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House of Lies - S04E02

Drama . Comedy

Marty cunningly proves his business savvy when he meets electric car mogul, Ellis Hightower. In desperate pursuit of a new client, Jeannie orchestrates a chance encounter that appears to go terribly awry. Marty accuses Jeannie of being a dishonest person, prompting her to reveal a difficult truth.

Episode Title: I'm a Motherfucking Scorpion, That's Why
Airs: 2015-01-18 at 10:00 pm
  • David Wiegand

    The series is so pervasively cynical--and, by the way, brilliantly funny--it has the potential of making any viewer feel his or her life isn't so bad after all.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There is much to admire here, from the snap in the dialogue to the show's willingness to tackle issues of race in the workplace--but there might be even more if creator Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) could learn when to stop pushing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    House of Lies is giving him (and the rest of the actors) something fresh and different to devour, which makes it a show you need to consult with.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Lies is cynical enough to make "Up in the Air" look like "Once Upon a Time," but it's a stylish, sometimes witty cynicism.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    As a pitiless, biting satire of the debauched state of American big business, it's no lie to call this one of the smartest, funniest shows of the new year.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It takes a few half-hour episodes before the tone gels. [16 Jan 2012, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    House of Lies somehow manages to be funny despite it all. That's mostly do to great casting. Cheadle, particularly, is brilliant.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    House of Lies' excesses tend to be counter-balanced by its overall look and feel. The production values are first-rate and the storytelling is crisp.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Roger Catlin

    House is more solidly built [than "Dirt"], thanks mostly to the bracing quality of Cheadle, who scarcely has time in the mayhem to reconsider what he does.

    Salon Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    This Good Marty/Bad Marty dynamic may prove more fruitful for the show in the long run than the well-worn punching bag that is corporate America.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Well-crafted and a little--sometimes more than a little--unpleasant.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    House of Lies is sharp, but not big on subtext.

    Time Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    House of Lies is not a revolutionary show, but it is a fun study of men behaving badly.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's enough involving the main characters that I'm willing to stick around for a bit to let the rest of House of Lies find itself.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Like many of Showtime's most cherished series, House of Lies can be annoying and entertaining at the same time.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The program is moderately entertaining and very much in keeping with the tone of "Californication."

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Too brittle and full of bile to cleanly hit the target.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    I didn't laugh much. I did, however, check my watch, still secure on my wrist, to determine when the show would be ending.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Michael Landweber

    With the subtlety of a sledgehammer, the show right away telegraphs that there is more to Kaan than meets the eye, that he's not just a con. We're just not inclined to believe him.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Andrea Reiher

    House of Lies lacks the heart of "Shameless" and Kaan lacks the likability of Duchovny's Hank Moody, which means we care very little about the characters after two episodes.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    [The actors] are cramped by obvious, unsubtle writing and a show that doesn't seem to have much of an idea of where to take these sardonic characters.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    House of Lies about the thievery of management consultants, manages to turn a theme with reasonable comedic potential into a vehicle for 16-year-old males, though dressed up as satire for sophisticates.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    In trying to be about over-the-top characters, it forgets to be about people.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Luke De Smet

    Because from its embellished execution to its uninspired writing and very conception, the smarmy House of Lies is like so many speculative financial bubbles that characters like Marty have had their hands in: There's just nothing there.

    Slant Magazine Full Review