Lodge 49

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Lodge 49
Lodge 49 logo.jpg
Created byJim Gavin
Composer(s)Andrew Carroll
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
Long Beach, California[5]
CinematographyJeffrey Jur
Editor(s)Chris McCaleb
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–56 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorAMC Networks
Original networkAMC
Original releaseAugust 6, 2018 (2018-08-06) –
present (present)
External links

Lodge 49 is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jim Gavin.[6] AMC set a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes on October 5, 2016.[7] The first season premiered on August 6, 2018.[8] The title alludes to the novella The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, which Gavin references as an inspiration.[9][10]

On October 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[11] which is set to premiere on August 12, 2019.[12]


The series is described as modern fable set in Long Beach, California, about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family pool business.

In the first season, Dud joins a fraternal order known as the Lynx and is welcomed by middle-aged plumbing salesman and "Luminous Knight" Ernie (Brent Jennings). Dud hopes the Lodge can put him on the path to recover the idyllic life he's lost.




  • Kenneth Welsh as Larry Loomis, the Sovereign Protector of Lodge 49.
  • Avis-Marie Barnes as Anita Jones, a member of Lodge 49.
  • Njema Williams as Big Ben Peters, constable of Lodge 49.
  • Jimmy Gonzales as Gil Sandoval, astronomer of Lodge 49.
  • Brian Doyle-Murray as Bob Kruger, Ernie's boss at work.
  • Daniel Stewart Sherman as Jeremy, Liz's boss at Shamroxx.
  • David Ury as Champ, an employee at Shamroxx.
  • Atkins Estimond as Gerson, an employee at Shamroxx.
  • Hayden Szeto as Corporate, an executive at Omni who dates Liz.
  • Joe Grifasi as Burt, a pawnbroker.
  • Tom Nowicki as Bill Dudley, Dud and Liz's deceased father.
  • Adam Godley as Jocelyn Pugh, a member of Lodge 1 in London.
  • Bruce Campbell as Gary Green, a general contractor.
  • Tyson Ritter as Avery, a fraud who infiltrates Lodge 49.
  • Jocelyn Towne as Gloria Keller, an HR manager at Dud's temp job and brief lover.
  • Pollyanna McIntosh as Clara (season 2)[14]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"As Above, So Below"Randall EinhornJim GavinAugust 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)0.690[15]
Ex-surfer Sean "Dud" Dudley finds what appears to be a gold ring with a medieval beast etched onto it. He tries to pawn it, only to learn that it's worthless, but is told that it originated with a fraternal order called Order of the Lynx. Fate and an empty gas tank put him outside a building bearing the ring's lynx emblem. He is greeted by Ernie, a Luminous Knight, who gives him a limited tour and a pamphlet about the order and its home inside Lodge 49. Sensing a connection, Dud joins the order and wants to become a squire. Since he has no home, Dud's sister Liz lets him stay with her, but blames their deceased father for their lot in life; he left them in debt for his pool supply business.
2"Moments of Truth in Service"Randall EinhornJim GavinAugust 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)0.499[16]
In court for trespassing, Dud apologizes to the family who now lives in his old family home and the matter is settled. Liz goes to the bank to discuss the issues of her father's debt of $80,000, which is now her problem. With the Lodge's Sovereign Protector, Larry Loomis, in the hospital, Ernie is next in line for the position. Ernie calls Lodge 1 in London to make it official. Liz wants to hold a funeral for their father, but Dud resists because there is no body. Dud learns from Blaise that the membership fee is actually $200, not $2000 which he paid to Ernie. Dud then confronts Ernie about it, but tells him to keep the money, and in return, Dud will become a squire and get a key to the Lodge. Ernie and Connie learn that Larry has checked himself out of the hospital.
3"Corpus"Jake SchreierJim GavinAugust 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)0.451[17]
In a ceremony, Dud pledges allegiance to the Lodge and becomes a squire. Liz is recommend by a co-worker to go to the apothecary and she buys a psychedelic lollipop from Blaise. Dud starts a menial temp job in a office building, filing termination packets. Liz finds out Dud has taken out another loan and is worried that he doesn't think about the future and is just like their father. They finally decide to hold a funeral service for their father. Connie is fired from her journalism job. Blaise shows Dud a special suite in the Lodge and Blaise inspects Dud's foot injury from when he was bitten by a snake. Dud and the office HR manager Gloria begin to connect and she asks about a problem with her pool. After Dud fixes the problem with her pool, she hugs him. Ernie and Connie continue their affair, and she later sees an aura around Ernie's head. At their father's memorial service, Dud gives a speech about alchemy. Later, Dud and Ernie discover a secret room within the Lodge suite and find a corpse dressed in ceremonial clothing.
4"Sunday"Jake SchreierBradley PaulAugust 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)0.445[18]
Dud, Ernie, and the rest of the members inspect the secret room which is filled with books and artifacts. The body is that of a former Sovereign Protector. Ernie and Scott argue over what to do with the body. The Lodge hosts a pancake breakfast for the local Boy Scouts. Liz, bored on her day off, spends the day at her workplace and gets drunk. Dud and Ernie search for Larry, hoping to get answers about the body. Dud reveals to Ernie that he knows about his affair with Connie. Dud and Ernie drive to lot owned by Larry with a mobile home inside, but Larry isn't there. After a conversation with Ernie about being alone, Dud goes to see Gloria. Back at the Lodge, Ernie sees Larry wandering around, telling him "I'm back".
5"Paradise"Tricia BrockAlina MankinSeptember 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)0.409[19]
Ernie and Connie take a break from their relationship. Blaise complains about a parasite worm inside him, though people insist the pain is inside his head. At a Lodge meeting, Larry announces he is stepping down as Sovereign Protector and Ernie is taking his place. Scott, who has been pursuing the position as well, stresses that they should wait for London to make it official, but Larry disagrees. Dud brings Gloria to Shamroxx to meet Liz, and Liz comments on their age difference. During a speech at the Lodge, Blaise's parasite worm comes out of his nose. Liz turns down an offer to move to an executive position at corporate. Gloria confesses to Dud that she wishes her catatonic mother would die so she can move on with her life. They then end their relationship. Back at Liz's apartment, she and Dud have an argument over whether their father committed suicide or not. Dud tells her, "He didn't want to die. But, you do" and leaves. At Ernie's promotion ceremony, Larry walks in naked and confused.
6"The Mysteries"Tricia BrockCharles YuSeptember 10, 2018 (2018-09-10)0.363[20]
Larry remembers his time at the Lodge when he was a young child. In Larry's trailer, Dud and Ernie question Larry's mental health, referring to the previous night. Dud collects his belongings from Liz's apartment and moves out after their fight the previous night. They apologize to each other for the fight, but Liz tells Dud she's worried about him. Dud responds by telling her she's comfortable being unhappy and living "in the dark". Jocelyn Pugh, the emissary from London begins his flight to California, running into several obstacles. Dud starts his next temp job, working overnight security with one of Liz's co-workers from Shamroxx. Ernie ends his affair with Connie since their relationship is going nowhere. Larry tells Ernie that he believes Dud is special and has a connection to the Lodge. Liz reconsiders the executive position at corporate. A man, who saw the news of the corpse at Lodge, pretends to be the emissary and infiltrates the Lodge. At the end of the day after spending it with Ernie, Larry peacefully dies.
7"The Solemn Duty of the Squire"Minkie SpiroJim GavinSeptember 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)0.355[21]
The Lodge members honor Larry with a game of softball. Dud gets another temp job, answering phones for a local company. Blaise begins a sexual relationship with Avery, but is unaware he's impersonating the emissary. Avery expresses his interest in the Lodge's historical books. Liz goes to corporate for her interview, and despite making a good impression, she leaves once she learns a background check will be performed. The man from corporate goes to Liz's apartment and asks why she left and she reveals she has a felony from her past; they later have dinner together. The real emissary, Jocelyn Pugh, finally arrives at the Lodge and Avery is revealed to be a fraud, and he runs off. Jocelyn reveals to Ernie that Larry had been stealing money from the Lodge and that he purchased a mortgage loan from a Chinese bank and that a payment of $300,000 is due. Jocelyn believes that the Lodge will have to be foreclosed. Ernie finally finds the location of "Captain", a general contractor he and his plumbing business have been searching for–a lone trailer in the desert which happens to be the location of Dud's newest temp job.
8"Something From Nothing"Michael TrimBrad Caleb KaneSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)0.334[22]
Dud introduces Ernie to Captain, whose name is Gary, a drunk and recently divorced. Ernie tries to close a deal with him to earn commission from his construction job. The three hit it off and they go out to dinner together, and Gary expresses interest when Dud tells him about the Lodge. The three then go to a cockfight and they win $3500 each. The next morning, Gary closes the deal with Ernie. Liz starts the executive training program at Omni and is on her way to a full-time salaried career. Connie's illness grows worse and she revisits her old high school; Scott comes to pick up her when she's not fit enough to drive. Gary takes Dud to his ex-wife's house, which he breaks into because he's been kicked out. Gary tells Dud about the reasons his marriage fell apart. When Ernie arrives, Gary reveals he is not Captain because he actually doesn't exist and that he is just a patsy in a land deal scheme; the land is actually toxic, but there is oil underground. However, Gary has a plan of his own, and wants Dud and Ernie to invest with him; in exchange, Gary will pay the Lodge's debt to keep it open. Avery spies on them from the bushes outside the house. Back at the Lodge, Scott tells Ernie he needs to start sleeping with Connie again.
9"Apogee"Michael TrimPeter OckoOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)0.280[23]
The Lodge hosts a band night where Dud makes a connection with Emily, a girl who works at the library, who he previously tried to ask out. Dud later makes a rousing speech about the importance of the Lodge. Ernie and Connie hide out in a motel room together and Ernie tells her Scott knows about their affair. Connie then decides to leave knowing the damage she has caused. Liz begins the next phase of her executive training program, which takes place on a luxury yacht. Liz speaks with Janet, the CEO of Omni, who calls Liz a natural leader and wants her to join the executive team. However, when Janet leaves, Liz jumps overboard into the water and swims to shore. Dud and Ernie go to meet Gary to secure their deal, but they get paranoid when he doesn't show up and isn't answering his phone. A drone, controlled by Avery, then hovers over their vehicle which causes them to drive off and hide out in the motel room. Scott shows up at the motel looking for Connie and Ernie and Dud sneak out the back. Ernie and Dud go to Gary's house and find him tied up and Avery holds them hostage with a harpoon. Avery escapes and Gary ends up falling off the balcony impaling his eye on the horn of a narwhal and he is taken to the hospital.
10"Full Fathom Five"Randall EinhornJim GavinOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)0.307[24]
Dud has his car repossessed from Burt and buys a bike from the pawn shop. Ernie loses his accounts at work after the debacle with Captain. Liz goes to corporate acting as if nothing happened regarding her jumping off the ship, but it doesn't work out. Liz goes back to Shamroxx, but finds out she has been replaced. Ernie gives advice to Dud to start planning his life long-term and to not end up like him. Dud goes to the temp agency and begins a training program to find a career. Dud and Liz have a conversation in the abandoned pool shop about their father and that they need to accept that they'll never know what happened to him. Ernie and Scott argue over who's sovereign protector and have a fight in the Lodge. Scott reveals to Ernie that Connie has brain seizures and doesn't know where she is. Ernie receives a call from Connie, who is at Lodge 1 in London, and tells him she's taking time for herself. Connie asks the members of Lodge 1 about the "true Lodge" and the secret scrolls. A woman from Lodge 1 walks down a long hallway to a door, and tells someone "We have a problem". Jocelyn, who has been having a great time in California and at Lodge 49, pleads to London to keep it open despite its financial problems; he later receives word it will stay open because of his efforts. Liz goes to the bank and tells them she'll be dead before she'll be debt-free. The bank agrees to take all her money, $18,000, and closes her account. Blaise discovers a secret alchemy bag in the wall with gold residue in it. Ernie discovers a secret hatch in the Lodge that leads to Larry's old trailer and finds El Confidente waiting for him. Dud finally decides to get back into the water to go surfing, but he is bitten by a shark. He is rescued by other surfers and sees a vision of his father.


AMC released the entire first season on its AMC Premiere service on August 6, 2018, in the United States.[25]


Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 86% approval rating with an average rating of 7.12 out of 10, based on 35 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Lodge 49 takes a surreal journey into the television dreamscape that can prove quite rewarding for viewers who stick with it."[26] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 69 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "As Above, So Below" August 6, 2018 0.2 0.690[15] 0.1 0.452 0.3 1.143[28]
2 "Moments of Truth in Service" August 13, 2018 0.1 0.499[16] 0.1 0.385 0.2 0.884[29]
3 "Corpus" August 20, 2018 0.1 0.451[17] 0.1 0.280 0.2 0.732[30]
4 "Sunday" August 27, 2018 0.1 0.445[18] 0.1 0.354 0.2 0.799[31]
5 "Paradise" September 3, 2018 0.1 0.409[19] 0.1 0.359 0.2 0.769[32]
6 "The Mysteries" September 10, 2018 0.1 0.363[20] 0.1 0.274 0.2 0.637[33]
7 "The Solemn Duty of the Squire" September 17, 2018 0.1 0.355[21] 0.1 0.335 0.2 0.690[34]
8 "Something From Nothing" September 24, 2018 0.1 0.334[22] 0.1 0.290 0.2 0.625[35]
9 "Apogee" October 1, 2018 0.1 0.280[23] N/A 0.296 N/A 0.577[36]
10 "Full Fathom Five" October 8, 2018 0.1 0.307[24] 0.1 0.292 0.2 0.599[37]


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2019 23rd Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Lodge 49 Won [38]


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