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Blood And Oil - S01E04

Drama . Crime

Broke and still reeling from being conned by Hap, Billy seeks revenge and turns to an unlikely ally, Clifton Lundegren, hoping to appeal to his mutual disgust towards the Briggs'. Wick defiantly ignores Hap's wishes and continues to see Jules even enlisting Carla's help in throwing her a huge birthday party at the house. And, things come to a head with Lacey and AJ leading to a confrontation that will force AJ to make a game changing decision.

Episode Title: The Birthday Party
Airs: 2015-10-18 at 09:00 PM
  • Glenn Garvin

    [Producers Josh Pate and Cynthia Cidre] keep Blood & Oil living large without quite stumbling over the top. They get a lot of help from their skilled cast, particularly Crawford, who has grown some grit since his pretty-boy heir in Gossip Girl. And Johnson gives his best performance in years. Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Blood and Oil, harkens back to the best elements of “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    It’s confidently economical in its goal of pure, late-night, soapy entertainment.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Blood feels excessively earnest, even in its best attempts to be trashy.... In its current form, Blood is a throwback to a quainter time in primetime soap history, when a simple, well-told story of family intrigue was enough.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The pleasantly fresh setting is the North Dakota oil boom, but the tone is very "Dallas," and the storytelling is as melodramatic as the show's title.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Blood & Oil is not a realistic drama but an out-and-out soap opera.

    Slate Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    This show will run on poisonous rivalries, hidden agendas, and unbridled ambitions. And something about a Mormon temple. Blood & Oil doesn't dig deep enough.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Well, the play’s the thing in this one, but Johnson is the hammer and tongs. At age 65, he still seems up to the challenge of stirring up this little petroleum potboiler. The kids are all right but he’s the man.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Hap and Carla are certainly a great-looking couple, standing in the shadow of the North Dakota Rockies. What they're not is a heightened version of Blake and Alexis Colby Carrington, the sort of heights I was really hoping for here.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Don Johnson, who’s worth his weight in gold or oil--anchors the show as North Dakota tycoon Hap Briggs.... You can bet the first hour climaxes with some of the main characters rolling around in oil, punchin’ and brawlin’. But the show could develop its own mythology of contemporary wildcatting.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    After one episode, it’s not at all clear that this show will be ambitious enough to take good advantage of the real-life goings-on in North Dakota.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    This new "Dallas" could be coming a bit late, as declining oil prices threaten to turn the Bakken boom into a bust, but the story's timeless enough, if maybe a little tired.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If Oil isn't explosive, it also isn't repulsive.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Alas, pretty much everything in Blood & Oil, created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, has that kind of on-the-nose quality, with nary a surprise in the first hour.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    You see where all of this is going, of course, but no one is out to surprise viewers with Blood and Oil. This is a soap opera. It may not last as long as either “Dallas,” but it’s working the same territory.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The first hour spends so much time setting things up it may not have been indicative of what's to come. But the drama needs to ramp up quickly if this is going to have any chance at all.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Both Johnson and Valleta recognize the script for what it needs--a quirked eyebrow here, a glower held a bit longer than usual there--and tip the story in their favor as the down-and-dirty version of Frank and Claire Underwood. Crawford and Rittenhouse are so busy trawling for sympathy that they barely register.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Soap operatic machinations and narrative plausibility need not necessarily be bedfellows. But there’s little in Blood & Oil that compels in the way of the best trash TV. Crawford and Rittenhouse are uber-bland romantic leads.... It’s up to the very pretty landscape photography (lots of mist-strewn and buffalo-bedecked vistas), as well as the old pros among the cast to pick up the slack. Johnson brings his usual rakish menace and charm (he’s one of the few reasons you could see returning each week).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It has the aggressively prettified look, rather, of an ad for beer or a new Ford truck, and you sense that you are being sold something, rather than told a story, let alone the truth.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It too often feels like a variation on “Dallas,” right down to an obsession with profits from oil. Johnson is fun but Crawford is flat and dull, too unengaging to really be a lead on a show like this one. Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Blood & Oil offers only musty melodrama befitting its already dated premise.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    So far the storytelling on Blood & Oil has been crude and obvious.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Aside from Don Johnson’s canny oil baron, and as we found with the “Dallas” revival, one savvy old dude can’t always carry an entire show on his back, especially when the rest of it is so mechanical.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Dreadfully conceived and horribly acted.

    Washington Post Full Review
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