‘Unprisoned’ recap: Season 1, episode 1 premiere on Hulu

“How you parent is how you relate,” says Kerry Washington’s character in series premiere of Hulu’s new comedy Not imprisonedand there is a lot of truth in this statement.

Inspired by the life of designer Tracy McMillan and presented by veterinarian Yvette Lee Bowser (To live alone, Dear Whites), Not imprisoned focuses on the complicated relationship between the family and marriage therapist Paige (played by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington) and her father Edwin (The good fight‘s Delroy Lindo) after his release from prison. Dad is released after 17 years behind bars, and although Edwin’s parole officer, Mal (Dear Whites‘s Marque Richardson) urges Paige to do more than just put up a Black Lives Matter sign to support her father’s reintegration into society, she refuses to let Edwin live with her because she has an impressionable teenage son, Finn (The Raven’s Houseby Faly Rakotohavana). Moreover, this is not the first time that he claims to change his life, she underlines. Instead, Paige hands Edwin an iPhone and takes him shopping for underwear.

Everything from the fancy phone technology to the way a barista shouts out his coffee order is shocking to Edwin. But there’s one thing he’s always comfortable with: hitting on a woman at the store and dating his ex-girlfriend Nadine (super girlby Brenda Strong). Paige is mad at Edwin for leaving her in Nadine’s care when he went to jail, and walking in now to the sound of their sex noises doesn’t help matters. Paige returns to her childhood (Jordyn McIntosh) to explain to the camera how it all relates to the compulsion to repeat. Just as her dad wasn’t there for her, Paige chose a near-divorced boyfriend, Bill (Private practice‘s Tim Daly), who is also emotionally unavailable to her. (When Edwin comments on the pattern of Paige falling in love with white men, she notes that he is the one who moved them to Minneapolis.)

Summary not imprisonedAs Paige reunites with her adoptive sister (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlistby Jee Young Han), she leaves Edwin at her house, where Finn unexpectedly shows up after dropping out of class and begins chatting with the grandfather he’s never met before. Paige wasn’t sure she wanted to feature the two, so she’s not thrilled by the sight. She leads Edwin into his new, highly questionable living situation, and nearly returns there several times. In the end, however, it is Edwin who shows up at her door, explaining that he really wants things to be different this time, so he’s different.

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