Lucky Hank – Season 1 Episode 7 “The Count of Monte Cristo” Recap & Review

The Count of Monte Cristo

Before Lily leaves for New York – alone – Hank describes his vividly nightmarish dream to her. It is as random as can be and has no great relevance except that Lily is going to New York alone. She tries to lean in for a kiss but Hank subconsciously gives her his cheek.

We see a sort of time loop of Lily’s absence and Hank spending the days at home. He and the house are a complete mess, and Julie walks over to a half-eaten delivery of spaghetti at Hank’s door to let him know that Russell is missing.

Her husband did not come home last night and she is worried. Hank is completely zoned out and can hardly focus. Toni arrives as Julie goes back to her house, disappointed that Hank isn’t taking a greater interest, so Hank mutters a half-baked apology to him and Toni is glad to “take Hank back.”

They go out for a walk where Hank brings up Lily and the “cheek kiss.” He is unhappy that Lily made the choice to move to NY, even though he consciously thought he was alright.

Hank could not indulge in Lily’s happiness; he lost the opportunity to confront his father about abandoning him, which is where the allegory of The Count of Monte Cristo comes in. His unhoused anger, and his failed plot to have a “pointed conversation” with Henry, all add up to his present dullness. Is Hank right in comparing his situation with Dantes, the protagonist in Dumas’ novel? Well, Toni asks Hank to start off by doing something simple to “climb out” of his predicament. The task chosen is to fix the basin in the kitchen.

Laurel does not allow Henry to leave alone for the town. Even though his condition has erased much of his memory, he is still an avid reader and academician. Funnily enough, Henry goes off on his own, walking to town as Laurel takes the car.

Lily is looking at apartments in NY and talks to Hank, who spots his father walking by. He abruptly disconnects the call, and he invites Henry in and takes him along to college.

Paul Rourke lambasts Leslie, their Union Rep, over the phone for cancelling the strike. Hank is able to sneak Henry in due to the distraction and asks Rachel, his assistant, to look after Henry. Paul confronts Hank for his apathy and inaction but Hank is blasé about it. He couldn’t care less and the rest of the faculty dread to come to terms with the possibility that one of them – or more – will be gone in the next week.

Julie worriedly calls Hank and tells him Russell missed his pottery class. He never misses one, especially when he has to “underglaze.” Hank reassures her he will be back but she is a mess.

While taking his normal classes, Hank projects his personal issues onto the story written by a student, Jen. It is clear that his unresolved dealings with Henry are having an impact on him and he wants some way to deal with them unilaterally.

Hank comes back to the department, to Henry delighting the professors with a riveting discussion on Dickens. Hank is amazed at how much he can remember of such unimportant things than the things that actually should have mattered to him in life.

Billie Quigley tells Hank that she told Margaret, a.k.a. Meg, her daughter, the truth about Hank purposely not offering her classes to teach. He calls her to explain himself but Meg seems upset.

We also learn that Russell is hiding out in the bar. Gracie is called by Dean Rose in his office, who braces herself as she believes she’s about to be fired. She goes in with her guard up, claiming the highest number of enrolments in her class. However, Rose actually wanted to tell her that he is leaving his wife and perhaps rekindle Gracie and his old “romantic tension.” She rejects his advances but seems impressed when he quotes her “published poem.”

All apartments Lily views in NY are either too small or too big. When the realtor engages her in an exercise to figure out her “perfect day,” we see Lily not mentioning Hank or Julie at all. She ends up taking that apartment. She tells Ashley, her best friend, but Ashley does not seem to think too much of it. In a bizarre sequence, a stranger, who was sitting with his lover at the next table, sees her husband come into the diner. He instantly switches seats and takes Ashley’s empty one to manage the situation. Lily goes along with it and actually starts off with her internal conflicts about Hank.

Lily feels that she wants to “grow” from the person she was when she first met Hank, and he isn’t trying at all. His “false starts” to appease Lily are leading him nowhere – and more importantly, them nowhere. She wants a divorce. Hank goes to Meg’s house to apologize and finds Russell in bed. He is cheating on Julie, so Hank asks him to tell Julie himself and gets Russel in his car. Henry spots a dealership and forces Hank to stop, as he wants his own car.

Russell opens up to Hank by saying Julie does not make him feel “wanted” or “capable.” She does not support his ambition. Hank calls Julie and lets her know he found Russell and he is bringing him home. The manager of the dealership comes up to Hank and tells him he needs to co-sign on Henry’s car.

Henry is completely bankrupt; he has a bad credit score and a lot of debt. Hank calls Laurel, who actually knows about this. One of Henry’s former lovers took all his money because he cheated on her with someone else.

Hank informs Julie that Russell has run away and he was cheating on her.

While shopping for a plumbing hose, Hank and Henry have a conversation about marriage and individuality. In somewhat of a surprising outcome, Henry inadvertently opens up about why he abandoned Hank and Laurel. Henry was never going to be a father, as he wanted to pursue his academic career and couldn’t have been “in between in life.” Hank is disgusted and leaves him alone to drive to Julie.

Without saying a word, he lets himself in, puts on a kettle of tea, and stands in the kitchen with her in silence. Hank is making his presence felt for his daughter in a difficult time, something his own father never did. There is no promise of things getting better but whatever may be, he will be there for her.


The Episode Review

Henry’s incoherent rationalizing of the events of the day in the final episodes ought to give Hank some closure. It was sort of an anti-climax given the allegory of Dantes at the start of the episode. But at least Hank realized what was important in his life. His going to Julie’s house and being a father to her show personal growth.

We have seen him not being affectionate to her in the entire series because of his own issues with Henry. Meanwhile, Lily too spoke out loud about her concerns and the underlying tension that was building up ever since Hank back turned on the promise to go to NY. We are more certain now that they will be getting a divorce.

So will Julie and Russell. It was apparent from the beginning but it ends in heartbreak for Julie. The finale will draw curtains to an exciting season of drama. Lucky Hank took time to get “there” but has finally found its mojo in the last few episodes.

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2 thoughts on “Lucky Hank – Season 1 Episode 7 “The Count of Monte Cristo” Recap & Review”

  1. Unrelated, what happened to Nathan Hank and Lilys son, only
    briefly seen in early episode off to school, not seen again.
    Written out of series, so soon?
    Have you got a thought.

  2. Before Lily is describing to realtor about her perfect day she is concerned about the size of the apartment. When her husband and daughter happens to come over to visit at the same time, how she’ll handle it? Then the realtor paints the perfect day for Lily, with no husband and no daughter. No objection there.

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