I Love You, Marty Khan

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2012 17:58:22 March 13, 2012 17:58:22

House of Lies Season 1 Episode 9 recap

I heard a scandalously good piece of gossip the other day.  Or, not gossip, I guess, because it turned out to be true.  As I marveled, the story-teller pointed out that in addition to being true and full of juicy details, it was going to invoke a lot of schadenfraude, because people always thought the subject of said gossip was too perfect.    

ItΓÇÖs not the kind of thing you admit: that youΓÇÖd enjoy seeing someone go down.  But it isΓǪdare I say ΓǪcomforting to learn that indeed, nobodyΓÇÖs perfect.    

ThatΓÇÖs why people want to take down Marty Khan, right?  Because he seems to just ΓǪget everything?  Everything he needs?

Today IΓÇÖm going to prove why heΓÇÖs worth it.

After last week, I really wasnΓÇÖt sure if there was anyone to like anymore, if the whole Gallweather Stearns family was going to be too exhausting to keep up with, what with their not having souls at all.  But this week reminded me exactly why I love this show.

Marty is human when heΓÇÖs powerless

When GregΓÇÖs talking about how Marty and his team are going to be eviscerated, Marty is worried, and doesnΓÇÖt mind letting us know it.  But also, heΓÇÖs defended by his boss.  Nobody is all good or all bad.

Marty knows how to use his powers
He could use any tried-and-true management technique to get Greg to back off.  He chooses the most unconventional, the last-ditch Hail Mary buddy party ΓÇô and itΓÇÖs a gamble that works.  Because he knew it would.  Because heΓÇÖs Marty Khan.

HeΓÇÖs smarter than you are

If you picked up a random drug from the floor, would you know what it was?  What itΓÇÖs prescribed for?  Marty does.  Instantaneously.  Fine, so maybe he googled ΓÇô but he did it before confronting his father, and thus got to have his smart confrontation moment as it was meant to be.

He’s compassionate…when it’s called for

When Jeannie begs and pleads with her eyes for Marty to acknowledge Wes ΓÇô to pretend that, yes, he knew she was in a relationship, was getting married, that she hadnΓÇÖt kept this from all of her coworkers for years (and donΓÇÖt tell me you didnΓÇÖt see Veronica silently pleading with Keith, there), he sees no reason to throw her under the bus in that moment.  It doesnΓÇÖt mean he wonΓÇÖt, someday, or that she wonΓÇÖt owe him, but he didnΓÇÖt need to hurt her ΓÇô and poor, innocent Wes ΓÇô in that moment.

His family loves him

IΓÇÖll admit this is the hardest one to understand.  Not because I think MartyΓÇÖs unlovable, but because theyΓÇÖve mostly pointed out to us how he sort of operates around these people who have a love of  life and a general excitement towards the everyday that MartyΓÇÖs had beaten out of him.    

Now with April on the scene those feelings are more on the surface, theyΓÇÖre bigger, and Marty is delighted; he canΓÇÖt help but be, when such adorable tin-foil-laden projects are going on in his house.  But I will kind of ask whether he used to be a different guy, one who was more open to this kind of stuff?  Because RoscoeΓÇÖs not getting all that adorableness as a genetic gift from Monica

He allows his staff to be idiots

IΓÇÖm not a huge fan of the interview format in TV shows; it always gets tired a third of the way through, but they feel compelled not to abandon their gag.  And I get tired of Doug and Clyde way earlier these days (although the actor who plays Doug is Australian!  Way to hide the accent!).  But I do like that theyΓÇÖre free to act like idiots when the pressureΓÇÖs off, because, as Jeannie makes mincemeat of the girl who likes her fianc├⌐, Doug assures them that ΓÇ£heΓÇÖs the best numbers guy in the gameΓÇ¥.  Love that.  

He wants to be a better different person…?

I donΓÇÖt know.   I donΓÇÖt exactly know what Marty wants.  But a sh*ttier guy wouldnΓÇÖt be so upset that he was heading into a custody battle, and wouldnΓÇÖt be so cool about his sonΓÇÖs experimentations in dress.  And he wouldnΓÇÖt fight so hard to keep his job if it were as easy to go get another one elsewhere, and I canΓÇÖt think thatΓÇÖs just about money, because Marty has money.  He needs a purpose in life, and he likes the one he has, and how can I be mad at him for that?

IΓÇÖm not going to apologize anymore for loving this show.  I havenΓÇÖt even fully figured out why I do.  But the characters feel a lot realer to me than the ones on the doctor-and-lawyer shows that IΓÇÖm supposed to want to emulate.  Maybe thatΓÇÖs why.  ItΓÇÖs such a relief to see people on TV make the rest of us look like weΓÇÖre doing OKΓǪ

Attached - Kristen Bell with Dax Shepard at the park on the weekend.


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