"Enlightened" is the cable-television series that follows the breakdown and rehabilitation of lead character, Amy Jellicoe. Amy is played by Laura Dern, and the show examines the ways in which Amy's mental illness and new-found "enlightenment" affect her and those around her.
The first episode introduces us to Amy and her family. She has just returned from a rehabilitation center in Hawaii where she sought treatment after an embarrassing meltdown at her job. Her time alone has made her aware of what is important in life, and she plans to use her new knowledge for the good of everyone. Fresh, rested, and determined to make her life better, she moves in with her mother, Helen. Helen is played by Dern's real-life mother, Diane Ladd. Because of this, the mother-daughter scenes seem especially authentic.
In the next few episodes, Amy embarks on her mission to create a better world. Things start off badly when she blackmails her employer into re-hiring her. She is re-hired, but the only position available for her is much lower than her old executive one. In fact, her new assignment is so low that her desk is actually in the basement of the building. Her efforts at helping her ex-husband, played by Luke Wilson, deal with his own mental health and drug abuse issues are also disappointing. But Amy will not be deterred. She views her trials as tests.
The series pokes fun at Amy's attempts to use her new-found insight to make the world a better place, and viewers may sometimes cringe watching Amy fulfill her "karmic destiny." She is her own worst enemy, and most of her efforts result in sabotages. "Enlightened" is described as a comedy, but it's only a comedy for those with a dark sense of humor.
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- First Aired: March 03, 2013
In the second season finale, Amy is on the verge of taking down Abaddonn and issues a warning to Tyler. When Szidon discovers her intentions, HR gets involved.
- First Aired: February 24, 2013
In an effort to convince Amy to forget her crusade against Abaddonn, Tyler gets Eileen to arrange a meeting for Amy with Szidon, who turns out being different than Amy expected. Dougie loses it after getting official word about Cogentiva’s future.
- First Aired: February 17, 2013
Following their recent discovery, Amy lets down her guard with Jeff, and daydreams of building a perfect life with a dashing journalist. But her dream is cut short when Levi returns home.
- First Aired: February 10, 2013
Amy, Tyler and Dougie attempt to befriend Eileen, the CEO’s assistant. When she agrees to meet the trio for drinks, Eileen starts liking Tyler, who feels guilty for misleading her.