House of Lies Review: Imminent Demise

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On the House of Lies season finale, Marty welcomed America to the new economy, where only the meanest, smartest and richest will survive.

"The Mayan Apocalypse" was anything but catastrophic, though I did feel like Marty's address to us all was a rare misstep for the normally smooth yet strong spoken Kaan. It is we who should have been welcoming Marty to the America most of us have known for all too long. To use the way Marty put it: as one of the mean, smart, fuck nuts that wasn't going to survive the merger, he would have joined our ranks and become one of those he speaks to each week when breaking down that fourth wall.

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Aside from that Occupy Galweather moment, I thought the finale did well to give the series one last opportunity to show its teeth, depicting how - despite their fine grooming and good behavior - Marty and his pod are a nasty bunch of junk yard dogs.

We all knew Marty was waiting for Jeannie to step up and be the Norma Rae they needed, but the way she blew the lid on the firm's culture of quid pro quo advancement and the Rainmaker's predilections was far more spectacular than I had expected. For a character who all season had such an aura of wisdom and superiority about him, Marco's speech to the firm seemed totally out of character - but proved just what a two-faced self serving prick he really was. There wasn't one person I don't think who felt sorry about his demise at the hands of Marty and friends. 

For someone who claimed to be good at reading people's behavior Marty should not have been so shocked to learn Roscoe had moved out. He has needed to get his house in order for some time but an empty home does not necessarily make for an orderly one. With the merger squashed though perhaps he finally will find the time to focus on what really matters. 

I'm going to miss our new friends at Galweather. I have so enjoyed the weekly banter between Clyde and DJ Guggenheim as well as the give and take between Marty and Jeannie, which reached a whole new level of intensity this week when they locked eyes and drank repeatedly to the blower uppers in life. I have long said she is the closest thing to an equal for Marty (aside from Monica) and I think he finally realized that tonight.

Doug couldn't see what was going on but Clyde knew enough to just sit back and watch his two pod mates toast each other. Great touch, by the way, having Clyde wear the Galweather Group banner around his shoulders like the hide of a fresh kill. 

So... what do you think will happen next season in the aftermath of Jeannie's speech? Will she and Marty take their relationship to the next level? Will the Rainmaker seek retribution for Marty sleeping with his daughter? Will Doug and Clyde's squabbles reach a boiling point forcing one of them to move on? Weigh in with your thoughts on the season finale as well as your expectations for Season Two.

Plus don't forget to rate this week's best House of Lies quotes


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (50 Votes)

I think Marty and Jeannie make a cute couple....


I essentially watched this show because I'll watch ANYTHING that Kristen Bell does (I still pine for the days of Veronica Mars, I can't help it). Overall, I give this show a 7/10 for its first season. Here's why: I find the show to be somewhat predictable - I tend to gravitate toward shows for which I either i) can expect the unexpected, keeps you guessing or ii) absolutely love the cast. In this case, it's ii), and it's mainly Cheadle and Bell that I like. I particularly liked how Bell's character developed and became extremely complex. Cheadle holds the show together. I also like the lady who plays his ex-wife (wow, sexy), and Marty's father. I find his other two teammates to be irritating. I guess I just don't like the actors much, or else their qualities are uninteresting to me. I have never liked the freeze-frame scenes, personally. I was hoping they'd do away with it after the first 2 episodes, and they have not. I feel like the show doesn't need that gimmick to be "good". The other thing I'd love, and this is a grandiose request, is better writing. I feel like this show could challenge its viewers more, and be more clever. But overall, I'm a fan and will continue to watch.


My analysis of a fine first season. The first episode got me hooked. In 1994-95 timeframe on a project in San Francisco, we did go to strip clubs and we DID expense...NOT the tips. Back to the season, as an experienced and current consultant, the realities are striking. There is a Doug "know it all" Guggenheim in every organization, consulting or otherwise. Yes, a Clyde believes he was born for all women to admire. And of course, there is the ambitious Jeannie, blonde, blue eyes and attractive; nobody thinks she's smart because in real life nobody is paying attention. But on the show, Jeannie is so self-aware it makes her character one of the riches in this series. Jeannie will have some interesting pathways next season. Will she become heroine or bitch to be avoided, due to some implicit "white guy" code, which means, "She will mess up your home"? What the show brings out is how powerful men fundamentally believe they have no accountability for their actions or behaviors, which is why the "Rainmaker" got so pissed when Marty told him about his daughter. The show has so many layers, and comedy for sure. But the world of consulting is about "being billable" and "getting that money" as Marty puts it. It is real work, because you have to get up each day. But the truth is, most clients hire consultant, just as Marty said a while back, because they believe they can't do anything without them. It is one of the biggest "codependency scams" out there. As for Marty, he's a hot mess. He is self-consumed, delusional, and insecure. But most guys in consulting are, which makes me the same I suppose. However, if you can admit your faults, you are on the road to greatness. This is where it will be exciting for all of us to see. Will Marty become vulnerable when he is sober, and in the middle of the day with his clothes on?


This was a great final episode to a great first season. I am slowly recruiting my friends one by one and they are getting hooked. The story lines next season are endless but I hope they do develope the characters more next year. The scenes where the whole pod is interacting amoung each other are priceless, more of those please!!!!


I hope the show develops the courage to be more mature and less sensational then the first season. I only watched because I commit to anything Don Cheadle and Glynn Turman are in! But I was PLEASANTLY surprised and recruited a few friends to the show. As the season progressed, the show got less and less interesting and inaccurate to a fault. Hint: Black boys don't walk away from uber-successful, somewhat attentive Black Dads over a book report! Black strippers don't leave Black businessmen over some ex-wife BS! (Those two things would NEVER happen.) And Uber-millionaires don't take dumps in briefcases in public, fast-food employees do! I don't need this to mimic life, but it needs to be PLAUSIBLE! I love the business part of the show, but it's a waste of some brilliant and talented actors for this to play out like Animal House! It has the foundation to be as relevant as MadMen. Please take the opportunity to be better!!

C f ohara

Jimmy the song that played during the credits is called "Coming Home" by Diddy- Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey


Man, this is a great show. Good thing too - otherwise the season finale of Californication would've left me seriously disillusioned with Showtime. Greg Norbert has really begun to grow on me. Am I the only one? Hopefully he'll have a role to play in season two. Chris - I think Marty and Jeannie [i]did[/i] hook up. Events took place out of order, if you recall, and Jeannie had a very guilty look when she broke it off with the fiancé. (Granted, the Rainmaker thing could easily explain it, but somehow I feel like there was more to the story.)


You sings the song they played under the closing credits?

C f ohara

Agreed on both counts. I think it's the mark of a good first season is when we are left drooling for more. Next season should be amazingly entertaining and intense. They still have to delve further into Marty's mother issues. There will be the subject of his fasther's failing health to deal with as well. Do you think Marty and Jeannie hook up? There was some serious eye fukking going on there in the final scene.

Leigh r

serious props to Kristen Bell on that speech!

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House of Lies Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Welcome to the new economy America where only the richest, meanest and smartest will remain.


Can I get an imminent demise?