posted at 01:50
Author: Josh Dickey
The Leftovers Pilot Recap: After the Pope and Gary Busey Go Poof
The 140 million people who disappear without a trace in HBO's Rapture-themed drama The Leftovers include a hilariously random assortment of celebrities: Pope Benedict XVI, Condoleezza Rice, J.Lo, Anthony Bourdain, Bonnie Raitt, "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie and Hollywood freakshow Gary Busey. "The Pope. I get the Pope," says a bartender at the local tavern in the fictional New York suburb of Mapleton. "But Gary f-king Busey? How does he make the cut?". Don't try to reason why, responds police chief Kevin Garvey, knocking back beers as a cable news network scrolls through a who's-who of famous missing persons. The Leftovers - co-created by Lost writer Damon Lindelof and "Little Children" novelist Tom Perrotta - deals with the lingering trauma and existential crises of those left behind, centering on Mapleton's residents and the dysfunctional Garvey family in particular. Kevin's wife, Laurie, has joined a creepy cult where members wear only white, smoke cigarettes nonstop and refuse to speak; they stalk various townfolk in an apparent recruitment operation but are otherwise nonviolent. He wants to cancel the Mapleton memorial over security concerns. Speaking of, what is with the cigarettes? Any ideas?

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