Based on a South Korean series, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP begins just as two natural enemies meet cute. Charlie Nicoletti (Milo Ventimiglia) is a talented con man trying to keep his family of grifters afloat; Emma Hill (Catherine Haena Kim) is a CIA agent from a powerful politically connected family on the trail of criminals like him. Violence is bloodless but characters are often in danger and criminal enterprises thrive. Cursing includes "bitches," "SOB," and "hell."
Based on the South Korean series My Fellow Citizens!, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP begins just as two natural enemies meet cute: Charlie Nicoletti (Milo Ventimiglia) is a talented con man trying to keep his family of grifters afloat; Emma Hill (Catherine Haena Kim) is a CIA agent from a powerful politically connected family on the trail of criminals like him. When they meet by chance and spend a night together, they don't know that they're natural enemies. But fate will soon draw Charlie and Emma, as well as their respective loved ones, into a clash that could destroy them all.
Nonetheless, Kim and Ventimiglia are both charming, and have legitimately good reasons not to fall into easy love, so viewers may enjoy focusing on that alone. Their courtship can be a little cheesy, like when Charlie asks Emma a classic getting-to-know-you question "Beatles or Stones?", but romantic stories in which a big plot point keeps soulmates from colliding are classics, particularly in episodic TV. Charlie's larcenous family is easy to love too, and snaring them in criminal complications is likely to entertain. The Company You Keep isn't particularly unique, but it has enough charm for viewers who want to immerse themselves for an hour in not-too-scary crimes and sympathetic characters who make the mistakes we hope they'll make.
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So, boy meets girl at hotel bar. Boy and girl drink too much. Boy and girl bond by telling each other fun lies (he's a yoga instructor; she's a pageant queen-turned-rocket scientist) before jokingly-not-jokingly telling one truth ("I'm a criminal"; "I'm CIA") and winding up in boy's hotel room for the weekend. Later, by chance, Charlie runs into Emma at a black-tie D.C. function; she's there with her politically connected family, while the Nicolettis are running a con on a corrupt televangelist played by guest-star Doug Savant. (Context: the Nicoletti family only targets "deserving" people, and this mission is happening only because, earlier in the episode, they ripped off $10 million from Irish mobster Patrick Maguire on a fake warehouse deal, but immediately lost that payday when Charlie's fiancée, Tina, disappeared with the money.) Sparks once again fly between Charlie and Emma, but after Birdie pulls her brother aside and reminds him to keep his head in the con game (see: Tina), he abruptly calls it off with a disappointed Emma.
While Emma nurses her (metaphorical and literal) wounds the next day, Charlie pops up at her door with an apology and a few words of caution/explanation. "The more you know about me," he says, "the faster you'll want to run." She throws caution/explanation to the wind and plants a kiss on him, and the two decide to get lost in each other's company again. Of course, fantasy can only keep reality at bay for so long. When Charlie returns to his family, he finds Daphne and her goons waiting. She demands a rapid repayment of the $10 million, plus another $5 million in interest. She warns Charlie: "You're not going to be able to lie your way out of this one."
Where will the Nicolettis find $15 million fast? How will Charlie and Emma find love in the midst of lies? And what even is a relationship these days, anyway? Always respecting the orange, EW put down the theramin, cranked up the Stones, ordered a negroni, and asked Ventimiglia to answer a few burning questions about the company he's now keeping. 781b155fdc