The Black Donnellys Episodes

2007, TV Show

The Black Donnellys Episode: "God Is a Comedian Playing to an Audience Afraid to Laugh"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Tommy tries to deal with Sean's health-care woes and feels remorse over Sal and Huey; Kevin bails Jimmy out of jail.
Original Air Date: Jun 27, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 39:00
Aired: 6/27/2007
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March 12, 2007: The World Will Break Your Heart Season 1, Episode 3

Quick tip: There is an exclusive episode online that bridges the gap between this episode and last week's episode. If you haven't seen it, I strongly suggest you watch it! This was a very quiet episode. And by "quiet" I mean no one died. In the exclusive episode, someone does die. After watching that episode and this one, my choice for favorite brother has changed. From the beginning, I was a Tommy fan. But poor Kevin ( Billy Lush) tries so hard. You've got to give the guy some credit - he really does mean well. When we look back to the first episode, the brother who caused all of the drama was Kevin. He never meant for any of this to happen, but his gambling problem did get the Donnellys in way over their heads. However, the guy isn't unlucky. He's just not a good card player. Kevin promised Tommy he'd take care of the liquor and he asked Joey Ice Cream to come along with him. They were hilarious. I wonder if any of the show's writers have ever been taxicab drivers. "Are you nuts? Twenty hours being told what to do by people who can't even afford a car." I really liked Joey in this episode. He was very believable this week, and whether you think that's important or not, it makes the story so much better. I actually trusted him. We were also introduced to a few new characters. Hughie Ferrell's wife, Kate, could become a key player. So far, she's the grieving widow, but something tells me she's not going to keep mum about her husband's death. And we know Dokey isn't keeping quiet. Could he have made it anymore obvious, when saying words at the church, that he thought the Donnellys had had something to do with Hughie's death? Of course, he's right and it showed. His eyes never left Tommy. I'm not too keen on this new guy Samson. If Hughie had gotten him his job and now he's afraid he's going to lose it, he must not be the best guy. Joey did tell us he was the complete opposite of Tommy, so maybe he was referring to the old Tommy - the good brother who didn't kill people or try to slice their fingers off with a scalpel. (I told you: Watch the exclusive episode.) In the end, it appears Jenny chose Samson, at least for the time being. I think she did it out of spite for Tommy. And good for her! The poor girl asks for the truth and instead Tommy tells her, "If you really believed what you said about loving me, you've got to stop asking and just trust me." Then she gets questioned and taken into a basement by Dokey and his ax. That would scare the hell out of anyone. Also, another love interest: Jimmy's girlfriend Joanie. The two of them are meant for each other. One question: why did Jimmy go to Sal's funeral? He has a very different idea of how to pay respects to the dead. Of course, the best scenes are always saved for last. Jimmy pulled himself together for the meeting in the basement. Kevin was nowhere to be found. He couldn't even lie on the telephone. If you can't lie on the phone, you definitely can't lie in person. And Tommy "came clean" with Dokey. In the end, Joey explained it best: "If they hadn't killed Louie Downtown they would have been dead. Right then and there." The ax came out again. If I had my choice I'd take a gun, but Dokey is a Hokey Pokey fan, so maybe he enjoys taking people's left leg out. Put your left leg in.... After he's done, you won't be able to shake it all about. show less
Quick tip: There is an exclusive episode online that bridges the gap between this episode and last week’s episode. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you watch it!This was a very quiet episode. And by "quiet" I mean no one died. In the exclusive episode, someone does die. After watching that episode and this one, my choice for favorite brother has changed. From the beginning, I was a Tommy fan. But poor Kevin (Billy Lush) tries so hard. You’ve got to give the guy some credit — he really does mean well. When we look back to the first episode, the brother who caused all of the drama was Kevin. He never meant for any of this to happen, but his gambling problem did get the Donnellys in way over their heads. However, the guy isn’t unlucky. He’s just not a good card player.Kevin promised Tommy he’d take care of the liquor and he asked Joey Ice Cream to come along with him. They were hilarious. I wonder if any of the show’s writers have ever... read more

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Premiered: February 26, 2007, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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