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Come Back!

written by Tony Foster
directed by Marisa O'Brien

Every day's a goddamn audition.

Next Time: Episode 8
Began 10/21/17

Episode One (10/21/17)

Summary: Broadway legend-in-her-own-mind Edie and her son Petey visit a therapist, where Pete who is obsessed with Peter Pan announces that he's been cast as the first male Peter Pan. His mother and therapist both attempt to get roles in the production; Edie's jealous that Wendy's already been cast, but agrees to settle for Tiger Lily. The therapist is less successful in her attempts to get cast as Captain Hook.

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Photos by Jax Ball

Episode Two (10/28/17)

Summary: Edie lunches with her former manager, Marty, in hopes of getting him to sign her again. She shames Petey when he turns out to be their waiter, but also gets him to snap into audition mode. However, Marty has left the management business in hopes of becoming an actor, and he desperately attempts to audition for THEM.

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Photos by Vaughn Christenson

Episode Three (11/4/17)

Summary: Petey visits a plastic surgeon to get a nose job when Edie bursts in. The two patch up their differences and decide to get their mother/son show back on the road, while the plastic surgeon - who used to be a dancer - dances along.

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Photos by Austin Kress

Episode Four (11/11/17)

Summary: Petey is making inroads with Leslie, who runs a theater in Costa Mesa and could book Edie and Petey for their big comeback show. However, Edie's propensity for mixing up theater lore - along with her overcompetitive nature - ruins everything.

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Photos by Nathan Wellman

Episode Five (11/18/17)

Summary: At rehearsal for Peter Pan, Kate, the ingenue playing Wendy, turns out to be an obnoxious method actor. Edie arrives and wants to see Petey in costume; meanwhile, she runs lines with Wendy - though Wendy makes her read the part of Tinker Bell, which has no lines, just flashlight-based "twinkles." Petey arrives in a Peter Pan costume that clearly does not fit him, and he is humiliated when Wendy mockingly tells Edie that Petey isn't playing Peter at all; he's just in the chrosu. Edie is horrified, but tells Petey that they'll still make their comeback some day.

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Photos by Jax Ball

Episode Six (12/2/17)

Summary: Edie and Petey go to the laundromat, where they meet Cookie, an elderly lady who, upon learning that they're in showbiz, tells them all about her days as a Ziegfeld girl. She wouldn't dance topless... but she did pretty much everything else. Her reminiscing soon devolves into a series of recollections of all the kinky sexual stuff she got into with everyone from Flo Ziegfeld to Irving Berlin to Yip Harburg. Unable to take the increasingly graphic stories, Petey becomes nearly catatonic - and when Cookie grabs his thigh, he flees.

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Photos by Nathan Wellman

Episode Seven (12/9/17)

Summary: While waiting to audition for a singing telegram, Petey goes out to run some errands... and in walks Charlie, Edie's estranged ex-husband who cheated on her and left when Petey was very small. Edie and Charlie used to perform together, but Charlie has long since left showbiz. Edie lies to him and tells him that Petey didn't go into showbiz, but is a doctor and happily married. The two share one last dance, but it's clear that despite Charlie's wishes, they're never going to stoke up the old fires again. As Charlie leaves, Petey returns, neither knowing they're father and son. As Petey sits down to wait for the audition, he asks if this ever gets any easier. "Every day is a goddamn, audition, son," says Edie. "And don't you forget it."

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Photos by Travis Snyder-Eaton

Cast

Amir Levi Edie (Eps. 1-7)
Demetris Hartman Petey (Eps. 1-7)
Etienne Eckert Therapist (Ep. 1)
Pat Towne Marty (Ep. 2)
John Wuchte Doctor (Ep. 3)
Darryl Armbruster Leslie (Ep. 4)
Julia Griswold Kate (Ep. 5)
Lynn Odell Cookie (Ep. 6)
Marisa O'Brien Charlie (Ep. 7)