Alongside meeting Bruce and Ray’s dad, Ray finally gets around to trying to take out Vinnie, and we learn what makes Gary such an asset.
|Introduced This Episode|
|Kate Hall||Mirrah Foulkes|
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Things & People Ray Would Rather Leave In The Past: Ray, Freddy, Bill, Kate, Bruce
As Ray revealed to Ally, when they were together, he isn’t necessarily close with his father, Bill. He was one of many who made his childhood hard so when Bruce visits him, Ray just stays in the car until he is needed. And to further illustrate the distance between them, Bill didn’t seem to know Brittany existed.
But while you’d think dealing with your estranged father would be the worst thing, Freddy ups the ante by pushing Ray to meet with a woman named Kate. She is the daughter of one of Freddy’s friends, and, unfortunately for Ray, she has been informed he is a criminal. The kind that does hits, and that puts Ray in a very uncomfortable mindset since she wants to write a true crime book, record Ray’s stories, and asking him to be this vulnerable is hard.
Mind you, it isn’t just the idea of opening up to a stranger and allowing them to document what he says. Lest we forget, Ray is still reeling from a breakup, dealing with Bruce’s health issues, and trying to get into the mindset needed to kill someone he knows well and is nice to him. So this stranger asking questions, poking and prodding, it isn’t what he needs right now.
Conversations With Friends & Family: Britt, Bruce, Gary, Ray
What are words which sort of tickle your brain? Did you ever wonder who the hero or villain in Jack and The Beanstalk is? Ray, between Britt, Bruce, and Gary, has his usual odd conversations that only a show like Mr. Inbetween would have filmed.
If You Fail Once, You Better Try Again Soon: Vinnie, Gary, Ray
Ray finally tries to fulfill his contract and kill Vinnie, but he fails. He gets picked up on a camera/ sensor, and the only kill he gets is one of Vinnie’s family’s dogs. Leading us to understand what purpose Gary has beyond being Ray’s eccentric friend – he is one hell of a driver. For when things go south, he is speeding on a dirt road without freaking out or hesitation and helps Ray get away before they get seen or killed.
Other Noteworthy Facts, Moments, and Random Thoughts
- Brittany is 9
While Ray’s hitman side gets better by the episode, the sell when it comes to Mr. Inbetween is truly tapping into the dissonance between imagining a killer like Ray being a good father and having normal everyday conversations. The show truly forces you to realize, even if someone had a bad childhood, was poor, and disadvantaged, and thus decided to pursue a career in crime, it doesn’t make them a terrible person. Morally ambiguous? To a point, yes. However, as shown by Ray not hurting that pregnant woman in the last episode and his hesitation to shoot Vinnie in front of his mother, he isn’t a monster.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 2, Episode 4 “Monsters”||As Mr. Inbetween improves capturing your interest on the hitman side, it almost seems they have found a way to make both sides to Ray compelling.|
|Season 2, Episode 5 “Can’t Save You”||At Christmas, Ray suffers two loses. One minor, one greater, and it makes the upcoming new year all the more difficult.|
|Season 2, Episode 6 “Let Me Stop You There”||What does a killer with a broken heart do? Well, seek ways for cathartic release – that’s how.|
|Season 2, Episode 3 “I Came From Your Balls?”||Brit gets the sex talk, and Ray learns Davros has a brother and accidentally ends up in a conversation with his mark.|
|Season 2, Episode 2 “Don’t Be a Dickhead”||Mr. Inbetween doesn’t feature a murder this week, but Bruce triggers something which makes Ray willing to open up to Ally about a dark time in his life.|
|Season 2, Episode 1 “Shoulda Tapped” [Season Premiere]||Mr. Inbetween returns and between an issue Britt has at school and one of Ray’s employers trying to be cheap, it’s same ole, same ole.|
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.
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.
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.
Ally begins to see Ray as we see him, and it makes her a bit more cautious when it comes to dating him.
Gary proves himself to be the dump truck which keeps dropping crap on Ray’s life.
Freddy and Gary make mistakes which Ray finds himself having to handle. Both of which could have been preventable.
While the thug side of Mr. Inbetween is generic, the lead's personal life, like being a father, compensates enough to perhaps hook viewers.