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Maggie Gyllenhaal emerges as a highlight of The Deuce's formidable cast with one of her very best performances.
Eileen's story is too vivid for viewers to forget, but Vincent and Frankie don't have to see past the closed door. But viewers can learn so much from these stories by acknowledging what Vincent refuses to.
A lot of this week's episode of The Deuce is set-up for what's to come later on. Luckily, The Deuce isn't the kind of show for which that's an indictment.
... a shocking and well-crafted episode that reveals the very real risks and downsides of the life of a sex worker.
With "What Kind of Bad," The Deuce passes the halfway mark of the its first season. All the sets are staged for smooth-running rough trade that captures all angles.
The Deuce is undergoing a revolution. On every layer of the seedy midtown industry, things are changing.
One of the strongest ideas in The Deuce so far, though, is that the line between people who do sex work or other illegal things and people who don't isn't always so clear.
It can be hard to watch the continual degradation of Candy, the freest, wildest spirit on the Deuce. Even if she's not entirely likable, you root for her.
There, finally, is a potential light at the end of the very dark tunnel Candy's been moving through so far. It's that chance at escape - at something better - that she, like so many in The Deuce, has been craving.
The scene between Eileen and Rodney is the emotional centerpiece of the episode.
The Deuce paints a bleak portrait at times, but it also includes moments like this one that show people simply being themselves, unencumbered by life, even if it's just for a moment.