The stepmother and stepdaughter team of Hannah and Bailey are the main characters in The Last Thing He Told Me. In the opening scene of the first episode of this seven-part miniseries, Hannah is seen smashing her phone in a hotel bathroom while eagerly examining the torn picture of herself with a man. That is Owen, Bailey’s biological father and Hannah’s husband. Hannah abruptly awakens and runs outside to fetch Bailey. She, however, is not to be found. Hannah is in a difficult situation where she is unsure of whether she should hunt for her stepdaughter on the streets or hope that she would return to the hotel because she has already broken her phone and is unable to use it to contact Bailey. When Hannah does go back to her room, she is startled to see a stranger standing there. The story then advances four days in the past, and we start to build up to this exciting occasion.
Warning: Major Spoilers
Hannah Finds Out Something Is Wrong At The Shop
Owen is the most important coder at a computer company called The Shop, whereas Hannah is an outstanding woodturner, a skill she learned from her grandfather. They will soon celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary, letting us know that they have been wed for more than a year. They are residents of Sausalito, California, a floating city. Although Bailey and Owen get along well, she doesn’t like Hannah. In addition to all of that, when we follow the couple back to their house, we notice that a man with a bald head is keeping an eye on them. They don’t make a big deal out of it, though, because none of them pay attention to him.
The following day, while Hannah is going about her day, Owen departs to drop Bailey off at school. A strange call asking for Michael does reach her. She doesn’t give it much thought because it ends abruptly. Hannah’s telephone talk with Jules—who is later revealed to be Hannah’s former friend and a journalist—provides some background information. Additionally, Jules’ coworker at the San Francisco Chronicle, Max, is reportedly in a relationship with her. However, after all this dithering, the plot suddenly picks up steam when Hannah receives a note from Owen via a pupil at Bailey’s school bearing the inscription Protect Her. Hannah runs to Owen’s place of business but finds it overrun with FBI agents. Unable to make sense of the situation, Hannah leaves.
Jules Tells Hannah the Hard Truth
Hannah hurries to Bailey’s school to pick her up because Owen is nowhere to be found. I believe that when she sings, Hannah has a fleeting insight that if she doesn’t get her father back, this girl, who already doesn’t like her, will be trapped with her for a while. Avett, the owner of The Shop, has been charged with embezzlement, but Bailey is plainly unaware of this because she is out with her boyfriend, Bobby. Hannah asks Bailey to come to the parking lot right away because she knows she’s playing around, and Bailey complies. She unlocks her school locker, though, and discovers a duffel bag inside before going to her.
Hannah is visibly upset when Bailey finally approaches her because the duffel bag is packed with cash and a note from Owen explaining that he is unable to assist Hannah in making sense of the situation. He has left Bailey a sizable inheritance, though, since he wants her to understand how much she means to him. That is, after all, a more descriptive note than the one for Hannah. Fortunately, Jules shows up to Hannah’s house to inform her of the entire extent of The Shop’s fraudulent operations and how Owen’s involvement in them may be the cause of his absence. Hannah, who believes she knows Owen better than anybody in the world, isn’t yet ready to accept that this is the reason why Owen fled.
Why Is the U.S. Marshall Grady at Hannah s Doorstep?
We discover that Hannah has been abandoned previously when she says goodbye to Jules and Bailey says goodbye to Bobby (who, by the way, has questioned Hannah’s involvement in Owen’s disappearance). Hannah’s mother abandoned her when she was a little child, and her grandfather raised her. As a result, his picture may be found in the feature piece about Hannah’s woodturning company. Bailey believes she must be as trustworthy as her grandfather because she was the same age as Hannah when her mother abandoned her. She believes that Bailey’s circumstance is very different, though, and that Hannah’s grandfather’s strategies won’t be effective this time. Once more, Hannah is being watched as Jules departs.
Hannah continues to piece together her recollections of Owen after retiring to her balcony or porch. She recalls that he claimed that his undying love for Bailey is the only thing that truly defines him. She finds it perplexing because she wonders how a parent who makes such a public display of his love for his kid could just up and disappear. She doesn’t have much time to consider this realization before the bald-headed man from earlier shows up at her doorstep and leaves as soon as he realizes he has been seen.
The next day, Hannah tries to console Bailey, but she isn’t in the mood because she believes her stepmother isn’t being completely honest with her. She appears to be the obnoxious teen that she is. However, it’s not totally her fault because it’s difficult to accept a stranger as your mother in place of your biological mother. However, she has been written in this manner on purpose to give the impression that she is overly unpleasant. You’ll grow to like her by the time the show is over and she starts to behave more sensibly. The way teenagers are written about has not changed. Everything is predictable.
Returning to the plot, it is exceedingly suspicious when U.S. Marshall Grady Bradford arrives at Hannah’s door with a cup of oat milk that is prepared exactly how she prefers. Hannah isn’t prepared to accept Grady when he claims he wants to protect Owen. She assumes, as any reasonable person would, that Grady is attempting to find out all information he can about Owen in order to apprehend him. Grady gives Hannah his phone number and instructs her to call him if Owen contacts her using a burner phone once he realizes how ridiculous everything appears to be. Grady then makes a concerning statement, namely that Owen isn’t who Hannah believes him to be. Now, that may be a signal about his connection to the business or about anything from Owen’s past, which Grady is well aware of. If the latter scenario is accurate, he might be the only one who can help Hannah and Bailey through everything.