Season 1 Episode 6

'Doris is Dead' or 'Are We Rich or Are We Poor?'

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 09, 2009 on HBO
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Ray accompanies Jemma to a couples counseling session without the prior knowledge of Tanya, who later confronts Jemma for bypassing her escort service protocols. Meanwhile, Jessica wants to know their real financial situation from her husband. Ray coaches a Saturday night basketball game with everyone in attendance.moreless

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  • To therapy and beyond: A Ray Drecker Story

    This week's Hung saw Jemma (Ray's new client from last week) and him going to couples' therapy without Tanya's permission even though he got paid quite a lot to do so. At therapy things are a little weird as they are not even in fact a couple. Tanya confronts Jemma about her having to go through her and not her ho but Jemma is adamant that she is comfortable paying Ray up front for it all. Jess feels she deserves to know Ronnie's real financial situation but he's not talking and Ray wins a game with Jemma's help being there and makes out with her out of passion, what a night.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Wicked Jemma's return, some funny moments, great performers chemistry, empathic Tanya, surprising new and intriguing relationships, short format of the death and disappointing first half

    Before watching this 6th episode the only thing I wished for was Natalie Zea to come back as Jemma. I was glad the writers granted it because her performance was as joyful and weird as in the previous episode. However the scenes she shared with Ray weren't as funny but her chemistry with Thomas Jane was excellent. Of course the story focused on their growing controversial relationship because you can't really expect things to happen smoothly when a man is paid to go out with a woman. Moreover there's something quite disturbing about her because we still don't really know what she's up to. Lenore would have been perfect for a slap bet but at least she didn't hide who she was.

    As for Tanya she tried her best to be a good pimp but considering her lack of confidence and charisma it wasn't easy. I wonder what the writers plan for her because it would be great if she became a powerful woman and succeeded. It's what happened to Deborah Morgan in Dexter and I found that quite inspiring. Of course watching people fail is entertaining but it's far much more interesting when they learn from their mistakes, get help and finally solve their issues. I want the Tanya flower to blossom !

    The mother and the kids were also featured and unexpected relationships and encounters occurred. Her financial crisis also developed further and it should help Ray's family to better understand what he's going through. However I missed Floyd and the neighbors and really hope they'll be featured in the upcoming episode. Damn short format. But it doesn't really matter as it allowed the writers to focus on Ray and Jemma. Their relationship is quite intriguing and the episode ended on some inspiring musical notes. It was important because even if I enjoyed it I have to admit that half of the episode was slightly disappointing. Watching Hung I expect to feel extreme emotions, from laughing out loud because of the awkward situations to crying like a little puppy, but it didn't really happen. Don't get me wrong this 6th installment was still good entertainment and as written we still learned a lot from its characters.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The photo caption on Ray's article in the trophy case reads "Ray Drecker comes up with the game turning catch to rally the Wolves on to the Mid Thumb Finals."

    • Goof: As Jessica and her mother search through Ronnie's papers to find out how much money he has, the folders on top of the desk are in different positions as the camera angle changes.

    • Episode Title: "Are we rich or are we poor?" is a line spoken by Jessica to Ronnie as they talk about their financial situation. She further questions him why they drive a Mercedes while on the other hand, "Doris is dead."

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Tanya: (upset that Tanya called Ray directly) I'm gonna have a little talk with her.
      Ray: I...don't, that's not a good idea.
      Tanya: Why not?
      Ray: She's...she's having a hard time.
      Tanya: And you know this because?
      Ray: She took me to see her therapist. Yeah, I think that's why she hired me. I think I'm supposed to help her. You know? Work sh*it out.
      Tanya: A million things come to mind but I'm not gonna say them, I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut.

    • Ray: (voice-over) In two years, no one came to my games. Now, here we were in the worst losing streak of my life, and my ex-wife, my two kids, and my pimp were all sitting up there, side by side.

    • Ray: (voice-over) It was looking like another losing game. So many teams were having us for lunch, I barely remembered how to win.

    • Jessica: (referring to their financial situation) I just need to know the numbers.
      Ronnie: I don't know the exact numbers, Jess. But if you want to help, you can make a list of potential household cutbacks...or you could always get a job.

    • Tanya: Now look. Ray is my employee. Now, you cannot get to him except through me. We are inextricably linked.
      Jemma: Who's Ray? You mean Randall?
      Tanya: No, I do not mean Randall. I mean...there is no Ray! You know what? You're fired! That's right, I'm firing you as a client! You know, I've had enough of you...and women like you! Good riddance!

    • (Tanya meets Damon for the first time)
      Tanya: (to Ray) Oh, uh, so is this your...
      Damon: Hi.
      Tanya: Hi! You must be Ray's...
      Ray: Yeah, Tanya. This is my kid. Damon, Tanya.
      Tanya: Wow...I think I see the resemblance. Yeah, uh...the eyebrows? Right?

    • Jemma: Tell me what you f***ing do for a living.
      Ray: I'm a coach. I'm a high school basketball coach.
      Jemma: I wanna see you do it. I

    • Ray: My name's Ray.
      Jemma: More...tell me more.
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: Please?
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: I'll pay you...lots.
      Ray: What do you think I am, a whore?
      Jemma: Yeah. Yes, you're a whore.

    • Ronnie: Are you drinking enough water lately?
      Jessica: What?
      Ronnie: You look dehydrated.
      Jessica: Is that some kind of dermatology put-down?

    • Ray: (voice-over) Just because we've lost, just because the past is not what we wanted it to be, does not mean we cannot change. In an instant, we could. What do you want to think tonight when you replay this in your head?

    • Damon: (referring to Darby and Hammer) All she cares about is her fat-ass boyfriend.
      Ray: Hey, give it a rest, Damon. Maybe she sees something you don't.
      Damon: What are you talking about?
      Ray: I'm saying people are complex. They're like onions. You peel a layer, and sometimes you find something you weren't expecting.
      Damon: No, you don't. You just find more onion.

    • Jemma: Are you a fireman?
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: Policeman?
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: A plumber?
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: Stop torturing me.
      Ray: No.
      Jemma: You're making me want to fuck you.
      Ray: I'm gonna charge you double.

    • Darby: Do you have any idea how much of an idiot you are? I mean, you don't even have a personality.
      Damon: I do too have a personality.
      Darby: No, you don't. Even the goth kids think you're a poser.

    • Ray: (talking to his players during the game) If we believe we're better than others believe we are... If we play with our hearts, the box score doesn't matter. The scoreboard... doesn't matter. We win. We win.

    • Ray: You want to go steady?
      Jemma: Well, like, you want to take me to your house And play 'seven minutes in heaven'?
      Ray: Mmm hmm...yeah. Maybe I won't charge you anymore.
      Jemma: Oh, but then it wouldn't be as fun.

    • (Jemma enters the gym to see Ray coach)
      Ray: (voice-over) And then she came. She made me tell her, but I didn't think she'd really show up. And suddenly, I felt it. I wanted to win. And I wanted to win while she watched.

  • NOTES (2)


    • 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.