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Recovery Road - S01E05


On a whim, Maddie chooses Cynthia to be her sponsor leading to friction with Charlotte, who starts to resent Cynthia's place in her daughter's life. Maddie bonds with Wes when she asks him for ideas on how to spend her time now that she's sober. Later, they have a good sober day when they break his grandmother (guest star Jenny O'Hara) out of her nursing home for an afternoon. In hopes of saving enough money to fight for custody of her daughter, Trish starts working at Margarita's restaurant, but things do not go smoothly. Ellie and Nyla begin to question what has been going on with Maddie. Flashbacks show the depths of Trish's addiction to meth, and her troubled childhood.

Episode Title: My Loose Thread
Airs: 2016-02-22 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