The Deuce (2017– )
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As "Red Hot" premieres, Candy, Harvey and Frankie get caught between competing investors; Vincent and Abby must deal with an unexpected loss; Paul turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod's dream; Darlene comes clean.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Larry Brown
Chris Bauer ... Bobby Dwyer
Gary Carr ... C.C. (credit only)
Chris Coy ... Paul Hendrickson
Dominique Fishback Dominique Fishback ... Donna 'Darlene' Pickett
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Chris Alston
Luke Kirby ... Gene Goldman
Margarita Levieva ... Abigail 'Abby' Parker
Emily Meade ... Lori Madison
Jamie Neumann ... Dorothy 'Ashley' Spina (credit only)
Michael Rispoli ... Rudy Pipilo
David Krumholtz ... Harvey Wasserman
Method Man ... Rodney (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)


"Red Hot" premieres as Candy, Harvey and Frankie get caught between competing investors. Vincent and Abby must deal with an unexpected loss. Lori is affraid to go to L.A. without C.C.'s permission. Paul turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod's Dreams. Darlene comes clean. Written by Martin Gauthier

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4 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Candy leaves her parents' house the hydrant visible outside (Johnny pump in Brooklyn) has a guardrail on both sides of the hydrant. In the 1970s and '80s, they didn't exist in NY. See more »


The episode is set in the summer of 1978. At one point Harvey reads a newspaper with a date from August of that year. Joey plays a "Mystery Achievement" by the Pretenders in the Jukebox. That song wasn't released until 1980. See more »


Features The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »


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Writtene by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Potentially strong episode marred by sentimentality
14 November 2018 | by michaelangellcanfieldSee all my reviews

With the exception of the cold open, the first half of this episode is great. The season really starts to wrap up nicely, with strong, emotional and intriguing plot developments. In the second half a growing trend in the Deuce starts to happen: the show starts to "give the audience what they want." "Good" characters succeed, "middle" characters seem to learn lessons and/or get a little burned, and "bad" characters are softened or get theirs (as is a continuation from last episode). Gone is season 1's Wire-esque feeling of a glimpse into a gnarly part of Real Life, where the audience doesn't know when we'll be heartbroken and when and we'll be shown the rare occasion of a life dramatically changing, and when we'll see characters' situations just perpetuating themselves into an unknown future. Sure, minor characters show these tendencies, but the show pulled back from presenting something gritty in favor of a safer route, maybe to survive itself into a third season.

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