“Heading Out” recap: Surprise! (Episode 1)

“But you are also, as much as it pains me to say it, lovable, and we want you to be happy.” There you go! They then reveal that her friends have pooled together to get her a mystery gift, which Sara has to put on a blindfold for for the reveal. When she opens her eyes, she sees this!

Just a woman wearing a Nordic style dress with pointy gold boobs! The same woman that Sara earlier fouled in netball! Turns out she’s also a life coach, and she’s going to help Sara tell her parents that she’s a “big old gay” before their visit in six weeks. If she doesn’t do it, the life coach has been instructed to share the big old gay news herself.


Yep!

Sara is incredulous. “You’re going to out me to my mother? What’s wrong with you?” To which Jamie responds, “What’s wrong with YOU? You’d rather have a friend speak French and pretend to be your boyfriend than tell the truth. You’re so scared of who you are.” Sara tries to avoid this weird situation altogether and sputters, “Look, there’s this amazing girl outside — ” Jamie cuts her off, “There’s always an amazing girl.” But as he says, she has to focus on bettering her own life, now. (But look Jamie, there really IS an amazing girl outside!) The episode ends with Toria, the life coach, bringing her in for “a big breasted cuddle.” I am in love with this life coach already! Yes, I am clearly in love with a lot of things already!

While pilots can always feel slightly awkward as we meet brand new characters for the first time, by the time this episode brought us to the party, I felt like it had really fallen into its perfect pace, and I was all in. I’m pumped for the life coach, pumped for more Sara floundering, more Daniel ridiculousness, and more Nicola Walker. I would also say I’m pumped for more Shelley Conn, but I’m extremely sad to say it looks like she doesn’t show up again; maybe Sara left her waiting for a fag for too long. But if it makes you feel better, one Anna Skellern — Lexi! — is supposed to show up in the third episode.

And while the idea of “forcing” someone to come out can be a touchy subject, I think the concept as it’s portrayed in this show is nothing but empowering and important. Forcing someone to come out while they’re younger and/or not in a supportive environment, where they could literally face danger if they were outed, is one thing, and one requires empathy and support. But forcing a grown woman to fess up to her true self who has a solid life and supportive friends, who’s trapped only by her own fear, is a message that the world needs to hear and see infinitely more of.

What did you think of the pilot?

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