Season 1 Episode 5

Do It, Monkey!

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 02, 2009 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Ray takes on an extraordinary client with unusual requirements. Ronnie himself is faced with financial difficulties, so his family needs to make some sacrifices, much to the dismay of Damon and Darby. Tanya attends her final session with Floyd.

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  • *** Spoiler-free *** Hilarious fantasy, convincing acting and sweet guest star, inspiring character development, well balanced dark comedy, smart human collisions but short format

    With such a crazy title I was expecting this episode to be funny but it definitely surpassed my highest expectations. Its fantasy concept was just hilarious and Thomas Janes did a great job at portraying our favorite happy not so happy consultant. The actress who performed the new client was also quite convincing and I really hope she'll be back. I'm glad the writers focus on smart character development instead of throwing random sex scenes and conventional dialogs like in some other shows. Moreover it seems they found the right balance between comedy and darkness. There's something black and questionable about the humor that makes Hung stands above its peers.

    Indeed beside the running jokes with the ex-wife and whole Ray Drecker : Male Gigolo story there were some quite sad moments and it seems they only represented the tip of the iceberg that is about to emerge. As for Floyd, the coach, his arc with Tanya really inspired me. There's something realistic and palpable about the character. He could be your neighbor and Steve Hytner's acting was as good as in the past installments. Like in the film Crash (2004) it seems the characters struggle to find happiness and don't really know how to express their feelings. So to feel something they collide, they drink, they have sex but in the end they all want the same thing. To comprehend The Meaning of Life, like the Monty Python !

    My only complain would be that the format is definitely too short, the matter how hard the editing guy works. Hung definitely deserves a longer one so I hope HBO will consider it for the upcoming season. All the arcs were interesting but some scenes were rushed and the ending cut sharp.moreless
  • Financial Woes and Roadside Mistresses

    While Ronnie and Jessica have to cut back due to the loss of money on the recession climate Ray must deal with a new complicated client who he must pick up and romance and make a connection with (Natalie Zea). At first things don't go right as he has sex with her, then casually asks her out after the second time fixing her tire for her but he just can't seem to get it right. Tanya begs him to just suck it up and deal with her complications as she pays great money and as Ronnie can no longer buy Damon and Darby a car Ray promises them one so he decides to do it.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Vera-Joan Skagle (voice)

Guest Star

Gina Hecht

Gina Hecht

Principal Rhonda Barr

Guest Star

Claudia Michelle Wallace

Claudia Michelle Wallace


Guest Star

Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Floyd Gerber

Recurring Role

Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Howard Koontz

Recurring Role

Alanna Ubach

Alanna Ubach

Yael Koontz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: As the vet tells Jessica and Ronnie that there is no wrong decision about what to do about Doris, Ronnie's arms are crossed. When the camera changes angles, his hands are on hips.

    • Episode Title: While having picnic at the beach, Ray gets mad at Jemma for treating him like a "goddamn dancing monkey".

    • Floyd's Hertz rental car is a blue 2009 Jaguar XJ with vehicle identification number 8876.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Tanya: (referring to Jemma) She has a bruised heart, at least that what she said in the interview. Men have let her down.
      Ray: Women have let me down.
      Tanya: But we're not talking about you, you're not paying!

    • Ray: (voice-over) So when the kids brought up the car thing, I don't know, maybe it was the divorce, or maybe I was just a jackass. I felt bold. The twins were turning sixteen. (out loud, to Darby and Damon) You know, just cause Ronnie can't buy you a car doesn't mean I can't.

    • Jessica: We're still rich, we're just not as rich. The point is, we don't feel as rich, not super rich like before.
      Darby: But you still have some money...
      Ronnie: We lost a lot of money in the stock market. Times are tough, now we just happened to land in the danger zone.
      Jessica: Okay, we don't have to call it the danger zone, it's a temporary setback. Besides, all that money was on paper anyway.
      Damon: So it's all in your mind?
      Ronnie: I wish.
      Jessica: Which brings us to the car...

    • Tanya: (referring to Jemma) Next time, make her feel like it's more about her mind, not just her body.
      Ray: She wants to book me again?
      Tanya: Yeah, she wants a rewrite. She'll pay for it.
      Ray: You mean a do-over?

    • Jemma: Why is it so hard for you to say 'I love you'?
      Ray: Why do you want me to say it so bad? Look, I just can't help but wonder why you'd want to ruin such a perfectly beautiful moment on a perfectly beautiful beach with all this f***ed up, artificial sh**. I mean, what am I, a goddamn dancing monkey here?

    • Ronnie: (referring to the decision to put Doris to sleep) Honey, we did the best thing...and we did a brave thing.
      Jessica: And the least expensive thing.

    • Ray: I just wish that in some crazy, long-shot version of this universe, that you would stay here with me...and not vanish from existence from my life.
      Jemma: But Randall, I have a boyfriend.
      Ray: And I respect that. And I respectfully don't care.

    • (talking about Tanya signing up for part two of Floyd's class)
      Floyd: Why did you say count me in?
      Tanya: I was trying to be supportive.
      Floyd: Well swell...uh, that'll be great, yeah. It's not what I recommend, but, uh, you can lead a horse to water...and that sort of thing.
      Tanya: (looks at Floyd's key chain) Is your Jaguar a rental?

    • Tanya: (referring to Jemma) Look, she said she wanted to meet you by the side of the road, but my guess is she was looking for a connection. At least for a few moments. A fantasy of meeting a total stranger and wondering if it might be destiny. God, you were supposed to stop her from leaving, Ray.
      Ray: Ugh...barf!
      Tanya: Could you stop snorting with derision?

    • Tanya: (referring to Jemma) She didn't like it so much.
      Ray: What? You know what this is? This is like when you go to a restaurant, you eat a meal, and then you pretend there's a hair in the food.
      Tanya: You can't hit a home run every time.

    • Ray: (voice-over, as he kisses Jemma and the principal walks by) Principal Rhonda Barr. My whole life, I had bad timing.

    • Ray: You'll probably just end up all unhappy again.
      Jemma: Is that supposed to inspire me?
      Ray: But...but maybe you won't. Look, before you, I was batting a thousand. You're my first out. It's my job to make you happy. That's why they call me a happiness consultant. And I think I could make you happy. What do you say?

    • (Ray changing Jemma's flat tire by the side of the road)
      Jemma: Do you like rescuing damsels in distress?
      Ray: This is my first time.
      Jemma: Hmm. So why'd you stop?
      Ray: If you were some fat-ass truck driver, I might have kept driving.
      Jemma: I think there's a compliment deep in there somewhere.

    • (after Damon and Darby complained about the food)
      Ronnie: Is something wrong?
      Jessica: Nothing, Ron. Just blah blah blah from the peanut gallery.

    • Floyd: (to Tanya) Some people don't have mental fortitude. It's as if their brain has polio. They're trapped in an iron lung of the mind, see? They can't become millionaires. They can't get a fancy car like I have. Because essentially, they can't make the leap upstairs, mentally.

    • Ray: (to Jemma) I just... I just wish that... in some crazy long shot version of this universe, that you would stay here with me and not vanish from existence from my life.

    • Lotte: So he takes away money but you still have to give him sex?
      Jessica: I like having sex with Ron. It's not a trade.

    • (discussing Doris's illness)
      Ronnie: Puppies are born. Old dogs die. It's all part of growing up.
      Jessica: Ron, I need this.
      Ronnie: We're gonna do the right thing, Jess.
      Jessica: (sobbing) Okay, okay.
      Ronnie: (to vet) Let's put her down.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: October 31, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2009 on HBO
      United Kingdom: November 12, 2009 on More4
      Finland: October 18, 2010 on YLE TV2
      India: November 14, 2010 on HBO

    • Featured Music:
      • "Summer's Gonna Be My Girl" by The Go
      • "Walk Away" by Joseph Arthur


    • "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."