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Recovery Road - S01E04


When the residents of an upscale rehab facility have to temporarily move into Springtime Meadows, Vern is elated that his favorite actress Olivia O'Brien is among them. But Olivia isn't what Vern expected. Maddie is feeling left out of her high school life and decides her boyfriend Zach's birthday is the perfect opportunity to reclaim her place. But when the celebration turns into a wild party, Maddie is faced with temptation to slip back into her old ways. Flashbacks highlight Vern's addiction and Cynthia's efforts to help her best friend get clean.

Episode Title: Parties Without Borders
Airs: 2016-02-15 at 21:00
  • Samantha White

    The episodes can feel sentimental and neutered, despite attempts to portray addiction in a multifaceted manner. However, with its quick dialogue and fully realized main character, Recovery Road just might flourish into a series that transcends its early trappings.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • If those flashbacks occasionally feel too manipulative or visually overcooked, it’s because the character’s present-day interactions are so visceral and moving. Recovery Road achieves those effective moments by focusing on Maddie. The wonderful surrounding cast of characters adds add some serious depth to the recovery narrative thanks in large part to the solid performances, but this is still a show about one character.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Some of the plots travel in expected directions, and you won’t mistake this brightly lit show for something on AMC, but there’s sincerity and some grit to Recovery Road.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    There are frequently times when the production comes across like an episode of late-period 7th Heaven. But at its best, Recovery Road does a good job of capturing the complex web of both emotions and actions that are taken in the journey to sobriety suggested by the show title.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    This one’s preachy, overly dramatic and everything you would expect from a show like this.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review