The Black Donnellys

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 19, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Beginning with this episode, after the end credits, Joey can be seen and heard getting in one more last word.

  • Quotes

    • (Helen gives a whole bowl of salad to Sean)
      Kevin: What about me?
      Helen: There's not enough for you. Have another piece of bread.
      Kevin: That's not fair.
      Helen: Should've thought about that when you let Tommy steal my casserole. Go out and eat. You haven't been out of my hair all day.
      Kevin: I don't wanna go out.
      Helen: Have some squash.
      Kevin: I don't like squash. I don't even like saying it.

    • Tommy: Matthew's a good kid.
      Kate: I always feel bad because he's an only-child. Must be great having a lot of brothers.
      Tommy: I don't know about great. But it's a lot of headache.

    • (About Nicky)
      Kevin: Tommy, let's rob someone and give him his money or let's kill him!
      Tommy: Kevin... relax.

    • Tommy: If I can't get that tuition money, Dokey, I'm gonna need to borrow $2500.
      Dokey: Tommy, tell me one person who would loan a kid like you that kind of money?
      Tommy: I was hoping you would.
      Dokey: I'm afraid you got your head up your ass.

    • Jimmy: Good times last night, huh?
      Jenny: (dryly) Sure Jimmy. If that's what you call a good time.
      Jimmy: No, I don't mean the part about Dokey holding us hostage in the basement almost chopping of our toes, that sucked. I mean last time I saw you. You know it's funny, I never would've known you were married. Does Samson know?
      Jenny: Just tell Tommy I was here, okay?
      Jimmy: I'll be sure to tell Tommy. I mean Samson. I mean Tommy. (Jenny glares at him) I'm sorry, I made a mistake. Anyone can make a mistake, right?

    • Jimmy: What's the B32?
      Kevin: The customer's code names, the one's that aren't going to be giving you any money.
      Jimmy: How do you know it's a code name?
      Kevin: Because I had a code name and I wouldn't be giving you any money by the way.
      Jimmy: What was your code name?
      Kevin: It's not important.
      Jimmy: Kevin, I'm gonna beat you up if you don't tell me.
      Kevin: L21.
      Joey: What's the L for?
      Kevin: (hesitant) Lucky...
      Jimmy: Lucky.
      (Jimmy and Joey start laughing)

    • Tommy: Don't get near my mother or anyone of my family again, you understand me?
      Nicky: The way to avoid that... is to pay me my money.
      Tommy: You come here again, I'll kill you.
      Nicky: You know where to find me, kid. Just bring me a handful of cash.

    • Helen: Let's try this again. Go back out the door and make a right, two buildings out.
      Nicky: Two buildings out. Thank you. You're very nice.
      Helen: Least I'm not lost.

    • Tommy (gesturing to the box in Nicky's hand): That pastry for your momma? Why don't you say hi for me. She lives upstairs right?

    • Priest: Undo your problems one at a time.
      Jenny: Are you telling me to get a divorce?
      Priest: The church still believes divorce is punishable by the flames of hell... I'd look into getting an annulment.

    • Joey: Here's what you need to know, you remember Kate Farrell, Huey's widow, she asked Tommy to have his wake at the Fire Cracker. A little akward seeing that Tommy did kill Huey, but Tommy had bigger problems, like Huey's brother Dokey who thought that Jimmy killed Huey. Actually Jimmy killed Louie the bookie, and since no bookie means no money for Louie's boss Nicky, Tommy has to make up the difference every week.

    • Tommy: You sleep with him?
      Jenny: Yeah.
      Tommy: You coulda lied to me.

    • Kevin: He's not coming out. He doesn't want anyone seeing him lookin like a cyclops.
      Sean: I heard that.
      Kevin: Just kidding, you look like half a cyclops

    • Joey: See the thing about telling lies is if you're good at it people don't know they're being lied to. So then the question is... can you live with the lies you tell?

    • Helen (to Sean): What you look like? Your face? I know that's who you think you are but it's not! It's whats inside your heart. That's what makes you a Donnelly. Your father would be ashamed of you if you thought anything else. Now I'm gonna put dinner on. And I'm not bringing it in here.

    • (in voiceover narration)
      Joey: Being a thief made Tommy feel pretty bad. Getting robbed made him feel a lot worse.

    • Kim: Can you give Sean a message for me?
      Kevin: Not if my mom doesn't want me to.

    • (approaching Jenny sitting in the pew)
      Priest: Okay you outlasted me, you won't come in I'll come to you.
      Jenny: Thanks Father but I'm not here for confession.
      Priest: You've been on your knees 45 minutes, I know a sin when I see one.

    • Tommy: Kevin, come here a minute.
      Kevin: I'm eating my cereal.
      Tommy: What, is it gonna get cold?

    • (Jimmy wakes up in the bar and finds Joey alseep under the pool table)
      Jimmy: What are you doing here? This is a bar not a place to sleep.

    • Jimmy (drinks from a bottle): Want some wine?
      Joey: Are you nuts? There's an alien inside my head.
      Jimmy: You're a wuss. (takes another drink)

    • Joey (narrating): Even someone as good as Jenny Reilly couldn't start the day without lying.

    • Joey: You think he dropped it when you had him tied up down here?
      Jimmy: When who had who tied up down where?
      Joey: No idea.

    • Helen: Kevin, shut the door before I hit you in the head with something.

    • Joey: If I'm pathological every guy in my neighborhood's a clinical study.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: December 18, 2007 on Kanal 5

    • Music:
      "Losing" by Tina Dico
      "40' " by Franz Ferdinand
      "Goodnight Moon" by Shivaree
      "Cobrastyle" by Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra
      "Shelter" by Ray LaMontagne
      "Hold You In My Arms" by Ray Lamontagne

  • Allusions

    • Title

      "For a moment the lie becomes the truth"

      The title of the episode comes from this quote by Dostoevsky.