I ended my review of the first episode of Boss saying that this show's success would depend on its willingness to balance its more sophisticated elements with its more sensationalistic ones. I have to begin this week's review making the same point, because I'm already worried that Boss is not really interested in fighting that battle. Where this works, I think, is on the political side. For example, the Mayor and his team are trying to wrangle the votes they need to resolve the stand-off in the city council: the garbage is piling up in the streets because the mayor tied re-authorization of sanitation services to his gaining control of the native American site under the O'Hare expansion. What's great about all of this is that no one ever even pretends to argue the merits of the proposal: right and wrong don't matter in the slightest. When Kane goes to a funeral to speak with Alderman Alverson Phillip Edward Van Lear , a man who always votes with Kane's enemies, Alverson doesn't even pretend he's voting against the mayor out of morals: "I don't have to go your way, Mr.