The Deuce recap: episode eight – a finale filled with tragedy

Nobody expected a feel-good ending from David Simon, but there was something especially grim about the way this fabulous first season ended

And so the season ends, as many viewers might have suspected, in tragedy. David Simon is not renowned for making feelgood TV; after all, (you’ve seen The Corner, right?). In the final scenes we watch as Ruby, the plus-size prostitute, is murdered by a man who doesn’t want to pay for the sex he had with her, is not frightened by the threat of her pimp and, quite simply, won’t listen to a black woman insist on being treated as a human being.

He shoves her from a high window down on to the street and we see her body lifeless. The drama’s principal characters begin to gather at the scene. Mike complains that Ruby damaged the Hi Hat’s signage on her way down. CC jokes that “the girl was in a hurry”. Vince Martino observes that it’s all par for the course. “It’s The Deuce,” he tells Abbie, like he’s a character from a Roman Polanski film.

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