'The Thing About Pam' Episode 1: Was Pam a good friend or just a pain in the a**?

The premiere of 'The Thing About Pam' sees Pam Hupp telling a story about how Russ could have killed his wife and her best friend, Betsy


                            'The Thing About Pam' Episode 1: Was Pam a good friend or just a pain in the a**?
Renee Zellweger as Pam Hupp in 'The Thing About Pam' (NBC)
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People say that there is nothing such as a “perfect crime”, but what if we told you that there was someone who committed a crime and was successful in sending someone else behind the bars. Wouldn’t you be excited to see what happened? If yes, then NBC has something amazing coming out for you. Titled ‘The Thing About Pam’, the story revolves around the murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction.

But how did everything begin? The premiere of the NBC show gave us a glimpse of how the investigation began. From the very first moment, we get to know that Pam Hupp (Renee Zellweger) is not a likable character. She wants to do things only her way and is not considered for anyone, including her best friend Betsy (Katy Mixon). Betsy is suffering from cancer and it’s Betsy who takes her to the chemotherapy sessions. She also drops her back and sometimes, they watch movies together as well.

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As soon as they reach Betsy’s home, Pam calls her husband and tells him that they have reached Betsy’s house. A few moments later, she calls Betsy’s mom and says that Betsy hasn’t been picking up her calls. She gets worried and hoped that her friend is in a good place. On the other hand, Betsy’s husband, Russ (Glenn Fleshler), is coming home from his friend’s house and as soon as he enters, he sees the dead body of his wife. He calls 911 and hysterically tells them that her wife killed “herself”. He didn’t know that this was not the case.

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Glenn Fleshler as Russ Faria in 'The Thing About Pam' (NBC)

 

Police arrives at the crime scene and they thought that it was the perfect case of homicide and it was the husband who killed her. They take Russ to the police station and interrogate them. They also call lawyer Leah Askey (Judy Greer) and tell her about the case. Meanwhile, police arrives at Pam’s house to ask some questions and she acted like she was crying because of Betsy’s death. While answering police questions, she behaved like she had a bad memory after a workplace accident. She also revealed that Russ played a game with Betsy in which he put a pillow on her face and needed to see how it felt while doing so.

At the same time, she said that she didn’t know Russ that well. The episode ended with Russ being held at the police station while Pam visited Betsy’s mother and told her that Russ was taken into custody. Why is Pam telling a fake story? And why does he want Russ to be the accused? We’ll find about it in the upcoming episodes.

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'The Thing About Pam' returns to NBC with a new episode every Tuesday at 10 pm EST.