The Leftovers Season 1 Review “The Garveys at Their Best”

The Leftovers Episode 107

In what was more or less an inevitable episode, The Leftovers finally gave us a full hour of flashbacks, tracing the events of the last day-and-a-half before the Sudden Departure. And while the episode promised to show “The Garveys at Their Best,” we were instead shown that the family was on a course for ruin even without the disappearance of part of the world’s population.

First and foremost, let’s get right to the episode’s biggest reveal: Laurie’s pregnancy. This episode gave us a great deal of context with which to view the past eight weeks, and perhaps its greatest success is showing why Laurie is so devoted to the Guilty Remnant. Up until now, we’ve been led to believe none of the Garveys were lost in the departure, but instead, Laurie experienced one of the most physically and emotionally devastating losses possible. Granted, the show could’ve done a better job of hiding the big reveal until the very end, as her pregnancy was fairly obvious from her first scene, but it was still a jarring realization to come to.

It also gives a greater deal of sympathy to her actions over the course of the season, while also reframing the Guilty Remnant as a whole. Couple how potentially damaged the members are with the manipulations of Patti revealed last week, and it finally makes it clear how easily this cult could come together and be convinced to commit such heinous acts. Mind you, it doesn’t forgive their behavior, but it helps, and sets up the potential for an even greater level of desperation on the part of the Remnant in next week’s finale.

Less effective was Kevin’s story, and a big part of that comes from how unlikable he came across. Big shocker, I know. If anything, this episode showed he’s always been slightly unhinged, to the point that it was no surprise he would end up sleeping with another woman at the end. I did enjoy his conversation with his father, who accused him of wanting some greater purpose when what he already had – a wonderful family, great job, etc. – was more than enough.

The rest of the scenes, meanwhile, seemed designed to tug at the heartstrings more than to reveal any new information. From the loving relationship between Jill and Tom, to Nora’s last-minute snap at her daughter, to the brief scene between Laurie and Matt’s wife, these scenes simply reminded us of the tragedy to come in a bid to make us feel sad. Granted, it worked fairly well given how attached I’ve grown to the characters during the season, but it was still a string of low impact scenes.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!