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  • "It's hard to make an indecent living." Thomas Jane heads up the cast in this comedy as Ray Drecker, a middle-aged basketball coach and high school History teacher who figures out how to put his exceptional physical endowments to use and change his fortunes. Forced to find an alternative source of income after a series of unfavorable events, Ray takes on a whole new profession aided by his pimp and business partner, Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams). Joining Jane and Adams are Men in Trees' Anne Heche who plays Ray's ex-wife, Jessica and Eddie Jemison as Jessica's new husband, Dr. Ronnie Haxon. Rounding up the series cast are Charlie Saxton and Sianoa Smit-McPhee who play Jessica and Ray's twin children, Damon and Darby. Created by Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, the series is filmed both in areas of Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 10

    The Whole Beefalo

    Aired 12/4/11

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    "A Monkey Named Simian" Or "Frances Is Not a Fan"

    Aired 11/27/11

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    "I Sandee," or "This Sex. Which Is. Not One."

    Aired 11/20/11

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    'What's Going on Downstairs' or 'Don't Eat Prince Eric!'

    Aired 11/13/11

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Money on the Floor

    Aired 11/6/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gregg Henry

    Mike (Season 2+, recurring previously)

  • Anne Heche

    Jessica Haxon

  • Thomas Jane

    Ray Drecker

  • Jane Adams

    Tanya Skagle

  • Lennie James

    Charlie St. John (Season 3+, recurring previously)

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  • Quotes (130)

    • Jessica: God, you were magical. In high school you were a king. You were beautiful and...and athletic, and talented and...and smart and popular. And hung! Ray: What am I now, Jessica? What am I now?! Jessica: Now you're just hung!

    • (The vehicle which brought Darby home just drove off.) Ray: Who is that? Darby: It's Hammer. Ray: Hammer? Who's Hammer? Darby: Just a friend. Ray: Come on, Darb. Any guy named Hammer is not a good idea at midnight.

    • Ray: (voice-over) What happened to my life? I used to be a big deal. I used to be going somewhere. Now all I ever seem to do is try not to drown.

    • Ray: (voice-over) Dr. Ron Haxon, dermatologist. Overcompensating little fucker who stole my wife. Fucker.

    • Jessica: I am a little shallow. But I am deep enough to admit it. I'm much deeper than people think. And I'm only shallow because I choose to be. I am a beauty queen, Ray. A homecoming, cheerleading, stupid ass beauty queen!

    • Ray: (talking about the kids) They're gonna come back to me, Jessica. I'm more fun and relaxed. You're too uptight. Jessica: Having more fun with you almost got them killed.

    • (talking about the sex they just had) Ray: You liked what you had the first time. You wanted it again, fine. Just don't fool yourself into some romantic fantasy. Tanya: I liked what I had the first time? Ray: Unless I'm deaf.

    • Tanya: (to Ray) If you think that I was only interested in you because of your big penis, then all I feel is sorry for you. I really really do.

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    Notes (63)

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: October 3, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este Czech Republic: October 6, 2009 on HBO United Kingdom: October 15, 2009 on More4 Australia: June 21, 2010 on Channel 7 Finland: September 20, 2010 on YLE TV2 India: October 31, 2010 on HBO

    • Featured Music: • "Walk To The Bunkhouse" by The Red Pony - Aaron Copeland • "That Good Stuff" by Ten G Bob • "You'll Never Find A Love" by Lou Rawls • "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera • "Un Bel Vedremo" by Geraldine Farrar • "Another Day" by Godhead • "Am I a Good Man" by Them Two

    • The series theme song, which plays during the opening credits, is "I'll Be Your Man" by The Black Keys.

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: October 10, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este Czech Republic: October 13, 2009 on HBO United Kingdom: October 22, 2009 on More4 Australia: June 21, 2010 on Channel 7 Finland: September 27, 2010 on YLE TV2 India: November 7, 2010 on HBO

    • Featured Music: • "More Mess On My Thing" by Poets of Rhythm • "Everybody Loves a Loser" by Morcheeba • "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf • "My Dick" by Mickey Avalon

    • Original International Air Dates: • Latin America: October 17, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este • Czech Republic: October 20, 2009 on HBO • UK: October 29, 2009 on More4 • Finland: October 4, 2010 on YLE TV2 ▪ India: November 8, 2010 on HBO

    • Featured Music: • "Your Love" by Ohmegga Watts • "I Believe" by Abra Moore • "This Land" by The Los Angeles Resource Project (originally by Woody Guthrie)

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: October 24, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este Czech Republic: October 27, 2009 on HBO United Kingdom: November 5, 2009 on More4 Finland: October 11, 2010 on YLE TV2 India: November 14, 2010 on HBO

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    Trivia (40)

    • Ray Drecker graduated from West Lakefield High School in 1984 and was granted a full baseball scholarship to the University of Central Florida.

    • Ray's ad on the newspaper, found under the "Men for Women" section, reads: "**BIG DONNIE** Will give you every inch of his love. My size fits all. Tall, Blond, Fit. Outcall Only (734) 275-7527."

    • Among the Detroit landmarks and establishments featured in the show's opening credits are the Detroit River, Joe Louis' Fist, the Dodge Fountain at Hart Plaza, Lafayette Coney Island Restaurant, Fox Theatre, Burk's Igloo in Hamtramck, and De Lido Motel.

    • The Get-Rich Seminar pamphlet Ray is holding in the car reads: "The Wealth Whiz Seminars with Floyd Gerber. The Plan to Get Your Rich... FAST! Unleash your inner entrepreneur! Marketing your tool! Making money make YOU money! Got Assets? You're rich... now what? See page 6 for details!"

    • Tanya Skagle has a tattoo on her left wrist that reads "proust".

    • Goof: As Tanya is giving advice to Ray about complementing women to help them relax, he is adjusting his tie. When the camera changes angles to face Ray, his hand is no longer at his collar.

    • Lenore's nickname for Tanya is "T-Brain", which she gave Tanya when they worked together at the law office.

    • Episode Title: While Ray and Tanya are eating at the restaurant, Ray mentions that Home Depot has "great sausage". "Can I call you Dick?" is asked by Lenore to Ray (aka Richard) before they had sex.

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    Allusions (10)

    • This episode contains several references to the band Godhead, as Damon asks Ray to borrow $50 for the concert. Godhead is an alternative rock band, formed in Washington D.C. in 1994. They were the only group signed by Marilyn Manson's record label, Posthuman Records.

    • Floyd Gerber: Damn the torpedoes! The line "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" is accredited to United States Naval Officer David Glasgow Farragut who issued the command at the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War.

    • Tanya Skagle: (reading from book) 'There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell. And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling...' Those lines and the ones which follow them come from "There is Some Kiss We Want With Our Whole Lives", Coleman Bark's translation of a poem by Jelalludin Rumi.

    • Ray: I want my kids back. This could be an allusion to Thomas Jane's role on Arrested Development, in which he played an actor starring in a film called "Homeless Dad" with the tagline "I just want my kids back."

    • Ray: (to his class as the bell rings) Damn the torpedoes! Who said it? Why? Right? For tomorrow. "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" is a famous quote by David Farragut, a US Naval officer during the Civil War. He gave the order at the Battle of Mobile Bay in Alabama in 1864. Floyd Gerber used the same quote in the previous episode.

    • Ray: (referring to Lenore) She has my identity, Tanya! She could post my name on the internet! Tanya: Paranoia will destroy you, Ray. "Paranoia will destroy you" are lyrics from the song "Paranoia" by the band Swollen Members. The song was one of the tracks on their 2003 album Heavy.

    • "Let my mouth be filled with praise." (written in one of Tanya's preacher cookies) The line comes from the Holy Bible, in Psalm 71:8, which reads: "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day."

    • The movie that Tanya is watching before she decides to go to the basketball game is a 1922 documentary called Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic. The film was created by Robert Flaherty and was selected for preservation in the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989.

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  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Fans Hung out to dry ...

    By cloudestrife11, May 28, 2013

  • after watching 7 episodes, the TV show name is the only drawcard.

    By jxx888, Jun 25, 2010

  • Thom Jane's much appreciated TV vehicle

    By Neksmater, Aug 24, 2010

  • A man decides to become an escort after his house burns down, which is the final straw in a series of bad luck events.

    By JayMc416, Jul 12, 2009

  • Very good HBO

    By LadyInque, Aug 15, 2009