The Nine: Brother's Keeper
(S01E04) It's interesting how this show is becoming something different than how it started. Oh, the set up is the same, a group of strangers coming together after a horrifying bank hostage situation. But the stage it's in now is intriguing. The group started out as complete strangers who just happened to find each other together at a bank. Then, they find themselves becoming great friends and even meeting on a regular basis for dinner to help each other through this. And now comes the inevitable third stage: still great friends, but little differences in opinion are starting to create little irritations and disagreements.
And we find out that one of the bank robbers had a chance to escape, but decided to go back into the bank...
The major disagreement is what should happen to Randall, who survived Jeremy's attempt on his life but now needs a liver transplant or he'll die. Some of the group wants to save him (Lizzie), some are indifferent, and some want him to just die for what he put them through (Egan, Nick). LIzzie goes to Lucas and says she needs his help in getting Randall the liver. Oddly, Lucas seems one of the more level-headed and calm of the people who were in the bank that day, even if he was one of the bank robbers.
Egan puts together a bachelor party for a friend, and Jeremy goes. Meanwhile, Franny is getting phone calls from Ricky's dad, who is in prison. Nick wants her to talk to Kathryn.
Randall and Lucas' mom shows up to talk to Lucas and says that she's there for him. She's kinda screwed up too, and doesn't want to give Randall her liver because of an operation she had recently.
Lucas goes to visit Randall in the hospital. They reminisce about their days as kids where they pretended they were The Wonder Twins ("Wonder Twins power activate!"). Randall tells Lucas he's going to give him a piece of his liver to save him. They go to knock hands together, but Lucas wants to hold Randall's hand instead. Lizzie watches this from another room, where Jeremy tells her he wants to be a part of the baby's life.
This isn't the easiest show to recap/review. There are lots of characters, but everything is so damn intertwined and complex that it's sometimes hard to recap a look or a conversation or something else that not only happens but means something else in the bigger scheme of things. It's like trying to review an episode of a soap opera without having seen any other episodes (and I mean soap opera in a good way). This was another good episode. This show dares to be a serious drama about emotions, but never falls into that touchy-feeling trap. And those little snippets of bank robbery flashbacks are getting more and more interesting...Randall gave Lucas the bag of money and told him to escape. But Lucas came back.