PREMIERE EPISODE (#sw_001)
EPISODE PREMIERE: December 31, 1969
Hollywood wife Molly Kagen's life of luxury comes tumbling down when her husband Kenny asks for a divorce.
Hollywood wife Molly Kagen
's (Debra Messing
) life of luxury comes tumbling down when her husband, Kenny (Peter Jacobson
), president of a prominent movie studio, asks her for a divorce.
Humiliated, she retreats to Malibu with her 5-year-old daughter. Her friends face their own problems. Joan (Judy Davis) has secretly entered rehab, Rodney's (Chris Diamantopoulos) interior design career is on life support, and Cricket's (Miranda Otto) relationship with her husband, Jorge (Aden Young), is struggling.
Cut off from the world she knows, Molly begins to reevaluate her life, and a near death experience leads to an encounter with a handsome stranger named Sam (Stephen Moyer.)
Spurred on by her brush with death and intrigued by her chemistry with Sam, Molly decides to re-invent herself. She focuses on being a better mother, and after receiving unexpected attention from Kenny's boss, Lou (Joe Mantegna), she boldly invites him over for dinner.
When Lou doesn't show up, Molly shares a perfect kiss with Sam. Meanwhile, her friends' struggles continue as Joan grows weary of rehab and Cricket's husband has a secret tryst with their nanny.