Hung – Mind Bullets or Bang Bang Bang Bang Motherfucker (S02E03) – Episode review

I think the most disappointing thing about [[Hung (TV Series)|Hung]] is that it’s premise is all about sex, but we see so little action on screen. In Mind Bullets or Bang Bang Bang Bang Motherfucker, we cringe our way through an encounter between Ray and Horny Patty as she straddles him while recounting how she kept a Ken doll to ‘service’ her Barbies.

Yes, Horny Patty’s back, and she’s bullying Tanya at work. Having earned a promotion, she threatens to fire Tanya if she doesn’t set up a freebie date with Ray.

This actually serves the purpose of making Tanya a doormat in every area of her life. She’s constantly beaten down by Lenore and now she’s being blackmailed by her boss. Luckily, she gets some impromptu lessons in visualising outcomes from her pimp friend – mind bullets! Yes, mentally killing Lenore, while not as satisfying as actually killing her is a way for Tanya to regain the upper hand.

But Lenore is owning Tanya all over the place – she steals her expensive sweater and replaces it with a cheap knock-off. Tanya retaliates in a dreadful scene by stealing Lenore’s dog. It’s such a petty victory, it just serves to show how outgunned Tanya actually is. There’s almost no point rooting for her, because it seems her motiviations and reactions are so inappropriate for this kind of war that she has no chance of winning. In actuality, Tanya may have the upper hand in being in direct contact with a real pimp – she should be picking up how to secure clients and repeat business and then using that to generate business for Ray. Once she’s in control, she should insist to Ray that there’s no room for Lenore in their business relationship.

That’s just my tuppence worth.

I enjoyed Ray’s attempts to connect with his Munster-alike kids. Depressing goth dropouts that they are. And they raised a wonderful philosophical question in the process: if you’d gone to High School with your kids, would you have been friends with them? I suppose it comes down to what kind of person you were in High School and whether you’d have connected with them. Darby and Damon are such a withdrawn, toxic pair that I find it hard to like them as an adult, never mind as a teenager.

Perhaps the most interesting development was Ray driving to the bowling alley to meet Jess. She’s becoming even more disillusioned with her marriage, mostly this week on the strength of a bad game of Scrabble with some uppity professionals at a dinner party. She calls Ray from the bowling alley – but she also makes another phone call – and as the ex-couple meet in the parking lot, Ray is introduced to Jess’s friend…Lenore.

This is excellent, because whatever Tanya may or may not do in the future, Lenore knowing Ray’s ex-wife gives her power over him. If she were to ever drop the knowledge that Ray’s a prostitute, it would destroy his rekindling relationship with Jess, and possibly even his children. I like it.

Read Jo Curtis’s review of this episode on her Shout blog.

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