Ray finds himself confronted with loss this episode as Kate pushes him, and being confronted with a death he can’t say isn’t personal.
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How Can You Be So Heartless?: Kate, Ray
Separating a soldier that kills and a hitman that does is a bit difficult for Kate. However, for Ray, being in the military and killing someone and doing it in his home country doesn’t have much of a difference. Yet, being that Kate is a bit judgey, she pokes, prods, and tries to push Ray to see things her way. Making their interaction, as it was before, an annoyance that Ray may only put up with due to Freddy and for the sake of conversation.
It’s Just Business: Vinnie, Ray, Gary
Ray finally gets around to killing Vinnie, and it isn’t dragged out. Along with Gary, they take him to the airport, and while there is a conversation on the way there, dealing with Vinnie thinking he wouldn’t last so long, and asking Ray if he is haunted by those he killed, it doesn’t make things harder. Ray shoots him once to take him out then shoots him a second time to make sure he is dead. Thus leading to Vinnie possibly being added to the people who haunt Ray.
Until It’s Personal: Dirk, Ray, Freddy
After Dirk gets too rough with a loyal customer, Freddy tells Ray he has to fire Dirk. This leads to, in what seemed like retaliation, Dirk robbing Freddy. However, in the long run, it seemed like Dirk was looking for someone to off him. But with Ray trying to get him moved to somewhere people couldn’t get him and not give him the result he wanted, Dirk decided just to fall off a cliff to end it.
That leaves Ray, at the top of the cliff, crying over his friend.
The Wear & Tear Of The Hitman Life
In a past recap, there was a comment made about people like Ray, those who likely aren’t going to rise to the upper echelon of the criminal underground, and while it didn’t click then, it does now. I’d even say, after giving Ray’s criminal side an eye-roll for most of the series, it has finally caught up to being on par with his fatherhood side. Why? Well, because it is now meaningful.
Episode kills to me, of people who may haunt Ray but are entirely forgettable, just weren’t impactful. However, Vinnie took nearly a whole season to take out, and while Ray didn’t kill Dirk, being there for his death broke Ray. At least, it broke him in the sense I thought we’d only see him cry over a man if it was Bruce’s death. So to see him cry over Dirk, it makes you wonder, between that and Kate, will Ray start to contemplate his life more?
Granted, he has made it clear he doesn’t have any real intentions of getting out of the game, either because of the money or feeling trapped. However, there is this vibe he may start doing something different in his life now. I can’t say what but, to much joy, this season has more episodes than the last, so we’ll find out.
|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.