The Arrangement Recap

The Arrangement: Is E! Drama's Hollywood Romance a Keeper?

E! on Sunday debuted its new series The Arrangement, which chronicles a Hollywood contract marriage — but will you be signing up for the dark, unconventional romantic drama?

The Arrangement RecapBefore you chime in with your thoughts, let’s recap the pilot: Megan Morrison (The Walking Dead‘s Christine Evangelista) is an actress/waitress who has done bit parts on TV shows like Seattle Med and Blood Works — but the unknown thesp has that indescribable “thing.” She nails her audition for a major blockbuster starring Hollywood hunk Kyle West (Dallas‘ Josh Henderson) despite suffering from a my-boyfriend-has-been-cheating-on-me hangover. Kyle is so impressed, in fact, he invites Megan to lunch — and then to an island he’s thinking about purchasing in Mexico, where the two hook up.

Kyle’s friend/mentor Terence (Alias‘ Michael Vartan) is less enthused about Megan. As the head of the self-help organization The Institute for the Higher Mind, he says gibberish like, “We all have our stuff. Right-size it, get present with your narrative.” He’s worried that Megan, an orphan who dropped out of NYU and vanished for four months, could be a “destabilizing” force in Kyle’s life. The actor’s “actions reflect on us,” he notes to his wife Deann (Arrow‘s Lexa Doig). And after what happened with Kyle’s ex-fiancée, who called off their wedding, Terence doesn’t “want to clean up another trainwreck.” But Deann, who is also Kyle’s producing partner, is a fan of “smart” Megan, whom she once met at a NRDC conference.

The Arrangement Premiere Video WatchWhat Terence and Deann think might not even matter because Kyle is so smitten, he offers Megan a contract to be his next wife. She’ll start off as his girlfriend, and then with time, she’ll get $10 million as his spouse. Her agent Leslie (The O.C.‘s Autumn Reeser) says it’ll open doors for her, but Megan thinks it’s a crazy offer — and that Kyle is hiding something. He explains that it’s just about protecting his reputation and brand. If he gets humiliated again, that’s a pattern, and that’s bad for business. Then he invites her to come with him to the Venice Film Festival. You know,  typical second date stuff.

Megan’s lawyer friend Shaun (Carra Patterson) warns that the contract requires her to be the perfect girlfriend, and “we both know you haven’t been perfect,” Shaun adds. Whatever Megan’s hiding, it’s “a landmine.” But it’s a risk Megan’s willing to take because Kyle “gets” her. She signs on the dotted line and heads to a movie premiere with the stud.

Now, back to Terence and Deann. I can’t decide if they’re in a loveless marriage or not, but I do know this: they’re twisted and sneaky. When Kyle’s fling with his “therapist” runs its course and the woman refuses to go quietly, Terence instructs one of his underlings to “get her into the facility quietly.” Deann, meanwhile, is meeting with Annika (Courtney Paige), the woman with whom Megan’s boyfriend had an affair. She tells Annika she’ll see about getting her an agent. (So was Annika a plant to get Megan and her ex to split up?)

What did you think of The Arrangement? Grade it via the poll below, then back up your pick!

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  1. Robert45 says:

    I actually like it better than the Royals….fresh idea using the whole Tom Cruise situation.

  2. Garbo says:

    The Royals seems to be all the E! camp I can handle for now because this did nothing for me. I don’t buy the Dallas guy as a superstar, I don’t buy the female lead as enigmatic movie star material and I just couldn’t care for the whole thing. Turned it off midway through. I MAY finish the pilot later this week and then change my mind but for now this is my first impression

  3. Jeremy says:

    It was subpar (D+) for me! It started good but began to bore when he whisked her off to Mexico and by the end, I was barely paying attention. I wish they had upped the dark factor because the only interesting things to me were the other woman (Annika) and the mysterious organization.

    Gonna pass but if I hear good reviews, might continue watching!

  4. Vanna says:

    Ya’ll trippin…the pilot was great! Something different…I will ABSOLUTELY be watching next week!

  5. sunshine says:

    Dallas‘ Josh Henderson was the hands down best part of that show. I’ve often wondered why I never see him anywhere. I’ll watch next week since I didn’t know about it this week.

  6. JDB says:

    I enjoyed it and can’t wait to see the next episode. I typically don’t watch E! because I try to avoid all things relating to “that” family. But I need a new Sunday night “soap” and this fit the bill so far.

  7. Traditionalist says:

    I LOVE Josh Henderson, but this one is just not for me. Sad

  8. Lynn says:

    I was kind of bored by it. I think the female lead is kind of miscast. I don’t know why but Josh Henderson’s voice was distracting me. On Dallas he had kind of a southern accent which I think is his real voice because I think he actually is from Texas. I dont know if they had him lose the accent to seem more Hollywood or like a movie star but it bugged me. I may give it another week though, from the previews it looks like it gets darker. We know she’s hiding something from her past and I’m sure he’s hiding some things as well.

  9. PR says:

    I don’t know how this show managed to be creepy, sleazy and boring all at the same time. And, where, Oh where, was Ken Olin’s usual deft direction?

  10. Juju says:

    I loved it. Totally hooked and ready for episode two.

  11. Sophia says:

    Very good. Can’t wait to see more. Wish I could binge watch it on Netflix! It was a decent pilot, it set up many details of what’s to come.

  12. kath says:

    I tried it because I like Lexa Doig and Michael Vartan but it’s really boring and I couldn’t bring myself to care about Kyle and Megan. At all.