There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to decide if they want to settle down or not. Though coming earlier for some than it does others, depending on the time one meets someone and the life experiences that inform one’s personal decision-making, having to make that type of decision is still almost a right of passage of sorts, a way of “knowing” that you’re an adult. While there’s not necessarily a uniform time frame for when someone should be ready to put a halt to sowing their oats and find someone to commit themselves to, Looking‘s Patrick and his friend Agustin are at personal crossroads on the issue of settling down, with one tiring of trying to find the domestic life he so desperately craves and the other uncertain that he’s ready for such a big step in his development.
Listed below are the dates, descriptions, and repeat information for the first two episodes of Looking.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19th – “Looking for Now”
After a park-cruising experiment is derailed by a phone call, 29-year-old video-game designer Patrick (Jonathan Groff) meets up with his best friends, roommate Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, and Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39, to discuss the impending wedding of his ex. The next morning, Agustín agrees to move in with his boyfriend, Frank (O-T Fagbenle), in Oakland, though he wonders if domesticating is the right move. Dom, who’s been a waiter at the same restaurant for years, tells his roommate, Doris (Lauren Weedman), that he’s thinking of reconnecting with old flame Ethan (Derek Ray), who has a successful real-estate career. Later, Patrick meets up with OkCupid date Benjamin (Matt Wilkas); after the date goes south, Patrick is chatted up on the Muni by Richie (Raúl Castillo), a cute barber who also works the door at a Latin drag club in the Mission.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 19 (12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m.), 20 (11:15 p.m.), 21 (9:30 p.m.), 22 (9:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 23 (8:30 p.m.), 24 (12:30 a.m.) and 29 (8:30 p.m.), and Feb. 5 (8:00 p.m.).
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 20 (10:30 p.m.), 23 (9:00 p.m.), and 25 (11:30 p.m.).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th – “Looking for Uncut”
When Dom helps Agustín move his belongings to Frank’s house in Oakland, the two question whether Patrick is capable of a casual sexual relationship, despite his assertion that he’s tired of searching for a boyfriend. Back in San Francisco, Dom meets up with his LA-ified ex Ethan, and seems intrigued when Ethan tells him he’d like to “start over” as friends. Later, Patrick and Richie go out on a date, but a tipsy Patrick becomes a little too focused on personal details.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 26 (12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m.), 27 (10:45 p.m.), 28 (10:30 p.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 30 (8:30 p.m.) and 31 (12:30 a.m.), and Feb. 5 (8:30 p.m.).
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 27 (10:30 p.m.) and 30 (9:00 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (11:30 p.m.).