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Threesome, “Episode 1″/”Episode 2” (1.01/1.02)

Our heroes. Intoxicated.

A spoiler-free and spoiler-y review of the new British comedy, with both episodes written by Tom MacRae, after the jump…

Spoiler-Free Tidbits

  • The show’s about three friends who encounter a predicament that bring them together as a family.
  • It’s odd that a comedy featuring excessive alcohol and drug use, swearing, abortion references and masturbation could be so adorable.
  • Stephen Wight, Amy Huberman, and Emun Elliott have damn good chemistry.
  • The show loves its drug-fueled montages, and from what experience I have, they capture the feeling of intoxication much better than most.
  • The two episodes together work as a kind of hour-long pilot; the first explaining the situation, and the second giving the three friends their first trial to overcome together as a family.

Now, for spoilers!

The show opens introducing us to three friends on the cusp of ‘real’ adulthood at 29 years old: Alice (Amy Huberman), her boyfriend Mitch (Stephen Wight) and their shared gay best friend Richie (Emun Elliott). The three are party animals, regularly going out to get drunk, high and (in Richie’s case) sleep with randoms. On the cusp of Alice’s 30th birthday, to keep ahold of their youth, the three have a booze-and-drug-fueled threesome. Only as it turns out, Alice gets pregnant, and Mitch is infertile.

The show makes sure to let the conflicts spin out nicely, as everyone in the trio has their own opinions about whether Alice should even keep it. Richie’s disturbed by the idea of even having a child, Mitch is hopelessly jealous of Richie, and Alice is, as she was at the beginning of the episode, caught between her party animal years and finally growing up. The show spends a good chuck of time playing out everyone’s arguments and feelings about it, with the panicked would-be parents getting in some nice public panics. And ultimately, Alice proposes a parenthood arranged like their friendship: the three of them, all working together. Her argument isn’t quite convincing from a viewer’s perspective – she puts Richie forward as the one she and Mitch need to keep them in line, and there’s no indication of that here – but it’s still a sweet moment that launches into the show proper.

And upon making this decision, at the end of the pilot, we get episode two. Essentially, telling Alice’s awful mother accidentally coincides with Mitch and Richie using up their old drug supply to completely set-up the nursery… only for a high, choking-to-death Mitch to destroy it all. The episode had a lot of laughs in it. These characters, though occasionally bone-stupid, are very endearing, and have great chemistry. Particularly the Mitch/Ritchie twosome, who are a lot of fun watching get into hijinks.

A whole lot of fun. A threesome with great chemistry, who feel real in a way few TV characters do.

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