'Ballers' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: "Spencer's Beer Diplomacy"
A Reggie-less episode left us with no wacky hijinks, unless you count Spence and Stink casually talking NFL draft stock while zooming around the Atlantic Ocean at speeds upwards of 70 MPH.
Three other characters had big turning points this episode: Travis Mack had a potentially life-changing Baywatch moment. Joe looked into the eye of the beast and lived to tell the tale. And Ricky might finally understand that maybe his deadbeat dad doesn't have his best interests at heart.
You Had One Job, Charles
Day One as Assistant GM or whatever and Charles is already nervously backing out of his duties, which include cutting his good friends even if their daughters have asthma. Did you not read the job description, Charles? Why are you surprised by this?
That said, a biiiiit of an overreaction from Kovac on this one. Destroying your own property in front of a horrified group of kids at your daughter’s birthday party seems unreasonable. Luckily Charles arrives and smooths it over in literally twenty seconds. Truly, in the time it took you to read this paragraph, Kovac goes from Hulk to Eeyore. That’s The Charles Effect.
Spencer’s Beer Diplomacy
The most peculiar thing about Ballers universe is Mark Schlereth’s position as the sole analyst, commentator, and draft expert on ESPN. You can’t be all three, dude. Mel Kiper barely has time for The Bachelor, I doubt you can squeeze in dolphin fishing during draft season.
Anyway, Travis Mack needs to change the mind of ESPN’s only employee if he has any prayer of being selected in the first round after skipping the NFL Combine. So the obvious solution is to run a 4.58 forty on a deserted island after drinking beers and while wearing jorts. Which he did. And it was electric.
Dennis’ Heel Turn
So strong is the love Ricky has for ex-girlfriend Bella that he’s willing to forgive his father for thirty years of neglect but the moment Dennis refers to Bella as a “piece of ass” Ricky power bombs him into a pile of broken glass. A heartwarming love story if there ever was one.
Before his dad launched a classic concerned parent tweetstorm, Ricky had two fantastic offers on the table: a bunch of money in a cool city, or slightly more money in an awful one. But the Saints didn’t take too kindly to Dennis’ angry old man tweets and pulled their offer, reluctantly accepting the tarmac marching band parade as a sunk cost.
You almost feel bad for Ricky, what with his crumbling relationships and realization that his best days are behind him. Then you take one look at his immaculate beard and remember everything is going to be just fine.
Joe’s Blind Loyalty
Last seen chasing a llama around Vernon Littlefield’s backyard, Joe finds himself downing shots with a beautiful woman, mingling among Miami’s one percent. These are the perks of being wooed by … Andre Allen?
Spencer and Joe’s arch rival financial manager has apparently picked up a Quaalude habit because he’s under the impression Joe is the brains behind the sports operation at Anderson Financial. ‘Don’t let spencer keep you down,” Andre says, apparently unaware of the fact that Joe would be washing windows at intersections if it weren’t for Spencer Strathmore’s mere existence.
For some reason Joe does not instantly accept this misguided offer, and instead decides to snoop around Andre’s office. (I find it hard to believe Andre has a Macbook, by the way. You can tell by the way he holds his champagne glasses that he’s never memorized a computer password in his life.) Of course, Andre catches Joe, because Joe has never gotten away with anything in his life. When Joe declines the opportunity to work with Andre, naturally the financial magnate responds the same way Freddie Prinze Jr. responded after the initial blow-off from Rachel Leigh Cook in She’s All That. |ES|
Ballers airs Sundays at 10 ET on HBO. Denzel Washington's son is in it and he's really good. All images via HBO.