As much as many adults yearn to "go home again"--to return to the place of their childhood and somehow magically return to a simpler time of close friendships and few responsibilities--the inevitability of change ensures that that homecoming will never be as simple or utopian as it seems. Best-selling novelist Nick Garrett (Bryan Greenberg) returns home to the quiet town of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts after a 10-year absence to find his friends and family disappointed and angry with him because of his prolonged, silent absence and his unfavorable characterizations of them in his novel. Nick struggles to reconnect with his closest childhood friends, but things have changed for them all: Physical Phil (Jay Paulson) has become a shut-in after the events of September 11, 2001 and refuses to leave his home, Owen Rowan (Brad William Henke) is now a devoted husband and father, Eddie Latekka (Geoff Stults) owns a landscape business and holds a powerful grudge against Nick, Ikey (Evan Jones) is stuck in a dead-end job shoveling mulch, Nick's old girlfriend Hannah (Laura Prepon) has a 10-year old son Sam (Slade Pearce) whom Nick suspects may be his son, and former outsider Ray "Big Cat" Cataldo seems to be the most successful of the group as the owner of the town's biggest construction company. While the past is a powerful bond that rekindles old friendships, even repeatedly returning the group to a make-believe stage where they lip-synch and play air guitar to their favorite songs, their relationships with one another are intrinsically changed. Add in Nick's complicated attempts to make a place for himself as an educator at the local college under Dean Etwood (Penny Johnson) and cultivate a new relationship with his student Aubrey (Odette Yustman), and life becomes incredibly complicated. October Road
is a powerful drama that explores the passage of time and the power and limitations of friendship through a rich cast of characters. --Tami Horiuchi
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Nick Garrett's (Bryan Greenberg) revealing new best-seller about his hometown doesn't buy him many fans when he returns to his circle of friends on October Road. In between mending old relationships and settling family matters, Nick searches for some creative inspiration. However, Nick's plan takes an odd turn when a love triangle with Hannah, his high school girlfriend (Laura Prepon), and an attractive college student leads him down an all-new path. Experience all Season One episodes in this two-disc DVD set, complete with exclusive bonus features, and fall in love with the characters of OCTOBER ROAD.