The Spoils of Babylon

Season 1 Episode 4

The Rise of the Empire

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 23, 2014 on IFC
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After breaking off their vaguely incestuous tryst, Devon goes into underwater research while Cynthia and her son Winston take ruthless control of Morehouse Conglomerate, dividing the family.

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    Kristen Wiig

    Kristen Wiig

    Cynthia Morehouse

    Tobey Maguire

    Tobey Maguire

    Devon Morehouse

    Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba

    Dixie Mellonworth

    Haley Joel Osment

    Haley Joel Osment

    Winston Morehouse

    Molly Shannon

    Molly Shannon

    Meredith Sennheiser

    Michael Sheen

    Michael Sheen

    Chet Halner

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    • QUOTES (9)

      • Eric: Tonight you will see the fourth installment of what promises to be the best half hour of your life. It is my masterpiece. The Spoils of Babylon. It's nothing short of a masterpiece. I--listen, I can't say that, I can't say "masterpiece" twice like that. Any writer worth his salt knows you can't bunch the same word up against the same word like that, it's not done. Would someone please get me a glass of wine? And I'm not saying "masterpiece" twice like that. Thank you, Doris, you're a breath of fresh air I would like to kiss.

      • Eric: I've been treated like a heap of garbage from the moment I've set foot on your... no one even remembers my name. They keep calling me Derrick. One guy called me Lou.

      • Chet: We should make another. I want Winston here to have a--a little baby sister. Ha ha ha.
        Cynthia: Yes, maybe we'll try that some day.
        Chet: We could practice by, uh, making love, you know.
        Cynthia: Oh, Chet. Don't be such a bore.
        Chet: But many couples make love on a... semi-regular basis.

      • Cynthia: Seymore Lunts. More like See-Less... He's dead.

      • Cynthia: Darling, would you check on the casserole, please?
        Chet: Of course, my precious flower. I shall leave Little Women in your safe company.
        Cynthia: You're reading it again?
        Chet: Louisa May is my guide and my compass.
        Cynthia: Yes, you've mentioned.

      • Dixie: You've got to fight her!
        Devon: How?
        Dixie: You once told me you were a poet.
        Devon: Well, I mean, I dabble in free verse and every form of poetry that's ever been conceived of, and I've actually come up with a few new ones myself, and I do it every day, many hours a day, it's a discipline for me, but that was a long time ago.

      • Devon: Oh, it's not over yet, Cynthia! You may oversee the seventh largest company, have millions of dollars at your disposal, but now you must face... the wrath of the writer.

      • Winston: Please, Mother, he's written one book. That hardly constitutes a revolution.
        Cynthia: Karl Marx only wrote one book.
        Chet: Ah, well, you know, my sweet, Marx wrote over twenty books.
        Cynthia: Chet, um check on dinner, will you?

      • Eric: When Spoils was completed I knew I had created something magically personal, and of a different order then the normal mini-series. Alas, it was too good for television. And so I locked it away. But you can't lock away genius. Umm. Like a drifter you lock up in a root cellar, there's always a window to break through or a rusty tool to dig to freedom. So was my little drifter, The Spoils of Babylon. It broke free for all to see. Almost against my will.

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