A wonderful thing happened on the last episode of “Hung” last night- it became unpredictable.
The episode starts off with Ray Drecker having been stood up by Jemma (Natalie Zea) and it is made crystal clear that Drecker cared for her more than a male gigolo should.
This sub-plot provided something interesting to the series – the chance to see Thomas Jane flex his acting muscles. He added a dramatic level in the episode that was rarely seen by Jane previously. Although the guy has managed to deal with everything in a haphazard matter, Jemma hit a nerve and made the character more real than ever.
A chain of events take place because of that one incident, which leads to an awkward dinner with his ex-wife (Anne Heche) and her new husband. Heche is starting to mold a character in Jessica Haxon that will make you want to see more of her and may be crucial in our understanding of Drecker. It is still impossible to tell if she is crazy or just a deeply sensitive person, but that provides more of a reason to tune in.
When all is said and done, the arc of the character of Drecker will definitely take you into an unexpected, rain soaked, extremely unique twist.
As for America’s favorite madam, Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams) becomes more daring and business savvy. She even finds a client for Drecker that will have you cracking up. However, this is exactly where a series about a male gigolo should be going.
But wait, there’s more: Skagle’s new boyfriend Pierce may seem to be hiding a secret and on a series like this, that mystery will be hard to figure out. A special mention must be made to Adams for doing a topless scene, which is often reserved for the type of woman that one sees on “Baywatch.” Adams is a real woman, rather than the ideal stereotype and it is pretty great that she had the guts to do a scene such as this.
Add all this together and you have a show that is beginning to make good on its potential. “Hung” might have started out a bit limp,but it has definitely risen to the occasion as of late, proving that sometimes a slow start isn’t a bad thing at all.
This week’s episode of “Hung” was great for a few reasons, but the biggest one was seeing Thomas Jane spread out so thin as Ray Drecker that he almost snapped. In spite of that, seeing Tanya there for him with all the stuff that is going on in her life shows how much their relationship has evolved over the course of the season. If you would have asked anyone who had watched the first few episodes of this show a month ago if they thought it could have done what it did this week, they probably would have laughed in your face. Simply put, Drecker is an excellent character that is like a rubber band, he keeps getting pulled every which way and you just have to watch. This week’s episode proved that more than anything else they’ve done with him previously and makes the rest of the season a must watch.
-Patrick Hickey Jr.