‘The Family’ premiered March 3, and it’s one of TV’s best new dramas. Adam returns home to his family, but he brings back mystery and so many questions.
TV’s most intriguing new show has arrived. The series premiere of The Family aired on March 3. Adam returns to his family after 10 years, older brother Danny begins questioning if Adam’s really Adam, the man convicted of Adam’s murder is released, and the Warren family begins to shed light on secrets they’ve been hiding. It’s time to get obsessed with this gripping and addictive series!
There’s a boy walking in the middle of the street. He looks disheveled and lost. He goes to the police station and walks up to a bulletin board. He asks for a woman named Meyer. She asks him who he is. Pointing to a missing boy flyer, he replies, “I’m him.”
That’s when we flash back to 10 years ago. The matriarch of the Warren family, Claire, is busy running for city council. Adam is off sitting by himself, playing with his ship in a bottle. Older brother Danny, who is supposed to be watching Adam, leaves him to go make out with his girlfriend. After a while, older sister Willa realizes Adam is gone. The family becomes instantly worried about little Adam. Willa had only seen him talk to three people — her, the ice cream man and their neighbor, Hank. But there is one thing about Hank — he is a convicted sex offender.
Back in the present day, Claire’s in the middle of a press conference when reporters start quizzing her about Adam. The patriarch, John, is giving a lecture on grief. Danny is in a lousy hotel room with two scantily-clad women. Hank hears about Adam while sitting in a jail cell.
He’s immediately released, and now he has to suddenly learn how to live as a free man again. He gives a good look to the woman — Meyer — who put him in jail. Despite being free, that doesn’t mean the public looks at him that way. He’s still looked at as a criminal. Kind of like Steven Avery, huh?
Claire races to the hospital, but Detective Meyer warns her about what she’s about to see. Adam took half the skin off his hands trying to escape. He has scars all over his back. He walked for 20 miles to find someone. Claire doesn’t care. She wants to see her son. It’s such a poignant moment when Adam and Claire reunite. It’s a joyous moment, but also a devastating one.
A Ghost Returns Home
Adam and the family head home, and the press is going wild for this miracle story. When Adam steps inside, it’s like a ghost. All the photos of Adam have been taken down off the mantle. His room has never been touched since he disappeared.
Meyer is determined to question Adam so they can catch the guy who took him, but the family wants her to take it easy. There’s a moment between Meyer and John when you realize they are more than just friends. Meyer interviews Adam, who says the man who took him had holes in his face and left him in a place with no windows, just a door on the ceiling. He would sometimes leave the door open, and Adam says he would see a “red dragon” breathing fire right at him.
Willa, who is also Claire’s campaign manager, wants Claire to go public with a statement, especially if she’s going to run for governor. In the middle of breakfast, Danny notices Adam’s eating eggs, which he used to hate. Later, Adam asks Danny how the ships get in the bottle, something he used to love doing. That’s when Danny realizes something’s not quite right. Despite the red flags, Willa and Claire both dismiss Danny as a drunk.
While grocery shopping, John sees Hank. He tries to apologize, but Hank wants none of it. He goes on this crazy rant about Adam and says he wishes he had killed Adam. He tells John not to feel sorry for him because he never spent a minute in jail feeling sorry for Adam’s family.
After all, it was Adam’s family that put him in jail. Through flashbacks, we see how the seeds were planted for Hank to be convicted. Willa breaks into Hank’s house and finds one of Adam’s ships in a bottle. Later, Meyer discovers child porn on his laptop. Despite Hank’s pleas of innocence, Meyer knows the jury wills convict him in a second if this case goes to trial.
A Not-So Happy Marriage
Claire tells John that she won’t run for governor. Right at that precise moment, the paparazzi snaps photos, and John realizes it was all a show. A furious John walks away, and Claire begs him not to go where she knows he’s going. He does anyway. Let’s just say these two don’t have a happy marriage. He heads to the police station to see Meyer.
She is blaming herself hardcore for what happened to Adam. Even though she couldn’t save Adam 10 years ago, John says she saved him. Then they have steamy sex on a table!
Meanwhile, the editor of the local paper wants the inside scoop on the Warren family. One of his reporters, Bridey, knows how to get it — Danny. Willa goes to church to ask God for forgiveness. She says it’s been 10 years since her last confession. What is she hiding? Adam gets up in the middle of the night to watch old videos of himself. He keeps repeating the words to one video, and it’s seriously creepy. Why does he need to remember things he should already know?
Claire holds a press conference and announces she’s running for governor. Needless to say, the family’s a bit shocked. Bridey goes to her editor to tell him that the doctor who verified Adam’s DNA doesn’t exist. So is Adam really Adam? After seeing Hank at the rally, Meyer goes back to the evidence room to look at the ship found at Hank’s place. Adam’s prints were never found on the bottle, which is weird considering he was seen holding it. She wonders whether someone put the bottle at Hank’s place for her to find.
This person could be the man — his face covered in holes — seen at a gas station nearby. When the cashier says the Warren family has a long road ahead, this mystery man says, “They sure do, ma’am. They sure do.”
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