HOLLYWOOD—“Hung” was titled “Mind Bullet” on last Sunday night’s episode. What I enjoyed about this episode was Ray’s time with his kids. Canyon News reader Rene Thurston said last season, “How in the world could any viewer believe those two kids would belong to Jessica and Ray?” On the most recent episode, that question and many others were answered, at least in part. Damon and Darby seem to be just as ill-adjusted and screwed up as their parents. Surely, Rene and other viewers feel the kids are not as attractive as their TV parents, but I think “Hung” writers Colette Burson and Dimitry Lipkin delved into the complexities of their personalities and explained it well.
Spurred by criticism from Damon (Charlie Saxton) and Darby, Ray tried to prove he’s not an insensitive ex-jock. There was a great scene when Ray took the kids jogging, only to be told by his daughter, “Don’t try to fool us, dad. If we weren’t your kids and you were in school with us, we would not be the kind of kids you’d be friends with.” The siblings are dealing with real teenage angst and the actors who portray them are great in their roles.
Seething from the demands of her new boss at work, Tanya turned to Charlie (Lennie James) for advice on how to deal with an even more irritating problem, Lenore. The problem for Tanya is that Charlie keeps giving her such bad advice. If she takes him up on it, she could be held on felony charges.
Many Americans can identify with Jessica as she is feeling the economic strain on her family. Her husband is a dermatologist, and he’s seen his business fall by 40 percent. Jessica’s husband Ronnie has plans to battle their financial situation, but he can’t seem to get his wife on board.
“Hung” is setting up a great triangle between Jessica, her husband and her ex-husbands. The episode was directed by Jennifer Getzinger.
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