'The Deuce' season 2 episode 8: Frankie brings the hammer down on C.C while freeing Lori from him
However, after this episode, there are a lot of things to set straight before the finale and especially when they have planned a time jump for the final season, season three.
'The Deuce' episode titled 'Nobody Has to Get hurt' released on October 28 and it ended with the Martino brothers, Vincent Martino aka Vinnie, and Frankie Martino aka Frankie (James Franco) taking up arms against their enemies. Vinnie comes on Rudy (Michael Rispoli) and Tommy's (Daniel Sauli) orders, who seek revenge for the attempt on their lives. Vinnie was in the middle of capping a man who possibly was connected with the shooting in the drive-by, which somehow left everyone unharmed. Vinnie couldn't bring himself to do it and at the end of the episode we see, Frankie taking the hammer back to C.C.'s (Gary Carr) head and finishing the job that Bobby (Chris Bauer) started while C.C. tries to take money "in perpetuity" for Lori's (Emily Meade) work.
The Martino brothers were not very aggressive but they have been slowly drawn to the other side by the gangsters who run the Deuce and have corrupted them to the end that they will kill to protect themselves and their turf. This has been documented by the show consciously. The worst thing about Vinnie is that he is a passive guy who floats through life with no responsibility in particular and for Frankie, he is a guy who just ends up in the wrong side of the gun, in incidents like these. But now, they are on the side of violence.
The name of the episode is taken from Rudy's dialogue when he enters into a deal with Matthew Ianniello (Garry Pastore) to get the rights for Lori. At this time Rudy says, "This is fun", "Nobody has to get hurt." However, everybody is getting hurt especially those who are not a part of this deal. Lori might be freeing herself from the violent pimp C.C. but is getting herself in business with two of New York City's crime families and all of this happens, without even her being there for the deal.
The last part of the episode just was setting the stage for the finale, while returning to the hurt souls like C.C who felt really dumb for making a cheap offer for his golden goose. In order to overcome the feeling, C.C. brags about his business to other pimps and treats Lori to one last sex session where she is treated like a cheap prostitute rather than the golden goose that she is. At the airport when C.C. tells Lori, “Don’t you know you’re always going to be mine?”, she freezes as he might have sold her rights but he still owned her mentally.
Barbara (Kayla Foster) may have made a ghostly appearance but there was more pain in it. Barbara, who was one of Larry's (Gbenga Akinnagbe) former streetwalkers arrived at Leon's (Anwan Glover) dinner after her long stint at the prison, where Larry never contacted her once. She was in the mood to confront him and take every penny for her suffering since she has nothing to lose. Whereas for Dorothy (Jamie Neumann), her mission to free the women from their pimps, did not see it end as she is unwilling to consider the danger of her tricks. She might have escaped the clutches of the world but is imprisoned in a way different than mere locks and chains and this imprisonment might last forever.
However, after this episode, there are a lot of things to set straight before the finale and especially when they have planned a time jump for the final season, season three. Now that C.C. is dead, it could bring in the investigation but not necessarily considering C.C. was murdered in a mob-hi it won't make it to the top priority list for the cops. Although, hats off to the creators for not letting go of C.C.'s character until the last moment. He will be in Lori's head much like she was in his. We will have to watch the finale episode of 'The Deuce' to see where we are headed for the final season of the show. The next episode titled 'Inside the Pretend' airs on November 4.