My Brilliant Friend - Episode Guide

Season 1

Le Bambole (The Dolls)

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Nov 18, 2018

Le Bambole (The Dolls)

The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena and Lila are two very different girls at the top of their class. When the girls discover the underground lair of Don Achille, a criminal figure who controls the neighborhood, they decide to confront him, facing their fears together and laying the cornerstone of a lasting friendship and rivalry.

I Soldi (The Money)

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Nov 19, 2018

I Soldi (The Money)

As fourth grade draws to an end, Elena and Lila fight with their families for the chance to continue their education. Later, a trip out of town becomes a day Elena will never forget, and a death changes things in the neighborhood forever.

Le Metamorfosi (The Metamorphoses)

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Nov 25, 2018

Le Metamorfosi (The Metamorphoses)

Now a teenager, Elena grapples with the onset of puberty, her studies, and her friendship with Lila, who now works in her family's shoe-repair store. After a library awards ceremony reveals what Lila has been keeping secret, Elena learns what her friend's grand plans might be. As the girls' encounters with the opposite sex become more and more frequent, Lila takes a stand against the dangerous Solara brothers.

Le Smarginatura (Dissolving Margins)

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Nov 26, 2018

Le Smarginatura (Dissolving Margins)

Entering high school, Elena vows to stay ahead of Lila, academically and romantically. Lila eschews a parade of suitors vying for her affection, choosing instead to focus on her ambitions in the shoe shop. Promising a better future for the neighborhood, Stefano Carracci invites Elena, Lila and their families over for New Year's Eve. Things escalate quickly during a fireworks faceoff with the Solaras, leading Lila to see a new side of her brother Rino.

Le Scarpe (The Shoes)

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Dec 2, 2018

Le Scarpe (The Shoes)

Lila rejects two potential suitors at a cost; Elena prepares to spend the summer away from Lila and her family.

L'isola (The Island)

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Dec 3, 2018

L'isola (The Island)

On the island of Ischia, a visit by the Sarratore family leaves an indelible mark on Elena as she reaches her 15th birthday.

I Fidanzati (The Fiancés)

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Dec 9, 2018

I Fidanzati (The Fiancés)

Elena returns to Naples to find Lila has made a romantic connection with Stefano, despite the looming presence of Marcello. As Lila embraces a more glamorous life at Stefano's side, Elena warns her about what people are saying around the neighborhood. Later, in hopes of keeping up with her friend, Elena encourages one suitor and rebuffs the advances of another.

La Promessa (The Promise)

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Dec 10, 2018

La Promessa (The Promise)

With sales of Cerullo shoes lagging, Stefano cuts a business deal with the Solaras against Lila's wishes. After Elena gets kicked out of a class for voicing her opinion, Nino encourages her to write an article for his magazine about her experience. Later, Elena and Lila get unwelcome surprises.

Season 2

Il nuovo cognome (The New Name)

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2020

Il nuovo cognome (The New Name)

With Lila on her honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, Elena struggles to handle school and her relationship with Antonio. When Lila returns with visible bruises on her body, the two girls revert to their natural closeness and Lila's will to take revenge against her husband grows. Elena continues to be bewitched by Nino Sarratore's charisma but chooses not to mention him to Lila.

Il corpo (The Body)

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2020

Il corpo (The Body)

Elena's relationship is threatened when Antonio discovers she has asked the Solaras' help to keep him from doing military service, while Lila remains rebellious in her marriage to the often-violent Stefano. After a photo of her is exhibited at a wedding dress shop in the center of town and becomes the subject of much gossip, Lila makes a bet with Elena about how the whole affair will end.

 

Scancellare (Erasure)

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Feb 17, 2020

Scancellare (Erasure)

Upset that her picture is featured prominently in the new shoe shop Stefano is opening with the Solaras, Lila comes up with a creative solution to deal with the matter and enlists Elena's help. Though Lila begins working at the Caraccis' new grocery store, she continues to resent her husband's business activities and the source of their income. Model student Elena invites Lila to a party at her teacher Ms. Galiani's house; there, the two girls become acutely aware of the fact that they belong to ever more distant worlds.

Il bacio (The Kiss)

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Feb 17, 2020

Il bacio (The Kiss)

At Rino and Pinuccia's wedding, Elena accepts Lila's invitation to go on holiday, provided the destination is Ischia, where she knows she'll find Nino. On the island, Elena, Lila and Pinuccia begin to spend more and more time with Nino and his friend Bruno and Lila starts to take a strong interest in Elena's summer reads. As Lila and Pinuccia exhibit signs of nervousness when their respective husbands come to visit for the weekend, Elena is thrown when Lila comes to her bedroom to make a confession.

Il tradimento (The Betrayal)

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Feb 24, 2020

Il tradimento (The Betrayal)

As Pinuccia returns to Naples, a new secret excites Lila and numbs Elena. Subdued by Lila's charisma and indifferent to Bruno's flattery, Elena finds herself the keeper of a far darker clandestine series of events involving Donato Sarratore. After the girls encounter Michele and Gigliola, Lila seizes the opportunity to throw the whole truth in Stefano's face.

La rabbia (The Anger)

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Feb 24, 2020

La rabbia (The Anger)

Following her summer on Ischia, Elena throws herself into her studies and looks towards a future outside of the neighborhood. After a brilliant finals performance, Elena happens upon Lila, who is working at the shoe store and has grand plans for a fresh start. Lila decides to leave Stefano and moves into a modest apartment, but the failings of her plan soon emerge.

I fantasmi (Ghosts)

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2020

I fantasmi (Ghosts)

Three years into her time in Pisa, Elena has developed into an elegant and cultured young woman--but still feels like an outsider. After a consequential breakup, Elena falls ill and is visited by her mother, who has come to nurse her back to health. During the night, Elena takes to reading Lila's diaries, which were entrusted to her for safekeeping; in these tomes, Elena discovers Lila's dedication to her new role in the face of Stefano's increasingly violent behavior.

La fata blu (The Blue Fairy)

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2020

La fata blu (The Blue Fairy)

Elena pens her first novel, which she entrusts to her new fiancé, before returning to Naples, where she finds Lila in her new life as a factory worker.

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