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Hung: "A Dick and a Dream" or "Fight the Honey" (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 14th 2009 1:20AM
Thomas Jane in the season one finale of 'Hung.'
(S01E10) "You're afraid of flies or something?" - Ray

All season long on Hung, there's been one lingering question. We knew it from the moment we met Tanya, and it was solidified in last night's season finale when she sat on her couch, in dirty sweat pants, reading The Power of Positive Thinking, only to run away terrified at the sight of numerous flies. One lingering question and finally, Ray is asking it too.

What the hell made Tanya think she'd make a good pimp?

Of course, that scene defines Tanya as a character. All season long she's made every attempt to better herself, to better Ray, to better the floundering Happiness Consultants - and she's failed miserably in each instance. For that reason alone, much of the the finale fell a little short for me, because let's be honest - is it really that much of a surprise that Ray wants Lenore to be his pimp? Or anyone else besides Tanya for that matter?

Well, we know why - Ray is loyal. To his kids, his job, even to his ex-wife as we saw in the closing minutes of the episode. So it's not too much of a stretch to understand why he gave Tanya such a long leash.

The impetus for change was given to us in the opening minutes of the series premiere when the backdrop of Detroit was seen hovering over Ray's crumbling life. Now that seed has blossomed - layoffs have reached his school, and taking on discounted hand-job clients from Tanya's office is clearly not going to cut it.

There are some concerns about Lenore. For someone who supposedly seems to know every little intimate detail about all of her clients, it did seem a bit unbelievable that she wasn't able to discern Jess and Ray's connection prior to setting them up as her first foray into pimpdom. Despite her arsenal of anti-Tanya skills (Lenore is supremely confident, has excellent lying skills, and let's not forget her multiple identities), Lenore seems to lack that human component. She does come across as robotic and uncaring, and it's hard to say how it will affect Happiness Consultants.

A few more thoughts:

  • It's probably safe to assume that Ronnie checked out more than just that mole between his new patient's legs, right?
  • So what's the deal with Damon? Gay or straight? Do we even care? Ray's kids are so far removed from everything else happening in his world, that when they pop up ... it's just weird.
  • I'm really glad Jemma's subplot ended when it did. I'm trying to imagine what the finale would have been like had Ray still been pining for her. Sleeping with Mrs. Koontz was one thing, but Jemma might have made things far more confusing.
  • I had forgotten that Darby's boyfriend is named Hammer. That might be the one thing I like about her - her boyfriend has a funny name.

Where this leaves us now with the three-man team, I'm not entirely sure. Tanya was damn near unlikable here, what with all the whining, and I honestly can't see Ray putting up with that anymore. But like I said about Lenore's client picking skills, she should have known who Ray was to Jess. I can't see Ray putting up with that either, especially when we saw how bad he felt when he saw her in the hotel lobby. Are there any rules against a gigolo being his own pimp?

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newmi

are you really that dense that you didn't notice that damon is "in love" with his sister? They've been hinting at it for weeks, I know they aren't exactly an interesting part of the story but they made it quite obvious. I guess it's true what they say about the average viewer.

Anyway, no mention of the absolutely stupid last 5 seconds with tanya apparently becoming a new person due to another book. I doubt it'll change much but it's definitely relevant.

September 14 2009 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No1Dad

I don't think Damon is gay or secretly in love with his sister. He's just crying out for attention, like many goth kids.

September 15 2009 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

I can't believe they renewed this show. Boring. Every week I watch expecting something and there's nothing. I thought they would finally show his penis or at least a penis-double to get the audience to come back. But maybe there numbers are good since they have the True Blood and Entourage viewers.

September 14 2009 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

I really like Hung. Was expecting a lot and was actually disappointed with the show until the Jemma storyline came along. Very imaginative.

The only good thing with Hung's first season concluding is that Curb Your Enthusiasm starts next week.

September 14 2009 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank

Tanya killed the fly at the end of the episode. I think she's discovered something.

And I always knew that somehow, Ray would be set up with his ex. And once the ex and Lenore got together, I knew it would be inevitable.

It seems the only person in the show, other than the kids, with any kind of emotional maturity is Ray, of all people.

September 14 2009 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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