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‘Flaked’ premiere is one of Netflix’s best and least-expected shows

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David Cross, Louis C.K., Nick Kroll, Andrew Martin, Andrew Goldberg, Michael Cyril Creighton, Lee Eisenberg, and Jay Martel (the Friday Night Lights duo working on How to Get Away With Murder for ABC) created and wrote the show. Jeremy Garelick and John Montgomery will executive produce. Zach Helm and Nicholas Stoller directed the pilot.

“I think I’m home,” says a pregnant Lee Powell as she arrives at the Chicago courthouse, and then drives off, revealing in a fit of happiness in the Lyft she is entering the Uber car in an empty parking lot.

In the present day, Cliff Casey (Cross) is learning that Laura Pierce (Nicole Ari Parker) is pregnant. The baby’s father is named Daniel Hemingway (Kroll), and police detectives Shannon Russo (Martin) and Al Devlin (Eisenberg) are interrogating Laura. She confesses that she and Cliff didn’t stop when they were stopped by a police car, and she gives birth to their baby.

Back in the courtroom, the trial begins, with the last remaining members of the Chicago 7 being on trial. Laura Pierce has the strongest case, as she’s pregnant. She struggles through the proceedings and confesses that the baby is Cliff’s. The cops find the baby and send Laura home, but the judge thinks that the boyfriend will change his story as Cliff will likely represent him. But by the end of the trial, Cliff has found a way to put all the members of the Chicago 7 in jail.

At another point in the episode, Cliff spies a sympathetic judge and kidnaps Lee. Since he and Laura are in love, their relationship is complicated, he has no one to take care of Lee. But Cliff notices that Lee is pregnant, which makes him decide to put Lee in jail. Lee finally arrives to meet Cliff, and he is shocked when Cliff brings him to the city lockup, where a facility filled with dangerous criminals such as the Guyana Guard. Lee confesses to Cliff that she is pregnant and Cliff doesn’t try to stop her.

But things don’t go smoothly, as the Guyana Guard makes contact with Cliff. They are armed with tasers, and eventually the two get the upper hand on the guards. Lee is arrested, and Cliff sends him to get help. But Lee is taken back to the lockup, and the big surprise is that Cliff is now dying from a cancer in his lungs. This comes at the worst possible time for Lee. But Cliff tells him that he will walk away, for him, and he doesn’t listen. Cliff stops breathing, and he dies.

In the last scene, in a room where Lee is sleeping, the lights are turned on. He wakes up, and immediately notices that his penis and balls are gone.

He then visits Cliff’s grave, where he finds Cliff’s tie still wrapped around his neck. Then he discovers Cliff’s Pomeranian dog. His body was brought to Lee’s home, and the dogs has returned to his house. The dog is lying in Cliff’s bed, so Lee leaves in an attempt to find the killer. Cliff is trying to get his Pomeranian back.

But before Lee can do anything, he’s dragged out of the house and told to stop by Laura. After she asks him what happened, Lee admits that it’s his turn in the cross with the cop, because he was protecting his wife and baby. So he admits that he too had a baby and helped to cover up the murder. He was a death row convict, sent to sleep, and then woke up and tried to help.

The dog meanwhile is trying to find Cliff’s body, and Lee asks him to get her the deceased Pomeranian’s collar. She’s too frightened to do it, and instead tells him that he has to get the collar to run it over with her car. So Lee decides that he will wake up the puppy to get the collar. Lee touches the collar and then runs after the dog.

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