House of Lies Review: Chopped and Screwed

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While this week's House of Lies episode - aptly titled"Business" - dealt in large part with the merger, there was plenty of pleasure to be had amidst all the drama and deception.

We were treated to some great banter from Clyde, as he was force fed Doug's thoughts on making the perfect mix CD. Jeannie was there as usual to play big sister and put them right back in their respective places. Marty, meanwhile, was trying to find the words to make Roscoe sing again. His attempts to anger his son enough to illicit a response were hilarious and showed that, while he may not always understand his child, he definitely knows what he's passionate about.

Marty and the Board

The lead-up to the merger vote featured some of the most intense scenes to date for this series, the best being the boardroom bout between Marty and Skip. Marty's speech about mutually assured destruction topped my list of the best House of Lies quotes from this week by far. 

In the end Marty, was blindsided by the Rainmaker - but I feel like he will get his eventually via some elaborate collaboration between Jeannie and Marty. Until then, Marty sleeping with his enemy's daughter will suffice nicely.

Marty's car broke down on the side of the road to close out this week's episode and he followed suit shortly after, as both of his worlds were simultaneously spinning out of control. Work no longer provides the comfort of consistency and with all the turmoil at home, where will our hero turn to find solace? 


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of course he knew that was his daughter. He wanted her to tell him what it was ... the look at the cam was sarcasm cause he knew exactly who she was. This shouldn't even be a debate. Stop it


Hmmm...does seem a HUGE coincidence that he ran into Marty's daughter. AND he certainly wasn't too surprised to see the dad in the photo. WIll never hear a Jackson Browne song on the radio again and not think of this episode!

C f ohara

Interesting analysis Facepalm. You may be right. Though I thought his breakdown after the car broke down had more to do with the weight of the situation at gallweather finally hitting him. His job was the one part of his life he could make sense of and seemingly control. Such was not the case at home and even more so with Roscoe's recent protest. That reality and the obvious fact that he was stuck on the side of the road with no gas, no phone and in desperate need of a shower made for a major boiling point. I'm very much looking forward to your comments following the next episode. The discussion of this show has been minimal this season here. I hope we can continue this recent momentum in comments next season.


My reasoning for thinking he most definitely set the whole thing up is: - The rainmaker did in this very episode talk to Marty about his daughter and showed how genuinely he cared about her.
- Then, immediately after the Marty gets backstabbed, he just happens to run into her at a bar in a city as huge as L.A.?
- And now the normally quite private Marty Khan suddenly opens up to a bartender telling a sympathetic story about his work and charms his way into her bedroom?
- His reaction to the photo of her father and subsequent behavior definitely doesn't seem to be made up on the spot, but coldly calculated.
- Also seem to be at least some amount of self-loathing about what he just did in the final scenes where his car breaks down. Can't say 100% for sure but to me all signs point to him knowingly using the Rainmakers daughter as a tool for revenge from the beginning to the end.

C f ohara

Also "Bob" the Rainmaker's daughter was played by Anna Wood.

C f ohara

Love the comments but as for the great debate we're having here I am pretty certain Marty did not know who the bartender was at first. It was a bit of a nice coincidence and actually could be seen as an unrealistic plot twist but I don't think he knew who she was when he went home with her. He nonchalantly mentioned her dad when he saw the picture but that was just him keeping his cool. I have the remaining episodes already but I tend not to watch too far ahead so my reviews aren't tainted by knowledge of stuff that has not aired. I'll try to confirm this though somehow and let you all know.


I am absolutely certain that Marty knew the bartender was the Rainmaker's daughter. He showed NO surprise (even to us) when he saw the photo. THis was just plain EVIL (though understandable)!


"Elicit", not "illicit". Great episode though. I don't think Marty knew who the girl was in advance, though maybe that's because I've come to like him and would prefer to believe the best of him. But I'll grant you that he's probably capable of it. The whole "Tell him Marty Khan says hi" bit was a little dastardly.


He went there knowing he'd run into the Rainmaker's daughter and would be able to charm his way into her bedroom. And while I'm all for revenge, involving a seemingly decent girl just because he had a beef with her father was seriously fucked up.


so did marty go to the dive bar knowing the rainmakers daughter was there, or was that just a happy coincidence for him

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House of Lies Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Making a great mix CD requires a level of guile and and and whim you could not possibly understand.


A Stella McCartney scoop neck sweater and a nice pair of wide leg slacks. You know what would make it all really fierce? Crocs! I'm just gonna come right out and say it, the movie version of Rent, way better. Nicki Minaj strangles puppies.