Tom Holland (Spider-Man) stars as Danny Sullivan in a psychological thriller based on the book The Minds of Billy Milligan. Danny is a troubled teen whose connection to a shooting in midtown Manhattan in 1979 piques the interest of Professor Rya Goodwin (Amanda Seyfried), who sets out to untangle the knots in Danny’s chaotic mind. The show’s two main stars are top-notch, but the Big Reveal is only touched on indirectly for five of the 10 episodes. Once the facts are revealed, The Crowded Room transforms into a tense courtroom drama and a riveting depiction of the battle for Danny’s soul. Initially releasing with three episodes. To get everything you need to know about Episodes 1 and 2 of The Crowded Room, continue reading at tvacute.com.
The Crowded Room Episode 1 Recap: “Exodus”
In the opening scene of “The Crowded Room,” Danny and Ariana (Sasha Lane) pursue an unidentified foe across New York City. Despite their intentions to shoot the man, Danny hesitates, so Ariana fires at him instead, wounding him. When the police arrive, Danny picks up the gun and flees, while Ariana drops the weapon and flees.
Later, Danny is detained for his role in the shooting. Danny is questioned by police interrogator Rya Goodwin (Amanda Seyfried) over his relationship with Yitzak Safdie (Lior Raz ) and Ariana. Danny recounts that Yitzak relocated into the area and reopened the boarding house, which is how they first met. He also talks about his time in high school and his encounter with Annabelle, with whom he strikes up a relationship.
Rya is working to solve the riddle of Danny’s missing friends in the present, including Ariana, Yitzak, and his twin brother Adam. Danny asserts that he is unaware of their location. Rya cautions Danny that assuming responsibility for Ariana could have terrible repercussions. Danny reflects on the circumstances that led to his arrest and the disappearance of those dear to him as the episode comes to a close.
The Crowded Room Episode 2 Recap: “Sanctuary”
In the second part of “The Crowded Room,” Rya returns to the deserted boarding house in 1979 to continue her inquiry. She finds evidence of violence on the walls and in the fireplace when she looks for Danny’s sketchbook. Continuing her questioning, Rya inquires of Danny how he came to be in possession of a firearm. Danny claims he was motivated to intervene because he feared for Ariana’s safety.
In 1977, Danny is battered and wakes up to discover Marlin standing outside the door of the boarding home where he is staying. If Danny wants to stay, Yitzak says he should deal with it. Danny’s worried mother, Candy, and stepfather, Marlin, have a conversation with him in which they beg him to return home, but he declines. Danny begins to feel at home with Yitzak and Ariana; Yitzak buys him school books and promises to shield him from bullies provided he follows the house rules. When Danny runs into Annabelle (Emma Laird) while out shopping, she offers an apology for the rift between them and suggests they be together again.
In order to spend more time with Annabelle, Danny decides to throw a house party. Annabelle and her pals attend the party that Danny throws at the boarding house after asking Danny’s friend Jonny to supply drugs for it. Everyone had a good time while Ariana passes out joints. When Danny and Annabelle have some alone time, they start kissing, but Ariana walks in and overwhelms Danny with her passion for the kiss.
Danny spends the day with Ariana the following day, describing her to Rya as a “night person,” and he and Annabelle share another passionate kiss that night. Ariana’s nights out leave her troubled, revealing a hidden aspect of her character. Danny probes her for details, but she dodges his questions. They head to the movies where Ariana is teased by a man named Benny, resulting in an argument.
Ariana visits a nightclub later and is offered a bar tab by a woman named Grace. Ariana breaks up with Grace and starts dating an old friend of hers named Jerome. In the club’s stalls, they dance, drink, and get close to one another. In a fit of panic, Ariana kisses Grace in an attempt to destroy Jerome’s hopes for a serious commitment, and the two end up getting into a physical struggle.
With her mascara ruined, Ariana returns to the dorm to seek assistance from Danny. Rya describes Ariana’s current conduct as chaotic and unstable, while Danny supports her. A heated argument arises when Rya presses Danny for further details. Ariana enters a flooded cellar in a dreamlike final scene of the program. Two bodies are seen by the camera, prompting speculation about the shady goings-on beneath the boarding home and suggesting that Ariana may be complicit in the murders in some way.