“Partners” Season 1 Episode 1 “Let’s Come Together” and Episode 2 “Let’s Have a Simple Gwedding” premiered on FX on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The double episode opened with the story of how the partners, Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) and Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence), ended up working together. In the second episode, the two lawyers helped out a gay couple who was duped by their wedding planner. Read on for more about the episodes.
In Episode 1 “Let’s Come Together,” Allen and Marcus got to know each other for the first time in court. Allen was sanctioned by the judge for a previous behavior and would now be taking pro bono cases, while Marcus was representing himself in his own divorce settlement. Allen, known in the industry as a shark, came to the aid of Marcus because Allen said his wife has been unfairly getting a big chunk of his assets. In return, Allen wanted Marcus to work on his pro bono. While Allen was explicit about saying that he didn’t like Allen’s principles, or Allen himself, the two eventually had an agreement.
Going over Marcus’ divorce papers, Allen discovered that his wife was actually having an affair with a priest. To prove that the former Mrs. Jackson (who remained faceless) didn’t deserve the hefty divorce settlement she wanted, Allen and Marcus did a little investigation, and found what they needed when they snooped around the priest’s room at the local church.
In the end, Allen was able to get a substantial settlement in favor of Marcus. There, he proved to his newfound friend and business partner that the two of them can benefit from working together.
Also introduced in this pilot episode are Telma Hopkins as Ruth Jackson, Marcus’ mom; Daniele Watts as Laura Jackson, Marcus’ daughter; Rory O’Malley as Michael, Marcus’ gay assistant; Edi Patterson as Verushka, Marcus’ weird investigator, and McKaley Miller as Lizzie, Allen’s stepdaughter. The Jackson family all live above the building where Marcus’ law office is set.
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In Episode 2 “Let’s Have a Simple Gwedding,” Michael’s assistant sought the help of his bosses in the matter relating to the wedding of his gay friends. They thought that their wedding planner cheated them out of the actual wedding they wanted by replacing the food, wine, decorations and all the other preparations with cheaper items.
Marcus was all for helping them out, but it was Allen who needed some convincing. But when he saw the opportunity for this, believing that gay weddings also equal to gay divorces, thus may lead to potential clients, he was on board the case.
To prove that Biffy San Murray (Missi Pyle), “the wedding planner of the A-list to the gaylist,” was misrepresenting herself and her business and taking advantage of gay couples, Allen and Marcus pretended to be a gay couple and actually had their own gay wedding.
During the mock wedding, Marcus wore his own suit from his wedding 20 years ago and noticed that he still had his old vows in his pocket. This made him emotional, as he was still hurting from his divorce in the previous episode, so he walked out of his own mock wedding.
As Allen reasoned with Marcus about why they must proceed with their plan to entrap Biffy, they actually discovered her crew replacing the wine and food with cheaper variants. So,there was the proof they needed. In the end, Biffy was locked in prison for six months, and Michael’s gay friends got their refund.
The B-side to the story in this episode featured Lizzie and Ruth bonding together. Ruth thought that Lizzie, Allen’s stepdaughter, needed guidance from an old woman, but they ended up having a fun girl time at the mall, which wasn’t so bad because it seemed like Lizzie really needed a friend.
So there you have it for “Partners” Season 1 Episode 1 “Let’s Come Together” and Episode 2 “Let’s Have a Simple Gwedding” recap. It premiered on FX on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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