‘The Company You Keep’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

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ABC’s newest drama, The Company You Keep, kicked off this week. The episode showed off Milo Ventimiglia’s Charlie and Catherine Haena Kim’s Emma, especially the chemistry that they share. It also introduced us to Charlie’s family and the risks of the life they live.

Runaway Bride

At the beginning of the episode, Charlie and his family pull off a heist that leaves them with 10 million dollars. When they try to transfer the funds to an offshore account, they realize that Charlie’s fiancé they worked with stole the drive it was on. They were supposed to be leaving separately to meet up for the wedding when she fled with it.

Meanwhile, CIA agent Emma has just learned that her boyfriend has been in another relationship for the last three months.

36 Hours

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After learning the news of their partners’ betrayal, Charlie and Emma end up in the same hotel bar. Emma impresses Charlie right away when he watches her read the man hitting on her and sends him away. When Charlie fills the seat, the pair end up talking and lamenting their failed relationships.

Charlie goes to bed for the night, and Emma follows him to the hotel room where he billed his drinks too. They make out in his room for a bit before Charlie suggests they get room service. After some shots, they end up falling asleep on the couch before it goes further.

When they wake up the next morning, they spend the rest of the 36 hours hooking up in various places around the hotel and getting to know each other.

The Gala

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Charlie leaves the hotel and manages to line up another job. When he gets back, he breaks down his plans with his family. They go after the main person involved and trick him so they could steal his phone. Now knowing his schedule, they plan to go to a gala that he’s attending to snoop out more information.

At the gala, Birdy keeps an eye on the man while Emma, who is there with her parents, catches Charlie’s eye. The two share a dance before stepping away to talk. They have a moment before Emma gets pulled away because of a call from work. While she’s gone, Birdy goes to Charlie to ask him what he’s doing and why he’s distracted.

After the conversation with Birdy, Charlie realizes he needs to commit to the job and tells Emma that he doesn’t want more.

Getting Out

Following the gala, Charlie and his family talk about his future with the business. His parents are planning to retire, especially with his dad’s increasing memory issues. Charlie is the only one that plans to keep going, and they don’t want that. They want him to have a normal life or for them all to do it together.

The conversation makes Charlie decide that he would like to go straight after this job and live a normal life. Because of this, he hunts down Emma and talks to her. She fights him on it at first, but he shows her how much he paid attention to her and all that he learned about her in the short time that they were together.


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Emma had left the gala to work a case. The people she was going after were the people that Charlie’s family had conned at the beginning of the episode. They go in and manage to arrest the guy and his staff besides one woman, Daphne. She’s someone who gave Charlie a hard time in the beginning. Emma goes after the woman first on foot and then in a car but gets hit by another car before she can get her. She’s fine, besides some scratches and a hurt wrist.

Daphne later shows up at Charlie’s family’s bar, which acts as a cover for them, and tells Charlie that they owe the 10 million they stole plus an additional 5 million for taking it and the effects.

The Company You Keep is back on Sunday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Until then, check out our other coverage of the show here!

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