From IGN by Amanda Sloane Murray - Source
August 10, 2009 - Ray begins a secret relationship with Jemma, leaving an increasingly frustrated Tanya out of the loop. Tanya attempts to keep her pimp hand strong by confronting Jemma at work, but winds up losing her cool and her best client. Jessica and her Dr. Ruth-resembling mom snoop through Ronnie's files and discover he's lost close to a million dollars in the stock market. And everyone shows up to Ray's high school basketball game, but it's Jemma who catches his eye and inspires him to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory.
This was a weird episode. Both Ray and Tanya seem to lose the plot this week, and all the strides that they made over the last two episodes, renewing their determination to become successful "happiness consultants," have come to naught. Tanya's social awkwardness seems to be getting worse, not better, while Ray, inexplicably, has decided to put his job, his family and his new business partnership on the line by inviting Jemma into his real life behind Tanya's back.
Ray booking dates with a client on the sly is the kind of thing you'd expect him to do further down the road - not at this early point, when he's still learning the ropes and trying to establish a clientele. Telling Jemma where he works and inviting her to one of his games is a flat out dumb move, and makes no sense considering how much Ray has to lose right now - it's like inviting your weed dealer to your kid's piano recital because he shares your appreciation for classical music.
Sure, we get that Ray digs Jemma, and that he sees her as his first shot at a real relationship since Jessica left him - but it's also foolish for him to cross the line from business to personal relationship so quickly, and we never see him struggle with the decision to do so. I imagine this will come back to bite him in future episodes, especially considering he's still taking her money.
Tanya continues to have terrible interpersonal relationships with pretty much everyone, and seems to have no interest in learning how to become a better pimp. It's too bad Lenore has disappeared off the show, because she has the killer instincts Tanya lacks and could teach her a few valuable lessons.
See now, that would be an interesting arc to watch. Not like Tanya would have to become Iceberg Slim or anything, but seriously, girl, like how about investing in a few business outfits? Doing a little management research? Not accosting people at their apartments or their workplace looking like you just left your knitting group for the socially infirm? Ouch, she's hard to watch. I guess it's a testament to how good an actress Jane Adams is that it's so consistently painful to see Tanya get stomped on, and come crawling back, every single week.
If there's one storyline that's moving forward, it's Jessica and Ronnie's - it'll be interesting to see what Jess does now that she's begun to realize leaving Ray for this guy might have been a bad idea. Anne Heche is doing her damnedest to give this character some redeeming qualities, and her mom's pretty hilarious too.
The twins, especially Darby, continue to suck - though Damon has a likable moment when running into Tanya at the basketball game. She tells him he's funny, and he does that teen thing where he gets all awkward/blushy about it. These two have a similar mousy vibe going, and a friendship between the two of them might be enjoyable. Tanya could use the confidante.
In general, a frustrating episode with some sincere and enjoyable moments - especially at the basketball game - but also lot of pointless stupidity. Previews for next week hint at something brewing between Ray and Koontz's hot wife, so we can expect some good fireworks. HBO and the creators of The Riches owe us better than Hung is delivering.