Mr. Inbetween: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Pee Pee Guy” [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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While the gangster side of Mr. Inbetween is generic, us watching the lead play father, brother, and guy who has no game with ladies helps give it something to hook viewers.


Network
FX
Creator Scott Ryan
Director(s) Nash Edgerton
Writer(s) Scott Ryan
Air Date 9/25/2018
Genre(s) Drama, Action, Comedy
Good If You Like Gangsters With A Heart of Gold

The Idea Of Watching A Show Which Comes Off Like A Grand Theft Auto Mission

Noted Actors
Ray Scott Ryan
Britt Chika Yasumura
Bruce Nicholas Cassim

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The Introduction

Ray is but a simple man. In fact, he’ll come off kind of familiar. If only because the way Ray is sculpted will remind you of many a GTA lead character or a supporting one. For while, yes, he is a gangster, he is also a man with a family. Well, one who used to have a family. Now all he has is his dog Boof, daughter Britt, and brother Bruce. His wife has moved onto some man named Quintin and Ray? Well, he’s rusty. So rusty that even with Boof helping him encounter women, he just can’t seal the deal.

But hey, at least he is good at his job.

On The Fence

The Only Thing Which Makes Ray Seem Different Is His Family & Lack of Game

When it comes to the gangster side of Ray, a lot of what he does seems generic. His main contact is at a strip club, he hurts people and takes their money, likes driving a fast car, and has to help his idiot friends out of messes they make. You get why there is a GTA comparison? But, what helps Mr. Inbetween is seeing Ray struggle with dating after his ex, helping to take care of his daughter, and having a cute relationship with his brother Bruce. Someone who seems to have some motor issues. However, with Ray treating him without babying him, it crafts a sweet relationship.

Yet, I can’t say the generic quality of Ray’s gangster life is balanced out by his personal life.

First Impression: Mixed (Stick Around)

Scott Ryan as Ray in Mr. Inbetween.

If Ray’s life as a gangster picks up with more interesting peers or jobs, this could become a series to watch. However, dealing with collecting money, teaching people who can’t handle his boss’ money a lesson, and Ray just generally feeling like someone who doesn’t do the life-threatening work? That might not be enough. For while seeing this thug hang with his brother and daughter, struggle with dating, and feeling lonely is weird, in a good way, I can’t say that is going to make this something to watch. At least week to week. Even with the iffy gangster side of Ray’s life, Mr. Inbetween comes off bingeable.



Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Mr. InBetween: Season 1 – Recap/ Review

While the first season of Mr. Inbetween failed to find a sweet spot between the gangster and dad, it still made for one hell of a first season.

Season 1/ Episode 5 "Hard Worker"

Ray ends up in a bit of trouble this episode. However, both times, he shows he isn’t a simple hitman and makes a smart decision.

Season 1/ Episode 6 "Your Mum's Got a Strongbox"

How did Ray get away with his hands in bondage and stuck in a trunk? Well, it is mostly due to luck and dealing with idiots.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “On Behalf of Society”

Ally begins to see Ray as we see him, and it makes her a bit more cautious when it comes to dating him.

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Captain Obvious”

Gary proves himself to be the dump truck which keeps dropping crap on Ray’s life.

Season 1/ Episode 2 "Unicorns Know Everybody’s Name"

Freddy and Gary make mistakes which Ray finds himself having to handle. Both of which could have been preventable.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Pee Pee Guy”

While the thug side of Mr. Inbetween is generic, the lead's personal life, like being a father, compensates enough to perhaps hook viewers.


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