This recap of the Apple TV+ series Loot season 1, episode 1 contains spoilers.
If you ask me, no one delivers to a high standard with each of their shows more than Apple TV+ does. Today I’m kicking off my roundup series on their upcoming show, Booty. The series stars Maya Rudolph as billionaire Molly Novak who lives the dream life until her husband betrays her. Let’s dive into the pilot of Booty.
Booty summary of season 1, episode 1
We get a quick introduction to Molly Novak (Rudolph) and her man Don (Adam Scott, is he in it?), who’s on a boat heading to her ship MASSIVE. It’s her 45th birthday, and she’s greeted with compliments from Nicholas (Joel Kimm Booster) and a drink on the boat. Of course, everything mentioned at the start of the episode is MONEY, and that’s a running theme to appease Molly. We see Molly turn around to talk to Don a few times only to see him look down at his phone, which doesn’t make Molly too happy.
Next, we see Molly being pampered by having her hair and makeup done for the party. Don goes around the party to greet everyone with his spunky and loud self. He finds Molly and drags her away from the party to talk to her, and Molly mentions that she wants to have dinner alone with Don for his birthday. He mentions that he has to go to Sweden and he can’t, and she follows wanting to go with him. Don asks why she is the way she is, and Molly misses the early days of their relationship when they did everything together.
Was she even born when we graduated from college?
Molly walks away and finds Haley in Don’s closet, looking for a tie for him to replace the one he was wearing. Molly wants to know how she knows where her bonds are, and Haley replies, “I thought he was going to talk to you?” Welp, Molly storms out of the room and confronts Don, who is currently giving a speech about how Seal will perform a birthday song for her about his affair. SHE GOES ON Don.
Molly hilariously drives away to get into a car where it’s a shifter, and she doesn’t know how to drive it. She backs up against a tree, but straightens up and has a small breakdown in the car. Then we cut to the news covering her eight months later taking HALF of Don’s money in the divorce because there was no prenup.
How does Molly handle the divorce? She parties everywhere with Nicholas, but it’s ultimately a coping mechanism to hide how depressed and hurt she really is. One morning, Molly wakes up and decides to share her feelings with Nicholas. She blames herself, tries to figure out why it happened, what she did wrong, and basically everything we all go through after the breakup. As she sits and sulks, a phone call comes in from a charity started with Don, they ask her to come into the office for an important meeting and she does.
Can I stop to mention how much I loved the pilot soundtrack? It was banger after banger after banger.
When she arrives, she is greeted warmly by several different people. First, Molly meets Sofia (Michaela Rodriguez) and tells her they have a groundbreaking ceremony. Sofia also informs him that his actions directly reflect the foundation. Afterwards, Molly says she won’t have any problem being in the spotlight for the wrong things anymore.
It seems Sofia’s words had an impact on Molly. When she got home, she threw away a wide variety of things, which led her to make bad decisions. The next day, we see Molly meet Sofia at the office to go to the ceremony together. Sofia rolls Arthur (Nat Faxon) with Molly.
The ride to the ceremony between Molly and Arthur starts off a little awkward but turns out for the better. Molly hears Arthur talk about the struggles he went through after the divorce, and it blows a light bulb in her head. At the start of the car ride, I wasn’t sure how much he’d enjoy riding with her, but it turned out to be a well-written little moment here. I liked it.
Molly asked Nicholas to let everyone know she would be at the ceremony and many other people showed up to help the cause. However, Sofia is scared because Molly mentions that she is going to talk. The speech is HORRIBLY because Molly decided to donate a fancy handbag full of goodies while preaching from the perspective of a wealthy woman. News stations are having a blast with the event.
A very upset Sofia sits down with Molly to let her know that she doesn’t want her anywhere near the foundation. We all know Molly has been trying to fill a void since her divorce, but here’s the moment I’ve been waiting for, Molly gives a speech about finding herself. Throughout this episode, Rudolph played this funny, quick-witted person we all love, but this serious moment sealed the deal with her in this role of Molly. I needed it as a viewer to connect emotionally with his character.
I often talk about how a driver has to hit a home run at every level to make sure the viewer wants to come back for more. I believe Booty does exactly that. It sets the tone early with a dash of comedy and ends with the much-needed seriousness of the show. We’re watching the perfect comedy-drama after the first episode.
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