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House of Lies Review: Imminent Demise

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?

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