There’s extra plot packed into this one episode of American Gigolo than the unique American Gigolo movie contained in its entirety. That’s neither factor nor a foul factor, thoughts you — it simply is what it’s. Primarily, it serves as a reminder that David Hollander’s American Gigolo and Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo have little in widespread moreover the title, the idea at its most elementary stage, and a particularly good-looking brown-eyed man within the lead. Which, as they are saying, is an effective begin.


In this episode, we watch the persevering with adventures of Julian Kaye as he readjusts to life on the surface after spending 15 years behind bars for a criminal offense he didn’t commit. The motion (pun meant) picks up proper the place the pilot left off: with Julian’s outdated good friend Isabelle, now not the little lady he used to play Operation with at her aunt Olga’s massive poolside events, slapping him and growling at him (sizzling stuff!) and virtually forcing him to fuck her, regardless of his physique’s apparent discomfort with the scenario. 

He winds up fleeing the scene, solely to find Olga being spirited away from the home by an unknown assistant and his outdated buddy Lorenzo explaining that Isabelle ordered him to not inform Julian that Olga was sick. He additionally discovers that Detective Sunday is tailing him; she mentions that the true killer stated he was employed by somebody named “Keane,” which Julian interprets as a garbling of “Queen,” Olga’s one-time title. 

Which leads us to arguably this episode’s biggest pleasure: The easy sight of an alternately unhappy and smiling Jon Bernthal rambling round Los Angeles together with his inimitable swaying gait. He strolls the seashore and a stray canine follows him round. He appears for an condominium and a job and winds up discovering each with the assistance of an outdated jail buddy (Donte Johnson) and a landlord (Yolonda Ross) keen to present him an opportunity.


Meanwhile…hoo boy, there are a bunch of meanwhiles. Michelle and her terrible husband Richard are on the hunt for his or her son and the instructor who kidnapped him; in desperation, and in hopes of beating her husband’s goons to their quarry, she even reaches out to the instructor’s estranged husband for assist.

Olga’s handler, Guy (Lothaire Bluteau), sneaks into the information room of a non-public faculty, steals a file folder, and crops it in Julian’s automobile. It incorporates info on Lisa Beck (Taylor Blackwell), whom we be taught through flashback was Julian’s legit girlfriend after they have been youngsters.


After an disagreeable however very humorous run-in with Guy, whose identify she insists on mispronouncing, Detective Sunday will get a warrant to look Olga’s home. (There’s a quick apart the place she has a equally disagreeable run-in with the receptionist at her health club, overladen with bizarre and pleasant sexual stress.) But when she will get there, the home has been ransacked each Guy and Olga have been shot to dying — and the cellphone is ringing, as a result of Julian is looking a quantity left by Guy on the file folder, and the quantity was Olga’s for some cause.

Along the way in which we additionally find out how Julian and Michelle initially met: She tried to rent him to seduce a lonely good friend of hers, and he wound up seducing her as an alternative.


What I’ve discovered from studying a little bit of different folks’s reactions to American Gigolo the TV present is that there are of us on this world who aren’t serious about watching Jon Bernthal strut round L.A. whereas being attractive and melancholy. Couldn’t be me! It’s exhausting for me to think about a extra telegenic main man than Bernthal, his face all uncooked energy, his eyes all bleeding soul, his physique a machine — this time one constructed for intercourse relatively than violence, because it was in The Punisher and We Own This City. His efficiency fascinates me, which is greater than I can say for different extra outstanding reveals at this second. Let’s see the place he rambles to subsequent.

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) writes about TV for Rolling Stone, Vulture, The New York Times, and anyplace that will have him, actually. He and his household dwell on Long Island.

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