Episode #4: "The Racket"
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: March 6 (11:40 p.m., 2:30 a.m.), 7 (11:45 p.m.), 8 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (10:00 p.m.), 10 (3:40 a.m.) and 12 (10:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: March 8 (1:30 a.m.), 11 (9:00 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m.), 13 (8:00 p.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m.) and 26 (6:00 p.m.)
In lieu of attending a funeral, Richie (Bobby Cannavale) takes out his anxieties on a couch during a marriage-counseling session with Devon (Olivia Wilde). Later, over the course of a chaotic day at the office, Richie courts funk superstar Hannibal (Daniel J. Watts), agrees to let Robert Goulet (Matt Bogart) record an original song on his upcoming Christmas LP, and gets fired up after an acrimonious meeting with Lester (Ato Essandoh). Meanwhile, Zak (Ray Romano) and Scott (P.J. Byrne) ruminate on their futures in the aftermath of the lost deal with German Polygram.
On the verge of signing with American Century, Kip (James Jagger) and the Nasty Bits enlist a new manager to work out a favorable deal with Richie. Armed with photos from Richie's temper tantrum, Devon visits a divorce attorney. Skip (J.C. MacKenzie) looks to unload an overrun of bootleg albums, but finds no takers. As he's about to be detained by two new detectives, Richie learns from Cece (Susan Heyward) that Hannibal is being courted backstage by Jackie Jervis (Ken Marino), and orders his assistant to do whatever it takes to keep the singer in the stable. Later, Richie visits a downtown jazz club in search of an alibi, while Devon has a meltdown at home.
Written by Debora Cahn; directed by S.J. Clarkson.