SisterMagpie Naturally Runkle jerking off loudly in Hank's house is gross the way that the many other public sexual and nudity displays are not.
This. Runkle is always the sexual butt of the joke, as if he's not allowed to have
a sexual side- even though he's far less sleazy in his fashion than Hank or most anyone else on this show who is, to put it bluntly, better looking than Evan Handler. After all, if he's a little twisted or desperate for sex... it's largely because he doesn't have every. single. woman. on. the. planet. throwing themselves at him as does Hank "Spanish Fly" Moody. I do like that he's having a good time with the nanny- and for once is apparently a sexual dynamo instead of a laughing stock- but that whole plotline is obviously on a ticking clock, as she's transparently using him for money and connections. Which... since we know he ultimately doesn't care, is a situation with no actual dramatic tension, only an excuse to show ol' whatsherface naked, repeatedly.
Haven't even watched tonight's episode, but had had the last three sitting on my DVR for weeks and finally watched them today with very liberal use of fast-forward. Don't think I missed much. The whole "Tyler's a good guy!" reveal had me guffawing in a way the writers surely did not intend. That kid is pure sleaze, so much so that while I can't recall where I've seen him before, I actually now hate
the actor himself (I have the same problem watching the otherwise enjoyable "Shameless" because after some friends and I foolishly watched "Invisible" without realizing what teenage dreck it was, I've had a hate-on for Justin Chatwin
This character is a tall, conventionally good looking Dirk Nowitzski clone who has acted terribly in this show, and we're supposed to suddenly adore him because he has two moms (one of whom committed assault on Hank Moody, not that Hank ever stands up for himself
)? What, as if having a politically correct parentage absolves you of your sins and behavior? As has been hashed out repeatedly on this thread, the way this show treats Hank- and the way the characters never give him a fair shake, even blaming him for things that are their fault- is tiresome at best and criminally inept writing at worst. Also, Tyler's perpetual smirk and grin, while no doubt supposed to evoke a certain "young Moody" charm, instead only reminds me that while Moody is a sleaze, he is at least a witty and literate sleaze. This little punk is just some privileged douchebag with far more looks than sense... oh wait, with the wave of a magic pen, now suddenly he's a Moody-esque literary genius and enfant terrible
! Oh, and look, he defended Hank that one time in front of Stripperzilla... he must surely be a prince among men! (An aside: why did the stripper even show up? She'd surely just keep the wallet from what we saw of her character, making Bates come get it if he needed it... unless she decided driving through the notorious traffic, all the way across LA, just to fuck with some people is her idea of a good time.
). As has been noted, it's quite amazing how forgiving everyone but Bates and Moody are about the kid who unquestionably cheated on Becca and who intentionally pushed Bates off the wagon.
And honestly, while Hank has said
he didn't intend for Tyler to get beaten by Samurai's crew... Tyler sure is awful fucking flippant about trying to constantly rile up Hank given that he was, y'know, hospitalized
. Unless this guy gets beaten up all the time and is used to it, you'd think he'd be far more cautious around Hank given that Mr. Moody sure does have a way of easily rolling in with some tough characters. Oh, and the Moms would surely have gotten word of the incorrect but prevailing story about Hank's pals beating their only child right into the hospital, and been a wee
bit less welcoming.
Basically, the show has had no point for several seasons, and like that nightmare "Entourage", exists only to be DVR'ed, and then fast forward to the parts with the tits. It might have redeemed itself if Moody had successfully killed himself, or stayed in NY with a whole new crew (which gave a little life, oddly, to the past season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
), but since we're just tiredly rehashing the same plotline over and over.