The Black Donnellys, Season 1Closed Captioning
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With cinematic scope, this powerful drama is uniquely narrated by lifelong family confidante Joey "Ice Cream," presenting tales of both intense action and charged emotion. With their Black Irish roots, the Donnellys' fierce loyalty to each other knows no bounds. And whether they know it or not, the four brothers have just taken over the neighborhood: Tommy is the leader, with a knack for drawing and getting the others out of trouble; Jimmy, with a hot temper and a drug problem, owns the bar that's become their base of operations; Kevin is struggling to shake a gambling habit, but his loyalty to family is always a sure bet; and the youngest, Sean may be considered the baby, but he's also a lady killer. Then there's Jenny Reilly, who's always been there for the family and shares a special bond with Tommy. No matter the enemy or the circumstance they face, one thing is a constant for the Donnellys — the bonds of brotherhood are stronger than anything.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPilot||Family first-The Donnellys are four young working-class Irish-American brothers who live by this motto despite their involvement with organized crime in New York City. Police investigators question Joey Ice Cream (Keith Nobbs), a childhood friend and the unreliable narrator who introduces the Donnelly brothers and sets the scene. Kevin Donnelly (Billy Lush) is convinced he's lucky, but when his gambling bets add up, his oldest brother Jimmy Donnelly (Thomas Guiry) kidnaps the mob-connected bookie Kevin owes money to. When word around the neighborhood connects the Donnellys to the disappearance, Sean Donnelly, (Michael Stahl-David) the youngest, pays a severe price for sharing his last name. Tommy Donnelly, (Jonathan Tucker) the reliable one, is forced to make difficult sacrifices for his family when Jimmy's plans fall apart and Sean ends up in the hospital. Kirk Acevedo and Olivia Wilde also star.||44:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoA Stone of the Heart||As the Donnelly family learns Sean's (Michael Stahl-David) condition, Jimmy (Thomas Guiry) impatiently sits in a holding cell. Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) and Kevin (Billy Lush) have to accept what they did as they visit Sean. Overwhelmed, Tommy confides in Jenny Reilly (Olivia Wilde), his longtime childhood friend, which ultimately leads to more than friendship. The brothers tie up Jimmy's loose ends by disposing the body and paying back the mob. Meanwhile, Nicky Cottero (Kirk Acevedo) seizes control of the Italian mob while the murder investigation begins. Keith Nobbs also stars.||44:08||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoBonus Un-aired Episode: God Is a Comedian Playing to an Audience Afraid to Laugh||Tommy deals with Sean losing his health coverage and the hospital shoving him into the mentally disturbed ward. Jimmy convinces Kevin to bail him out of prison, despite Tommy's accurate predictions of what Jimmy will do once he's out. Tommy deals with his guilt about taking the lives of Sal and Huey, even if it was to save his brother.||38:56||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe World Will Break Your Heart||Tommy is shocked and guilt-ridden when Kate, Huey's widow, asks him to host Huey's wake at the Donnelly's bar. When they realize the taps are drained, Kevin and Joey Ice-Cream go on a mission to find alcohol and end up supplying the Catholic wake with Jewish wine. Drugged out Jimmy makes an entrance, and raises Dokey's suspicions of Jimmy killing his brother - leading to Tommy and Dokey in a stand-off.||43:27||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoLies||Lies -- Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) realizes the Italian's new mob boss Nicky Cottero (Kirk Acevedo) means business on collecting his debt when he threatens the boys mother, Helen (guest star Kate Mulgrew). After exhausting all options, Tommy takes Dokey's (guest star Peter Greene) bribe and while visiting Huey's widow, steals a box that Dokey wants. Jimmy (Tom Guiry) and Joey Ice Cream (Keith Nobbs) find the former Louie Downtown's cell phone and, after realizing he was running a gambling circuit, start to collect on his payments. Sean (Michael Stahl-David) finally comes home from the hospital while Jenny (Olivia Wilde) wakes up after sleeping with Samson (guest star James Badge Dale) and gets blown off by Tommy when she tries to explain. Billy Lush also stars.||42:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoRun Like Hell||Run like hell--Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) gets pulled into Jimmy (Thomas Guiry) and Kevin's (Billy Lush) bookmaking action when he realizes the guy about to get busted for not paying is his friend Maxwell (guest star John Lavelle). When Tommy decides to track the money down himself, he gets played by his friend and ultimately ends up doing the busting. As Jimmy has Kevin toss Louie Downtown's phone, we meet Whitey (guest star Kevin Corrigan) who helps him transfer the numbers -- but a flash into the future shows this relationship is headed for trouble. Jenny (Olivia Wilde) discovers her father Ian's (guest star Kevin Conway) medical condition when the diner deposits never make it to the bank. Keith Nobbs, Kate Mulgrew and Peter Greene also star.||42:48||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Only Thing Sure||The only thing sure--Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) and Jimmy (Thomas Guiry) have a role-reversal when it's Jimmy who's painting the bar and protecting Sean (Michael Stahl-David) from the business. Meanwhile, Tommy is collecting on payments with Kevin (Billy Lush). A flashback to Kevin's childhood shows why he believes he's truly lucky as a gambler. Jenny (Olivia Wilde) struggles to maintain the family's diner and watch over her ailing father. Kate Mulgrew, Peter Greene, Kirk Acevedo and Keith Nobbs also star.||42:45||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoIn Each One a Savior||Tommy, (Jonathan Tucker) being the so-called new head of the neighborhood, is guilted into helping a woman evict drug dealers from her building, only to feel scammed when he finds out she may be one herself. Jimmy (Thomas Guiry) continues in his attempts to take over the neighborhood and stoops to an all-time low when he demands payment from Jenny (Olivia Wilde) and her father. Nicky Cottero (Kirk Acevedo) finds out that Kevin (Billy Lush) and the Donnellys are behind Louie Downtown's disappearance. Keith Nobbs, Michael Stahl-David, Peter Greene, Betsy Beutler, Kevin Conway and Kevin Corrigan also star.||42:30||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoAll of Us Are In The Gutter||Kate helps Tommy get a job at an art studio, as he attempts to separate himself from the business and move toward his dream of painting. Instead of Nicky killing Kevin, after finding out about Louie's cell phone, he decides to offer up a partnership to the Donnellys. The only problem is he'll only deal with Tommy, which infuriates Jimmy and pulls Tommy back into the world he's trying to escape||42:57||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoWhen the Door Opens||Dokey asks Tommy and his brothers to clear out a building of junkies, in order to test his fledgling partnership with the brothers. After one of the tenants, a war vet, gets into a fight with Kevin, Tommy is forced to come to his brother's rescue and inadvertently kills the war vet. Jenny's dad acknowledges his Alzheimer's for the first time, after a misunderstanding at the diner leads to a fight. Jimmy goes after Whitey after learning that the cops had taken him and suspects him of ratting him out. Whitey denies this, but the two fight and Jimmy kills Whitey. Tommy, believing Donkey's guys have used him and his brothers, sets the building on fire.||42:54||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoWasn't That Enough||Dokey asks Tommy and his brothers to clear out a building of junkies, in order to test his fledgling partnership with the brothers. After one of the tenants, a war vet, gets into a fight with Kevin, Tommy is forced to come to his brother's rescue and inadvertently kills the war vet. Jenny's dad acknowledges his Alzheimer's for the first time, after a misunderstanding at the diner leads to a fight. Jimmy goes after Whitey after learning that the cops had taken him and suspects him of ratting him out. Whitey denies this, but the two fight and Jimmy kills Whitey. Tommy, believing Donkey's guys have used him and his brothers, sets the building on fire.||43:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Black Drop||Tommy goes after Lino, the guy he believes is the threat to Reilly's diner. Tommy decides to make a deal with Nicky that he will hand over Lino to him if Nicky can find out who killed his father. The body of Jenny's husband turns up. We learn that it was Reilly who kept Jenny from Tommy years ago. Dokey humiliates Jimmy when he tries to make a deal by shaving his head and tar and feathering him. In retaliation, Tommy and Kevin beat Dokey to a pulp in front of the entire neighborhood. Meanwhile, Helen loosens up and accepts Sean's new girlfriend, Nadine.||42:32||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoEasy Is the Way||Tommy and Jimmy both have their own ideas on how to save the family. Tommy hatches a plan to get the family, along with Jenny and Joanie, out of town. Jimmy and Joey Ice Cream track down Dokey and his thugs and unsuccessfully attempt to blow them up. Jenny is forced to sleep with Samson in order to keep him from harming her father, but later attacks him with a pipe. Dokey cuts the family off before they are able to escape. He forces Tommy to admit to killing Huey. Dokey shoots Helen in the neck and Kevin shoots Dokey as they speed out. Nicky poisons Alo, but is also forced to poison himself in the process, and is in a race against time to the hospital.||43:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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Save the Donnellys.
This show is fantastic -- believable characters, impressively realistic dialogue, heartbreaking cinematography (especially in the end of the pilot - most beautiful 5 minutes I've ever watched.) Though the narration style is choppy, and I would prefer if Joey Ice Cream only introduced and then ended the show (because I love his character) rather than pop in randomly throughout, this show is eminently workable and I will certainly keep watching. However, its awkward midseason placement and bad timeslot continue to drop its ratings. Nothing is wrong with the show, and if you watch all the way through it will intrigue and captivate you. Critics dismiss it, saying it's not as good as the Sopranos - but not everything can be, and The Black Donnellys is certainly one of the best shows on television now. Tell everyone to watch it, and bring the ratings up -- if this gets canceled I'll swear off TV for good, because this is the only show I watch anyway. The music is also remarkably beautiful (and iTunes should certainly get Mike Schmid's lovely "In My Dream" and "Forget You" which were both played in A Stone Of The Heart) and placed well throughout. Alive and realistic characters, smart dialogue, intriguing plot, great cinematography, plus several quite cute Irish guys. It's a marvelous show.
Michael O' Chorleoney
In the spirit of The Departed, The Godfather, and a GTA type plot, this show had an amazing premier. The end of the episode has a great twist, and the writers of crash do a great job. I cannot wait to see the Godfather like rise of Tommy occur. This had a great premier and I am sure this show will not let down.
Potential for Greatness
This show, as evidenced by the pilot has the potential to become a great saga of a family, who is in crime; the tradition that "The Sopranos" perfected on television of family first and business second. Of course, this being an NBC show, it doesn't have the edge that made shows like "The Sopranos" so enjoyable to watch. While there are a few smack down scenes, do to unfortunate camera cuts, all the audience saw was some cool bat juggling. The narration quality of the show adds a unique aspect, and I believe that if the writers could incorporate some first-person bias twists and turns, we could have a much enhanced viewing experience. The pilot felt a bit drug out at times, but a spectacular beginning and end made up for it for the most part.