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House of Lies “Mini-Mogul” 

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Daddy issues seem to be a central theme in all my favorite shows. We all have them, it’s just a matter of time before they rear their ugly head in some way or another. In “Mini-Mogul,” we  see how adept Kristen Bell‘s Jeannie is at keeping her professional and personal lives completely separate. Before this episode, we didn’t even know she was dating anyone much less engaged to said person. But what I found sad and refreshing all at once is how she tells Nick Stahl‘s Kurt that she’s not cheating on her fiance even though they’ve just had sex. Twice. Her ability to compartmentalize is impressive. Now I really do think of her as one of the guys. And that’s not an insult.

I like that this week’s focus was much more on the personal lives of the pod and it’s leader than on the job. I didn’t find this assignment that interesting and I knew Marty would do what he needed to do to screw the client over and line his pockets with cash. The much more fascinating aspect of the episode was Roscoe. Not only was Marty forced to take him to “Frisco” with him because both his father and Monica were out of town, but Marty has hardly any free time to enjoy the city on the bay with his son. Instead, Roscoe shares some street meat with Doug and they have a rather touching conversation. I mean, we know Doug’s got some damage but it was really nice to see him give Roscoe some advice that seemed to help.

And what about that series of voicemails Marty left for Monica? I think the tone was probably not constructive, but it would be nice to see Monica give a damn about her son. Marty and Jeremiah are doing the best they can (most of the time), but Roscoe needs his mom in his life. Well, actually he needs a positive maternal figure. That’s definitely not Monica but it would be nice to see her actually make an effort.

I continue to enjoy hearing about Clyde’s sexual exploits. I really do. And I’m looking forward to Doug actually having some. He needs to catch up in this little competition he and Clyde seem to ve having. I guess it’s nice that Doug values romance, but I kind of want to see that “loser” beat Clyde at his own game especially after things go so horribly wrong with that barista in the coffee shop. I had to look away. So embarrassing.

House of Lies airs Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime.

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