Episode: “The Middle East is Complicated” (Season 2, Episode 7)

Synopsis: Tanya gets more advice, and some compassion, from a real pimp while Ray searches for the secret to retaining clients without being attacked over his neutral view on Middle Eastern politics.

Review: This episode started off on a most excellent note: a fully nude Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff). She was looking fantastic and not ashamed to strut around Ray’s burned out husk of a home showing it all. If they worked this into every episode, I’d be a happy man. The only thing that could improve upon that would be a nude neighbor Yael scene. She shows up, but fully clothed. You win some, you lose some.

I was glad to see Ray finally start taking his pimping seriously. After taking some notes from his lovable loser friend Mike on how to keep a woman interested, he finally figured out the secret to keeping women happy: lie to them. Hallelujah! Hopefully now Ray will see some solid clientèle and we’ll get to see lots more naked people.

With a lack of Damon and Darby, the show was considerably less creepy than normal. Tanya was also around 50% less depressing than usual. Okay, 25% less depressing. She was fine when engaged with her pimp mentor, for most of it, but her whining is virtually endless.

The episode ended on a high note though, with Lenore discovering her betrayal at the hands Tanya and all but vowing to hunt her down and use her skull as an ash tray. At her book club discussing The Road, she said when threatened she would murder and eat anyone in her way and wear the child’s skull as jewelry. Hot and sassy, just the way I like them.

Definitely another good episode thanks to plenty of nudity and Tom Jane charm. The Middle East connection was sort of tacked on, but funny. A potential regular client, of Arab descent, took some issue with Ray’s lumping of his Iraeli neighbor into the “Middle East.” When Yael finds Arab hummus in Ray’s refrigerator, she freaks out. It’s not a major story point, but it does offer a look into the real life absurdity of some of the Middle Eastern arguments. All in all, this week’s episode was smart, sexy, and showed some positive development in both Ray and the rest of the  season.

What did you think of this week’s episode?


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