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The stage gets set for 'The Divide's' first season finale

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “I Can’t Go Back” | Aired Aug 20, 2014

In the penultimate episode of The Divide‘s first season, the seeds are planted for a finale that might finally give the Initiative a crucial win. But will our characters, whose lives have been turned upside down since the premiere episode, be worse or better off?

Returning to Maxine’s, Rosa runs into Kucik and gives him the gory details about Rylance’s condition. She also tells him about Rylance’s meeting with Pauline, and that the only way to nail Eric would be to get his DNA. “But you need a warrant for tha t…” Rosa laments, before allowing her emotions to get the best of her. As Kucik comforts her, the moment a lot of us have been waiting for (any Rosa/Kucik shippers out there?) occurs: Rosa and Kucik kiss. But then Rosa backs off and leaves in a rush.

Adam and Billie have a quick morning chat before Adam heads out for his run. Billie consoles him about Rylance, then asks him not to make a decision before talking to her first. Adam rushes out and begins his run, but his mind seems to be elsewhere—so far, in fact, that he is hit by a car. Dazed and bruised, Adam limps away from the accident and takes a moment to reflect on a park bench.

Danny meets Rosa, still an emotional mess, at her place. The two make small talk before Rosa heads to the office. Favorite moment of the scene: the look on Rosa’s face when Danny, in regard to Rylance, says, “You know this wasn’t your fault, right?” That’s the same thing Kucik said to her the night before.

Billie pays Isaiah a visit and discusses a game plan to protect the family. Isaiah warns her that if Adam exposes the Zales, Stanley Zale will bring him down and Isaiah will not be able to protect them.

Kucik, meanwhile, visits his father and tells him that “there’s something I gotta do” and that there’s a possibility that he won’t be coming home. Kucik’s father pointedly asks if he was responsible for the crimes that he was sent to prison for; Kucik answers no. He walks away, but not before stealing a car.

Adam finally arrives home and is met by Trey, who promptly tends to his father’s wounds. Adam op3726896804001-266x150ens up and apologizes to Trey: “I didn’t notice you growing up. I turned around and all of a sudden you’re not a boy anymore.” Trey, in turn, also apologizes for lashing out at Adam earlier, and asks him not to be angry at Isaiah anymore either.

Danny continues to investigate Victor’s case and pays Maxine a visit, inquiring about a hammer Victor purchased a week before the murder. Maxine tells Danny about a workbench Victor kept at her house and gives him the keys so he can take a look. Danny credits Maxine with staying with Victor, considering the circumstances. In a moment of reflection, Maxine talks about how Victor had no money for a ring and how he told her he was going to make her one instead.

After stopping at a patients’ rights organization, where she finds a nearly empty room occupied by a young man playing video games on his laptop, Billie is convinced that Zale is laundering money into bogus nonprofits. She pays the attorney general a visit. Volunteering information about her client, Billie admits that Adam doesn’t know what she is doing and asks about what kind of protection she is looking at if she decides to help (no jail time, but she will be barred for breaking attorney/client privilege).

Rosa pays Stanley Zale a visit and asks him about Kucik, whose father did some work with Zale. She requests to set a meeting with Eric, but gets resistance. Rosa butters the elder Zale with “information” about the case and how Eric could serve as a crucial witness to finally exonerate Kucik. Zale finally relents and agrees before seeing Rosa out. He then immediately gets on the phone with a judge.

Adam meets Isaiah at his office, where he states that he has decided to reopen the case. Isaiah reiterates that Stanley Zale will stop at nothing to keep Eric out of jail. “A son for a son,” says Isaiah, spelling out the deal he made with Zale more than a decade ago.

Rosa gets a call that Kucik is off the grid. Having charmed Eric’s address out of the receptionist at work, Kucik is en route to Zale’s country home as his ankle monitor starts to go off.

Danny pays Victor a visit and confronts him about the crime he allegedly committed. Victor retaliates by stating that death is who he lives with, and that he believes Danny is angry not because he feels that Victor’s case is crumbling, but because he won’t be able to bring Victor home for Rosa.

Kucik makes it to3726896803001-266x150 the Zale home to find Eric playing video games and getting high on meth. In a battle of wills, Kucik calls out Eric on his so-called sobriety. As the two take tequila shots, they begin to discuss the day of the Butler murder. Eric divulges that despite Bankowski’s insistence on keeping weapons out of the deal, Eric did end up taking a knife with him “just to scare ’em.” Catching his slip, Eric calls out Kucik on his true intentions behind the visit and says that his father can keep him out of prison, before adding, “He can also put you back.”

Rosa arrives at the house, followed by the cops soon after. While Eric is distracted, Kucik slips Eric’s shot glass under his sleeve before aggressively planting a kiss on Rosa and dropping it in her pocket (since the glass has Eric’s incriminating DNA on it). Kucik is handcuffed by the police and escorted out as Rosa follows. Returning to the living room, Eric realizes the shot glass is missing and, in a fit of panic and rage, storms out.

Scripted by Theresa Rebeck (who created NBC’s Smash) and Richard LaGravenese (from a story by Rebeck), and directed by Jann Turner, the aptly named “I Can’t Go Back” is the season’s most leisurely paced and understated episode yet. But just because this episode is “quieter” than the ones before it does not make it less powerful. It’s these moments—the hug Rosa gives Danny, the accident that knocks some sense into Adam, Billie putting her family before her career—that really distinguish The Divide from a typical run-of-the-mill procedural.

The show’s centerpiece sequence—Kucik finally confronting his “friend,” Eric—counters the one between Adam and his father in the previous episode. Where Adam and Isaiah’s scene was showier and more intense, the one between Kucik and Eric is quiet and almost subliminal in its intentions. But the Kucik/Eric encounter is no less suspenseful than the Adam/Isaiah scene—powered, no doubt, by the great writing and acting.

“I Can’t Go Back” is the calm before the storm, where these characters attempt to tie up loose ends or take a look within themselves as to who they are. One thing is certain: It’s too late for anyone to go back to a life before the Bankowski case was reopened. Next week, we find out just how far they can go before they start to crumble.

Can’t wait.

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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