The Family I Win – Last week on ABC’s new television show, “The Family,” John Warren became angry enough at their child molesting neighbor Hank Asher to threaten his life. To John’s chagrin, Adam seems to have an attraction to Hank, and the feeling seems to be mutual. After an incident where John sees Hank in a friendly conversation with young Adam, a shadowy figure gives Hank a bloody beatdown.
John is the likely suspect but, if that hits the news cycle, it’s not going to improve Claire’s chances of waging a successful gubernatorial campaign. That’s not the only thing that could go wrong. Floriana Lima as investigative reporter Bridey Cruz has used her relationship with Danny Warren to creep into Adam’s bedroom to steal a Q-tip containing Adam’s DNA. We may finally learn why Danny and Willa are suspicious of Adam and his strange behavior.
Review and recap The Family I Win
Episode 6: A weird show gets even weirder in episode six but what can you expect when your next door neighbor is Hank Asher? Hank spent ten years in jail for a murder that didn’t take place. That’s enough to make anyone weird out. But Hank is back at home and now sees himself as a victim. This is justifiable to a degree but weird Hank Asher takes his weirdness seriously. It’s not until near the end of the episode that we find out that the ‘shadowy figure’ smashing things up at Hank’s house is Hank himself. He’s done that to get back at the Warrens, whom he blames for the jail time he served.
In the meantime, all suspicion falls on John Warren who admits to detective Nina Meyer that he did get into a 4:00 a.m. altercation with Hank. Appearance indicts John and Nina must book him for aggravated assault. The predictable media storm threatens Claire’s political campaign but Claire is steely in her support of her husband and knows her husband couldn’t have administered a beating on neighbor Hank no matter how angry he was.
We think we know who the kidnapper is in this episode and previous ones, though we don’t know his connection with Adam. That would be Doug, the ‘pock-marked man’ described by a witness in a previous episode. Doug presents as a nice guy, a solid husband and soon-to-be father, but he’s every bit as weird as Hank Asher with his basement dungeon prepared for a victim. He’s fooled his wife into believing that he will be a dedicated father and husband to her. She’s delighted at the suggestion they take a vacation.
While Doug is on vacation, Adam begins to receive post cards from various tourist sites along Doug’s route. Beginning from Cape Canaveral, Doug and his wife head north on I-95, stop to send a post card from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and are then expected to hit New York City and the Statue of Liberty. This notion of the police derives from something Adam told them about a vacation list the kidnapper has shown to him. The dragnet the police set up is not even a near miss as Doug, fearing the police may be on to him, has a sudden longing to be home. He calls off the vacay. Home, it is.
Bridey Cruz figures strongly into the episode. Not content with having manipulated her way into Danny Warren’s bedroom to get the inside track on a story, she now makes her pitch to Willa with an offer to help with the bad publicity the Warrens are getting from John Warren’s arrest. Willa blows her off and thinks little of Bridey’s capabilities.
There’s a snotty girl tension in that scene which develops later when Bridey goes rogue and creates an internet ‘happening’ (for lack of a better word) in which hundreds of ‘#papa bear’ baseball bats are found in the Warren’s yard. The backwash of publicity in favor of John causes Hank to drop the criminal complaint he filed against John Warren. It’s a pretty (ugly) picture when this is all dramatized toward the end where crazy Hank is beating himself in the face with the baseball bat he stole from the Warren’s yard.
There’s a short vignette of Bridey’s interaction with her colleagues at the Red Pines Gazette. A friendly co-worker named John jokes that he will not soon be going again to another ‘lesbian club’ with her. This is a bit of foreshadowing to an interesting scene where Willa meets Bridey in a club to thank her for the internet stunt which helped clear her dad. Willa’s collective, uptight but self-assured manner may or may not have been read correctly by Bridey.
Willa is not the most accessible type of woman, and while she wants to thank Bridey, she is not much inclined to the kind of familiarity Bridey has in mind. “I know who you are,” Bridey says, and gives Willa a long burning kiss. That kiss has got Willa all worked up, struggling with self-realization, and perhaps signals further encounters and realizations. It worked pretty well — rather like a Mila Kunis – Natalie Portman I-kissed-a-girl moment.
Then finally we find out about the DNA Bridey filched from Adam’s room. “It’s not him,” Bridey tells Gus, her managing editor at the newspaper.
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Characters and cast of The Family I Win include:
Claire Warren – Joan Allen (Face/Off, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, DeathRace, Room, Luck, Nixon)
Willa Warren – Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Milk, Midnight in Paris, Goon, The Newsroom, The Pillars of the Earth, In Treatment)
Det. Nina Meyer – Margot Bingham (In Between Men, Boardwalk Empire, Matador)
Danny – Zach Gilford (The Purge: Anarchy, Friday Night Lights, The Last Stand, Devil’s Due)
Adam – Liam James (2012, The Way Way Back, Psych, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Killing)
Bridey Cruz – Floriana Lima (Allegiance, The Mob Doctor, Poor Paul)
John Warren – Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta, The Madness of King George, Death at a Funeral, Maurice, Sherlock, Last Tango in Halifax)
Hank – Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie’s, Mannequin, The Spiderwick Chronicles, St. Elmo’s Fire)
Gus Flores – Felix Solis (Colony, The Good Wife, The Following, The International, The Forgotten, Man On a Ledge)
Pock-Marked Man – Michael Esper (Shades of Blue, Nurse Jackie, A Beautiful Mind, Frances Ha, The Drop)
Agent Gabe Clements – Matthew Lawler (God’s Pocket, Knight and Day, Law & Order)
Gov. Charlie Lang – Grant Show (Melrose Place, The Possession, Devious Maids, Big Love)
Chief of Police Len Buckley – Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Devil’s Advocate, American Gangster, Castle, Mr. Brooks, Billions, Selma)
Mrs. Asher – Judith Ivey (The Devil’s Advocate, Flags of Our Fathers, The Woman in Red, What Alice Found, White Collar)
Corey Sanchez – Armando Riesco (Garden State, National Treasure, 25th Hour)