Saturday, July 2, 2022

NBC’s ‘The Slap’ is About More Than Just The Slap

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*Is it ever okay to discipline another person’s misbehaving child by smacking him across the grill?

NBC’s new drama “The Slap,” adapted from the original Australian series, is sure to divide viewers when it premieres this month, despite the child being so intolerably bad that even you – no matter where you stand on corporal punishment – may want to reach through the television and tear his lil’ a** up.

Pictured: (l-r) Dylan Schombing as Hugo, Melissa George as Rosie, Thandie Newton as Aisha in NBC's "The Slap"
Pictured: (l-r) Dylan Schombing as Hugo, Melissa George as Rosie, Thandie Newton as Aisha in NBC’s “The Slap”

The slap comes during a family get together, where the adults and kids have had to endure little Hugo’s bad behavior for hours while his parents did nothing, or very little, to stop it.

As depicted in the trailer (see below), Zachary Quinto’s character Harry seems to act on impulse, only after the boy swings a bat at his son, and then kicks Harry in the leg. But is it the boy’s behavior, alone, that causes Harry to lose control, or is it fueled by the personal baggage that he brings to the party?

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Of course, the slap is just the tip of the iceberg.  The multitude of characters at the party – Harry’s cousin Hector and his wife Aisha (Peter Sarsgaard and Thandie Newton), Aisha’s BFF Anouk (Uma Thurman), Hugo’s new-agey parents (Melissa George and Thomas Sadoski), Hector’s babysitter and sidepiece Connie (Makenzie Leigh), and even Hector’s proud Greek parents (Brian Cox and Maria Tucci) – all have baggage that the slap will expose during its eight-episode run.

“All of these characters come to the table with a tremendous amount of internal conflict and struggle about different aspects of their lives and relationships,” Quinto explained during the recent TCA Press Tour. “The slap is just this codifying incident that puts all of that into clear relief.”

“It was very difficult for me personally, obviously, so I understand how anybody could be motivated to this until I really got into the idea of what Harry believes he’s defending, the people that he loves, protection, honor, teaching his son what it means to be a man even if that’s a really misguided concept,” Quinto said.

Actress Thandie Newton arrives at NBCUniversal's 2015 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California
Actress Thandie Newton arrives at NBCUniversal’s 2015 Winter TCA Tour – Day 2 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California

Newton, meanwhile, has become accustomed to the creative freedom of non-network television, as the star of DirecTV’s original series “Rogue” and co-star of HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama “Westworld.”

Below, she talks about having to film this project for a network: (Sarsgaard chimes in at the end.)

“The Slap” premieres Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Watch a “First Look: video and the official trailer below:




  1. The kid hit another kid with a baseball bat then kicked a parent in the shin with his parents not doing anything abut it? Please. The kid would get more than a slap.

  2. Im a little surprised that this even needs to be addressed, but am glad its just a mini-series and not stretched out into a full blown series. Its not like theres this HUGE gray area that people will fall into, this is pretty black and white. You either agree with Spock (Mr. Quinto) or as his character so eloquently put it, the “hippie” parents. I will still check it out to see all these amazing actors do there thing but when it comes down to it if it were my son (which i do have a seven year old) were to do something like that i would be pissed off but just because it’s my job to discipline my son. Although I would also smack the man that smacked my child. then I would proceed to explain to my child why that happened. Its not like it was a back hand or closed fist, but hey maybe that’s how I was raised.and I was never hit as a child but that doesn’t mean that it’s not necessary at times

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