The Black Donnellys

Season 1 Episode 6

Run Like Hell

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 26, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Tommy is once again in trouble because of the actions of his brothers. Jimmy and Kevin's bookmaking action are putting everyone in jeopardy and tommy must fix the errors again. He must track down the money who is supposed to pay his friend Maxwell. Meanwhile, Kevin toss Louie Downtown's phone but he will need the help of Whitey, who helps him transfer the numbers.

During the meantime, Jenny discovers that her father is in a bad shape because of a medical condition.moreless

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  • getting boring

    is it just me or is this show losing it.. i dont see any development anywhere ..stories keep turning around the same thing over and over i couldnt even finish watching this episode because its not worth watching honestly when this show started it looked like it had alot of potential i dont see that potential anymore i dont know if its from the actors or the writers or even the directors maybe even all of them if they dont do something to change the events occuring in each episode this show will just die and fade out like most shows that dont make it ..moreless
  • Once again Tommy has to fix his brothers' mess. Can you see a pattern?? :D

    First of all, Jimmy is such an idiot... The whole time he's talking as if it were his clients and his business. They don't owe him a thing and he goes on like that. But the worst part is that Tommy is getting involved in it again. And this time he's threatening and beating up an old friend. Why??? Well, of course he needed the money for Jenny which is kinda sweet. But he also wanted to protect that Maxwell guy and his wife, I think. Who knows what Jimmy would have done. He's such a lunatic, he easily could have killed him ...moreless
  • Jimmy and Kevin take over Louie Downtown's bookie operation while Tommy tries to help Jenny with finacial issues.

    This episode was excellent. The writing done for this episode was some of the best writing for any network TV show on the air today. The actors have completely become their characters by now and everything has fallen into place. This show is superb. It would be absolute idiocy if NBC didn't pick this up for another season. The Black Donnellys is the best show NBC has right now.
  • Another Great Episode

    I waited to watch this episode till Tuesday so I saw that some people online said that they didn't like this episode (to much of the secondary characters not enough of the brothers) I was surprised that I really liked it, especially the whole bookmaking scheme thing, any scene with Kevin is a good scene! I totally LOL when Kevin said I wish you hadn't done that and Mama Donnelly said I wish your father was alive and I lived in the country!moreless
  • This show keeps getting better and better.

    The story picks up right after the events of Lies. Tommy sits across the street from Jenny's diner as she opens for business. Tommy is there to return trays borrowed for Huey's wake at the Firecracker. But you know he's got more on his mind. The guy's jonesing for Jenny and you can see it all over his face. So cute. They're interrupted by the butcher's delivery man. He tells Jenny they are three months behind on the bills and the delivery has to be COD. Poor Jenny. Dad is digging them a big hole. Tommy overhears. But Jenny says she doesn't need his help. Although that's going to turn out to not be the case, I think. Across town, Jimmy and Kevin are working Louie Downtown's bookmaking action. They shake down Eddie Maxwell, a neighborhood guy. Correction: try to shake him down, as he threatens Jimmy and Kevin with a gun he tells them is under the counter. That puts them out the door, but you can tell from the way Jimmy looks at Maxwell that this isn't going to end here. Which, in typical Donnelly fashion puts Tommy and Jimmy on a collision course. Tommy and Maxwell are old friends, and that's who Maxwell turns to for help with Jimmy. Only Tommy is going to find out that his friend hasn't told him the entire story about his gambling debts. Meanwhile, Jimmy showing some smarts for once, listens to Kevin and decides they have to get rid of Louie's phone. But not before they find someone to show them how to use it and turn Louie's book into their own. Another great episode. Not as much action as some of the previous episodes. Tons of character development. Joanie's back, she's always great. I love that girl! But this guy Whitey is like dark clouds on the horizon. I think he's going to bring Jimmy and Kevin a lot of trouble.moreless
John Lavelle

John Lavelle

Eddy Maxwell

Guest Star

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan


Guest Star

Lauren Bittner

Lauren Bittner

Mary Ann Maxwell

Guest Star

Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway


Recurring Role

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Helen Donnelly

Recurring Role

Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Tommy: If you don't want the money, Jenny, you can burn it.

    • Helen: Get your brother.
      Kevin: (shouting) Yo, Seany! Dinner!
      Helen: I could've done that.

    • Jimmy: You want me to take twenty five hundred, on a five thousand dollar bet that Maxwell made?
      Tommy: It wasn't even your bet to begin with, Jimmy. It's a good deal.
      Jimmy: For you maybe, because you're the jerk who believes this guy.

    • Tommy: You look good. (He kisses her on the cheek) I'm jealous.
      Mary-Anne: You had your shot.
      Tommy: Don't remind me.

    • Eddie: You're working for Louie?
      Jimmy: Yeah.
      Eddie: Yeah, get outta here.
      Jimmy: No, no, he didn't tell you?
      Eddie: You're asking me to give you Louie's money, the money I bet with Louie?
      Jimmy: Five grand. That's the figure, right?
      Eddie: You're outta your mind.

    • Jenny: That's a lot of money.
      Tommy: Yeah.
      Jenny: Where'd you get it?
      Tommy: I already said in the bathroom
      Jenny: Yeah, sure. I don't want your money.
      Tommy: It's not my money.
      Jenny: What did you do? What did you do to get that money? Something terrible, right?

    • Joey (narrating): And even though Jenny had told Tommy she didn't need his help, when it came to Jenny, Tommy just didn't know how not to try.

    • Joey (narrating): The thing about helping people is you can only take it so far and then you start hurting 'em.

    • Jimmy: (About the recovering gamblers story) Hey Kevin, does any of this sound familiar?
      Kevin: Do you have a point?

    • Tommy: Where's Jimmy?
      Joey: I don't know.
      Tommy: Do you want your ass kicked?
      Joey: He's in the basement with Kevin.

    • Tommy: You're not playing me again, are you?
      Eddie: Wouldn't lie to you Tommy.

    • Joey: So guys anything else I can help you guys with? I'm here to serve.
      Man leaving cell: You got that right.

    • Jimmy: Me and my 3 brothers are the only partners I'm ever gonna have.

    • Joey: Kevin introducing Jimmy to Whitey was gonna result in one of the most gruesome and violent deaths the neighborhood had ever seen. I mean what did Kevin know. He was just trying to help. Was Whitey gonna kill Jimmy or was Jimmy gonna kill Whitey?
      Man questioning Joey: So who killed who?
      Joey: When?
      Man: In the knife fight!
      Joey: Oh. That was later.

    • Jimmy: 10 bets. $500 dollars a pop. Lost every bet. Guy makes Kevin look lucky.
      Kevin: What do you gotta say that for?

    • Joey (narrating): See, here's the problem. Always trying to help people? It'll kill you. I mean it's worse than a disease. Tommy Donnelly was just beginning to figure that out.

    • Joey: Me, I've always believed honesty is best served cold.

    • Jimmy: Do you know anything about setting up books?
      Joey: About the same as Kevin except I won a bet once.
      Kevin: What do you want, a smack!
      Joey: I'm just saying.
      Jimmy: Does anybody know anybody?
      Kevin: This guy Whitey I used to bet with.
      Joey: Oh, Whitey's a sleazebag.
      Jimmy: Worse than you?
      Joey: Yeah, maybe.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title

      "If ever I was sure that someone was coming to help me, I should run like hell."

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