The Deuce: What Big Ideas
October 2, 2018 9:41 AM - Season 2, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Ashley and Abby track down the identity of a young sex worker killed in a fire, collateral damage in the escalating mob war over the parlors. Vincent witnesses the brutal side of Rudy's operation. Alston educates the mayor's guy on why the raids he's planning won't turn up anything. Candy continues building on her Little Red Riding Hood vision. Larry makes his first moves into movies.
posted by dnash (6 comments total)
"What's a Bettleheim?"
posted by dnash at 9:44 AM on October 2, 2018

Damn this show just has me riveted. I don't have a lot of critical analysis to bring to the table, though I really do think this is an important #metoo document, using the late 1970s to hold a mirror up to our times.

I'm terrified of what CC might perpetrate on both Ashley and Lori, and maybe even Abby as well. He's a dangerous cat.

Maggie Gyllenhaal continues to be absolutely brilliant.

And Franco. He's so Franco! The first episode didn't really showcase his take on both of the twins (I was glad Vincent had the cut above his eye, otherwise I couldn't tell them apart), but he's developed the characters well. I don't expect Frankie to live long.

For that matter, I'm intrigued to see how Vinnie navigates the waters he finds himself in.

Nice to see Larry's career pivot (Gbenga Akinnagbe is soooooo talented and so good in this).
posted by rocketman at 9:58 AM on October 2, 2018 [2 favorites]

Thank god for Larry's story. Remember in the pilot where someone said that Larry was the meanest of the pimps? I guess Simon/Pelecanos dropped that characterization for him.

Candy's set seems so nice compared to Bernie's set. And I love Darlene.

I know the parlors and organized crime are an important part of telling the story of sex work during this time in NYC, but I would be happy if the show were just about women shaping the porn industry.
posted by gladly at 10:21 AM on October 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yeah, it will be interesting to see what happens with Larry. Darlene seems to be enjoying this. What if she becomes his manager? (Okay, I know that's crazy talk but that would be awesome)
posted by queensissy at 3:21 PM on October 2, 2018

I called Larry a dick a couple of times in Season 1! I'm curious to map his arc back to there now.
posted by rhizome at 4:37 PM on October 2, 2018

I think it's so brave of Ashley/Dorothy to come back to the literal scene of the crime to help other women. I am also a little nervous about what CC is going to do. And if Lori wants to get out from under his control, she is going to need to move to LA.
posted by radioamy at 10:54 AM on November 5, 2018

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