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'House of Lies' season 4 premiere recap: Almost like 'Reservoir Dogs'

Season 4 | Episode 1 | “At the End of the Day, Reality Wins” | Aired Jan 11, 2015

Marty would love to waste your time and run the clock to rack up a few more billable hours, but I’m not going to do that. So, let’s dive right into what’s happening on House of Lies, because it’s a doozy.

If you’re new to this House of Lies stuff, first off, welcome. If you’ve forgotten all that happened in season 3, listen up. For starters, Marty (Don Chedle) had the brilliant idea to go ahead and start his own management consulting firm, leaving Galweather where he was sooo highly respected. At first, Jeannie (Kristen Bell) was behind the move, until she got offered her own management pod at Galweather. Marty jumped ship anyway; Jeannie did not. Neither did Doug (Josh Lawson), who stayed behind with Jeannie. And then there’s Clyde (Ben Schwartz), who jumped the Galweather ship … and then basically torpedoed the ship by hooking up with Marty’s ex-wife, Monica (Dawn Olivieri), and her agency instead.

Don’t worry: By the end of season 3, the band was back together. And then it all fell apart.

Jeannie desperately wanted a Department of Justice contract, and she was willing to give up shady information about season 3 client, DollaHyde, for it. In the end, Jeannie decided against this trade with the DOJ, but the FBI had already been tipped off. They seized many things from the Kaan and Associates office—and realized that while Jeannie was still at Galweather and Marty at K&A, they were basically doing some management-consulting insider-trading shenanigans. Jeannie came out in the clear, but Marty was going downtown, and not in the fun sense.

Which brings us back to present-day K&A. We’re brought in mid-meeting, and the foursome are talking about things that don’t make sense to us yet. The idea that maybe you accidentally skipped an episode crosses your mind, but nope. We’re supposed to be here. We haven’t skipped anything, except for the information leading up to the fact that JEANNIE IS PREGNANT.

Oh, and someone just died. Marty & Co. barely know the guy, and Doug thinks it might be a good idea to send a card anyway (Shut the %$#& up, Doug).

There’s a new fun setup happening at the K&A office, and I’ll bet everyone wishes it were a fun new soda machine or maybe a candy dish. Instead, it’s basically a skate park where their reception area used to be. The lobby has been infested with skateboarding, app-making mavericks (their company name is Yo, Where’s the Party App?). These kids are going to make a lot of money, so obviously Doug loves them and Clyde hates them. This is clearly a way to make a little extra moolah, because as we slowly learn throughout the episode, K&A needs the money bad. Plus, they’re losing clients left and right. They don’t even have a receptionist any more, and boxes upon boxes of unopened stuff sit strewn all across the front desk.

House of Lies season 4 episode 1, the gang goes to a funeral

Now, it’s off to some guy’s funeral, but no one really cares about him. The main man of the hour is this guy’s son, Ellis Gage Hightower (guest star Demetri Martin), CEO of Gage Motors. This is who Marty is here to woo, since nabbing Hightower means they get his electric car as well. Marty and Hightower appear to already be pretty chummy. Also, fun fact, Hightower just got out of prison! Hey, I wonder when we’re going to learn about Marty going to prison?

Back at the office, Jeannie is trying to carry on a normal conversation with Marty. Marty has decided to basically ignore her. Whatever their relationship has become (read: not a great relationship) isn’t good for either one of them, or the company. That leads Marty to suggest that Jeannie should leave—at eight months pregnant, no less. He suggests that “Edwin” can take care of her, and the idea of a man caring for her insults the strong, powerful, independent Jeannie.

Jeannie reminds Marty that their relationship didn’t have end this way. But if you accidentally sic the FBI on your company and get your boss/lover arrested, what way does it go?

In flashbacks, we learn that Jeannie groveled, hard, for Marty’s forgiveness after the whole “sorry I tipped the FBI off” thing. She and Marty almost get it on, but Marty is still mad at her about the whole “you tipped the FBI off” thing. He sends her packing.

Finally, in another flashback, we see Marty arrive at prison. Jeannie isn’t far behind in visiting, a little bit freaked out by the havoc she’s created. Marty explains that he took a plea deal so “he could get back to work faster,” but before those words are barely out of his mouth, Jeannie drops the baby bombshell. She’s pregnant, and it’s not his. The baby belongs to Edwin, her college boyfriend, whom Jeannie started seeing again after Marty rejected her.

Before they can really start hashing it out, in walks Hightower, clad in his best prison attire. He’s in the same slammer as Marty. Funny coincidence. huh?

Billable Things

  • Kann and Associates has now become Kaan & Associates Management and Media Consultants.
  • Also, Clyde tries to talk to a girl from the reception area skate park (Valorie Curry), and she totally shuts him down! It’s weird to see a wounded Clyde.
  • Chantelle (Alice Hunter) continues to hang around. So that’s still a thing for Jeremiah (Glynn Turman).
  • And Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) has, like, 260, unread texts. Also, he’s got a new Xbox that he bought himself. Where’s Roscoe getting all this spare income? Why, he’s selling what appear to be knockoff (or stolen?) designer items to his hard-partying friends, of course! Teens these days. Gosh.

House of Lies airs Sundays at 10/9C on Showtime.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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