Deception Review: Good Luck With The Lies

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Joanna’s lies fell apart in "Good Luck With Your Death" - and with her mother now in the middle of things, Joanna’s choices hold even more consequences.

Joanna's Secrets

While it’s still unknown who Vivian’s killer is, that death is quickly becoming irrelevant. Once Edward became the person who picked up Vivian’s whistleblowing, Vivian was no longer the biggest piece of this story.

This new direction is a little disappointing since the entirety of Deception Season 1 is Joanna’s focus on finding out the identity of the murderer and I wish things would have stayed the course instead of branching outward.

This episode also confirmed the competing pharmaceutical and that Audrey put this entire plan into motion; Edward’s newest direction is fantastic. His character arc is one of the best on the series, as he’s gone from a petty, short-fused man to one interested in finding the truth behind his family’s lies and cover ups.

He’s trading his family’s company, and by extent his family, for justice. It’s an incredibly difficult decision to make and it’s enjoyable watching him tow the line with the people he truly loves, his brothers and sisters, while actively meddling and worsening their futures.

With Joanna’s mother and her mild case of Alzheimer’s back in the picture, Joanna’s undercover operation is becoming fraught with even more danger. Yes, Joanna attempts to fill her mother in on the details, but her memory isn't something that can be trusted. Robert is now actively trying to figure Joanna out, and he’s sparing no expense to do so; I doubt her mother's memory will be the one that stops him. The option that might stop Robert is Julian and Joanna deciding to go for something (sidebar: finally!). If Robert does figure some things out, is Robert willing to steamroll both of them to keep them quiet.

Joanna isn’t faultless in her decision to do something with Julian either since she’s no longer only focusing on her duty as a cop. If Chuck has taught us anything, it's that you can’t fall in love on your mission. Nor is Joanna's boss and ex-boyfriend going to particularly happy if he ever finds out.

I actually felt some remorse for Haverstock tonight, as all of his options and leverage slowly fell through his hands. First, Kyle decides to tell Mia about Haverstock blackmailing him and because of it Haverstock watches his lifeline walk out; and his insurance plan with Sofia forcing Mia to cooperate falls through too. It seems Wyatt’s purpose might have ultimately been for Sofia to find a way to keep him in jail and protect Mia without needing Haverstock’s help.

Haverstock is quickly running out of options. Robert has his golf club, and Sofia has Wyatt in prison without his help. Haverstock hasn’t exhausted all of his options, though, since the Bowers can’t exactly wipe his memory and he’s been shown to be a man of immense power. I wonder if he has knowledge of the FBI’s investigation into the Bowers, and, if he does, will he be willing to leverage that information for Mia’s bone marrow?

A Few More Thoughts

  • Joanna really needs to pay more attention to Rayburn’s not so vague safety tips.
  • Joanna’s mother’s disapproval of Julian – is it still from his shady teenage years or something else?
  • Edward needs to use his human lie detecting on his family.

Review

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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    The show is great I enjoy the twists and turns throughout the show. It makes the viewer think that they know who's behind this mystery murder, but then there were some twists that kept you wanting more. @cowgirlhannie Thanks for explaining Joanna's character because I think she's doing a great job being undercover. While the Bowers family is a close part in her life she remains focus. I watch Revenge as well and I like that show too, but it can be annoying because I just can't wait until Amanda reveals herself and goes to war with the Graysons!!!!

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    This is like the worst show. The pilot was horrible, but I kept watching. Every episode has something in it that doesn't make any sense or holds true. Geez, I get so annoyed. But, I keep watching. I yell at the TV cause Joanna really doesn't act like she is a cop. She doesn't have any skills. When that Russian guy was chasing her, she was acting like a civilian. This last episode may have been the best. Very interesting plot lines. Characters being exposed immediately instead of having to wait two to three episodes. I guess they are trying to take a page out of the "Scandal" play book. OK writers, let's get this party going.

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    Loved this episode. Started watching this show as a guilty pleasure but it is getting so good that can barely wait until monday for the next episode.

    I love the way the characters are gradually being revealed,and we can see them both as individual & archetype.

    Joanna - people, she is undercover as an abused woman who is very pretty. She cannot act like a cop or in ways that draw unncessary attention/scrutiny, that would blow her cover. Actually i think she is handling a very difficult assignment very well. Unlike revenge where the main character dislikes the Graysons, Joanna does not dislike the Bowers - she grew up with them. So there is no ruthlessness in her pursuit of them.

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    Better than I expected. Vivian's murder is mostly irrelevant. Can we drop Joanna? She's dragging the series down. Mia, Haverstock and Edward are my favorite characters. Edward: "Shut up. I don't like you!" Bahahaha! Audrey's boring and flat.

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    I agree with Sid. It just got a WHOLE LOT MORE interesting.
    Edward's character annoyed the heck out of me in the beginning but I now find him riveting. Love that the other pharmaceutical guy acknowledged Edward's smarts :).

    Worth mentioning: Julian basically alluded to being in to falling in love. He was quoting from Robert's poem. It wasn't about sex.

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    Things are finally heating up! I've been watching faithfully hoping that this would be the next Revenge, but it has never been quite as enjoyable. Tonight was definitely a turning point though with all of the suspense and story lines running together...not to mention the romance at the end!

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    I thought last night show was great. I like how things have turned with this show. I do think this whole investigation thing is a little too much for Joanna. Being connected to this family and having a previous relationship with Julian also doesn't help.

    I like Will and wanted to see if something could work out with him and Joanna but you can tell she still really feeling Julian. Julian was so cute and adorable last night. I couldn't stand Audrey attitude with Joanna. Can't wait to see what happens in the next two shows.

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    If they kill Edward, I'm not watching anymore!! His storyline is full of suspense and I really like him. Most interesting character in the show.

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    I liked this episode and I pretty much like the show in general too. I really hope its a keeper. Having said that, I don't fully agree with you about the show's departure from the original "solve Vivian's murder direction". I found that story to be restrictive and with a short shelf life. Using that story as a catalyst to untangle a wider web of deception is far more interesting and sustainable in my opinion.




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