

    • Finn: Question: Who's the greatest writer that ever lived? (no response) Who's the greatest writer that ever lived?!
      Will: Faulkner!
      Finn: Interesting. Thoughtful. But wrong! The correct answer is William Shakespeare. He is my favorite. Remember, I am not just here to teach you how to be a kick-ass crew team, but to edify you about the superstars of literature, like Faulkner, like Shakespeare, and Hemingway, and Steinbeck. Those guys had passion. Let me tell you a little secret about passion. It doesn't come from here (he points to his head), and it doesn't come from here (points to his heart). It comes from right here (grabs his crotch)! I expect you to know these things Mr. Krudski, if you're going to live up to those impressive test scores: third highest in Rawley history. I admire those who aim their arrows high.

    • Bella: Willy Krudski?
      Will: What's up, Bella?
      Bella: You're going to Rawley now?
      Will: No, I'm just out here, ya know, doing my Marky Mark imitation.
      Bella: I'm sure your mother would love to see that one. Should I, uh run over to the Beauty Parlor and get her?
      Will: All right Pump Girl, how about a ride back to school?
      Bella: Why don't you just use your friend's cell phone and call a cab?
      Scout: I don't have a cell phone.
      Bella: And your Beamer's in the Garage?
      Scout: What makes you think I have a Beamer?
      Bella: You look dumb and rich.
      Scout: Actually, I'm smart and poor.
      Bella: Afraid not. That's our act.

    • Hamilton: You guys scored. This room is perfectly Feng Shui.
      Will: Funk what?
      Hamilton: Feng Shui. It's the Chinese art of placement. The doors face east, windows face north. I mean if you're into that kind of stuff. Hamilton. Flemming.
      Scout: Scout Calhoun.
      Will: Uh, Will. Krudski.
      Scout: Where's your room?
      Hamilton: Next to the Dean and his wife aka Mom and Dad. Don't worry, I'm not a narc or anything.

    • Will: New Rawley. For me, it's home. It's an okay place to grow up, but as far as options it's kinda limited. Rawley Academy: the billionaire boys' club across town. Where summer session begins this week, on about 100 acres of rolling hills. And get this: it's high school -- without parents. For those who attend, the future can be, well, anything. And now, maybe for me too.

    • Hamilton: Listen, I wanna say --
      Jake: That wasn't what you thought!
      Hamilton: I don't know where you're coming from but --
      Jake: I can explain!
      Hamilton: No, don't explain. Let's just not even --
      Jake: Talk about it!
      Hamilton: Yeah, let's just --
      Jake: Forget about it!
      Hamilton: Yeah, let's do that.
      Jake: (offering her hand) Friends?
      Hamilton: Yeah, friends. (they shake hands) No question. No question. (They realize the handshake has been going on a little too long, and both pull away) You da man!
      Jake: Yup! Okay! I'm da man! (Hamilton leaves)
      Jake: Oh my God. I'm da man.
      Hamilton: Oh my God, I think I'm a gay.

    • Hamilton: The problem is, like there's total miscommunication between guys and girls. When a girl says, "I really, really like you," what she means is, "I'm ready for a commitment, are you?" but when a guy says, "I really, really like you," what he means is, "I wanna have sex with you."
      Jake: Well, it sounds like you have a lot of experience in this area.
      Hamilton casually starts to urinate against the wall startling Jake
      Jake: What are you doing?!
      Hamilton: I gotta pee. See, when a girl says, "What are you doing this weekend?" what she means is, "I want you to hang out with me instead of your friends," but when a guy says, "What are you doing this weekend?" what he means is, "I wanna have sex with you." And also when a girl says, "I need to know where this relationship is going," what she means is, "I'm hopelessly in love, and I pray that you are too," but when a guy says, "I need to know where this relationship is going," what he means is...
      Hamilton and Jake: I wanna have sex with you!
      Hamilton: Right.
      Jake: Yeah, right.
      Jake kisses Hamilton, then backs away, both of them in shock.

    • Hamilton: Oh, so why would you keep switching?
      Jake: Waiting for someone to notice.
      Hamilton: They don't know?
      Jake: Nope. Get inside my mom's email account, send a letter as her, and her attorney wires the money wherever I say. The wonders of the digital age.
      Hamilton: So, that's how you scammed the single room?
      Jake: Scammed the single room? You should see what happens when I hack into your dad's database.

    • Jake: Oh my God. I'm the man.

    • Finn: Your head should be in the boat boys. Keep that up you'll be catching a crab.

    • Will: I used to sit across at that dock over there and I used to look over here at the perfect lawns, the perfect building, the perfect people, the perfect life! I swear, I just wanted to be a part of something that wasn't meant for me!

    • Will: And so, our adventure begins. We find our heroes, and we uncover our fears, and sometimes, we triumph.

    • Hamilton: Oh my God, I think I'm a gay.

    • Will: You asked me to write an essay telling you what I have to say, and what I realized is that I've been ordered to listen from the moment I was born, but now I know it's my time to speak. What I figured out is that I've always seen myself as others have seen me. This poor kid, this smart kid, this dreamer who doesn't have a chance... so now that it's my time to speak, I just hope I have something to say.

    • Bella: I was thinking, is this guy I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with? Oh my God! I can't believe I just said that.
      Scout: No, I love that. That is... awesome! I love that you said that.
      Bella: I am so humiliated. I've known you for all of what, 5 minutes and now I sound like someone out of a Jane Austen novel.

    • Finn: Ever heard of Hobbes?
      Will: As in 'Calvin and' or the philosopher?

    • Bella: You're like this Fresh Prince of South Hampton kind of guy who I'm sure always gets what he wants.
      Scout: I have no clue what I want.

    • Finn: You know how many guys have sat right where you're sitting? Don't think for a minute anyone one of them wouldn't trade their seat on the New York Stock Exchange to be 15 again, have all their dreams intact and the possibilities of the universe at their fingertips. The sound you should be hearing is opportunity. So make the most of it. Exceed expectations.

    • Will: I'm this year's charity case.

    • Bella: What, you need directions? Oh, the way to Rawley, right? Let's see. It's right up the road. Just follow your nose. It smells just like money.
      Scout: Okay. Actually, I um, I just wanted to pay for these.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The filming location for the pilot episode is Agnes Scott College in Georgia, USA.

    • Featured Music: "Pink Moon", "Northern Sky" & "From the Morning" by Nick Drake; "Stroll in the Park" by Firstcom Library; "Six Pacs" by Getaway People; "Light of the World" by Michael Parker; "Tender" by Blur; "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

    • Finn's Summer Reading List:
      Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
      The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
      Anything At all! by William Shakespeare
      Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
      Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
      Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
      Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
      Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
      Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
      1984 by George Orwell
      On The Road by Jack Kerouac
      A Separate Peace by John Knowles
      The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
      Animal Farm by George Orwell
      Crime And Punishment by Dostoevsky
      Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
      The Portrait Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
      Dubliners by James Joyce
      The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
      Franny And Zooey by J.D. Salinger
      The Outsiders by J.D. Salinger
      Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
      The Divine Comedy by Dante
      Aristotle's Poetics
      The World According To Garp by John Irving
      Run Rabbit, Run by John Updike
      Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
      Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
      The Awakening by Kate Chopin
      Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
      Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
      Moby Dick by Herman Melville
      Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
      To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      Sons And Lovers by D.H.Lawrence
      Misc. Thoreau/Emerson Essays
      Edgar Allen Poe Short Stories
      The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
      A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
      Don Quixote by Cervantes
      Oliver by Charles Dickens
      The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
      - The Hobbit
      - The Fellowship Of The Ring
      - The Two Towers
      - The Return Of The King

    • New episodes of the show aired in the Dawson's Creek slot (8 p.m., Wednesday night), but you could also catch it on Fridays at 8 p.m., when WB re-aired the latest episode.

    • Throughout the show's short-lived 8-episode run, it was billed as "Coca-Cola Presents Young Americans."

    • Coca Cola was the official sponsor for Young Americans.

    • The character of Will Krudski was introduced on a few episodes of Dawson's Creek as Pacey's boyhood friend.

    • Featured Music:
      "Pink Moon", "Northern Sky" and "From the Morning" by Nick Drake
      "Stroll in the Park" by Firstcom Library
      "Six Pacs" by The Getaway People
      "Light of the World" by Michael Parker
      "Tender" by Blur
      "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.