House of Lies 04×04 ‘We Can Always Just Overwhelm the Vagus Nerve with Another Sensation’


Heyo guys! Ready for another hilarious installment of House of Lies? Cause I sure am! I know what you’re thinking, with an episode title that long, what can these fools be up to this episode? Well Marty is working on getting Ellis Hightower to play ball, which is slowly becoming a freakishly huge nightmare. Clyde is being hounded by Doug to let him in on the ground floor of his new app business plan. Jeannie is ready to be head-hunted but…the market isn’t ready for her just yet. Also, there’s lots of drama!

So remember how Khan and Associate’s is barely above water all thanks to Marty’s prison connection Ellis Hightower? You know, the Steve Jobs wannabe with a penchant for having major temper tantrums and throwing his good fortune aside for no reason? Well, they’ve decided to hold a town hall to announce his latest electric supercar project for Gage. Only problem is, while setting it up, Ellis goes off on another one of his huge tantrums, all thanks to the gear shift on his model “not being round enough” and pees all over the car before burying an axe in the windshield. Yikes. So with that plan out the window, Marty, Doug, and Clyde scramble to find a new topic for the town hall. This is where Jeannie comes into play as Marty sends her to Sacramento to meet with his old business partner Julie. The one who hates him as much as he hates her? Great!

Somehow Jeannie works her consulting magic and convinces Julie to come on board, but just before the town hall begins, Ellis has another major melt down and begins crying in the staircase with Marty about how he’s a huge failure and whatever. Marty has no luck convincing him to buck up, but then Jeannie comes along and smacks him right back into shape. The town hall goes swimmingly and it looks like Jeannie and Marty might work better together from now on. Speaking of which, Marty makes the disastrous mistake of hooking up with his evil ex Monica this time. Although, Don Cheadle and Dawn Olivieri are one of the funniest duos on-screen with their funny back-and-forth.

Clyde’s start up business plan is going pretty well and sensing something big on the horizon, Doug steps in and offers to help Clyde get his plan off to a good start. He also makes several positive references to Hitler this episode so eh, he’s not in the best frame of mind right now. Sick of Doug’s begging, Clyde tries to decline Doug’s “generous” offer but then changes his mind once he realizes how lonely and sad the poor guy is after Sarah left him broke and alone. Meanwhile, Jeannie calls up her old friend Erin, a headhunter who’s ready to get Jeannie back out in the job market. Well, that is, until she sees just how preggers Jeannie is, which causes her to pause and ask: why now? When Jeannie doesn’t give her a compelling reason, Erin tells her to call her once she’s lost the baby weight. Ouch!

So what did you guys think of this episode? I thought it was really good and I loved the funny moments between Marty and Monica. Tell me what you thought in the comments!

Sarah S. is an aspiring couch potato and currently haunts the Midwestern United States. She spends way too much time watching TV and being a pop culture junkie. When she’s not ranting about movies and TV on social media, you can probably find her with an iced latte in hand or fixing everyone’s problems. Sometimes she writes really silly stuff on Twitter and Tumblr.


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