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Brotherhood is an original Showtime series about two brothers on opposite sides of the law, one a criminal, one a politician. The series is set in the city of Providence, Rhode Island, predominantly in the fictional Irish neighborhood known as The Hill. Tommy Caffee, played by Jason Clarke, is the local politician and family good guy. Michael Caffee, played by Jason Isaacs, is a stronghold in the Irish Mob and the quintessential hot-head who regularly gets the whole family in trouble.

The series is known for its extreme depiction of violence. The first season pilot episode starts with a group of mobsters removing all the teeth from a rival mob member after killing him. It also includes scenes of arson, dismemberment and murder. Michael is initially a part of this Irish Mob headed by a man named Freddy Cork, played by Kevin Chapman. Tommy, and the rest of the family, is immediately pulled into Michael's world when Michael decides to challenge Freddy, who wants Michael to end his counterfeit money scam, leading to a turf war between the two. This also brings the added problem of the FBI investigating Michael.

Tommy works hard to gain political strength in The Hill but in reality can barely make his monthly mortgage. Tommy is married to Eileen Caffee, played by Annabeth Gish. Eileen is on the one hand loyal to Tommy, his political career and the family; but is unsatisfied in love, leading to an affair that gives her a sexually transmitted disease.

The matriarchal head of the Caffee clan is Rose Caffee, played by Irish actress Fionnula Flanangan. She equally supports her two sons, politician and criminal, considering both their life paths valuable to the Caffee name, even after the FBI raids and destroys her home during their weekly family dinner. She even teaches her own grandchildren that family is family, no matter what they do.

Also represented in the series is the local police through the character of Declan Giggs, played by Ethan Embry. He walks a fine line between the law while working to protect his childhood friend, mobster Michael Caffee.

Brotherhood is a story about how easy it is for the lines between good and bad to be crossed. It is also a series that shows a family that will always stick up for each other and that loyalty is priceless, even if your loved one is a criminal.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
3 Seasons, 29 Episodes - Canceled
July 9, 2006
Drama, Action & Adventure
7.8/10
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Brotherhood Full Episode Guide

  • When Speaker Donatello's critical condition makes Tommy the heir apparent for the Speakership of the House, Freddie Cork maneuvers to get on Tommy's good side. With the Italian mob, the Rhode Island Police, and the Feds after him, Michael's obsessive need to find Colin puts everyone in jeopardy

  • Kath and Colin worry about what Michael might be capable of if he becomes too suspicious of their relationship. Eileen goes stir crazy when her advanced pregnancy confines her to bed. Tommy asks for Michael's help as the investigation hones in on the Waterfront Project.

  • Eileen worries that her family will never leave The Hill when Speaker Donatello draws Tommy back in to help pass the budget. Declan gets new information about Tommy's involvement in the Waterfront Project and breaks some rules to find a link between Tommy and Nozzoli. Rose's attachment to Colin fuels Michael's anger and paranoia as he refuses to help Nozzoli get in on Tommy's Waterfront contracts.

  • Declan's investigation triggers alarms among the corrupt politicians so Tommy tries to finesse information from the investigation. Rose receives a diagnosis and shares the truth with Ellen. Michael and Colin begin to clash as they help Freddie plan a robbery.

  • The Labor Day holiday weekend finds Michael increasingly paranoid and edgy; Tommy proposes a radical lifestyle change to Eileen; Declan and Cassie's getaway highlights the growing problems in their rocky marriage.

  • A tenement fire that kills several Latino squatters and a firefighter causes political fallout for Tommy. Colin begins drinking heavily because of a love triangle. Declan's investigation bears fruit and is expanded.

  • Tommy uses his new leverage to convince Mayor Panzarella to get behind the Waterfront development. At the same time, Michael's business dealings with Nozzoli create a new roadblock for Tommy. As Declan starts his investigation into state house corruption, Franklin's sudden disappearance draws attention. Eileen gets passed over at work because of her pregnancy as Rose tries to get answers about her mysterious illness.

  • Tommy's frustration with his new role as Speaker Donatello's errand boy leads him to consider a risky career change. With Michael still refusing to speak to Tommy, Colin arranges for both brothers to attend Rose's birthday party. Rose tries to hide her deteriorating health. Eileen struggles to meet the demands of her growing family while becoming more invested in her job at Social Services. Michael's relationship with Attorney General Franklin starts to unravel when Michael hears that Freddie Cork is getting bail. To avoid serious outside scrutiny, Tommy asks Declan to run a special investigation into corruption in the state house. Declan accepts, looking for real justice.

  • Freddie asks Nozzoli to kill Michael while Franklin investigates the outcome of the holiday furlough. Tommy makes a bid for the Speaker's chair. The death of a loved one brings Colin and Rose closer. Eileen finally puts her foot down when Dana Chase calls the Caffee house.

  • Some important information may lead to a holiday furlough from prison for Freddie Cork and Marty Trio. A frustrated Rose leaves for home on Thanksgiving morning, leaving the remaining Caffees to fend for themselves.

  • Declan is surprised by his new assignment he receives as a reward for joining the FBI. Eileen gets a shock when she volunteers at social services. Tommy is being pressured as a replacement for Judd. Colin and Michael form a partnership with Nozzoli.

  • It's election day on the Hill, and when early exit polls show Tommy running behind he pulls out all stops and engages in some down-and-dirty politics. Also, Michael "escorts" a hitman on a job as a favor to an Italian mobster, and Colin takes Kath to an abortion clinic.

  • Michael makes a move to seize more power as he and Kath await an addition to the family. Meanwhile, Tommy attempts to clean up the hill's bad section, Eileen bonds with some of the local politicians wives and Rose tries to deal with aging.

  • Tommy's trusted support system goes AWOL when he becomes plagued by personal and professional problems; Colin searches for his father; Michael contemplates a change in his lifestyle; Freddie leans on Declan to learn the whereabouts of a missing business associate.

  • Rose sows unrest between her sons which leads Michael to throw a wrench into Tommy's big real estate deal. Freddie asks Declan to use the police badge to negotiate with the competition. Eileen and Kath Perry find some common ground as they try to cover up Mary Rose's delinquent behavior. Tommy and Dana Chase see more of each other.

  • Colin helps Michael and Eileen cope with the unexpected death of a friend while Freddie tries to avoid a war with the Italians; Tommy helps smooth things over with the Speaker of the House's mistress.

  • As Tommy begins his reelection campaign, he turns to his sister, Mary-Kate, rather than Eileen for support; Colin Carr, Tommy and Michael's estranged Irish cousin whom Rose deeply distrusts, returns to Providence.

  • In episode 201, the second season premiere, Tommy outmaneuvers a U.S. attorney as he and Eileen keep up the appearance of a happy marriage; Michael tries to reestablish his memory and his territory.

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