Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What I’m Watching: House of Lies

House of Lies: Season 5, Episode 8 “Tragedy of the Commons” (B+)

Even though Kaan and Associates doesn’t usually work with the most intelligent clients, usually they’re a bit more sophisticated than the members of a hit pop band. Marty does love his afterwork, though, and this group is completely ripe for that. What this episode presented, with just two installments left in the show’s run, was a crucial divergence in what the people in the pod want. As usual, they split up to try to convince the various parties of what was best for them, and Marty’s causal approach worked well to convince Conner what he should do. Jeannie did a great job of relating to Sam, whose articulation of what she was trying to sell him on rang just as true to her as it did to him, resulting in his extreme disappointment and fury after Jeannie screwed him over and her questioning whether what she does every day is really what she should be doing. She’s done with Seth, who went from a mild interest in her to using her for political purposes and then punching a member of a boy band in front of camera to express his feelings. Doug did a terrific job of ruining his relationship with Tess, and getting ghosted was something he deserved after he refused to make her a dungeon master and cost Kaan and Associates her business. Galweather going with Monica changes things, to be sure, and I’m eager to see where the final two episodes will lead and when enough is finally enough for Marty.

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