FOUR IN THE MORNING – Season 1 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
The characters are instantly likeable, and one forms attachments to them immediately, especially the passionate musician Bondurant, who was rejected by Julliard because his playing lacked passion. Even if some of the jokes are old, the show’s concept is completely new. There is humour that relies on the implausible. There is social commentary. All before breakfast.
At the Patrician Grill on King Street East in Toronto, and on their way home from there, two couples speak to each other in metaphors involving (among other things) a terminally ill pet pig, crooked bankers, male strippers, and Massey Hall. The dialogue is sharp and fast, and there is a point when one comes to wish that the lot of them would smoke some weed and calm down. As though anticipating this reaction, two of them (the women) promptly do just that.
Bondurant (Daniel Maslany) is crashing on the couch of William (who is a writer, and wants to be a novelist), so the two men take the streetcar home together. Bondurant has a wonderful monologue in front of Massey Hall before he and William (Mazin Elsadig) break in. The two women walk home together because someone stole their cab.
Mitzi the Banker is played by Lola Tash. Much about Mitzi’s potentially catastrophic misunderstanding of the universe is revealed to us from this exchange, which happens after the taxi incident, when she uses a loose brick she finds lying about to break a window:
MITZI: “Little sluts stole our cab.”
JAMIE: “I don’t think they’re going to get the message.”
MITZI: “The affected party’s immaterial. There was an injustice perpetrated. I, in turn, perpetrated one injustice.”
JAMIE: “Is that the cynic’s version of paying it forward?”
MITZI: “There’s a fixed amount of happiness in the universe. If something really good happens to someone, something really shitty has to happen to someone else.”
To give things that 4am feel, director Pavan Moondi shot each episode entirely between 6pm and 6am. Daniel Maslany told Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press: “There was a certain amount of freedom about being up that late and where your brain goes when you’re on that nocturnal schedule. I think we were able to tap into a surrealist mindset for this very surreal show.”
Mylett’s other series, LETTERKENNY, was renewed for a third, six episode season (Season 2 has yet to air). That show can be seen in Canada on Crave TV and The Comedy Network. LETTERKENNY centres around the dustups four buddies get into with their small-town Ontario rivals.
Because filming FOUR IN THE MORNING required such a drastic change in his sleeping schedule, Daniel Maslany took a combination of vitamins B12, D, and C, along with regular doses of cod liver oil to stay healthy.
Michelle Mylett was Maggy in episode 5.4 of LOST GIRL. Others from LOST GIRL will appear later in the eight episode series. Lanette Ware (a nurse in “Family Portrait“) will be Susan in episodes 3 and 7. Jennifer Dale (The Leviathan in “Destiny’s Child“) plays Dovie in episode 6. Richard Zeppieri (Mr. Keats in “Big in Japan“) will be Roman Roman in episodes 6 and 8.