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The Deuce Recap Season 1, Episode 8, “My Name Is Ruby”

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The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 8, “My Name Is Ruby”

Paul Schiraldi

The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 8, “My Name Is Ruby”

Even without considering its title, it becomes obvious that Ruby (Pernell Walker) will figure heavily in the season finale of The Deuce when we see her walk dejectedly through Times Square midway through “My Name Is Ruby.” Normally prone to holding court under the 42nd Street lights, she’s avoided by pedestrians as though she were a piece of debris. Her thoughtless murder late in the episode is heartbreaking precisely because after weeks of her amicable presence, it’s a shock to see her treated as a disposable thing.

The Deuce Recap Season 1, Episode 2, “Show and Prove”

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The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 2, “Show and Prove”

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The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 2, “Show and Prove”

Officer Chris Alston (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) issues the titular ultimatum of “Show and Prove,” the second episode of The Deuce, to hookers during a farcical street raid: Show a property voucher proving your residence or spend the night in a holding tank. Alston is nonchalant as he demands paperwork allowing him to plausibly overlook the block’s rampant prostitution, and arrest only hookers who don’t pretend to be merely half-nude loiterers. Like paper bags concealing liquor bottles, the vouchers provide a shroud of willful ignorance for the cops who tolerate squalor but not brazenness.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 3, "Four Walls and a Roof"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 3, “Four Walls and a Roof”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 3, “Four Walls and a Roof”

“That could have been us!” Rick (Andrew Lincoln) says about three-quarters of the way through “Four Walls and a Roof,” not long after mercilessly hacking up the group of “hunters” that chowed down on Bob’s (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) leg. It echoes the central questions at the heart of The Walking Dead: What have we become, and what will we become? For Bob, who was secretly bitten during the raid on the food bank, the answer is clear enough, but for Rick, these question hang heavy in the aftermath of his butchering of the cannibals that followed his group out of Terminus. And if nothing else, “Four Walls and a Room” was a startling reminder of just how seriously the series takes murder, even in regard to people who would happily eat your grandmother.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 2, "Strangers"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 2, “Strangers”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 2, “Strangers”

Though there’s no denying the thrilling and unsettling power of the last two to three minutes of “Strangers,” it would be incorrect to label the episode as all build-up. In fact, the image of Gareth (Andrew J. West) chowing down on a hunk of Bob’s (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) leg meat while casually explaining away his barbarism wasn’t even the episode’s most remarkable moment. Rather, it was a short excursion into town to pick up supplies that yielded one of the more emotionally revealing reactions in the aftermath of Terminus and the return of Carol (Melissa McBride).

The Walking Dead Recap Season 4, Episode 13, "Alone"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 13, “Alone”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 13, “Alone”

The Walking Dead is often at its most compelling whenever it stresses the relative silence that’s taken over the world now that the buzz of modern society has been silenced following the zombie apocalypse. One such moment, fleeting but powerful in its implications, dignifies “Alone”: In the midst of an otherwise quiet night, the retching sounds of a nearby walker keep Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) awake at their campsite in the woods. Echoing through the trees, the noise is as constant as the humming of crickets.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 4, Episode 10, "Inmates"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

Since the writers of The Walking Dead have hardly distinguished Beth (Emily Kinney) from other seemingly zombie-bait supporting characters over the past three seasons (the lone difference being that she’s survived over that stretch), her opening monologue that kicks off “Inmates” is somewhat of a surprise. Her voiceover, from a diary entry written before the prison’s destruction, expresses her mild hope in the stability the survivor group has achieved at the compound. This kind of emphasis on a relatively minor character typically hints at his or her demise. And as if that weren’t enough, the accompanying imagery of her and Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) exhausting tribulations in the walker-infested forest is strikingly ominous. However, the episode doesn’t deliver on its portent. In fact, the last time we see Beth, she’s weeping over several mutilated corpses next to a railroad track. The episode returns to this location again, but Beth and Daryl’s journey will likely pick up in coming episodes, as “Inmates” takes shape rather unexpectedly, with four short, open-ended vignettes following different groupings of characters that made it out of the prison.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 4, Episode 5, "Internment"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 5, “Internment”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 5, “Internment”

After last week’s episode of The Walking Dead pulled the proverbial carpet out from underneath our feet, with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) effectively banishing Carol (Melissa McBride) from the prison community, this week’s surprise is who gets to stay. With the focus honed squarely on the ever-worsening quarantined area back at the prison, Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) tireless efforts to keep optimism alive seemed to signal his inevitable demise. After all, the series has a long tradition of giving characters heroic moments before feeding them to walkers. By that logic, with a mounting body count of nameless characters spelling an uprising of walkers that proves too much for Hershel to manage in the isolated cell block, everything seemed to be setting up for old man’s final stand. As is becoming a pattern this season, though, the series dodges the quick emotional punch of losing a major character, apparently in favor of preparing for a more devastating release down the road.