If you haven't been keeping up with the second season of Starz's stellar series Boss, well, you're missing out. Last week's episode, "Mania," ended with Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) finally appearing to completely lose touch with reality, screaming at a pothole in the road before realizing that there was no pothole in the road at all -- he was hallucinating it. Partner that with the near-constant hallucinations of his former advisor Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan), and you've got one psychologically freaked-out mayor of Chicago. He's so mentally shaken, that, in the final minutes of the episode, he takes a town car and disappears, ordering that he not be followed.
In Friday's sixth episode of the season, "Backflash," there's one question on everyone's mind: where is the mayor? The city is on the brink of falling into chaos, with rioting and violence resulting from his implementation of his new Lennox Gardens plan. Everyone is looking to Kane for guidance -- but he's off at an alternative medicine clinic, hoping that electroshock therapy will purge him of his demons. Kane's wife, Meredith (Connie Nielsen), meanwhile, steps into his shoes to maintain order -- and control -- of city hall.
It's a solid episode that will give us the most insight into Kane's past we've received yet, while placing the city of Chicago in its most precarious state since last year's big scandal that nearly saw Kane impeached. Will Kane be able to recover politically from his absence? Will Chicago? And, perhaps most importantly to the show -- will he alternative treatment finally restore Kane's mental health?
Check out the trailer for the episode below.
"Backflash" will air Friday, September 21 on Starz.
I'm getting sick of Starz always not-playable-outside-the-US videos, and they do it purposefully. To F**k with us. But why? We like you, Starz. Why be mean spritited, for naught! I had a (non-proxy) work-around for it last time, but I don't remember what it was... **** But, irrespectively of that bs, the 'next week' flashes during the credits hinted that he ended up driving to that clinic with the experimental thingies. A clinic located, incidentally, in Toronto. Meaning that in addition to having is brain poked (literally), Tom Kane was also unable to view Starz youtube uploads. At least that's what I understood from it (and I watched it a few times).