‘The Real O’Neal’s’ Episode Guide (April 19): Eileen Faces Her Book Club

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‘The Real O’Neal’s’ Episode Guide (April 19): Eileen Faces Her Book Club

“The Real Book Club” (04/19/16) – Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems.

Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match, on “The Real O’Neals,” TUESDAY, APRIL 19 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring in this episode are Sarayu Blue as Marcia Worthman, Pat Finn as Zack, Anita Barone as Suzie, Melanie Paxson as Nancy, Kate Fuglei as Fran, Michael D. Cohen as Dr. Filbert and Jeremy Batiste as Doug.

To people in their Chicago community, the O’Neals appear to be your all-American perfect family, and if it were up to Eileen (Martha Plimpton), she’d prefer to keep it that way. Eileen is a mom who prides herself on her unparalleled organizational skills and also strives to put on the best charity event at her church every year. Early in the season, a crack in family armor forces Eileen to admit that her marriage is on the rocks and that her family may be a bit of a mess. Eventually being not-so-perfect is something that Eileen finds very liberating and humiliating at the same time. Eileen’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Pat (Jay R. Ferguson), is a police officer, good-natured father and the emotional center of the family. He and Eileen try to parent the best they can through all of this upheaval, and, for a time, Pat goes along with Eileen’s request to keep up their perfect family image.

Eileen and Pat’s sixteen-year-old son, Kenny (Noah Galvin), is likable, smart and funny, but has always kind of felt like an outsider in his seemingly perfect family. Things at home start to become real when Kenny decides to come out to his family, which ultimately proves to be a good thing. However, he never would have imagined his admission would result in also outing his entire family’s secrets, sending them all down an unfamiliar road called honesty. Jimmy (Matt Shively) is Kenny’s charming, older brother. He’s a well-respected, popular high school kid on the wrestling team but also wrestles with the pressures of being a star athlete. Nevertheless, Jimmy wears his heart on his sleeve and always tries to do what’s best in any situation. Kenny and Jimmy’s fourteen-year-old little sister, Shannon (Bebe Wood), is smart, poised and more mature than her age. She has a questioning mind and craves debates when it comes to politics, religion and other worldly topics. Another familiar face in the O’Neals household is Jodi (Mary Hollis Inboden), who used to be married to Pat’s deadbeat brother and is Eileen’s best friend and sidekick. Jodi’s life is an open book with endless amounts of tumultuous chapters and is someone Eileen can really turn to for support since she’s always in the know when it comes to the latest town gossip and is also willing to admit things are far from perfect in her own life.

During this new journey of self-discovery and somewhat messy chapter in their lives, the O’Neals stop pretending to be perfect and actually start being real. And what could have torn them apart actually brings them closer together.

“The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matt Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

“The Real O’Neals” teleplay was written by Casey Johnson & David Windsor and Josh Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia, based on a story by Josh Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia. Executive producers of the series are Casey Johnson, David Windsor, Stacy Traub, Dan Savage, Brian Pines, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott and Todd Holland.

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