Friday, April 12, 2013

What I’m Watching: House of Lies (Season Finale)

House of Lies: Season 2, Episode 12 “Til Death Do Us Part” (B+)

Ultimately, this was a good episode, but it was nowhere near as complete or satisfying as last year’s finale, which employed a similar time-jumping format. What this episode boils down to is the fact that everyone made their own efforts to be heard by Marty, only to be shut down and to let him know, in different ways, that they wouldn’t follow silently forever. Clyde’s act was by far the most vindictive, though Marty did bring it upon himself by so disregarding Clyde’s stake in the Carlson deal and by angering Monica to the point of being ready to acknowledge and even hire Clyde. Sarah staging a proposal to herself is disconcerting, but if that’s all Doug has to worry about, I think he’ll be fine, and hopefully he’ll be content in whatever role there still is for him at Galweather. Jeannie confessing her love for Marty was ill-advised, mainly because he devalued it so harshly. Calling her at the end of the episode while he was standing in the dark was a sure sign that Marty’s future looks mighty lonely. Celebrating with his son and with his father was sweet, but Marty truly managed to push away his three best assets more than ever in this episode. I hope that next season brings an interesting new dynamic with everyone in new places, plus perhaps a few new characters to work at Kahn and Associates. This season has been entertaining but hardly as bitingly entertaining as season one. I’m hopeful that season three will be a return to vicious glory.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Don Cheadle

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