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Tanya takes umbrage with Jemma for bypassing her service to set up "dates" directly with Ray. Still upset about a decision to put down her dog, Jessica confronts Ronnie about their finances... See full summary »



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Tanya takes umbrage with Jemma for bypassing her service to set up "dates" directly with Ray. Still upset about a decision to put down her dog, Jessica confronts Ronnie about their finances, learning that times may not be as tough as heʼs made them out to be. After Jemma prods Ray to open up about himself, he gives his basketball team an inspiring pep talk. Written by HBO Publicity

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End of Ray's Losing Streak
11 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) - the gigolo/high school teacher has his hands full trying to satisfy an eccentric client. Jemma (an attractive woman if one likes the Veronica Cartwright type) had begun using Ray to act out romantic fantasies none of which were at all questionable at least on the surface.

But she then began to show signs of carrying things too far attempting to forge something more than artificial closeness with him. As this episode begins Jemma has Ray attend couples therapy with her. Ray - eager to satisfy a client who pays him $500 a shot tries to play along but her needs have a way of evolving.

Ray's pimp Tanya (Jane Adams) hates Jemma for booking appointments with Ray and paying him direct instead of following the protocol of booking through her.

Tanya lashes out at Jemma saying "Y'know I've had enough of you and women like you!" which is something that has probably been said to anyone of the female characters on this show at least once if not more. The sense gradually becomes that Tanya is getting territorial which may be due to the continual way people (mostly other women) walk all over her.

Or it may be because she has unresolved feelings for Ray. While they remain friends and unlikely business associates they did have sex in the first episode which is how she discovered he had something they might market.

Ray at very least begins to regain some momentum guiding the high school basketball team he coaches to victory ending a long losing streak which had become a metaphor for his life and the source of considerable tension at work. But his willingness to open up a bit with Jemma rings alarm bells.

This attempt at taking the formula of 'Weeds' and blending it with 'Breaking Bad' as well as 'Californication' makes for a lesser product but succeeds by sticking to the main theme of the show i.e. the demystification and unromantic presentation of the ladies man/'stud' in North American culture.

This episode is but another small-step in presenting the main character's arc. It is not his ambition to be a man women will pay to have sex with. Indeed any guy who has that ambition and comes to live it may have some of the misgivings Ray does and suffer many of the same indignities.

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