Friday, February 1, 2013

What I’m Watching: House of Lies

House of Lies: Season 2, Episode 3 “Man-Date” (B+)

As Marty and the pod spend more time in Vegas, things are getting less and less reassuring, and they’re veering into even seedier territory, a remarkable feat for this show. Marty and Clyde being told to put their mouths on the Dushkin brothers’ guns was worrisome, and finding out that they were squirt guns of sorts was a relief. It was the episode-ending meeting with Carlson, however, that truly set in the feeling of dread. Unable to focus his entire attention on them, Marty tried to shock him into agreeing to take them on, and he surprised them by explaining that he knew exactly what they were up to and he was going with them even though he hated them, fully intent on making them miserable if they disappoint him. That’s a tall order, and with all the dysfunction that the group has, I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes sideways. Jeannie and Tamara’s day of fake bonding turned out to be an unexpectedly eye-opening experience, with Tamara gaining the upper hand and Jeannie seeming to develop a certain level of limited respect for her, even if she still dislikes her. With Jeremiah around to doubt her and push her buttons, Monica found some comfort in her chef, which I don’t think is a bad thing. Roscoe is already quite open to a flexible idea of gender, and his mother experimenting with a different kind of sexuality should prove educational if nothing else. Just wait until Marty finds out, of course.

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