The Family Fun Ways to Tell Your Boyfriend You’re Pregnant – RECAP OF PREVIOUS EPISODE: At first, we presume FBI Agent Clements is dead. He was whacked over the head by Doug’s fiancé Jane, then thrown into the dungeon Doug was preparing for his next victim.
But now we see he is alive and writhing in pain. Toward the end of the episode, we find that Doug has a connection to Hank’s house and to his deceased mother. Doug is the guy who built the kitchen cabinets a decade ago—around the same time the real Adam Warren disappeared. Doug’s done a fine job of fixing Hank’s kitchen drawer but while Hank’s admiring the handiwork he sees the wood-burned emblem that is a signature of Doug’s work. The emblem sparks Hank’s memory of the day Adam was abducted. He bought a bird house from Doug. The wood-burned emblems match. He puts two and two together and marches off to the police station to meet with Detective Nina Meyer.
Meanwhile. Willa and Danny are bedding the same prying girlfriend, Bridey Cruz, the LGBT blogger for the local newspaper. While visiting his psychiatrist, Ben becomes fascinated by two male fighting fish separated in an aquarium. “Why can’t they be together?” he asks. “Two males confined in such tight space would try to kill each other,” says the psychiatrist. Which raises the horrifying question of how Adam really did die. It’s a question that has the media buzzing as Claire’s political campaign creates sensational headlines everywhere she goes.
Review and recap The Family Fun Ways to Tell Your Boyfriend You’re Pregnant
The current episode, airing May 1, begins with a flashback of the tree planting ceremony in honor of Adam’s presumed death. Danny’s cynicism almost ruins the solemnity of the occasion for the other participants. But we are quickly transported to the present where Willa’s slyly (she thinks) probing into Ben’s background for more information about her real brother Adam. Claire is also desperately curious about Ben, especially as she realizes the degree to which Willa has manipulated public perceptions through her nefarious activities.
It’s all for the good of the family, of course, but Claire still worries she’ll pay a price. It’s not only perceptions that Willa manipulated – she also got a well-connected CEO of a bio-genetics firm to deliver a fraudulent DNA test. Bridey already has the connection staked out and she’s working on the rest of the story.
Hank’s still sitting in the police station waiting to turn over evidence to Nina Meyer. She’s still out looking for Agent Clements. FBI agents have found his car but no Clements. He’s still down in the dungeon being hand-fed goulash by an apologetic Jane. “You’re in a pickle Jane. You’ve got an FBI agent tied up in your basement,” says Clements. But when Nina returns from her search, Hank is still there with his evidence and a narrative about how he suffered in prison. It was Detective Nina Meyer who helped put him there and so now he thinks it’s fitting that she helps make him a hero and a public figure. Hank tells Nina he can deliver the kidnapper she’s been looking for.
There’s a funny exchange when John Warren comes home from work to find police all over Hank’s house. Hank also takes down the “for sale” sign and tells John that he’s decided not to move. He’s on the brink of becoming an instant celebrity and is just waiting for Nina to get Doug, the right guy, responsible for Adam’s kidnapping. “What’s going on?” John asks. “Ask your girlfriend,” says a newly energized Hank.
Nina’s FBI cohorts are giving her a lot of flak as she gets a tip on finding Clements. She leads a team to search Doug’s house but they find nothing. A female FBI agent antagonist ridicules Nina for believing that something happened to Clements. One of the agents tells Nina that Clements’ disappearance is typical and that his husband reported a similar junket run several years ago. “He’s done this before,” she says. “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses.” Meaning Clements is an irresponsible drunk who goes on binges and doesn’t want to be found.
Continuing with the theme of dark,murky, and mysterious, Ben is allowed to go on walks by himself. While sitting on a park bench, Doug comes to sit down beside him as if they are old pals. “They know your name,” Ben tells Doug. If that meeting between those two isn’t weird enough, the night club encounter between Danny and Bridey Cruz might qualify. Danny tells Bridey their little tryst has got to stop. “I mean I like sharing and all but sharing my sister?” There’s a undertone of perverse sexuality between the two but, as Danny says, Willa is “special” and “she’s not like us”—that is, not taking sex casually as they do.
But weird is followed by more weird as John Warren bumps into Hank at a restaurant and offers to pay for his lunch. His purpose in doing so is to express his gratitude for providing a break in the Adam case, but he’s also intensely curious. The Hank character can’t be described in normal terms; he’s full of conflicts and contradictions and is not lacking in a kind of dry humor. John asks about the “Doug” character. “Is he your friend?” Hank answers: “What is is that you’d like to believe? That I hang out with this sexual predator society and we meet on Monday evenings to swap stories and play softball?”
But while Hank has helped Nina by identifying Doug as the kidnapper, catching him doesn’t necessarily follow. But as if in answer to her prayers, Nina catches a big break when Doug comes into the precinct and points to a wanted poster of himself on the bulletin board. “I’m him,” Doug tells Nina.
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Characters and cast of The Family The Family Fun Ways to Tell Your Boyfriend You’re Pregnant 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)
Gov. Charlie Lang – Grant Show (Melrose Place, The Possession, Devious Maids, Big Love)
Pock-Marked Man/Doug – 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)
Jane – Zoe Perry (Deception, Cotton, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond)
Gus Flores – Felix Solis (Colony, The Good Wife, The Following, The International, The Forgotten, Man On a Ledge)
Len Buckley – Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Devil’s Advocate, American Gangster, Castle, Mr. Brooks, Billions, Selma)