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Kathryn, Max, and Caden gather at a remote house to delve into personal and political revelations. Will the family fight take to the world stage?


Charles Sturridge


Tom Rob Smith (created by), Tom Rob Smith


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Episode complete credited cast:
Theodore Emmerson Miller Theodore Emmerson Miller ... 7-Year Old Max
Mark Arends ... Mr. Goldstein
Ciarán Hinds ... Walter Finch
Dylan Smith ... Mr. Roberts
Richard Gere ... Max Finch
Helen McCrory ... Kathryn Villiers
Billy Howle ... Caden Finch
Nicolo Tucci Nicolo Tucci ... 17-Year Old Max
Patrick Poletti Patrick Poletti ... Waiter
Kerry Fox ... Lena


As requested, Max meets with Kathryn and Caden at the house. Although he knows their intention is to talk and have it out, Max has no intention of having a talk with them, he wanting to frame this get-together as just a family dinner to anyone who knows they are meeting, that ruse despite their last family dinner being twenty years ago, the specific date which Kathryn remembers in it being the day before a milestone in their life as a family unit. While Kathryn and Caden want to confront Max about his deceit as the cause of many of their problems as a unit, Caden further wants to confront him about his hypocrisy in expecting Caden to keep certain of his secrets while he happily exploits the secrets of others in his newspapers. Those secrets originate in part from Max's hate/admiration with his deceased father, Pennsylvania steel magnate Walter Finch, Max who tailored Walter's parenting style in his belief of what worked and didn't work in how he in turn has parented Caden. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller







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3 April 2019 (UK) See more »

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In a flashback to 1960 Pennsylvania, Max is shown as a schoolboy with long hair that would have been unthinkable at the time. (Within a few years, the Beatles would shock America with their "long hair," putting an end to the Eisenhower era of crew-cuts and flat-tops.) See more »

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Episode 6
8 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This episode explores Max as we get flashbacks to his childhood.

The cruelty of his father Walter as Max is educated by a tutor in his father's factory. The scenes in the foundry reminded me of Richard Gere in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven.

Max grew up without his mother who had mental health issues. Walter wanted forge Max to be steel rather than iron. This is mirrored by Max who wanted to raise Caden without his mother's influence. That was the reason for the divorce, he did not want Kathryn to have no further involvement in his upbringing.

As the older Max arrives to see Caden and Kathryn, he wants to divert attention for the real reason they wanted to see him. Caden knows how Max operates, how he would had bugged his room. For Kathryn it is a revelation as to how dark Max can go.

The drama is more psychological in this episode. The scene where the teenage Max is given a gift of a prostitute for his birthday, mirrors in some way Caden's scene with the prostitute in the first episode. Both men conditioned to have a loveless relationships with women.

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