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American Gigolo Episode 2 Recap: Working Man

Theres more plot packed into that one bout of American Gigolo compared to the original American Gigolo film within its entirety. Thats neither a very important thing nor a negative thing, actually it just is what it really is. Primarily, it serves as a reminder that David Hollanders American Gigolo and Paul Schraders American Gigolo have little in keeping aside from the title, the idea at its most elementary level, and an exceptionally handsome brown-eyed man in the lead. Which, as the saying goes, is an excellent start.


In this episode, we watch the continuing adventures of Julian Kaye as he readjusts alive externally after spending 15 years behind bars for a crime he didnt commit. The action (pun intended) accumulates right where in fact the pilot left off: with Julians old friend Isabelle, no more the tiny girl he used to play Operation with at her aunt Olgas big poolside parties, slapping him and growling at him (hot stuff!) and practically forcing him to fuck her, despite his bodys obvious discomfort with the problem.

He winds up fleeing the scene, and then discover Olga being spirited from the home by an unknown assistant and his old buddy Lorenzo explaining that Isabelle ordered him never to tell Julian that Olga was sick. He also discovers that Detective Sunday is tailing him; she mentions that the true killer said he was hired by someone named Keane, which Julian interprets as a garbling of Queen, Olgas one-time title.

That leads us to arguably this episodes greatest pleasure: The easy sight of an alternately sad and smiling Jon Bernthal rambling around LA along with his inimitable swaying gait. He strolls the beach and a stray dog follows him around. He searches for a flat and employment and winds up finding both by using a vintage prison buddy (Donte Johnson) and a landlord (Yolonda Ross) ready to give him the opportunity.


Meanwhilehoo boy, there are always a couple of meanwhiles. Michelle and her awful husband Richard are on the search for their son and the teacher who abducted him; in desperation, and hoping of beating her husbands goons with their quarry, she even reaches out to the teachers estranged husband for help.

Olgas handler, Guy (Lothaire Bluteau), sneaks in to the records room of an exclusive school, steals a file folder, and plants it in Julians car. It includes home elevators Lisa Beck (Taylor Blackwell), whom we learn via flashback was Julians legit girlfriend if they were teenagers.

After a distressing but very funny run-in with Guy, whose name she insists on mispronouncing, Detective Sunday gets a warrant to find Olgas house. (Theres a short aside where she’s a similarly unpleasant run-in with the receptionist at her gym, overladen with weird and delightful sexual tension.) However when she gets there, the home has been ransacked both Guy and Olga have already been shot to death and the telephone is ringing, because Julian is calling lots left by Guy on the file folder, and the quantity was Olgas for reasons uknown.

On the way we also understand how Julian and Michelle initially met: She tried to employ him to seduce a lonely friend of hers, and he finished up seducing her instead.


What Ive learned from reading a little bit of other peoples reactions to American Gigolo it show is that we now have folks nowadays who arent thinking about watching Jon Bernthal strut around L.A. while being sexy and melancholy. Couldnt be me! Its hard for me personally to imagine a far more telegenic main character than Bernthal, his face all raw power, his eyes all bleeding soul, his body a machine this time around one built for sex instead of violence, since it was in The Punisher and We Own This City. His performance fascinates me, that is more than I could say for other more prominent shows currently. Lets see where he rambles to next.

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) writes about TV for Rolling Stone, Vulture, THE BRAND NEW York Times, and anyplace which will have him, really. He and his family go on Long Island.

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