And what a perfect time to do an episode on compromise, because Candy is shooting a movie! In the terrific opening scene, Candy is back on the streets she prows herself, shooting guerrilla-style among the gawkers and rats that keep sabotaging her takes. In a rebuke to the clichÃ © of actresses as prima donnas, Lori has no trouble rolling with the punches, but her new star, Lance Mynx, is such a foot bucket that he storms off set on night 1, demanding the star treatment granted to those who refer to themselves in the third person. To him, it's unprofessional to steal shots for a ragtag East Coast production, but Candy does not let him play the buzz kill.
But for now, there's movie magic. Candy's feminist twist on "Little Red Riding Hood" – a wolf who falls prey to a woman's desire, rather than his own violent instincts – is a winner, she's catching breaks from empty subway cars and riverside lookie-loos, and her improvisational style is bringing texture to the backdrop and the dialogue. She's a good director, realizing her vision.  Outtakes:
Among the '70s film references in this episode is a marquee by Harvey Keitel in "Fingers." It's the second Keitel's reference in two weeks – he's starred in "Blue Collar," the movie Larry Brown mimicked – and Keitel's turn on "Mean Streets" with Robert De Niro has always seemed like a model for the Vinnie / Frankie relationship here. "Fingers" is exactly the sort of grimy semi-improvisational New York that Candy's movie evokes. It's just so happens to James Toback, who's facing accusations of serial sexual misconduct. Between that and unearthed revelations about James Franco's allegedly abusive behavior on the set of "Freaks and Geeks," "The Deuce" keeps on colliding with the #MeToo movement.
• Given Dorothy's history under CC's hand, the compromise she is forced to make it over the apartment complex. By settling a dispute between residents and pimps, they're protecting the pimps' business from getting disrupted by calls to the cops. Dorothy has pimps. So she realizes that the roundups punish women more.