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'The Deuce' Season 1 finale recap: A tragic fall and a triumphant rise

'The Deuce' Season 1 finale recap: A tragic fall and a triumphant rise

Never watch a David Simon show expecting a happy ending. But if you want compelling characters with an engrossing storyline, “The Deuce” is the show to watch. This season finale proves it.

“My Name Is Ruby” ends the celebrated first season of “The Deuce” with the rise of one beloved character and the death of another. Simon and his writers have been warning that a sex worker would be murdered, from Lori almost being killed by a sociopathic john posing as a police officer, to Elaine getting assaulted by a john who robs her. Both Elaine and Lori were lucky enough to get off the streets and work in the relatively safe porn industry. Ruby wasn’t so lucky.

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