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Deception - S01E10

Drama . Mystery . Soap . Crime

After Will fires Joanna for sleeping with Julian, she uncovers video tapes of Vivian's therapy sessions. Working with the FBI, Julian wears a wire to gain evidence against Audrey. Edward turns himself in for the murder of Kimberly Yaeger. With Haverstock's help, Wyatt is released from prison and confronts Sofia. Mia takes Joanna's advice and donates her bone marrow to her birth father.

Episode Title: You're the Bad Guy
Airs: 2013-03-11 at 10:00 pm
  • Bruce Miller

    On first blush, Deception is smart, stylish and involving. In time, it could drift. But, for now, enjoy the kind of storytelling that gives its core cast something interesting--and watchable--to do.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Deception borrows a lot from that show and others, ending up more fun than challenging.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Liz Medendorp

    For now, the Bowers and Joanna provide enough mystery to maintain our interest, but we're left wondering whether the show's compelling start is actually taking us somewhere, or if instead this, too, is only a deception.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    If you are looking for some upscale junk-food--beautifully packaged, nicely performed, delectably plotted, but shot through with hot air and likely to make you queasy by the time you reach the end of the bag--look no further than NBC's soap-mystery Deception, which starts tonight, and is, at least for now, scrumptious.

    Salon Full Review
  • Sohrab Ahmari

    Deception scores a point or two higher than the estimable "Revenge" in some regards. The atmosphere is darker, the story less outlandish, if only slightly, and Ms. Good's heroine boasts an attractively firm moral center.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Been here/seen this--a lot--but familiarity could work in favor of Deception.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Deception isn't like super-soapy "Scandal" or over-the-top "Revenge" (which has gone seriously downhill this season) in that both the story telling and the acting seem more realistic.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It's a promising setup, but Deception doesn't allow us the dirty pleasure of enjoying the awful Bowers. [14 Jan 2013, p.56]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Long-arc storylines usually need some immediate or fresh hook. Deception doesn't have that, instead reshuffling familiar pieces into a new puzzle.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Viewed charitably, the series isn't bad as a sort-of "Dallas" knockoff, though it's worth noting TNT's rebooted "Dallas" covers similar territory in a more satisfying manner.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Some of this is diverting or at least laughable enough to play along.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    The cast is good enough and the premise strong enough to carry it. Right now, though, Deception is a show that doesn't know what it is.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It lacks momentum and nerve, and it's sitting on a wellspring of meaning that it's too polite to tap.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Vivian's secrets are predictable. Judging from the first two episodes, Joanna is not much of a sleuth. Scene set-ups go nowhere. Minor characters are brought in, disposed of, and the show bumps along to another complication.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    While the show makes almost no sense, it is pretty to look at. And it does have a few good actors in its mix, even if they're not particularly well served by the scripts.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Emily Yahr

    Deception falls prey to the exhaustive method of too-much-storytelling, adding layer upon layer of mini-mysteries and twists until the weary viewer needs a detailed map to keep track--or turns off the show entirely.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Daniel Goldberg

    The writers, for their part, certainly inspire confidence when it comes to the sturdiness of their vehicle, and that's no small feat. It's the intervals between the intrigue, however, that feel regrettably squandered, and the characters' rare moments alone reveal little more than the actors' lack of direction.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Even the actors seem grudging as they play their predictable parts. They never succeed in creating a sense of ensemble, enabling us to feel how these characters have known one another for decades.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Judging by the first two hours, Deception is not as seductive as "Revenge" and contains even more clunky acting and just as much melodramatic music.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Deception, in trying for something more "real" and not quite getting there, feels fake. There is little chemistry between the people who are supposed to have it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    As long as the network realizes it's deceiving no one if it pretends Deception is anything but what it is: far-fetched, formulaic and maybe a little late to the party.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    If your taste runs to old formulas slickly employed, Deception will hold your interest. If you prefer innovation, it probably won't.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The pacing is sluggish, the twists telegraphed and rarely shocking, turning this whodunit into a "who cares?" Deception gets NBC's midseason off to a dreary start.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    So far Deception feels like one long TV crime drama where everyone takes turns standing under a cloud of suspicion.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The writing (Heldens and Peter Elkoff) is atrocious, the direction (Peter Horton and Jonas Pate) slow and flabby, and the performances run the gamut from sad to just adequate, but even proven actors like Garber couldn't make us care about any of this.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Deception just seems sloppily constructed and poorly written, wasting some good actors (Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Meagan Good) in the process and never giving you a reason to care.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review