The Starter Wife Episodes

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The Starter Wife Episode: "Hour 5"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Molly is happy with Sam, but her other relationships suffer when she tries to get Joan to quit drinking. Meanwhile, the divorce proceedings aren't going well, and Sam begins to feel pressure from Molly to change.
Original Air Date: Jun 21, 2007
Guest Cast John Atkinson: Detective Parks Gigi Edgley: Chloe Paul Gleeson: Aaron Trilby Glover: Shoshanna Barry Langrishe: Pappy
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Season 1, Episode 5
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 6/21/2007
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June 21, 2007: The Starter Wife, Hour 5 Season 1, Episode 5

So Sam and Molly finally slept together. And not just in a bed - they slept together outdoors, too. I'd be kind of shy about it, but I guess outdoor lovemaking is liberating, and that was what Molly was after. How pretty did Cricket look in her black dress? Of course, I think she could've done better than Harry Hamil, the creepy overzealously sexual Realtor. I know Cricket wanted to get back at her husband for having the affair with the nanny, but the Realtor wasn't that cute. I'm glad she chickened out in the middle of the makeout session. She's a better person than that. At last Molly admitted to Joan that she was wrong for sneaking Joan out of rehab and that Joan should give up drinking because she could seriously injure herself. Molly urged Joan to tell Pappy the truth, but Joan didn't fess up. I feel bad for Joan. She has so many friends and family, but she lies to them without hesitation, all to keep drinking. At least we finally got some insight into the vague and mysterious (and somewhat wooden, as some of you have viewed him) Sam, who admits to having had a drinking problem and being in a car accident that killed his best friend. I had considered this before, and it looks like the theory was right. His "accidental manslaughter" had to do with a former alcohol problem, which is why he was so vehement and inappropriately forceful about stopping Joan from drunk driving. Sam spent five years in prison. He was coming back from his high-school reunion and celebrating a job promotion (in wealth management, no less). He was drunk and he got into an accident that killed his friend. After he got out, he went to see his friend's mom, a widow with no other kids. The widow turned out to be the old woman he now does odd jobs for, a way of doing penance. But Sam does more than just odd jobs to make up for his friend's death: He retreats from life. He gave up a career in wealth management, a place to live, relationships, all for the sake of beating himself up over an accident he caused for a problem he's since fixed. Rodney sees Sam as a broken man, but Molly sees a future relationship in Sam. Rodney called Sam a "man who needs to punish himself forever," but of course Molly seems to think that Sam has the potential to change, and that he might for her. How hilarious is it that Lou attended his memorial service dressed as a woman wearing a black veil? And what was the deal with Shoshanna waving proudly at Kenny while he talked about him at the memorial? She can be just as clueless as Kenny. Lou interrupted his own memorial, right before Al Pacino was supposed to speak (funny!), to announce that he was still alive. When he spoke about why he faked his death, he talked about how he got tired of the "splendid isolation" of being himself. He wondered who would miss him if he went missing. And, of course, after they all spoke so kindly about him, he remembered the reasons he got into the business. And he remembered the good things about being himself. Where else but Hollywood would he be so easily forgiven (he did dupe them all into believing he was dead) and applauded for such a dramatic gesture? If I were left to grieve for someone who showed up at the memorial service and proclaimed that he just needed to remember who his friends were, I might be a little upset. But Lou's a Hollywood icon, so it was different for him. He's hero-worshipped. Of course, the cops were not happy. They made Lou do community service and pay a $257,000 fine. I really loved that Lou fired Kenny. That was the best moment of the whole episode. Finally, Kenny got his just deserts, except now that Kenny's been fired, he can't offer Molly any alimony and basically Molly is screwed. I'm hoping it turns out well for Molly. I'm thinking it probably does, but seeing her get pushed around and belittled by Kenny is really aggravating. I just want to see her come out on top and, finally, kick Kenny's obnoxious butt. I would like to see her slap him across the face; that'd be nice. I do get some satisfaction from knowing that Kenny's on the verge of losing Shoshanna, who was using him to further her movie career. Rodney and Lavender walked in on Shoshanna chanting and fooling around with her "stealth lover," a more attractive and younger man than Kenny. (On a side note: I think if some pop artist were to write a song called "Stealth Lover," it'd probably be a smash hit these days.) The brunch party at Joan's place didn't go well. Sam was uncomfortable during the whole thing. He didn't even know what American Idol was. Cricket's husband tried to be jovial about it, saying "let's all toss out our televisions and live like Sam," but Sam was obviously uncomfortable. And he didn't even make an effort. Molly's friends were kind and gracious to him, too. I can kind of understand his discontent: It was probably his first dinner party in a long time, since his stint in prison and all. He has retreated from society, so getting back into the fold is not an easy task for him. But he's dating Molly. You'd think he'd try to be more companionable to her friends, especially when they're reaching out to him. OK, so maybe Joan isn't being nice to him, but the others tried. Rodney's boyfriend, Aaron, offered him a job. Apparently, Sam's smart and went to Wharton, a top-three business school. But when Aaron offered him the job, Sam got upset. Molly pressed the issue, asking Sam what his reservations were about pursuing the job. But Sam was unhappy: "I came here today, I played the part of the socially acceptable regular guy." The romance between Molly and Sam, which until now had been relatively easy, is hitting some major bumps. Sam's going to need to make some changes if he wants to keep Molly around, especially when Lou's stepping into the picture and asking her out. Finally, we got to meet the elusive Pappy, who flew home to tell Joan that "the party's over." I like Pappy. He genuinely cares for Joan. I hope Joan doesn't alienate him. At the end of tonight's hour, Molly went to Lou's in need of a friend, but something tells me that her visit to Lou will turn out to be more than friendly. Next week, sadly, is the finale, but it looks good. Lou and Sam step up their competition for Molly's heart. And Kenny tires to seduce her, too. Seeing Kenny shirtless will definitely be a cringe-worthy moment. But I look forward to it! show less
So Sam and Molly finally slept together. And not just in a bed — they slept together outdoors, too. I’d be kind of shy about it, but I guess outdoor lovemaking is liberating, and that was what Molly was after. How pretty did Cricket look in her black dress? Of course, I think she could’ve done better than Harry Hamil, the creepy overzealously sexual Realtor. I know Cricket wanted to get back at her husband for having the affair with the nanny, but the Realtor wasn’t that cute. I’m glad she chickened out in the middle of the makeout session. She’s a better person than that. At last Molly admitted to Joan that she was wrong for sneaking Joan out of rehab and that Joan should give up drinking because she could seriously injure herself. Molly urged Joan to tell Pappy the truth, but Joan didn’t fess up. I feel bad for Joan. She has so many friends and family, but she lies to them without hesitation, all to keep drinking. At least we finally got some ins... read more

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Premiered: May 31, 2007, on USA
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Premise: Unexpectedly dumped by her movie-mogul husband of 10 years, Molly Kagen must reassess her life and her friends when she finds herself on the outside of the elite circles she once commanded.

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