House Of Lies Doesn’t

Duana Posted by Duana at January 31, 2012 19:55:13 January 31, 2012 19:55:13

House of Lies Season 1 Episode 4 recap

Okay, this is ridiculous.  House of Lies isnΓÇÖt content to simply reinvent the half-hour ΓÇÿcomedyΓÇÖ genre and inspire in me slavish devotion, it has to start actually reflecting real life and being relevant, making me its full-on wannabe?

This show, if you havenΓÇÖt figured it out yet, isnΓÇÖt about being a management consultant.  ItΓÇÖs about being a workaholic, enjoying what you do even though you understand itΓÇÖs indecipherable to others.  And then trying to figure out, when your work is your whole life, how to fit in an actual life.  

I get that this is nothing new, except that on this show people donΓÇÖt learn heartwarming lessons about how nothing matters if you donΓÇÖt have people who love you.  Because for a lot of people, thatΓÇÖs not true.   What you have is the security that work will be there.  Work will love you no matter what you screw up in your personal life.  ThatΓÇÖs the mantra for lots of people who work long and hard.

And this is what Marty knows to be true.  He loves work because work loves him back.  There is a really easy formula here:  Work = self worth.  Family and personal relationships = confusion and pain.  If I have a nitpick about the show this far, itΓÇÖs that MartyΓÇÖs misgivings about his life quite predictably come at the beginning and end of each episode.  I understand heΓÇÖs between assignments so it gives him time to think, but nonetheless.

ItΓÇÖs worth nothing that the other three on MartyΓÇÖs team call him ΓÇÿDaddyΓÇÖ and try to model themselves after him ΓÇô so this week, the humanity-in-the-middle gig went to Kristen Bell.  I know sheΓÇÖs gotten a lot of do-you/donΓÇÖt-you like her here lately, but she is killing this part.  

The do you or donΓÇÖt you tell debate is always more pronounced and clich├⌐d for women.  I wish it wasnΓÇÖt, but it is.  She faces this dilemma ΓÇô if she tells the guys what sheΓÇÖs like at home, they think sheΓÇÖs not ΓÇÿone of the guysΓÇÖ.  Would this affect her in the workplace?  From what weΓÇÖve seen, itΓÇÖs pretty clear that she wouldnΓÇÖt be able to talk and play in the same way.  That if they knew she made a choice based in looooooooove, they couldnΓÇÖt trust her to be a hardass anymore.  If she didnΓÇÖt pick up about as often as they did, she wouldnΓÇÖt be a player.  Is that bullsh*t ? Yes.  Does it happen every day in much less male-oriented workplaces?  Absolutely.

You could be one of the other people ΓÇô the ones who race in to tell everyone about your news ΓÇô but that puts you in a category.  Dare I say, a womenΓÇÖs category.  It makes your love life one of the most important things about you.  That doesnΓÇÖt always do a lot for your professional image.

Full disclosure ΓÇô IΓÇÖll be married this year.  (Lainey: DUANAΓÇÖs getting married!!! You cannot imagine how excited we all are about this, for real.) IΓÇÖm no Jeannie, but I definitely debated how and when to deploy this news, and how to make it seem, at work, as non-cutesy as possible.  I seem to be on this tip a lot these days, so IΓÇÖll spare you the full rant of how the same anxiousness doesnΓÇÖt follow men around, but youΓÇÖve heard it all before.

So Jeannie cheats on her fianc├⌐, and  Clyde and Doug continue to add up points,  and Roscoe continues to need a dad and to accept the bare minimums of what Marty can provide.  I continue to think MartyΓÇÖs acceptance of Roscoe for who he is these days is a bigger deal than he realizes, but given that the show and Marty himself really want me to question whether or not heΓÇÖs a good guy, IΓÇÖll go ahead and say he could be doing more.

You could be doing more.  This is a comedy that will make you uncomfortable.  This is a work memoir that youΓÇÖve lived, even though you donΓÇÖt know it.  This will make you call up every decision you made on your way to where you are now, professionally.  If youΓÇÖre in Canada and donΓÇÖt have Showtime, House of Lies airs on the Movie Network in the east and Movie Central in the west.  Get on it.  DonΓÇÖt come to me in six months to a year and say you feel like youΓÇÖve missed the boat and itΓÇÖs ΓÇÿtoo lateΓÇÖ to catch up.

Attached - Don Cheadle at the SAG Awards on Sunday.

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