house of lies

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The Third Season finale opens with Marty (Don Cheadle) and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) finally together, but the momentarily bliss won’t last long as the FBI begin a massive investigation into Kaan and Associates brought on by Jeannie divulging some company business to a friend in the Department of Justice in an attempt to win a government contract. Although the Feds don’t find what they are looking for, they do discover evidence of enough unethical and downright illegal maneuvers to arrest Marty Kaan.

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A trip to Chicago to cement the deal Clyde (Ben Schwartz) has been promising Marty (Don Cheadle) for weeks first involves a trek to the beach to get the support of Marissa’s (Eliza Coupe) old billionaire boyfriend (Balthazar Getty) whose mere presence at the meeting might be enough to scare her family into giving her back control of the online empire she built.

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Marty’s (Don Cheadle) bullshit Trojan Horse party doesn’t quite go as planned for anyone as a sober Clyde (Ben Schwartz) struggles with both his intense dislike for Will (Ryan Gaul) and trying fit in at a pretentious gala where alcohol is a necessity for enjoyment, Dre (Mekhi Phifer) performs a loyalty test on Marty that isn’t appreciated, accidentally murders Lukas’ (T.I.) new dog, and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) resents being sent in to feel out Lukas when Marty begins to consider jumping sides to go with the other brother who thanks to a drunken Caitlin (Genevieve Angelson) has already started putting the pieces together.

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The constant merry-go-round of the show’s Third Season continues as Monica (Dawn Olivieri) is fired for creating the hostile work environment that got her stabbed and Clyde (Ben Schwartz), trying to get in back in Marty’s (Don Cheadle) good graces and back with the old gang, looks to land a potentially huge client (Eliza Coupe) in a sexually promiscuous and potentially crazy former owner of huge website empire who also may just be his soul mate.

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The well-crafted plan of Marty (Don Cheadle) and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) to woo a grocery conglomerate and a organic food chain and and pit them against each other quickly falls apart, along with Jeannie’s position within Galweather Stearn, when the firm unexpectedly fires Julianne (Bess Armstrong) and decides to bring back “The Rainmaker” Marco Pelios (Griffin Dunne), who isn’t exactly Jeannie’s biggest fan. Seeing her position in the company fall apart when the man she got fired by exposing his practice of sleeping with various female employees is given back the keys to the kingdom, Jeannie has no choice but to call a last-second audible.

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Appropriately entitled “Wreckage,” the season premiere of House of Lies picks up the pieces from last season’s finale which saw Mary Kaan (Don Cheadle) leave Galweather & Stern, Clyde (Ben Schwartz) go to work for Monica (Dawn Olivieri), and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) in control of the new Pod which includes a far more dickish Doug (Josh Lawson) and new recruits JC (Brad Schmidt) and Benita (Lauren Lapkus). And, yes, each and every one of them are miserable.

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In the show’s Second Season finale the Pod shows up for their final day working for Galweather Stern where Clyde (Ben Schwartz) begins to freak-out after hearing the news that Marty (Don Cheadle) has dumped Carlson (Mather Zickel) in favor of Pinkus (Kevin Dobson) which jeopardizes the deal he has been working on with the Dushkin brothers (Evan HartAlex Dushkin). With nowhere else to turn and vent his frustration Clyde makes a questionable decision over lunch with Monica (Dawn Olivieri).

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With his eyes set firmly on getting the financing to leave Galweather Stern and open his own shop, Tamara (Nia Long) convinces Marty (Don Cheadle) to stick things out and finalize the Carlson (Mather Zickel) deal before he jumps ship. However, when Carlson’s attempt to settle their differences means driving out into the middle of the desert to watch the crazy man blow up watermelons with Ernest Hemingway’s rifle, he begins to have second thoughts.

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While trying not to let his brother (Larenz Tate) getting Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) involved in his latest cause get on his nerves, Marty (Don Cheadle) continues to work behind the scenes to procure the funding and clients he needs to get his new agency off the ground. Meanwhile Jeannie (Kristen Bell) is blindsided by Julianne Hotschragar’s (Bess Armstrong) offer to promote her and put her in charge of her own Pod.

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After spending the night with Tamara (Nia Long), Marty (Don Cheadle) returns to the office for an unexpected reunion with Tamra’s husband (Elimu Nelson), with whom he’s far more honest about his relationship than Tamara would like, and to try and close the casino deal with the bat-shit crazy Carlson (Mather Zickel) who unnecessarily prolongs negotiations once again.

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