The Nine: Take Me Instead
(S01E06) The people who don't like this show anymore (after the pilot) don't know what they're talking about. Are they expecting some sort of big conspiracy plotline? Something supernatural? A big mystery to be unveiled at the end? Do they expect something darker because of the bank robbery/flashback device the show is using? Do they expect the entire show to be set in the bank? They're watching the wrong show. This is a character-driven drama, period, and a damn good one.
They're into hour two of the hostage drama (in the flashbacks), and we get to see how they came to decide who should be the hostage released from the bank...
We find out that Randall and Lucas were going to let the hostages decide who should leave first. Kathryn's mom clearly wants to go, but everyone says the injured guard should go. Randall and Lucas don't agree. Jeremy wants Lizzie to go and even makes her raise her hand, but they don't want her to go either. Nick convinces them that he has to stay, because he can help them in the negotiations. He also convinces them to let Kathryn's mom go (after getting the pizza left for them near the front door) because she's the oldest and she's been driving them crazy anyway. On the way out, Kathryn's mom freaks out, and tries to run back into the bank, but the police grab her and take her to safety.
Some other developments this week:
- The Odd Couple (Nick and Egan) are still living together, with Egan acting like Nick's wife, which Nick hates. Egan puts together a poker game for everyone (Nick's gambling addict side comes out). He's also looking for his own place, but seems to be really picky about the type of apartment he wants.
- Lizzie visits Lucas. They had a connection in the bank too. She tells Lucas she's pregnant, and Lucas tells her not to tell Randall.
- Jeremy calls Franny and invites her to a party where he's going to me a record company executive. He tells Lizzie he has a date.
- Ed makes a nice dinner for Kathryn, and is about to propose, but Kathryn figures out what's going on and leaves. Why? Because she's falling in love with Nick. Kathryn and her mom meet Nick for lunch, where the mom almost blurts out that Ed was going to propose to her but is stopped by Kathryn. Kathryn and Ed later argue about this, and isn't sure if they have a future together.
- Because she broke into the bank, Felicia is under house arrest with her dad (though he brings her to the poker game), who we find out was the one sent out to get the pizza after Kathryn's mom wigged out.
- Kathryn, bothered by Nick's behavior at the poker game, goes back to Ed and agrees to marry him.
- Two men are stationed in a van outside of the home of Felicia and her parents, listening. They've bugged the house.
Except for the pilot, this episode had more flashbacks to the bank than others. Which creates some nice tension, squeezed into the middle of the straight, current drama unfolding. Again, this show is very strong on characters, and if you're into what's going on and what happened/happens to them, then I don't see why you wouldn't like the show. It isn't just about "what happened in there" (no matter what the ABC ads say), it's also about relationships and what's going to happen to them now.
And whether or not what happened in the bank, as Kathryn said, will survive on the outside.