The Garveys at Their Best



Critic Consensus: A solid standalone episode in its own right, "The Garveys at Their Best" effectively sets the stage for an exciting season finale.

Episode Info

Tom connects with his past, even though he knows it's a mistake. Meanwhile, Nora has a job interview; Kevin's father receives an honor; troubling news comes as no surprise to Laurie; and Kevin tracks down a rampaging deer, but can't seem to shake his bad habits.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Christopher Eccleston
as Matt Jamison
Ann Dowd
as Patti Levin
Charlie Carver
as Scott Frost
Frank Harts
as Dennis Luckey
Max Carver
as Adam Frost
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Amanda Warren
as Lucy Warburton
Janel Moloney
as Mary Jamison
Annie Q.
as Christine
Wayne Duvall
as Louis Vitello
Scott Glenn
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
Briana Marin
as The Woman
Adrian Matilla
as Purchase Cop
Patrick Husted
as Louis Patterson
Mary Shultz
as Marie Patterson
Christopher Devlin
as Charlie Patterson
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Critic Reviews for The Garveys at Their Best

"The Garveys at Their Best" answered many of the questions we've been itching to uncover since the pilot, while still introducing new, unexpected elements for development.

Jan 27, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Great episode, and another example of how well the show excels when it deviates from whatever formula it's established for itself within these first 9 hours of television.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

The Leftovers took a wise leap backward this week. Initially, when I read the title of the episode, "The Garveys at Their Best," I assumed it was ironic, as our headlining family is at anything but their best these days.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

Although the hour shows us exactly what its title promises - "The Garveys at Their Best" - it also reveals the cracks in the foundation of the family that probably would've broken it up even if the world hadn't been turned upside-down.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Using frightening supernatural imagery to coax realistic emotional pain out of a cast of multifaceted characters, 'The Garveys at Their Best' took the series' concept and lived up to that promise. That terrible promise.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

"Cairo" and "The Garveys at Their Best" have connected a lot of dots. The slow build of the series to this point has picked up speed, nicely setting up what looks to be an engrossing season finale.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Many a time, I've accused this show of holding back, but this episode was a great big gift wrapped in sadness. This is the episode we've been waiting for.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

But Sunday's episode, as difficult as it was to watch, also struck me as our best insight yet into the inner lives of characters who have been frustratingly opaque for an entire season.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Garveys at Their Best" is, principally, a reconsideration of characters we believe we've come to know, and the hour's string of surprises nimbly steers between continuity and change.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Even though we know that the world is about to come crashing down and ruin all their lives, it's actually great to see that all of the miserable characters were somewhat functional at one point.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…