TV Series Wayne: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Del" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Wayne: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Del” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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The reins of Wayne are given to Ciara Bravo, and she takes control in such a way you could forget she isn’t the title character of the show.

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Director(s) Tessa Hoffe
Writer(s) Lauren Houseman
Air Date 1/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Donna Abigail Spencer
Natalie Abigail Winter

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My Mom Was the Best: Donna, Natalie, Bobby, Del

It has been around a year since Donna, Del’s mom, died, and we get to experience what it was like when she was around. First and foremost, the woman was funny. Not go on a stage and tell jokes funny, but the kind of funny which has you forgive a person’s faults. Which is what Del and Bobby did. For while Donna didn’t work, she brought a light to the household and even if not the closest to her sons, her relationship with Bobby and Del made her an asset to the family.

Especially for Del since, as we see now, Bobby could be a bit of an ass and mostly catered to his boys. Thus making Donna everything to Del from mom to best friend, also her cheerleader. For while she did have a friend in Natalie at school, who tried her best to be there for Del, nothing compared to ma.


Donna (Abigail Spencer) talking to Del in the truck.
Donna (Abigail Spencer)

You know when a character’s absence is presented, especially for young characters, and you wonder if they may live up to the hype? Donna did that. Spencer balances out her being the fun mom, maybe with some darkness in her, but who pushes that down so her kid can be happy. Now, it isn’t clear what darkness Donna may have been dealing with, be it a mental illness, past trauma, or what, besides a pill addiction, but how she went to bat for Del is such a beautiful thing.

Such as her supporting Del, who is a book worm and introvert, going for class president. Though this more so belongs in the summary, being that Del, formerly, liked helping people, and wanted to go to college, she wanted to be class president, so it wasn’t just her grades to boost her admissions possibility. Her mom supported this wildly and, unfortunately, it wasn’t until Bobby saw his daughter was dealing with bullies and needed a confidence boost he got on board. But, what can we say, a mother’s love is the first you know and causes the greatest feelings of loss.

But Then She Went Away: Del, Donna, Bobby

Two days before the election, a day before a blood drive Del setup for a kid on the hockey team, something happens to Donna. It isn’t 100% clear if she overdosed, left Bobby, or what, but with Bobby having her necklace, so comes the need to fear the worse. But what needs to be noted here, for the sake of understanding why Del wanted to go to a funeral in the last episode, is that he didn’t allow her to cry. Well, more so he shamed Del out of the idea of crying. Also, he may not have had a funeral for her mother, and thus she never got that moment to say goodbye. She came home from her speech, wanting to talk about that and a cute boy, and was delivered the news without being properly consoled.

Hence why she blows up at the blood drive and punches holes in the wall until she found the cat. Perhaps the one thing in that whole household that could provide her some form of comfort. Since her dad didn’t want to and brothers sure as hell aren’t capable.


Del when she heard her mother was gone.

I feel the need to question whether Donna is actually dead or left Bobby and threw her necklace at him? Something just seems off about this. Granted, her getting into an accident makes sense, since she is a bit of a thief and will mix alcohol and pills. However, I can’t imagine her not saying goodbye to Del, leaving a note, or anything like that. While the boys she could maybe do that to, there was a connection to Del I doubt she’d burn because Bobby pissed her off.

Plus, there is the issue of not having a funeral. I get Bobby is cheap, but it wasn’t like he stuck with Donna strictly for the kids. While she got on his nerves, he did love her. So there is definitely something afoot here.

But, on another note, where is Natalie now? Del flips out one day and then did they stop being friends or did something else follow the blood drive blood bath?


  1. Ciara Bravo handled being the lead of this episode with excellence.
  2. While Abigail Spencer wasn’t necessarily given a whole lot of lines, she crafted a character whose energy, and loss of it, helps you understand why Del is how we met her. To go from someone who might be troubled, but is your biggest fan, to someone like Bobby? That would kill your spirit too. It would also make you wary of someone like Wayne for while he may not be bouncing all over the place like he is manic, you can see his commitment probably triggers memories of Del’s mom. Which is probably a bit frightening.

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Season 1/ Episode 10 “Chapter Ten: Buckle The F**K Up” [Season Finale]Reggie and Wayne finally fight, and we learn whether Wayne and Del get to have a happy ending or not.
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Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter Nine: Thought We Was Friends”Del comes to realize Wayne had his eye on her past when she came to his door. Also, Geller and Jay come face to face with Calvin and Reggie.
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  • A Life Filled With Disappointments & Lashing Out: Del, Calvin, Maureen, Reggie, Wayne, Cole, Orlando
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Season 1/ Episode 7 “It’ll Last Forever”Wayne and Del hit another milestone in their relationship as they barely miss Jay and Sgt Geller.
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Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter Eight: Musta Burned Like Hell…”We meet Wayne’s mom this episode, and the man who has distracted her for 11 years, as well as learn a few things about Orlando.
Director(s) Michael Patrick Jann
Writer(s) Spencer Sloan
Air Date 1/16/2019
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Reggie Francesco Antonio
Maureen Michaela Watkins
Calvin Kirk Ward
  • The Responsible One: Orlando, Principal Cole
  • Ma?: Maureen, Calvin, Reggie, Del, Wayne
  • Where Is My Place In All This?: Wayne, Maureen, Del
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Del”The reigns of Wayne are given to Ciara Bravo, and she takes control in such a way you could forget she isn’t the title character of the show.
Director(s) Tessa Hoffe
Writer(s) Lauren Houseman
Air Date 1/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Donna Abigail Spencer
Natalie Abigail Winter
  • My Mom Was the Best: Donna, Natalie, Bobby, Del
  • But Then She Went Away: Del, Donna, Bobby
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Who Even Are We Now?”The question of where and what to do after Wayne eventually gets his car is asked, and Wayne may have found one option.
Director(s) Stephanie Laing
Writer(s) Sophie Pustil, Paul Jaffe
Air Date 1/16/2019
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Trish Odessa Adlon
Jenny Zoé De Grand Maison
  • On The Road Again: Bobby, Carl, Teddy, Jay, Sargent Geller
  • Speak From The Heart: Orlando, Principal Cole
  • Popping The Bubble: Bobby, Del, Wayne, Trish, Jenny
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter Three: The Goddamned Beacon of Truth”While things remain a bit of a bore in Brockton, Wayne reveals something which helps Del realize how screwed up he is.
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Writer(s) Sarah Jane Cunningham, Suzie V. Freeman
Air Date 1/16/2019
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Teddy Jamie Champagne
Ramon Juan-Carlos Velis
Eric Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
  • What About Our Birthday?: Carl, Teddy, Del, Bobby
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Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter Two: No Priests”

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Director(s) Steve Pink
Writer(s) Shawn Simmons
Air Date 1/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Tracey Janet Porter
Jay James Earl
Sgt Geller Stephen Kearin
  • Meanwhile, Back Home: Bobby, Jay, Seargent Geller
  • You Abandoned Me: Del, Wayne
  • I’d Do Anything For Love: Tracey, Del, Wayne

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter One: Get Some Then”

Wayne may very well be the first show that makes you want to have YouTube Premium.

Creator Shawn Simmons
Director(s) Iain B. MacDonald
Writer(s) Shawn Simmons
Air Date 1/16/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Young Adult
Good If You Like Teenage Debauchery

Teen Psychopaths With A Heart of Gold

Road Trip Shows

Isn’t For You If You Find Bad Ass Kids Annoying

Don’t Like A Lot Of Vulgarity

Aren’t Much For Violence

Introduced This Episode
Wayne Mark McKenna
Wayne Sr. Ray McKinnon
Del Ciara Bravo
Orlando Joshua J. Williams
Gail Lisa Berry
Bobby Dean Winters

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