Marry Me Recap: Pilot
“Marry Me” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” aired on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Women have dreamed about this. The perfect proposal to go with the perfect wedding, and for Annie, the thought having Jake propose to her during their short holiday was supposed to be the perfect time. Only, it didn’t happen the way Annie wanted it, and it was mostly her fault. Find out what happened in the series premiere of “Marry Me.”
Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino) just arrived from their vacation and within minutes, Annie exploded and ranted about Jake not doing his proposal during their romantic getaway. They have been dating for six years, and she was hoping Jake would pop the question while they were in that beautiful hideway. Annie kept talking and talking, without looking at Jake. She was so pissed that she threw insults at their friends, his friends and his mother. Had Annie just paused, she would find Jake actually on his knees, holding a ring. Yes, he was actually planning to propose when they arrived at her house from the holiday! Annie just couldn’t wait 30 seconds more.
What made everything worse was that while she was ranting and ripping at their friends and Jake’s mom, they were actually inside her apartment, as this was supposed to be a surprise engagement party.
For the rest of the episode, Annie worked to patch it up with Jake and the people she insulted. To be clear, they have not broken up, but they were not yet engaged. Jake said that he didn’t want this to be the story they will tell their family years down the line.
Viewers were treated to a flashback of how Annie and Jake met six years ago. She was sitting on a bench outside a Mexican restaurant, where Jake was eating al fresco. He was instantly smitten, and she told him that he shouldn’t patronize the restaurant because they don’t support gay marriage and she has two gay dads. So, Jake threw his batch of perfectly good nachos to impress her and started chatting her up, until Annie’s takeout nachos actually arrived.
Back in the present day, and Annie decided she would correct her mistake by proposing to Jake at work. With flowers and an iPhone with speaker playing Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” in the background, she surprised Jake with the romantic gesture. Annie made a speech about their love and the botched Mexico proposal and then asked for Jake’s hand in marriage. Jake said yes.
Only, Jake’s boss was there too and learned that the two-week break Jake took to be with his “dying dad” was actually so he could fly away for a romantic time with Annie. Jake got fired for this.
Jake: Why would you bring up Mexico? I told you specifically, I lied to my boss.
Annie: I know, I’m so sorry. I guess I got caught up in the moment.
Jake: You’re always caught up in the moment. You’re perpetually caught up in every single moment. Why does everything have to be such a huge production with you? It’s like dating a drag queen!
Annie: It’s not my fault okay? Have you met my dads? They named me after a musical!
Frustrated at Annie, Jake spent time alone at the old taco place where they first met. And this is where the second flashback came in.
The second flashback was one year after their first meeting, and the couple were celebrating with friends at a karaoke bar. Annie got up to dedicate the song “I Will Always Love You” to Jake, but she rambled off about not really having said the words “I love you” to each other yet. This would be the first time the two would say it and in front of friends and strangers at the bar.
Back to the present day, Jake realized that he truly loves Annie despite everything. Just then, he received a call from her, trying to patch things up again, when they both realized that they were in the same taco place, in separate tables. This would then be the venue for their unplanned but perfect third proposal. It was swift and awkward, but it was sweet.
Annie: Without you I would just spin off into space like Sandra Bullock in "Gravity.” You keep me grounded, like Sandra Bullock in real life.
Jake: You’re like my little exploding Challenger.
In this episode, viewers also got to meet the rest of the cast; a merry band of characters that included Annie’s two gay dads, Jake’s mom, and their best friends, Dennah, Gil and Kay. Annie also patched it up with everyone, by the way, after throwing those insulting words earlier.
So, the engagement is set, and the wedding is on. The next episodes would be about preparing for the big day. With what we’ve seen so far, disasters and mishaps, delivered in the most hilarious ways should be expected.
And that’s what happened on “Marry Me” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot,” which aired on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.
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