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'The Divide' recap: Kucik reenters society, while D.A. Page goes digging for truth

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Never Forget” | Aired July 30, 2014

Terry Kucik is a free man. Sort of.

Walking out of the penitentiary that has held him for 11 years, Kucik meets Rosa in the parking lot and prepares himself for another kind of prison: living with his parents.

In what is certainly a minor victory for the Innocence Initiative, Rosa and Rylance’s efforts to release Kucik back into the real world ain’t going to be easy, from the looks of things. First, he is under house detention, meaning he is required to wear an ankle bracelet. While his mother is more than happy to have her son back home—happily making him a grilled cheese sandwich at one point—his father would rather see him still in prison.

Then there is that pesky swastika/four-leaf clover tattoo on his left hand that might make it a little harder for Kucik to be accepted back into civilized society.

At the Page household, Adam came clean to Billie at the tail end of last week’s episode in regard to how much he might have known about Bankowski’s innocence. We pick up the morning after, with Billie crystal clear at just how disappointed she is in her husband. “We had a deal, remember? Do you think I became a corporate lawyer because that’s who I am? Do you think that’s my dream?” she asks, reminding Adam of all she put on hold to help him achieve his goals.

Billie confronting her husband proves to be the catalyst for Adam to do everything in his power to make things right. This leads him first to Isaiah, his police commissioner father, before Adam pays a visit to the lab technician (Daniel Kash, perfectly smarmy in his one scene), now a professor, who falsified Bankowski’s original DNA sample. Both instances hint at a potential conspiracy behind the case. Adam’s confrontation with his father takes it one step further: the possibility that the District Attorney of Philadelphia is a mere puppet in the grand scheme of things.

Later, Kucik has a sit-down with Rylance, who walks him through the guidelines of his house arrest. Rylance lets him know that Rosa pulled some strings and secured a gig for him at Maxine’s, the bar she moonlights at and which is run by its namesake—who just happens to be in a relationship with Rosa’s imprisoned father (she’s played by stage veteran Jan Maxwell). Rylance also warns Kucik to lay low, as Eric Zale and his father might be after him. Despite the seriousness of this scene, it does manage to provide my favorite line of dialogue from the episode: After Kucik asks Rylance if he wants to go to the gym or rent a DVD, Rylance retorts, “DVDs died while you were in prison.”

As Rosa prepares to take the bar exam, she does squeeze in time to send Jenny a copy of Kucik’s initial statement, in which he declares his innocence (behind Rylance’s back, of course). When the already-fragile Jenny begins sifting through it, it triggers an emotional response.

When we return to Adam, he has set up a meeting with Billie’s brother, Bobby, who we learn was a cop before his dependence on the bottle derailed his career. “You were a good cop before you started drinking,” says Adam. “Baby, I was a good cop while I was drinking,” answers Bobby (second-favorite line of the episode). Currently working in the “exciting” world of private security, Bobby first thinks Adam is going to tell him to stay away from his family, but is surprised to get offered a job instead.

Jenny takes the crucial step of visiting Kucik at his job. The two have an honest conversation about her sister—and whether Kucik really loved her. She then hands him a drawing made by her sibling before walking away, visibly shaken.

Back at Maxine’s, an inebriated Rosa admits to Kucik that she failed the bar and opens up about her shaky testimony during her father’s trial that might have led to his incarceration. She follows that by sloppily making a pass at him. Meanwhile, Jenny leaves the Page residence, but not before setting an envelope on a side table. In a remote, snow-covered setting, Isaiah meets with a mystery man (Kenneth Welsh), who has some sort of connection to the case. Could this be the Zale patriarch we’ve heard so much about? The answer to that question—as well as the fate of Jenny Butler, last seen having swallowed a bottle of pills—will have to wait until next week.

Written by Dana Baratta and cocreator Richard LaGravenese (from a story by Baratta) and directed by Janusz Kaminski, better known as Steven Spielberg’s cinematographer and a double Oscar-winner (for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Rya3702640947001-210x140n), episode 4 is by far my favorite for a myriad of reasons. For one, it perfectly highlights the amazing work of its terrific ensemble. While the episode clearly belongs to Kucik and Adam, the wealth is spread equally in one great scene after another. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I really, really love these characters—with my three personal faves being Billie, Rylance and Jenny (oh, Jenny, I wish I could break the fourth wall and give you a nice big hug).

Rosa, in particular, may be hampered with a throwaway subplot involving her bar exam here, but the intimate moment between her and Kucik near the end is one of this episode’s highlights. It’s difficult to play tough and vulnerable, but Rosa is shaping up to be a true flesh-and-blood heroine, full of moxie in one scene—and absolutely human, with all her frailties out in the open, in the next. I think this is the episode that gives Marin Ireland full ownership of her character.

I was halfway through “Never Forget” when it finally dawned on me that what makes The Divide great is the timelessness of its premise. The Divide could be in any time period, really. The relationship and banter between Rosa and Rylance has a His Girl Friday quality to it (that 1940s classic also has a plot involving a man on death row). Meanwhile, Adam’s quest for justice and a little redemption harkens back to the social activist films of the ’60s and ’70s. But what really gets me excited are the elements of film noir episode 4 introduces; the only things missing are rampant cigarette smoke and black-and-white cinematography (I really love film noir, in case you can’t tell). Much more mystery is introduced here, and we finally get confirmation that this city is full of hidden secrets lurking in the shadows that even those at a higher level don’t know about.

It’s qualities like these that make for great television. The Divide is on its way.

The Divide airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on WE tv.

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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