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"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.

Monday 9:30 PM et/pt on HBO
2 Seasons, 18 Episodes - Canceled
October 10, 2011
Comedy
7.5/10
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amy is inspired to use social media to broadcast her message of change, and attends a gathering of liberal intellectuals at Jeff's invitation. Dougie learns the hacker's identity, but has second thoughts about reporting the breach to HR. Amy has a chance run-in with Abaddonn CEO Charles Szidon.

  • Amy receives a letter from Levi, who's still in Hawaii. In an effort to cope with his situation, Levi escapes with a pair of fellow malcontents, Travis and Danielle, for a night of drugs, alcohol and debauchery at a nearby hotel.

  • Amy's fantasies are fueled when she and a hesitant Tyler meet Jeff at a jazz club, where he reveals he's already been working on a story about Abaddonn but needs proof of bribery.

  • In the second season premiere, Amy plots to ruin Abaddonn and "free" its employees. Her first move is to meet with Jeff Flender, a charming journalist.

  • In the season finale, Amy persuades Levi to get help at Open Air. Then she convinces Damon to let her present her research findings with disappointing results.

  • Helen reminisces about her deceased husband and runs into an old friend at the grocery store whose husband used to work with him. Meanwhile, Levi vents about Helen's meddling in his failed marriage to Amy when he drops off a photo album.

  • Amy is reported to HR for unsatisfactory performance related to personality clashes in the department, so she appeals to Krista to speak to Damon to explore options of finding a different position.

  • A nightmare actually helps Amy deal with her feelings for Levi, but also forms a connection with Tyler over loneliness issues.

  • Amy is thrilled to see Sandy (Robin Wright), a friend she met in Hawaii during group therapy. However, things don't go as planned.

  • A news story about the deportation of a Mexican-born mother influences Amy to find support for the family. However, she later has trouble finding similar motivation for human-rights causes among her coworkers or at Krista's baby shower.

  • Amy fears falling into a rut on her first weekend home from treatment so she talks Levi into going on a kayaking trip in a canyon.

  • Amy is thrilled with the prospect of making a difference with her new job at a homeless shelter, but an unexpected bill makes her think differently.

  • Even though Amy was banished to a dead end job in the basement of Abaddonn, she tries to impress a human resource worker with evidence that the company needs to redefine its mission.

  • Amy returns home following treatment in Hawaii for a very public meltdown. She is ready to take on the world with a very new perspective.

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