Thursday, January 23, 2014

What I’m Watching: House of Lies

House of Lies: Season 3, Episode 2 “Power” (B-)

I’m not sure exactly what it is, but this season just isn’t doing it for me. After last week’s opening with all the main players scattered, this installment united them by having Jeannie stop by to chat with Jeremiah and Clyde meet Doug for what should have been a longer session of drinks. But the cohesiveness still isn’t there. Marty, as usual, is all over the place, and he got to have a good time with another out-of-control woman who managed to throw him for a loop. Sarah informing Doug that she stopped her birth control because she wants to have a baby was a monumental revelation, and Benita’s reaction at work was horrifying at best. Monica went completely ballistic on Clyde and his coworkers, and things really got crazy when Christy stabbed Monica and then proclaimed, “We did it!” Before that, Clyde’s reputation as a rapist was not going well for him at all, and now that he’s not being such a jerk it feels like he may not even deserve that. Jeannie made a risky power play against John Carroll Lynch’s Gil with Julianne, and it seems to have paid off for the moment, which is good. Jeannie and Marty’s secret alliance may be the big story of this season, but I’m waiting for things to truly kick into gear, which just hasn’t happened yet. I did like the casting of Bex Taylor-Klaus, a.k.a. Bullet on “The Killing,” as the very sexually ambiguous Lex.

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