They all have relatively independent lives away from each other.
For example, Anthony and Vanessa confront Lindsey about a boyfriend she has at college, and they take the opportunity to solemnly intone the Triad’s rules over dinner.
One is that the other members of the Triad are allowed to veto any relationship of their partners, and so Vanessa asks Lindsey to break it off. Then they all leave the dishes on the table to go have sex upstairs, cutting off any more potentially interesting conversation for now.
Clearly, this is an issue that is going to come up in the future, but lest we forget, sex is the primary focus of this show.'s hook.
Though the Triad is interesting, the stakes are lower for the partners.
Much of this episode was spent establishing the characters and the conflicts for the upcoming episode, so it was lighter on the drama that could potentially bring out more of the humanity of these people.
The series première introduces two families: Anthony, Lindsey, and Vanessa, who are in a polyamorous triad, and Kamala, Michael, Jen, and Tahl, who are in a quartet of sorts.