Episode: “Third Base or The Rash” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Synopsis: Ray considers playing in the Alumni game while Tanya’s double-dealing with “The White Whale” teeters on the edge of discovery. Ronnie and Jessica’s marriage develops a crack via a rash.

Review: Hung is very lucky to have an actor as magnetic as Tom Jane in the lead role. By now you know we Rejects get at least half-hard-ons for Jane, but it is his presence alone that keeps me interested in this series when the show begins to falter. When he’s off-screen, I find myself likely to stare out the window. Or, at least, much of the time, though in the last few episodes Mike’s subplot about his quest for true love while Tanya play-pimps him out unbeknownst has been great.

Last week I mentioned I was happy to see Ray finally realize what it means to connect with a woman: lies. (I would never lie to you ladies. WinkWink) In this episode Ray put his new-found pimp-mastery to work by securing a repeat date with a former customer all on his own. As long as he remembered to grab the cash before heading out, he’s done alright. Though how a woman could tear your rotator cuff while you’re fingering her, I hope to never find out. Actually. If I had to have my rotator cuff torn, that would probably be the way I’d want to do it. Ohsnapson.

On the winning side of things, the show gave us a rare, somewhat happy moment as Ray belted a home-run out during the Alumni game. Sure, the pitcher served it up to him as  a sign of respect for his coach, but with the way Hung normally operates, I expected Drecker to get robbed at the last moment. And then kicked in the face and pissed on.

Tanya was her normal, creepy, sad self, and her attempt at being a real pimp was, as expected, kind of depressing. Lenore was totally absent, which meant the episode was 34% less hot than last week, but hey, you can’t win them all.

I know we’re probably supposed to be rooting for Ray and Jessica to get back together, though honestly I can’t see why we would. Jessica clearly has several layers of issues and she’s left Ray, tried to cheat on Ronnie, and is leaning towards cheating or leaving once again. She doesn’t sound like a very nice person. Ronnie, on the other hand, is just a nice guy, who was picked on in high school, trying to live a happy, normal life. But he can’t have it, because his wife is, at her core, a seemingly bad person.

A pretty good episode thanks to Ray’s home run, his professionalism in fingering a pregnant chick, and Mike’s heartfelt subplot as he searches for love while Tanya’s scheming almost ruins it all.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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