Season 1 Episode 9

This Is America; Fifty Bucks

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 30, 2009 on HBO
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Episode Summary

After a satisfied client expresses no intent of reacquiring Ray's services, Tanya is disappointed and later begins to pitch their business to her co-workers. Damon hangs out after school with his bisexual friend in detention. Ray chances upon Lenore at the mall and receives lessons in branding.moreless

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  • Detention and Like a New Suit: A Ray Drecker Story

    After a solid client no longer wants Ray's services Tanya happens upon getting an idea of asking her coworkers if they would like a discounted sample of her ho-boy. Of course, Horny Patty partakes and likes what she has. Ray runs into Lenore and gets a make over after handling detention in which Damon and his bisexual friend hang out even though he didn't have detention. Good direction with Damon's character hopefully in the future they will see him explore more with this "friend" of his. Darby is back with Hammer again, of course and we begin to see Ray must choose between Tanya or Lenore.moreless
  • Lots of revelations in this episode.

    I want to start by saying I have watched this show since its inception but have yet to write a review for it; that was until tonight's episode. Ray finds out he is a gay father (Damon); Tanya tests the market for her business' services among her colleagues at work; Jessica ends up getting advice from Lenore, but, what Lenore really wants, is to almost steal ray away from Lenore.

    I loved this episode. It was, in my opinion, the strongest of the season. Ray's relationship with Lenore and with Tanya made this episode a solid 9.0. Seeing Tanya go to any lengths possible to get more business for Ray and seeing Lenore essentially fake her way into a friendship with Ray's ex-wife (the wonderful Anne Heche), Jessica, and tries to shake up the business relationship with Ray and Tanya. An excellent episode leading up to next week's season finale!moreless
Joshua Leonard

Joshua Leonard


Guest Star

David Lewis (V)

David Lewis (V)

Powell Wheaton

Guest Star

Darlene Hunt

Darlene Hunt


Guest Star

Lauren Weedman

Lauren Weedman

Horny Patty

Recurring Role

Rebecca Creskoff

Rebecca Creskoff


Recurring Role

Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: As Jessica and Ronnie talk about their financial situation while Damon and Darby are rock climbing, Ronnie's arms alternate between being folded and straight out on the table as the camera angle changes back and forth. The climbers in the background also appear and disappear in different shots.

    • Fifty Bucks:

      Ray ended up earning $50 (as "Big Donnie") in the pilot at his first outing as a male prostitute ("Big Donnie"). At the time, he accepted it gladly (albeit it was an amount given to him by "Sugar" who wouldn't even open the door because she "changed her mind").

      Now, both Ray and Tanya call $50 insulting.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lenore: Stop it.
      Jessica: Stop what?
      Lenore: Stop handing out your love like you're a tenth grade slut. Stop letting your kids and your husband walk all over you. Repeat after me: I have the power. Say it.
      Jessica: Oh...uh...
      Lenore: Say it.
      Jessica: (quietly) I have the power.
      Lenore: Say it again.
      Jessica: I have the power.
      Lenore: I don't believe you.
      Jessica: (yelling) I have the mother f*cking power!!

    • Ray: (to Tanya) I promised my kids they could move back in. This two grand from Jemma is a drop in the bucket. This house, it's not gonna fix itself. I mean, who do I have to f*ck around here to get my kids back?

    • Damon: Powell's not into labels, Dad. And quite frankly, neither am I.
      Ray: Okay, Damester. (voice-over) Now, I'm not above admitting George Clooney is a handsome man, but this was a whole other thing. Damon and I, we used to tell each other everything.

    • Patty: (referring to Ray) Well, having sex with that guy is like doing coke. Cause it's expensive, but you really want it, so you buy it and then you get this huge awesome rush.
      Tanya: That's a good thing, right? A huge awesome rush.
      Patty: But then you come down from your high and you're broke and you feel even lonelier and more pathetic than you did before and you wanna kill yourself.
      Tanya: So I guess you won't be interested in our bi-monthly package?

    • Tanya: Ray, I don't think it sounds right when you say, 'My kid's a gay.' Just, 'My kid's gay.'

    • Tanya: (making a sales pitch) I know the economy is collapsing, but heck, when you look back at your life, do you really want to say to yourself, 'Damn it! I was such a fuddy-duddy. I never once paid for sex. Not even once!'

    • Lenore: Listen, not all women can come from just dick alone.
      Ray: I haven't heard any complaints.
      Lenore: That you know of.

    • Lenore: You don't need to like the lady. You just need to... like the cash.

    • Lenore: I'm taking a little survey. Can you have an orgasm from just cock or do you need a guy to go down on you to get off?
      Jessica: I can't answer that.
      Lenore: I've asked a bunch of my clients. Seems like the ratio is 60-40 tongue to dick. Well?
      Jessica: Tongue helps.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Ray: Now, I'm not above admitting George Clooney is a handsome man, but this was a whole other thing.

      A-list Hollywood celebrity George Clooney has twice been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive (1997 and 2006). He appeared in the movie The Thin Red Line with Thomas Jane (Ray).