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Season 1 Episode 1 Summary & Recap | Pro Club Bd

‘Chapter 1’

Colin (Tuc Watkins) and Michael (Neil Patrick Harris) are in bed on the morning of his 50th birthday. Colin is feeling a little too old and unsure about moving past fifty and into a new phase of life. He asks for nothing special and quiet celebrations for the birthday.

Michael calms him down and arranges a nice dinner just for the two of them. Michael runs a successful real estate agency while Colin is a hedge fund manager. Michael has secretly planned a surprise party for Colin, but little does he know he’s in for a big surprise himself.

He meets up with Suzanne Prentiss, his colleague and friend, who informs him that Tyler Hawkins, a younger agent, has kidnapped another of her clients. They’re ready to take on new clients when Michael gets a call that his apartment has been robbed. But interestingly, only a few everyday items are “missing”: Hermes towels, a few clothes, bottles of wine. Michael is confused but continues with the demonstration.

It’s party time and Colin is coming. He has a serious expression on his face and prepares to break the big news to Michael. he leaves him As he breaks the news, Michael accidentally reveals the surprise party Colin will be having to have take part. It’s not as cumbersome as we thought. Michael’s friends, Billy, Stanley and the Jonathans all congratulate him on the 17th year of his relationship with Colin.

Michael is in shock but goes along with it before letting it all out and giving Colin a heartfelt nudge. The two finally get a moment to process the big revelation. Michael is visibly and understandably angry. Colin is full of him for organizing the party when he asked for something low key. He takes a taxi and drives to the single apartment he has taken for himself.

The next morning, Michal receives a message from Colin that he has booked an appointment with a couples counselor for the next day. Michael tells Suzanne about Colin, who is equally incredulous. At Stanley’s art gallery, Michael discusses the counselor’s appointment with his friends. They warn him that he must not let go of Colin and will come back to him. At Michael’s age, men become “invisible” to other men. The calm is soothing.

At the dinner party, Stanley Michael sits next to Claire Lewis (Marcia Gay Harden), a wealthy art collector who is going through a divorce. Maybe she has an ad that Michael can get his hands on and make a fat commission on and call him to take a look at the apartment. The next morning, Michael goes to Claire’s How, but not before getting an eye roll from the lobby man for yelling in the lobby. Claire’s luxurious 5000 sq ft condo is truly beautiful.

Claire explains her circumstances, and Michael begins to realize that he feels the same way. She is angry with her husband and thinks that at her age she will not find anyone. She yells obscenities and curses when Suzanne walks in late. The two eventually leave, unsure if they will get the list. They are heartbroken to see Tyler walking up the list to Claire’s house. He also lets her know that she is a friend of his mother’s and that he will get the list.

Michael and Colin attend the counseling session. The latter is still not ready and is reluctant to face the former’s allegations. Although they make the next appointment, Colin forgets to take Michael’s present. They originally planned to go to the party together, but Colin says he will come separately. But at the Jonathans’ party, Colin tells Michael that “they have nothing left to do” and he isn’t coming. Michael prepares to drink the night away at his apartment, but gets a call from Suzanne. She knows where Colin is – and who he lives with.

The Episode Recap

Creators Darren Starr and Jeffrey Richman have created a pseudo-Sex and the City reboot with modern sensibilities. It’s a proud effort to envision a gay main character so open-minded, comfortable, and fitting into the scheme of things so seamlessly.

Episode 1 throws us right into the mix of things as the show’s central idea – Michael going further and discovering life beyond his domesticated walls – takes over. The first impression is really positive with some reservations because of small things. The upbeat tone and tenor of Starr and Richman’s acclaimed previous show continues in Uncoupled. But it seems they’ve learned their lessons and are making Netflix comedy-drama less sloppy and more effective. Organization and structure are the headlines of episode 1, which ends sensationally.

We pray and hope that Uncoupled doesn’t just become a one-dimensional show with biased priorities. The characters we meet seem fleshy enough to be full grown people with interesting stories to tell. Episode 1 is a very good start for the show, which seems just tough enough to tick the seriousness points in the dramatic fabrication of the storytelling. Neil Patrick Harris appears to be a capable lead actor and the character is certainly feeling something to rediscover his form.

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