mind games

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A disgraced researcher and failed whistleblower (Marcus Giamatti) hires Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) to convince his former colleague to use his access to come public about his former employer’s dangerous product. However the man’s wife has a different story to tell including her husband’s history of alcoholism and crazy behavior which got him dismissed from his job and makes everyone but Ross to doubt their newest client who (despite the burgeoning success suggested at the end of last week’s episode) is also their only client.

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mind-games-apophenia

With a reporter gunning for a takedown piece on the brothers’ new company and new job involving changing the mind of a Congressman just days before a vote, Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) have their hands full. Things get no easier when the success of bringing out the Congressman’s old personality (by recreating the sounds and smells of the time when gun-legislation was all that mattered to him) to pass an important gun bill also renews friction between the politician and the son who hired them which hits all too close for Clark who is determined to set things right and makes an emotional appeal to Ross, Megan (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Sam, Miles (Gregory Marcel), and Latrell (Cedric Sanders) for their help by attempting to use the subconscious to bring father and son back together again.

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Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) are hired by the concerned parents of a confused young girl (Emma Dumont) who has fallen under the sway of a charismatic cult leader (Randall Batinkoff) and who they promise they can deprogram to not only leave the cult but to want to leave the cult. When the first attempt fails as Clark underestimates their opponent who sees Megan (Megalyn Echikunwoke) coming from a mile away, the pair have to get more inventive. Ross also has to manage Clark who decides midway through the process he doesn’t want to simply hypnotize their mark into following what her parents want (making them no better than the cult leader) but make her strong enough to trust her own decisions.

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