Season 1 Episode 2

'Great Sausage' or 'Can I Call You Dick?'

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 12, 2009 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Ray fears for his teaching job as he is called to the Principal's office. He and Tanya push through with their planned business. Hoping to set up their clientele, Tanya enlists a former colleague who has upper-class contacts that are potential customers. Meanwhile, Jessica is having trouble connecting with Damon and Darby, who wish to come home soon to their father.moreless

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  • It wasn't awful!

    Based on the Pilot episode for this series, which I absolutely hated, I didn't even imagine that any subsequent episodes would be worth watching.

    But it was an HBO kind of evening, and so I stayed tuned. And so I was pleasantly surprised. Pleasantly, mind you. Not giddily, "OMG I can never miss an episode of this series" kind of surprised, but enough that I'll probably tune in now and then.

    Unlike the Pilot, which was a totally self absorbed, pathetic downer, this installation was a more light-hearted look at the life ahead of you when the only thing you have going for you is great sausage...without necessarily the skills"cook" with it!

    "Lenore" was a hoot. A to-the-point gal with no use for men use them. A nice change of TV plot lines, I must say!

    "Hung" is not a keeper, and its only one decent episode out of two, but its batting 500 anyway.moreless
  • improvement from the first episode.

    i guess this is an improvement from their Pilot episode which I hated. there was nothing really funny about it. plus the cast is absolutely horrible. except for Thomas Jane and his Pimp, they're basically the only two characters bearable to watch. the rest of the cast, his Kids, his ex wife, the principal, etc. it feels like a low budget movie in 1989. nice intro though, Thomas removing his suit and jumping into the lake. makes with a perfect Harmony about the show. I also loved the ending in this episode, "I hate my job, let's make a million dollars." love it.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Entertaining but not inspiring ; good performers and characters ; short format but intriguing story

    This second episode wasn't as interesting as the first one. It was still entertaining but not as funny even it should make you laugh enough. But what I really missed were the sad and smart elements of the pilot that allowed us to relate to the characters. In fact it mostly focused on the pimp arc and not really how the protagonist is going to get things back right on track. So I really hope it won't become as superficial as shows like Weeds and Californication. Moreover as it not even lasted a half hour I worry that the episodes duration won't allow the writers to properly cover essential topics like character development.

    But even if I was slightly disappointed by it I can only recommend it because I think the show has potential. The acting is good and even Tanya grew on me. There's also something intriguing going on with the mum and their children. In fact they're so ugly that they reminded me of the King in the film Dragon Heart. I also enjoyed how the plot was reverse designed because it's often surprising to know the end first. All the new characters revolving around Ray should also bring up some spice to his story even if I really hope it won't make him less authentic.moreless
  • Reach Down

    After the inception of their idea to start a business Tanya and Ray begin to hit up their clientelle firstly by Tanya reconnecting with a woman who used to work as a temp at her current job and is now a life coach who could be a gateway to a lot of rich lonely women named Lenore. While she tries to woo her Ray faces the principal for his less than appropriate speech given to his kids as inspiration in the last episode and Jessica has trouble connecting with Damon and Darby who incidentally look nothing like Ray or Jessica for the record, weird?moreless
Gina Hecht

Gina Hecht

Principal Rhonda Barr

Guest Star

Frank Noel

Frank Noel

Dan Libinsky

Guest Star

Jason Collett

Jason Collett

Van Olsen

Guest Star

Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry


Recurring Role

Rebecca Creskoff

Rebecca Creskoff


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ray: (voice-over, describing his experience with Lenore) It started out pretty good...but she gave more orders than a four-star general. Flex, lick, lay down, sit up, stand, faster, slower, grind left, grind right. Good thing I was an athlete. Grand slam.

    • Lenore: (referring to Ray) All right, I'll try him. And if I like him I'll recommend him. By the way, what does he do? Will he lick my ass?
      Tanya: Can I get back to you on that?

    • Lenore: (meeting Ray for the first time) Not bad. Where'd you get that suit though?
      Ray: I don't know, somebody bought it for me.
      Lenore: Let's see...J.T. Warehouse, going out of business sale, 75% off.
      Ray: I'm not sure.
      Lenore: I am. C'mon handsome.

    • Ray: (voice-over) That's what I kicked myself for the most: the loan. See, my parents gave us this house, free and clear. They bought it when a view of trees and water wasn't something you paid a million dollars to get. Now our turn at bat, and what do we do? We get a home equity loan with this deal I bet my parents never heard of called an adjustable rate mortgage, or an ARM. An ARM, that's now got it's hand around my throat.

    • Tanya: The point is, we have to think big. I know we might have to start with baby steps, but my goal is for us to be pulling down a couple thousand dollars a night.
      Ray: You think I'm that good?
      Tanya: Maybe if you work on your technique a little bit...a little bit.
      Ray: My technique is fine, Tanya. I've been pleasing women for decades now. You're not my only screamer.

    • Mike: (talking about the recent cuts at the school) Too bad about Stanley, huh? I was just talking to him. This is bad, they're cutting everything. Think they're gonna lay us off next?
      Ray: No, Mike. Basketball is more important that art.

    • Tanya: (referring to Lenore) You'll be like another product that she can recommend to her clients. I haven't talked to her yet, but I really think she might go for it. What do you think?
      Ray: I think you're insane. I think I'm insane, I think this whole plan is nuts.
      Tanya: Ray...
      Ray: I also think I'm broke, my ex-wife is up my ass, and hell, I want my kids back. So yeah, what the hell. Go for it. I always wanted to be a product when I grew up.

    • Tanya: This particular guy I'm thinking of for you is, is really quite... He's very well-endowed.
      Lenore: Terrific. Good cock is hard to find.

    • Ray: (referring to the suit) I don't wear this shit. I feel like a fricking mortgage broker.
      Tanya: You're not you. You're whoever they want you to be.
      Ray: Why can't they just fuck me for me?

    • (discussing sexual boundaries)
      Ray: I'm a normal guy, you know? I'll do normal things. Market me that way.
      Tanya: What's normal?

    • Lenore: Listen, I'm not a romantic. I think like a man. I want to cut the bullshit and get to the fucking. I just need to know your name so I know what to scream when you're banging me.
      Ray: Richard.
      Lenore: Richard. Can I call you... Dick?
      Ray: You can.
      Lenore: I hear you've got a big one.
      Ray: You wanna find out?
      Lenore: Yeah, I do.

    • Ray: (describing the night he spent with Lenore to Tanya) It was exhausting, irritating, emasculating, never-ending, and vaguely pleasant.

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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


    • 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.