The Black Donnellys

Season 1 Episode 3

God Is a Comedian (Web Only)

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 05, 2007 on NBC
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God Is a Comedian (Web Only)
In this Web Only episode, Tommy is visting Jimmy in Jail but the visit turns quickly in a fight between both of them when Jimmy starts to think that Tommy doesn't want to help him. Meanwhile, Kevin goes after the witness who saw Jimmy stealing the truck full of shirts.moreless

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  • Excellent episode!!!

    The people who contribute on this web site, and on this show in particular, said that NBC preferred to show this episode only online, cause it was "too explosive for network TV."(?!). At first I thought it was full of scenes that aren't allowed to be showed on TV...After seeing it, I can tell that there's one of these 2 possibilities: either the standards of the channel NBC are set in such a way as to consider the few disturbing scenes as "too explosive", or they had another purpose, one that I can't figure...The people who saw "The Sopranos" will agree with me that the scenes from that show are 10 fold more explosive than on this one...Anyway, this episode show the difficulties that Tommy and Kevin pass through in order to help their brothers...While Tommy goes at any length to make sure that Sean stays in the hospital, and doesn't get sent in one of those less expensive ones, Kevin recurred to every mean possible to help Jimmy get out of prison...This episode was enjoyable and unpredictable...9/10.moreless
  • This episode is on until MOnday, if you haven't seen so NOW!!!

    Another great episode. Tommy struggles to keep a promise to God that nothing will ever make him kill again. Kevin finds a way, with Joey's help, to get Jimmy out of jail and finds out that he may not have done the right thing. Tommy wants to know why he and Jenny can't be together. Sean's has complications with his health. Hughie's brother Dokie meets with the head of the Italian mob...and Nicky Catero makes his bid to take over Sal's action. Nicky gives Tommy the option of paying $2500 a week or killing off his family one by one. The drama continues to mount in an excellently structured, well written, smart, and somewhat funny episode. I cannot stress enough the excellent use of music in this show, traditional, and more modern. This is a must see if you are like me and have become obsessed with this show. It's posted on until MOnday, March 12th. If you don't have time I guess you'll have to wait for the DVD release, I would expect this to be on the DVD.moreless
  • Another Quality Episode!

    This episode picks up with Sean getting worse in the hospital, and Tommy visting Jimmy in Jail. When Tommy insists on leaving him there, Jimmy goes ballistic. I really felt for him. he thinks Tommy is screwing him over, which it seems like from his perspective. But we know Tommy is trying to keep him safe. Two brothers couldn't be more opposite. Gotta love it. Meanwhile, Kevin starts putting together bail money. Putting Kevin and Tommy on a collision course as Tommy is determined to keep Jimmy in jail until he can get him into rehab. Kevin ropes Joey in. They steal plumbing supplies they can sell to raise the rest. A good plan. Only it doesn't work out, leaving Kevin to go after the witness to the truck thing. With him out of the way, Jimmy will be set free. Which he is. However, as we've come to expect from TBD, this works out, only not in the way you'd expect. I loved this episode. More than a filler. It adds to the story of Nicky and what he's really up to. We see he's smart. Quick on his feet. And after more than just sal's action. We also meet Joanie, who tipped Jimmy off to rob the truck load of shirts. Joanie's pretty cool. Didn't take any crap from Kevin. And she seems to have feelings for Jimmy. I wonder if we'll see more of her ahead.moreless
Sherri Parker Lee

Sherri Parker Lee

Dr. Lisa Tyler

Guest Star

Harry O'Reilly

Harry O'Reilly

Detective McCarthy

Guest Star

Ray Weiderhold

Ray Weiderhold

Harold McElroy

Guest Star

Peter Greene (III)

Peter Greene (III)

Dokey Farrell

Recurring Role

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Helen Donnelly

Recurring Role

Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Tommy and Helen are escorted out of the ward, Tommy opens a door and is about to close. But in the next shot, the door is wide open.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Nicky: Here's the thing, Tommy. If I don't get my money, I kill you and I collect from your brother. He don't pay me, I kill him and move on to the next brother.

    • Mac: Tommy, look. I like you, I like Sean. I like my toes better. Come in tomorrow, talk to Dokey yourself.

    • Tommy: Can we meet up later, maybe talk a little bit?
      Jenny: I don't think so. I gotta get back to work.
      Tommy: Come on, Jenny.
      Jenny: It's hard enough for me to say it the first time. I don't wanna have to do it again.

    • Joey: (narrating) Alo considered himself something of a ladies man. Of course, being head of the Family, Alo could consider himself Pope. He wasn't going to get much argument from anybody.

    • Joey: (narrating) Kevin wasn't the only one with his own plan. Nicky Cottero, had one too. The boss sent for Nicky because he wanted to know what happened to Sal. Nicky, on the other hand, planned to say as little as possible on the subject.

    • Kevin: (on the phone) Slow down, Ma. You're talking fast, I can't hear you.
      Tommy: Kevin, what's wrong with her?
      Kevin: I don't know Tommy.
      Tommy: Is there a problem with Sean?
      Kevin: I don't know Tommy. I can't hear Ma because you're talking while she's talking!

    • Jimmy: Plead guilty?
      Tommy: Frankie's tight with the DA. You're not gonna do a day in jail.
      Jimmy: It's really nice of you and Frankie to take care of me like this. Do I say thank you before I plead guilty or after?

    • Kevin: Hey Sean. Damn. You look like you got hit in the face with a bat.
      Sean: You don't look any better.

    • Kevin: What another beer?
      Joanie: Up yours!
      Kevin: What are you mad at me for?

    • Joey (narrating): You think you had a tough day? Try being a Donnelly.

    • Priest: Before I can even think about giving you absolution, you have to promise before God that you won't ever do anything like this again. Can you do that?
      Joey (narrating): Tommy didn't need to promise. He already decided there was never a good enough reason to kill anybody ever again.

    • Joey: Tommy called asking me to bring him a crowbar. I didn't know why he was asking, but when somebody calls and asks for a crowbar, I figure I should bring one.

    • Jimmy: You act like you just killed a guy for me or something.

    • Joey: The irony of Tommy trying to keep Jimmy in jail was that growing up most of his time was spent trying to do just the opposite.

    • Tommy: The only way we get out of this is if nobody talks. Understand me. More people who know, the more chance it has of getting out.
      Jimmy: I'm not people. I'm your brother.

    • Joey: Tommy's plan was to make things right with God and save what was left of his soul. The problem was he thought he could do that and still take care of his brothers. Which of course was the same plan that got him into all this trouble to begin with.

    • Cop: Are you saying Tommy Donnelly never killed again? Because if I look stupid to you, I'd just like to know right up front.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Title

      "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

      This is a reference to French philosopher and writer Voltaire, who said "God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." Voltaire was one of the greatest of all French authors, 1694-1778.