‘The Deuce’ Season Finale Review: ‘My Name is Ruby’

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?) As with any show in which there are so many moving pieces, it’s impossible to say that The Deuce did right by every single one of them, but […]

‘The Deuce’ Season 1 Finale Recap: ‘My Name is Ruby’

Everybody loves a good bookend, and with its season finale “My Name is Ruby,” The Deuce delivers us right back to where we started: a slightly longer episode, written by David Simon and George Pelecanos, directed by Michelle McLaren. But it’s not just a nifty bit of circularity; by explicitly recalling where we began, the […]

‘The Deuce’ Episode 7 Recap: “Au Reservoir”

Throughout this entire first season of The Deuce, I’ve been struck by the frequency with which Simon, Pelecanos, and their writers have turned narrative expectation inside out. It’s been such a key component in the show’s modus operandi, in fact, that it feels like something they determined from the jump, in some kind of all-hands-on-deck […]

‘The Deuce’ Review: ‘I See Money’ Expands the Scope of the Show in a Remarkable Episode

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?) This week’s episode of The Deuce is remarkable on two fronts: one, it’s a domestic episode in a series that’s so focused on specific lines of work, and […]

‘The Deuce’ Episode 3 Recap: “The Principle is All”

One of the more surprising elements of the first two episodes of The Deuce is the byplay between Vinnie and Frankie, the twin brothers played by James Franco. It’s no shock that Franco plays them both well (when he digs out of his own colon, he’s an excellent performer); the surprise is that he and […]