Telling The Truth About Poker Face

Episode 444,   Feb 01, 2023, 10:00 AM

Alan Sepinwall returns to discuss Peacock's new Lyonne/Johnson Columb-alike!

Peacock's latest original series is a Rian Johnson-created Columbo-esque "case of the week" procedural starring a fugitive cocktail waitress/human lie detector played by Natasha Lyonne; Rolling Stone Chief TV Critic Alan Sepinwall returns to discuss it (and bring with him all his coverage from the magazine)! Around The Dial takes us through the start of a new season of Married At First Sight (yes, already), plus Shrinking, Russian Doll, Lockwood & Co., and a new season of 9-1-1: Lone Star. Jeff argues that he is NOT a crackpot for thinking so-called "bottle episodes" are wildly overpraised. Laura presents the Better Call Saul episode "Something Stupid" for induction into The Canon. Then, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we've got a lot of questions in Game Time. Sync the Bluetooth in your classic Barracuda and listen!


👤 Alan Sepinwall


Lead Topic: 🃏 Poker Face

Around The Dial: 👰‍♀️ Married At First Sight

Around The Dial: 🧠 Shrinking

Around The Dial: 🪆 Russian Doll

Around The Dial: 👻 Lockwood & Co.

Around The Dial: 👨‍🚒 9-1-1: Lone Star

I Am Not A Crackpot: 🍾 Bottle episodes

The Canon: ⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E07: Something Stupid

Winner & Loser: 👍 Carol Burnett

Winner & Loser: 👎 Judy Greer

Game Time: 🤷‍♀️ 19 Questions


🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 444 page on

🐦 Alan Sepinwall on Twitter

🪨 Alan's Poker Face feature at

🔪 Alan's Rian Johnson Q&A

🕶️ Alan's Natasha Lyonne Q&A

⭐️ Alan's Poker Face review

🛋️ Tara on pop culture therapists at

🐘 Alan on Mastodon

✍️ Alan's author page at

📰 Alan's free newsletter

🛣️ Elizabeth Ashley's Actress: Postcards From The Road on

🎶 The Record Of The Year showdown at Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs

🍾 "It's Time For A Departure From 'Bottle Episode'" by Kathryn VanArendonk at Vulture

📷 Photo: Peacock