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'The Deuce' Episode 2 recap: 'Show and Prove'

'The Deuce' Episode 2 recap: 'Show and Prove'

Last week’s pilot of “The Deuce” delved into the seedy business world of bartending and prostitution. One is illegal and frowned upon, but as David Simon expertly shows, the two aren’t so different. Both have sketchy, violent clients, both rake in a decent amount cash, and both use bookkeeping more than you’d expect. It was a strong start to the much anticipated show of “The Wire” creator and Baltimore Sun alum.

Episode 2, titled “Show and Prove,” followed up by delivering a lackluster plotline for ambitious bartender Vinny. But where it really shined was when Simon and crew introduce us to the lurid, yet enticing world of working in the pornography business.

“This could be...