Brotherhood: Matthew 12:25
Mike Caffee (Jason Isaacs) appears at times a kind of off-kilter Robin Hood, but more and more it's clear he is really an evil Peter Pan. He won't, probably can't, grow-up, and that's one source of his misery. (Spoilers below the jump.)
This week he's hurt and angered when mob boss Freddie Cork won't let him and his flunky Pete join the gang's softball team. Actor Kevin Chapman has been effective in his portrayal of Freddie, and I wonder when he is finally going to decide Michael just has to go -- although they are once again friends by the end of the episode. Michael also has trouble admitting to his girlfriend that he is living with his mother and that is why they only meet in hotels. He claims his mother is old and frail and needs him close. Activity in a neighboring hotel room shows how funny that is.
Speaking of hotel hook-ups, Eileen (Annabeth Gish) backslides this week, but her postman-lover refuses the meet her again, leaving her even more miserable, and a shot of her dying inside at the dinner table, while Velvet Underground starts up on the soundtrack is heartbreaking.
Brother Tommy may feel he is less of a man for it, but swallowing his pride to ask his father-in-law for a loan to pay the mortgage and keep his family off the streets, is the necessary thing for him to do, and he man's up and does it (in contrast to how Mike behaves). Next, incompetent brother-in-law lawyer Jimmy screws up Tommy's kickback plan on some real estate, so Tommy fires him. Mike moves in, bringing Jimmy over to the dark side (or, perhaps more accurately, the darker side) to front the bar that he muscles away from its owner.
There's a subplot concerning layoffs at Mom Rose Caffee job -- where turns out she's shop steward, and management tries to get her to pick who will be laid off. Nice. What happens when she won't comply means her union must have negotiated their last contract pretty weakly on the matter of seniority, I guess.
Now that we're nearly halfway in, are any TV Squad readers watching this show? What do you think of it?