ByRobin Shields, writer at
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Robin Shields

"The Slap" is a miniseries based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas.

What a different mix of people that make up this group. And, they are all on the razor thin edge of being totally narcissistic, but are talented at pretending to put themselves second for the sake of family and friends.

The initial episode begins showing us the lives of the characters involved. Hector is a public servant, turning 40, who finds out he is passed over for a big promotion. His wife, Aisha is a doctor and is planning a birthday party for her husband with his friends and very Greek family. I almost forgot that Hector is valiantly denying himself an affair with a younger woman who works with his wife and also babysits for the couple.

As everyone gathers for the birthday party and all the different personalities start to mingle, feathers get ruffled, but everyone stays moderately civilized.

The infamous slap takes place when the kids gather to play softball and the one child, who is very overindulged and in dire need of discipline, takes his turn. He strikes out and has a tantrum, refusing to relinquish the bat to the next child. Instead, he starts swinging it around almost hitting several of the other kids. Then Hector's hot headed cousin takes the bat away and when the child continues to misbehave, he slaps him.

Of course Hector didn't see what happened because he was under the deck making goo goo eyes with the younger woman.

The boys mother, who is a few bricks shy of a load, pursues the matter having the cousin arrested. And everyone's lives become increasingly complicated from there. I look forward to what the upcoming episodes bring.

The NBC offers the following:

What the hosts and guests don't know, however, is that this moment will ignite a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family... and vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved.

Regardless of your stance on the matter, the child needs discipline, but not from the man with anger issues who has abused his wife at least once.


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