The Romanoffs Episode 1: Grade It!

TVLine | 10/12/2018 | Rebecca Iannucci
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Boasting a star-studded cast — including some familiar faces from the Mad Men world — the series spans eight episodes, the next six of which will roll out weekly following Friday’s two-installment debut. The episodes are all Black Mirror-esque mini-movies, each one telling a self-contained story about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian Romanov family, famously murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918.

Before you give us your thoughts on Episode 1, let’s recap the events of “The Violet Hour”:

Series - Premiere - Place - Paris - Romanov

The series premiere takes place in Paris, where Romanov descendant Greg (Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) lives with his (highly unlikable) girlfriend, Sophie. The two of them co-manage a hotel in Paris, where they also live — but Sophie has her eye on a lavish apartment owned by Greg’s hypochondriac aunt, Anushka. The apartment has been in the Romanoff family for decades, and when Anushka passes, it will belong to Greg, who is her only remaining family member.

But Hajar is incredibly patient with Anushka, brushing off her hateful comments with a smile and thoughtful gestures for the woman. As time passes, the women grow closer and develop a special bond. When Anushka collapses again and gets sicker than she has been in the past, Hajar stays by her bedside through the night and holds the woman’s hand; Anushka, for her part, begins to reveal a more vulnerable side, sharing with Hajar that all of her family members (including her husband and son) are dead, which has contributed greatly to her prickly personality.

Anushka - Fondness - Hajar - Greg - Sophie

Anushka ultimately develops such a fondness for Hajar that she rewrites her will while Greg and Sophie are on vacation; in the new version of the document, Hajar will be the one inheriting the apartment when Anushka dies, instead of Greg. Naturally, Sophie is incensed upon hearing the news,...
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