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Rush reference and Tom Sawyer played in latest episode of HBO's Togetherness

Mon, Jan 26, 2015@4:13PM | comments

UPDATE - 2/4@11:31AM: Jay and Mark Duplass star in, write, direct and produce Togetherness. They were guests on Conan last night and spoke at length about Rush and the Tom Sawyer scene from the show, even going as far as air-drumming the song with Conan's help. You can check out the video clip here (thanks Scott).

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UPDATE - 1/30@3:46PM: Ross Bonaime at Paste magazine calls this scene one of the best TV moments so far this year.

UPDATE - 1/29@6:43PM: Here's some video of the Rush/Tom Sawyer reference.

UPDATE - 1/28@11:55AM: Decider.com put together a nice animated gif image of the Tom Sawyer air-drumming from the episode in their recap post.

Togetherness is a new HBO drama series that premiered a few weeks ago. In the latest episode (Season 1, Episode 3 - Insanity) which aired last night, there is a Rush reference and Tom Sawyer is played as described in this Entertainment Weekly recap:

... Brett's just had an epiphany (more below), but we don't know what, and Alex has just had his own. Alex says, "I don't know, man. I didn't even realize it was happening, you know?" Brett tells him, "I kinda saw it." They don't even have to say it out loud. It's a fantastic scene for these best friends, especially the otherwise pretty boring Brett, and the visuals crystallize the episode. Brett's driving, and Alex is in the passenger seat. Headlights are shining down and leftward over Brett, and the reflections on the windshield are moving up and rightward over Alex. Everyone's moving in his own direction. Suddenly Brett pulls over to cheer up his bud. He tells Alex that he inspires and delights everyone around him, just like the hero of Rush's "Tom Sawyer." [as the song plays in the background] Alex smiles, and they play us out with an infectious air-drum and vocals performance. ...

The episode is available on demand and on HBO Go to HBO subscribers. Thanks to Phil Simon for the heads up.

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