"House of Lies" (Sun., 10 p.m. EST on Showtime) is certainly finding fun and innovative techniques to use while Don Cheadle breaks the fourth wall as business consultant Marty Kaan. He does so not only to fill viewers in on corporate lingo and the kinds of meaningless double-speak he says all consultants use, but this week he took it a step further by drawing on the screen with a marker like John Madden.
The way "House of Lies" stages these moments is to freeze the action around Marty, so he can talk directly to the audience for a moment before stepping back into the scene and picking up right where he left off. This week, he found himself particularly on edge because the man whose wife he slept with in the pilot was now vying to buy out the company he is a junior partner in.
Nevertheless, Marty was in the zone when meeting potential new clients, catching every single detail of that first encounter. So much comes from body language, so Marty froze the action and got out that marker to explain it all to the home audience. He showed us the friction between the CEO and the CFO, the disdain the CFO had for him and his associates, and even the wandering gaze of the eyes of the CFO's wife. All of this information he could, and did, use and abuse to achieve his end goal, which may or may not be that of the people who were hiring and paying him.
In this case, his end goal was to push the ego of the CEO to the point that he forged ahead with an ill-conceived plan to implement that will weaken the company allowing for a buyout, or hostile takeover, from a competitor in the soft drinks business -- most likely Pepsi, though they were not named directly. He then called that company and got his hooks into them for his consultancy firm to help with the entire buyout process.
See what other tricks Marty has up his sleeve on "House of Lies," Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime.
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