Scoop: Coming Up on THE DEUCE on HBO
Episode #13 (season 2, episode 5): "All You'll Be Eating Is Cannibals"
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Temporarily flush with cash, Frankie (James Franco) is tapped by Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to be a co-producer on "Red Hot." Lori (Emily Meade) eyes a plum role in the film, but still feels the burden of C.C.'s (Gary Carr) yoke. With Rudy's (Michael Rispoli) blessing, Big Mike (Mustafa Shakir) and Black Frankie (Thaddeus Street) hit a gambling house in the Bronx. Bobby (Chris Bauer) finds himself stigmatized at home and at the Hi-Hat after a surprise raid overseen by Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.).
Paul (Chris Coy) encounters resistance to his elaborate renovation plans. Out of rehab, Shay (Kim Director) is convinced to move in with a nurturing Irene (Robeta Colindrez). As she and Abby (Margarita Levieva) deliver on their promise to provide medical care to sex workers, Ashley (Jamie Neumann) decides to confront her past...and doesn't blink.
Written by Richard Price & Carl Capotorto; directed by Zetna Fuentes.
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) shoots her opus guerilla-style on the streets of New York. Vincent (James Franco) makes a confession to Abby (Margarita Levieva), along with a promise to change. Ashley (Jamie Neumann) and Abby help a prostitute escape the Deuce, with a little help from Vincent. Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe) gets a promotion. Paul (Chris Coy) celebrates the opening of his new upscale club. Bobby (Chris Bauer) turns to Vincent to find work for his wayward eldest son, Joey (Michael Gandolfini).
Written by Megan Abbott & Stephani DeLuca; directed by Susanna White. Episode #15 (season 2, episode 7): "The Feminism Part"
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Trapped by his own success, Vincent (James Franco) envisions an idyllic rural life with Abby (Margarita Levieva). Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is frustrated by her mob backers' misogyny and weighs telling her son, Adam (Mikey Moughan), what she really does for a living. Shay (Kim Director) reverts to form, to Irene's (Robeta Colindrez) dismay. Joey (Michael Gandolfini) falls in love. Darlene (Dominique Fishback) deals with unexpected news. Lori (Emily Meade) hits a roadblock in her quest for adult-film stardom. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) faces a dilemma involving his old partner, Flanagan (Don Harvey). Paul (Chris Coy) and Kenneth (Michael Stahl-David) arrive at a crossroads.
Written by Will Ralston; directed by Tricia Brock. Episode #16 (season 2, episode 8): "Nobody Has to Get Hurt"
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Rudy (Michael Rispoli) and Matty the Horse (Garry Pastore) buy Lori (Emily Meade) away from C.C. (Gary Carr), who has a back-end agenda. Abby (Margarita Levieva), Dave (Sebastian Arcelus) and Loretta (Sepideh Moafi) warn Ashley (Jamie Neumann) about the dangers of her aggressive activism. Goldman (Luke Kirby) shares his plans for cleaning up THE DEUCE with Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.). Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is reunited with a girl from his past. Vincent (James Franco) turns to his father (Armand Assante) for relationship advice. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) puts the finishing touches on "Red Hot" in advance of its premiere.
Written by George Pelecanos; directed by Tanya Hamilton. The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.
THE DEUCE was created by George Pelecanos and David Simon; executive producers, George Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina K. Noble and James Franco; co-executive producer, Richard Price.