BOSS 2.08 ‘Consequence’

Mayor Kane scrambles for allies in the wake of the riots while Zajac's prospects start to look up.

Hilary Rothingby Hilary Rothing

Episode Title: 'Consequence'

Writer: Paul Keables

Director: Jean de Segonzac

Previously on "Boss":

Mayor Tom Kane returned to Chicago and used the shooting of a teenage looter to distract the media from questions about his whereabouts during the riots. Suspecting her parents drugged her grandfather, Emma purposely skipped a dose of a his meds. And Meredith met with McGantry to give him the bad news about the Lennox Gardens project which he did not take very well.


In the Mayor's office, Alderman Ross (James Vincent Meredith) warns Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) about the city's financial crisis. Kane wants the council to push through the upcoming bond acquisition vote, just like they always do. But Ross thinks the mayor needs oversight. He offers to sway the vote if Kane allows him to pick the Ward Boss replacements, but the mayor ignores the offer and asks him to leave.

At the Sentinel, Sam Miller (Troy Garity) goes through Kane's phone records and learns Meredith placed a call to a brain clinic in Toronto during his absence. He promptly prepares to head up north to investigate.

Kane and his staff meet with Governor Cullen (Francis Guinan), who tells him that the state can't bail the city out of its current financial crisis. Kane wants state bonds issued immediately and plans to have Treasurer Zajac sign off on them.

Over at his apartment, Mayor Rutledge (Anthony Mockus Dr.) appears to be coming out his coma. Thus, Emma (Hannah Ware) decides to skip another dose of his sedation medicine while his nurse isn't looking. Meanwhile, Trey (T.I.) confronts Darius (Rotimi) about the missing five grand from his take. Darius promises to get the money. but Trey has him beaten.

Kane tells Ian (Jonathan Groff) he wants to go with Meredith's pick for the Alderman replacement, to Ian's disappointment. Over at his campaign headquarters, after his meeting with Doyle about "transparency," Zajac (Jeff Hephner) tells his wife, Maggie (Nicole Forester) he plans to do an interview. She accuses him of putting his career ahead of his children, but Zajac tells her she knew what she signed up for.

During the interview, Zajac loses his cool when questioned about his personal life. He ends the interview and has an outburst about his mistakes, which is all recorded and then released to the media. Ironically, the clip winds up boosting Zajac's image, which concerns the Walsh campaign.

Up in Toronto, Sam visits the clinic posing as an insurance investigator. When the receptionist leaves her desk to get her supervisor, he attempts to go through her files. When she catches him, he makes a quick exit.

Kane confronts Zajac when he refuses to sign the state bonds. Zajac says he won't put the state in further debt, especially if he plans to be it's next governor. He then tells Kane he won't be controlled by him anymore and leaves.

Desperate for money, Kane takes the deal with Ross. Meanwhile, Mayor Rutledge suffers a bad fall and is taken to the hospital, where he's put on life support.

Back at City Hall, Ian tells Kane that Meredith's Alderman appointee may be caught up in a sex scandal. With no suitable replacement, Ian offers himself up for the position. Kane says he'll consider it and later sends Ian to look after Emma, who's distraught over her grandfather. In the car, Emma tries to tell Ian about her suspicions, but he accuses her of using. She rushes into the house and starts downing alcohol. Ian goes in after her and tries to calm her down. In the midst of her hysterics, Ian kisses Emma and they soon have sex as Darius looks in from a window.

At City Hall, Kane is blindsided when the vote doesn't go his way. He races to the Council Chambers but is too late. He later learns that McGantry paid Ross and the rest of the council off. Kane calls Doyle and demands he use the file he gave him on McGantry to put him away.

In Toronto, Sam follows the receptionist from the clinic home and implores her to tell him if Kane was treated there. She confirms that Kane was there for two days, receiving ECT therapy.

As he stands in the empty council chambers, an enraged Kane begins to experience tremors again.


Before we get into the nitty and very gritty of this episode, let's just take a moment to acknowledge the fact that Ian ostensibly had sex with his half-sister. And he's fully aware of his relation to Emma Kane. And this wasn't some insinuated encounter, but a full-on sex scene, taking such gratuitous advantage of Starz' premium network allowances that I almost wanted to look away. Almost.

Even if for some reason, Ian doesn't turn out to be related to Emma, we were led to believe so prior to watching this scene. I'm not putting it past the ambitious wannabe-Alderman to pull a move like this, (he's already handed out sexual favors to a female Alderman and a male judge, why begrudge his half-sister?) but I'm still kind of shocked the writers actually went there and in such full-frontal fashion.

Now that we've got the incest out of the way, let's talk about the more palatable themes in "Consequences," like betrayal, vengeance, rage and envy. With about one political enemy for every citizen of Chicago, Mayor Kane shouldn't have been too surprised by the alliance between Ross and McGantry. The scene in which Kane smugly applies his stamp to a stack of bonds while the vote goes down on the TV in the background was ripe with the stink of the s***storm fast approaching. Kane races to the Council Chambers only to arrive too late. And just as he loses control of his political underlings, he also begins to lose his grip as his tremors return. Was his response to the treatment just a placebo effect, so much so that losing control of his kingdom means losing control of himself?

Meanwhile, Zajac seems to have gained control of his own FUBAR situation, interestingly enough with a Kane-style outburst during an interview. He's back in the gubernatorial picture and like just about everyone else under the Mayor's thumb, fed up and no longer afraid of him. With McGantry, Ross, Zajac, Walsh and the just about the entire city council on his bad side, Kane's enforcer is going to need an assistant.

On to poor, troubled Emma Kane. She's become more dislikable over the course of the past two episodes. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all, how can we expect someone raised by Tom and Meredith Kane to be anything other than a selfish user prone to impulsive and often destructive behavior? Why exactly Darius keeps coming back for more when he gets nothing but grief is puzzling. On that note, the reveal of him standing outside the window, scowling as he watches Emma and Ian was silliness. Aren't there are all kind of security surrounding the Mayor's home, especially after the attempt on his life? Anyway, Darius don't sweat it. She was schutpping her brother, so it's probably not going to work out.

"Boss" is nothing if not one of the most outrageously entertaining shows on TV, right now. "Consequence" and last week's episode, "The Conversation" took the "outrageous" part of that statement to a whole new level. I suspect some viewers might be turned off by the direction the show's taken as we head into next week's season finale, but I'm loving it, as hard it is to watch in some instances.