The Deuce (2017– )
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My Name Is Ruby 

[HBO] HD. 'My Name Is Ruby.' (Season One) Season One Finale. Vincent balks at getting in any deeper with Rudy; Candy sees the future of pornography.


Michelle MacLaren


George Pelecanos (created by), David Simon (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Larry Brown
Chris Bauer ... Bobby Dwyer
Gary Carr ... C.C.
Chris Coy ... Paul Hendrickson
Dominique Fishback ... Darlene
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Chris Alston
Margarita Levieva ... Abigail 'Abby' Parker
Emily Meade ... Lori
Natalie Paul ... Sandra Washington
Michael Rispoli ... Rudy Pipilo
Clarke Peters ... Melvin 'Ace'
Daniel Sauli ... Tommy Longo
David Krumholtz ... Harvey Wasserman


In the Season 1 finale, expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby, but Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy. Meanwhile, Candy gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere; Alston finds himself in limbo at his precinct; Abby changes the Hi-Hat's clientele; Sandra faces editorial and legal hurdles; Barbara and Ruby connect with the wrong kind of clients; and C.C. encourages a former pimp to get back in the game. Written by Giedrius G

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Release Date:

29 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pimps are talking about a football movie with a model-turned-actress with a gap in her teeth. They are probably referring to the 1968 movie Paper Lion starring Lauren Hutton. See more »


It takes place in early June 1972; the end is June 12, 1972 (premiere of "Deep Throat") However, early on someone makes a Ziggy Stardust reference, but the album wasn't released until 4 days later after the end (6/16/72). While there were singles released before that time, the only song to reference Ziggy by name ("Ziggy Stardust") wasn't released as a single at that point. See more »


References Deep Throat (1972) See more »


It's a Shame
Written and Performed by J.J. Malone
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S1: Engages in the world well, but less so in the characters
9 March 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In a way it is strange that it took me well over a year to watch this show. It has talent from The Wire and other strong HBO shows throughout the production, the critics all seemed to love it, and generally it looked like it would be a good show in that tradition. At the same time though the subject matter put me off. Well, maybe not put me off but certainly didn't seem that interesting. Quite quickly this concern fell away, because the show does build its world pretty quickly, and does so in a way that engages early on. The sense of time and place is incredibly well done, from the dirt and hustle on the street, through to the detail of costumes and design. So my way in was much easier than I expected.

As the season went on, this continued as the various characters and threads expand out. In terms of the narrative, it is bedded into the world created, and I found it convincing in the range of experiences and people in the story. In terms of character though I was not so drawn in; it has that same 'novel' feel of The Wire, but at the same time it has the open world feel of Treme. This makes the world effective, but perhaps limits how into it I was able to get. Part of this may also have been the (understandable) sexual content. Perhaps it is just me being a prude, but this didn't add as much as the music in Treme, or the drug detail in The Wire; instead it served as a distracting, showing action but not mostly linking to the characters or the plot per se. I'm not sure how I feel about it, because on one hand the regular scenes of sex are part of the world creation, but then at the same time I wanted more to happen within them and around. It never felt dropped in for titillation or outrage though.

The cats is deep in talent ranging from Hollywood stars through to HBO reliables, and everyone is great. Franco's twin roles felt a bit like a gimmick at times, and I wondered why this was written in as opposed to just having different characters - but he made it work and did well. Gyllenhaal works her character well as the other 'lead' of this deep ensemble cast. Carr, Akinnagbe, Gilliard, Fishback, Bauer, Levieva, Walker, and many others give convincing characters within this world. However this added to the feeling that they could be given more to show and work with - as good as it was, I didn't get the feeling that I got in The Wire, that every character was developed inch by inch over a season, almost without noticing it was happening.

The Deuce is an interesting and professional show, which offers a lot of quality - more than enough to come back to season 2 for, but I'll do so with the hope it can hook me into the lives just as much as it did into the world.

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