The episode wastes no time in setting up the new power dynamics within the family. And in a shift from season 3, Logan is increasingly isolated. Sure, he’s technically still surrounded by Frank (Peter Friedman), Karl (David Rasche) and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), but they seem more frightened than helpful. To really hammer this “Logan goes it alone” theme home, the first time we see Logan is at his own birthday party—where nobody who he actually wants to be there has attended. (Sorry, Connor.)
Perhaps the closest thing to “family” Logan appears to have left (aside from the bumbling cousin Greg, still played brilliantly by Nicholas Braun) is Tom. But even he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be a trusted family member, as evidenced by his awkward convo with Logan about what it will mean if he and Shiv call it quits as a couple.
Unlike the latest season premiere of Ted Lasso (which takes almost a full episode to find its footing), this first episode jumps right into the middle of the conflict, setting the tone for what is sure to be a stellar season. We’ve got all the elements we could hope for, from Greg and Tom’s will-they-won’t-they bromance to Roman’s sexual disfunction to Kendall’s creepy, “I’m not at all uncomfortable” smile.