‘House of Lies’ Series Finale: “No Es Facil” or, Cuba Libre! (Season 5 Episode 10)

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Alas, all good things must come to an end, and with the final episode of the season, “No Es Facil,” it was time for “House of Lies” to join the ranks of fallen shows. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case with such things, the showrunners didn’t know the cancellation was coming, and thus, didn’t know they were shooting the series finale when they were shooting what they thought was a mere season finale, and it kind of showed.

Don’t get me wrong. Almost inadvertently, the show ended up with what amounted to a happy ending, with the team choosing to do the right thing over the usual “in it for the money” move, and those longing for Marty (Don Cheadle) and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) to finally get over themselves and get together got more than they ever could have hoped for when the two tied the knot while in Cuba for a big business deal.

In addition, the show proper ended with a joyous dance sequence featuring the cast and crew that did kind of serve as a nice after-party to the series as a whole, whether intended that way or not. On the other hand, the vast majority of the other characters didn’t really get an ending beyond the whole notion that the “Pod” wouldn’t be dissolving after all and would continue unabated when they returned home.

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Marty’s family didn’t really get a final farewell, which is unfortunate, although Monica (Dawn Olivieri) did get both sexy- when she tried to sleep with Marty the night before the pitch- and vindictive, when she realized he’d gotten the better of her yet again, so there was that. But all Roscoe got was a literal float-by exit (on a hoverboard) and Marty’s dad didn’t appear at all, nor did his brother.

Likewise, Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson) didn’t really get a key final scene, either, though we did get to see Clyde mess with Doug one last time on the plane and that hilariously ick-inducing Ambien-driven scene where Doug made out with an elderly fellow passenger out of nowhere. (“Where are you, my sweet mystery lover?” Doug lamented later on. “Probably dead of natural causes by now,” shot back Clyde.)

Skip (Richard Schiff) also got his comeuppance when Marty sunk the deal, and the team got in a few good digs at his expense for good measure. “You look like Ricky Ricardo f*cked Justin Bieber,” said Clyde, when seeing Skip’s outfit of choice when the team first arrived. LOL. I also enjoyed Doug’s typically atypical takedown of Hemingway as a “simpleton” because of his clipped writing style.

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That said, the whole flash-forward, flashback structure of the episode was a little pointless, and kind of spoiler-y, save not ruining the Marty proposal by making you think they were going to end up at each other’s throats at the end of the episode, as per usual. Thankfully, that was not the case, as Marty, wowed by the natural beauty and vibe of Cuba, was inspired to make things official, which stopped that fight dead in its tracks, needless to say.

On a side note, this was the first American series to ever shoot in Cuba since the US re-established a working relationship with the country, so it was sort of cool that the first show to shoot there also ended its run there, albeit without knowing that at the time. The setting added enormously to the proceedings, as it was colorful and bright and not the typical vibe of the show at all, which was a welcome development and one that made it hard to hate the finale, despite its overall faults.

There was also plenty of scenic location shooting, great music, and if you weren’t smiling during that final dance sequence- or even the one with Marty and Jeannie at the wedding where he proposed- then you weren’t really a fan in the first place. There are worse things in the world than to leave fans with a smile on their faces, right?

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I do wish that Showtime had been able to give the show enough of a heads-up to have allowed them to wrap things up on their own terms, though. That way, everyone could have been given a proper send-off and it wouldn’t have just felt like a regular episode of the show. TBH, it didn’t even really feel like a finale at all, which is sort of my point, but that location and the whole Marty/Jeannie thing did help considerably.

That said, I definitely prefer the idea that the “pod will go on” over the thought of them simply cashing in and all going their separate ways, which is where things seemed to be headed, so we can at least be grateful for that. As dysfunctional as these people are and oft-despicable, they were certainly better as a team than apart, as evidenced by the way the season began- though I did get a kick out of Jeannie’s big rap/dance blow-out at that company presentation.

Of course, that nastiness was also part of their charm, in a weird way. As unlikable as they could be, it was strangely hard to hate any of the members of the team, which I think is largely attributable to the chemistry and strength of the casting. As much as they baited and bashed one another, you never quite got the feeling they hated one another- not really.

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Well, maybe that stretch of time when Jeannie caused Marty to go to jail, obviously, but even then, it was more hurt and disappointment on Marty’s end than hatred. Besides, all’s well that ends well, and those two did finally get their happy ending, so we at least got that before the show ended. I can live with that.

So, with that, I say goodbye, Kaan and Associates, for one last time- you will be missed!

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What did you think of the series finale of “House of Lies”? How about the final season as a whole? Was there something you would have liked to have seen as well before the show ended? What did you think about Marty and Jeannie getting married? What do you think would have happened next had the show continued? Sound off down below, and thanks for reading!