“Togetherness” Season 1 Episode 1 “Family Day” aired on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on HBO. The pilot episode defines the relationship between the main characters. Married couple Michelle and Brett are stuck in a rut, while Alex, Brett’s friend, and Tina, Michelle’s sister, weather through the challenges of being single. Find out what happened in the recap below.
The show opens with a shot of Michelle’s (Melanie Lynskey) breast the way it is seen from her husband Brett’s (Mark Duplass) angle. It’s six in the morning, and he’s in the mood for sex. But sleep-deprived Michelle is not up for it. When Brett tries to jerk off, Michelle asks her to leave the bed as she can’t sleep with the bed shaking. It’s worth noting that with two young kids, sex has been missing in the couple’s lives for some time now.
Not far from the Pierson’s, Brett’s best friend Alex (Steve Zissis) gets evicted. Balding and unemployed, he’s planning on moving back to Detroit, but Brett tells him to stay awhile as things may turn around. The truth is Brett needs his best friend around because he’s ill-equipped to handle what’s going on his marriage. Today is family day at the beach, and he needs to be there and play the role of a doting father and husband. He wants Alex there too to make the day more tolerable. Alex obliges and agrees to stay for one more day.
The Piersons and Alex pick up Tina (Amanda Peet) next. She’s Michelle’s older sister, who’s only in town for a visit. But she’s been hanging out with this guy Craig (guest star Ken Marino) ever since she arrived from Houston. She thinks Craig is into her as much she is into him.
As they head to the beach, Michelle tells Brett that she’s planning on letting their toddler try beach water for the first time, and she wants the both of them to do this together. But this didn’t happen, as Brett is enjoying surfing with his buddy Alex more than being with his wife and kids. Meantime, Alex scoops the baby up from Michelle and carries him in the water. There goes baby’s first!
Even so, beach day was fun for the children, which is what’s important right?
Exhausted, they all go home to the Pierson’s and settle into their own rooms. During a lull in the afternoon, Brett catches Michelle masturbating to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he’s crushed about it. Why is his wife jerking off when he’s there and they haven’t done it in a long time? But their argument is interrupted by Tina’s screaming. Apparently, Craig has broken up with her via text, and she’s hysterical.
Michelle calms her sister down outside on the porch, and there, they both let out their angst. Tina enumerates how hard it is to find a stable relationship at her age, and she fears that she will end up like one of their aunts. Michelle, meanwhile, confesses to her sister about her husband catching her. If Tina thinks her life is perfect, she’s very much mistaken. As they cry and laugh, Michelle suggests Tina should join them for date night.
So that night, the four adults went for dinner and drinks, with Tina wondering what really happens during the Pierson’s “date night.” Michelle and Brett say that they usually cap the night off with coffee and desserts. That’s pretty much it — basic and boring.
Just then, Tina spots Craig from the crowd, and she comes up to him to confront him. She’s making a scene at the restaurant, at which point, Craig admits that the reason he doesn’t want to see her anymore is because she’s bat-shit crazy. Tina is clearly humiliated, but Alex saves the night by pretending to run into Tina, his “long-lost friend.” He takes Tina away from the curious crowd, and they end up in a convenience store.
Date night ends with the four of them drinking to Strawberry Hill in the car, while they jam to some really loud music. Tina and Alex also TP-ed Craig’s house. It’s childish, but it’s what they all needed.
As things wind down, the four of them eat tacos from a food truck, and Brett suggests they better prepare for the airport for Tina’s flight. But guess what? She’s not going home. She’d like to stick around if that’s okay with Michelle and Brett. Meanwhile, it looks like Alex’s plan to move to Detroit is also temporarily shelved. The Piersons will have two houseguests for the time being.
Later, in the privacy of their bedroom, Brett asks Michelle why they are no longer having sex, and as she is confused herself, Michelle says she doesn’t know the answer to this.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) January 10, 2015
There goes our recap on “Togetherness” Season 1 Episode 1 “Family Day,” which aired on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on HBO. What do you think of this first offering? Sound off in the comments below!
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