Episode: “A Man, a Plan or Thank You, Jimmy Carter” (Season 2, Episode 5)

Synopsis: Damon moves forward with his poetry slamming while Ray prepares for a date with the White Whale Tanya has finally convinced to partake in the service.

Review: Could Damon and Darby be any creepier? I mean, jeepers creepers those two give me the willies. Damon’s poem about twins was the height of grossness. Now, I’m no twin and I get that there may be some sort of special relationship between them, but the stuff he was saying sounded more like he wanted to bone her than just hang out more often. Grossness.

While all the stuff revolving around the twins was either gross or depressing, elsewhere things were looking up for Hung in terms of getting a Xanax prescription. Mike (Gregg Henry) filled in for Ray and actually bonded with Ray’s date, securing himself another night out with her. Perhaps there is something to “The Secret” after all, as Mike got his confidence boost by standing in front of a mirror talking himself up.

This episode seemed pretty spread out amongst all of the characters, which meant a little less Ray than we normally get and that kinda sucks. Tom Jane put in a great performance this episode, imbuing Ray with a newfound sense of confidence that you could see in his posture. He also mastered the ‘dad’ work by taking care of Damon after he had a few too many pot scones. And really, is there anything more “hipster” than pot scones? God damn poetry slams and their fancy narcotic desserts.

All in all an interesting episode that advanced the outlying characters while not doing too much in terms of Ray or his prostitution. Still, it was an enjoyable episode even though I would have preferred more Jane and more sex.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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