Wednesday, March 21, 2012
House of Lies: Season 1, Episode 10 “Prologue and Aftermath” (B+)
It’s hard to find two television characters more messed up than Marty and Jeannie. On the outside, both present themselves as confident, competent, and utterly unconcerned with anyone else’s feelings. Their sexual reputations are not well-kept secrets, and they don’t seem to mind. A visit to Spokane and Jeannie’s hometown led to an awkward dinner that turned extremely serious and uncomfortable when she started talking down to her mother, played by “Twin Peaks” alum Peggy Lipton, about her ever-absent father. The final scene with her asking the Rainmaker if he was proud of her was particularly indicative of some serious father issues. That sort of makes Clyde and Doug’s hiring of a stripper cop to celebrate the unveiling of Jeannie’s secret engagement the less memorable part of the episode. Marty, on the other hand, did a good job initially fending off Monica when she asked for five years with Roscoe but couldn’t resist sleeping with her to conclude the meeting. Monica has now proven that she plays incredibly dirty, paying a visit to April and letting slip the news of their indiscretion. The worst part was that Marty didn’t even try to fight for April once she confronted him, telling her to leave and letting a relationship that serves as one of the only good things in his life fall apart instantly. Never has an “I love you” proclamation been more ill-timed, and I suspect that Marty won’t stoop to trying to woo April back, and she won’t be crawling back to him either.