Ballers (2015– )
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As Vernon's scandal gets cleared up, he learns about a negative incident involving Reggie. Joe reaches out to Mr. Anderson in vein and thinks he and Spencer should walk out on him. Spencer ... See full summary »

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Julian Farino

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Stephen Levinson (created by), Steve Sharlet | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Spencer Strasmore
John David Washington ... Ricky Jerret
Omar Benson Miller ... Charles Greane (as Omar Miller)
Donovan W. Carter ... Vernon Littlefield
Troy Garity ... Jason Antolotti
London Brown ... Reggie
Jazmyn Simon ... Julie Greane
Rob Corddry ... Joe Krutel
Giancarlo Stanton Giancarlo Stanton ... Giancarlo Stanton
Dulé Hill ... Larry Siefert
Anabelle Acosta ... Annabella
Richard Schiff ... Mr. Anderson
Michael Cudlitz ... Dan Balsamo
Jay Glazer Jay Glazer ... Jay Glazer
Mark Schlereth Mark Schlereth ... Mark Schlereth
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As Vernon's scandal gets cleared up, he learns about a negative incident involving Reggie. Joe reaches out to Mr. Anderson in vein and thinks he and Spencer should walk out on him. Spencer wrecks his car to try and make amends with a former player from his past. Ricky has a motivational video made for Charles, causing him to get back into football. Written by Joe Raimo

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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In this episode Dan Balsamo was played by The Walking Dead's Michael Cudlitz. He is not listed in the episode cast. See more »

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All These Things That I've Done
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Written by Brandon Flowers
Performed by The Killers
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The Past Isn't Done WIth You
19 August 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Part of the reason why Ballers can be brilliant is that it tackles so many different facets of an athletes life during and post career. Spencer has gone through a lot in terms of his clients this season, but what has been haunting him the most was his career ending hit he put on another player. This episode tackled that glaring hole in his mental stability.

I think this half of the season has felt a lot more fresh than before as I think they have gone deeper into each of their main characters and haven't relied on already-used issues like earlier on. I really enjoyed seeing Spencer going back and facing his past in a more vulnerable way than ever before. There was something to be said about seeing a big and tough football player in such a vulnerable place. I will say the ending with Dan throwing the first pitch at a camera guy was very strange though. The Reggie scene on the other hand felt very fake and forced. More than any other storyline or characters this season, I feel like Reggie and Vernon have felt like they are from an entirely different show. So I hope to see Reggie exit this group ASAP.

Charles and Ricky took a step back this week in terms of their hopes to win back their coach and girlfriend respectively. I did find Charles storyline a bit more interesting especially now that he has a kid on the way. So this week was solid, just as Ballers has been most of the season.

+Spencer being vulnerable

+Balanced week, tackled new issues

-Reggie felt fake

7.5/10


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