Episode: “Sing it Again, Ray or Home Plate” (Season 2, Episode 4)
Synopsis: Ray is increasingly weary of Lenore, who is holding court with Jessica trying to save her marriage – or so she says. Also completing Ray’s life is an increasing number of people become alerted to his strange schedules and trouble relating to his son, Damon.
Review: Back a touch towards the depressing side after last week’s relatively uplifting episode, we still get some good stuff and even a sex scene. After all, Ray is a pimp, but a pimp that has less sex than most movie critics. Okay, that’s not true, we’re all virgins.
While Ray doesn’t trust Lenore, and clearly she is kind of a bad person, I don’t think she came off as evil this episode. She did talk to Jessica, but seemed relatively good natured about it. We finally got a bit of Ronnie in an episode as he tries to sway Jessica to the “let’s have a child together” camp, which she resists, causing his temper tantrum. I do like that his reasoning for having a child is basically “my family is attractive, you’re attractive, we could have an attractive kid.” It’s more subtle than that, but what he’s saying is “your kids are ugly, let’s have a beautiful one.”
While we did some interesting sex with a good looking and naked girl, because Ray’s life is utterly depressing at every angle, the girl requests that he sing “Happy Birthday” over and over and over again while he takes her from behind. This of course makes Ray somewhat uncomfortable, though personally I don’t care if I have to Whistle Dixie while playing Fur Elise on a Casio to get some awesome in-front of the window sex.
The substory with Damon finding some happiness in performance art through Tanya was okay, though his opening sequence portraying teenage boredom was very funny to me. Also hilarious was when Ray tossed Tanya’s flyer off of the sky bridge, which she tried to retrieve and then clumsily fell on the moving sidewalk. I love seeing people get hurt.
One of the better episodes of the season with enough sex and enough laughs to counter the tiny bits of depression throughout.
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