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Season 1 | Ep. 3 | “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky” | Aired Mar 13, 2014

This week’s episode, “The Woman Who Fell From The Sky,” reads like a show with a secret that has yet to be fully realized, but that everybody desperately wants us to figure out. Sundance often uses setting to tell a parallel story and even more often uses setting to invoke audience associations, and The Red Road is no exception.  Coupling the revelations about the pollution of the land with the already heated feud between heroes about to boil over, Sundance has a lot of work to do with only three episodes left.

This week we saw a lot of Junior and Rachel, and all their terrible decision making skills. Junior helps Phillip and Mike rob the nursing home, and it seems like Rachel enjoys his turn into petty thievery and might even be enthralled at his new “bad boy” status; that is, until he turns bad boy on her and leaves her to find her own way home from a hotel room in New York City.  He also gets his ass kicked at a party when he is trying to sell the white kids the stolen pills, and he doesn’t hand them over right away. When his mother sees the bruises, her initial reaction is strangely unnatural, and she confesses she has cancer. While this seems unnecessarily haphazard, it fits into what we know about these characters’ lack of any real communication skills. They seem to be unable to sort through their own emotional pain long enough to really see the person standing in front of them. Such is the case when Jack blurts out that Marie considered aborting him when Phillip comes to Jack to ask for a gun or when he tells Junior that Phillip killed someone when he was eight. While at times the exchanges can seem disconnected and inopportune, scenes like these underscore the subtlety of these characters’ emotional depth and the precision with which they decide what stories to tell.

Red Road s1e3: Lisa Bonet, Jason Momoa (SundanceTV)In terms of stories, Sky Van Der Deen, played by Lisa Bonet (real-life partner to Jason Momoa) comes to town and is probably “The Woman Who Fell From The Sky” referenced in the episode’s  title. As a spokesperson for the Lenape tribe, advocate for the Morgan boy and possible love interest for Phillip, she brings with her the keys to several of the main plot points (and I hope we see more of her). Sky is a hometown girl who left Walpole to go to law school and returns monthly to help with the Federal recognition initiative that Marie spearheads. She and Phillip reunite in a restaurant, and he is instantly smitten with her. She invites him to dinner, and, sadly, the only part we see of their date is the few minutes they share after, in which Sky tells how she shared her first pow wow with his mother. Phillip leaves too soon for my taste (I wanted a love scene), after it is obvious she wants more, and I was swooning over the whole encounter. Because not only is Philip a dream when he’s being a badass, he is also unbelievably disarming when he is off-guard and shy.

In other news, Jean‘s condition is worsening as she stays in the hospital. Her hallucinations are becoming more and more vivid and are mostly about the Lenape boy she hit. She admits to her therapist that she has been hearing voices since she was pregnant with Rachel and that makes me feel so sad for her. It must be a really lonely place when you have to keep something like that a secret for so long. Nicholson’s portrayal of mental illness feels authentic, and she plays it elusively and subtly, handling it very respectfully, I think.

Jean’s stay in the hospital has the Jensens in disarray, and Harold’s need to keep it all together is starting to wear on him and the other, lesser-known Jensen daughter, Katie. Both girls are staying with Jean’s parents, and Rachel finds a suitcase in her mother’s old room containing cassette tapes of the dead brother in which he rants about dead bees and ghosts. I’m not sure what to make of this cryptic and enigmatic development, so I’m reserving judgment until they come back to it (stay tuned).  He also mentions Jean and Phillip, adding to the intrigue surrounding their relationship (PLEASE, PLEASE let them have an epic and tragic love story in their past).

So, while Harold’s personal life is unraveling, his professional duties are increasing as he zeroes in on the NYU student’s killer. As luck would have it, he pulls Phillip’s sidekick, Mike, over and finds the drugs from the nursing home robbery, cuts him loose because Phillip calls in his favor, reminding us of last week’s warning: “sacrifice hurts.”  Harold is torn between doing the right thing for his family and the right thing for his honor, so when he stakes out Philip’s house and follows a shady character back to his house and roughs him up, he discovers the link between Phillip and the missing NYU student.  So now the politics are even more complex, as Harold is partnered with a murderer. That is not keeping me from shipping them for a total bromance. They would be perfect together.

Who are you hoping comes together? Sky and Phillip or Harold and Phillip? Tweet me your wishes @sroseholt



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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