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Moment of Goodness

It’s Complicated: Marty Finds Out Jeremiah Has Parkinson’s, House of Lies “Ouroboros” 

Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/SHOWTIME

We’ve known Jeremiah was diagnosed with Parkinson’s for a little while now and we’ve been waiting for him to find a good time to tell his son. At least, I’ve been waiting for that. But after Marty finds sinemet on the floor, Jeremiah is forced to come clean. And I honestly didn’t think his explanation would affect me as much as it did. It started out so hostile but ended up in an unexpectedly emotional place. I’ve always been excited that Glynn Turman was a part of this show, but it wasn’t until this episode that I realized how much I enjoy him being a part of Marty’s little family unit and how empty Marty and Roscoe’s life would be without him.

I actually like that Jeremiah got so combative. Maybe he never planned to tell Marty about the diagnosis. We still don’t know much about the suicide of Marty’s mother, but Marty goes to pieces at the mere thought of it. Can you imagine what might happen to him if he lost his other parent? Jeremiah tells Marty to do the math after he asks about the pill. Marty wants to know why Jeremiah didn’t tell him. Jeremiah says he didn’t want Marty to kill him off preemptively to avoid any sort of pain in the future. Marty can’t believe what he’s hearing. But Jeremiah’s serious. His condition is manageable. He tells his son he’s going to be around for a long time.

“I don’t want some sort of pre-packaged, unmessy relationship with my son. I want you to continue to challenge me, you know and to take me for granted and to be the unbelievably f*cking difficult person that you are. Because I like that person.”

I loved his speech, but the part that really got me was when he said he liked Marty just the way he was. I may have teared up a little bit.

Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/SHOWTIME

Moments of Goodness

  • Doug shushes Jeannie and Clyde, although it seems like he’s shushing Skip. Priceless.
  • Marty and Marco hatch a plan to kibosh the Metro Capital merger and push Skip out of the firm.
  • Marty meets Jeannie’s finance. She almost hid him from everyone at the office. Almost.
  • April and Roscoe’s Fred and Ginger routine. Roscoe really does need a mother figure (who isn’t Monica).


Only three more episodes left this season. Where has the time gone and what’s in store for Marty and his pod? Will Marco and Marty will successful in their subterfuge? If and/or when Marty will sabotage his relationship with April? When will the rest of the guys find out about Jeannie’s fiance? But most of all, when Marty will start dealing with his mother’s death in the a healthy, mature way?

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

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