And you know what, folks? That was a really good episode. Besides the fine acting and solid dialogue -- which are never really in dispute, even when this show is at its most maddening -- we dispensed with the usual mumbo-jumbo to actually tell a logically constructed, complex-though-not-perplexing tale. And ultimately, from Butchie to Linc to even Mitch not acting like a doofus for several scenes at a time, it was a fairly hopeful episode. If every episode were like this one, I'd be the grand marshal of the John From Cincinnati parade. As it stands, I'm at least interested to see what goes down at this time next week.
And speaking of which...next week, on J From the C, "All is Revealed!" Those are the words of the HBO promo monkeys, not me. Personally, I think they're writing a check they cannot possibly cash, but you try to live in hope.