Act Out: The Deuce

A boy's first time with a Times Square hooker

This scene from the first episode of HBO‘s dynamic new series, The Deuce, is a hard-as-nails, yet bittersweet lesson in hooker etiquette. The young man, Stuart (Russell Posner) has his first experience with a prostitute named Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

INT. CHEAP TIMES SQUARE HOTEL – NIGHT

CANDY walks up the stairs, swinging her hips in front of her young john, STUART, who nervously follows her up the stairway.

INT. HALLWAY-NIGHT

CANDY walks down the hallway, smiling to herself, opens the door to a hotel room. STUART stops.  

CANDY
Stands at the open door staring at STUART
Come on. I don’t bite.

He walks up to her.  

This will be nice.

INT. HOTEL ROOM

STUART sits on the bed, nervous. CANDY pulls a scarf out the drawer and places it over the harsh lamp light next to the bed. She sits next to STUART on the bed. He leans in to kiss her and she stops him, wagging a finger in his face.

CANDY
No, none of that.

She unbuttons her top, smiling at him. She licks her fingers and twists her nipples, they grow erect.  

CANDY
You can touch my tits…all you want to.

STUART grabs her breasts and squeezes them tightly. He looks at her hopefully.  

CANDY
Take a breath.

She squeezes his hands on her breasts and smiles.  

That’s nice. Touch my nipples.

STUART starts to melt at feeling his first pair of breasts.  

CANDY
That feels good. That’s nice.

She touches his crotch while he squeezes her breasts. She starts to undo his pants.  

Let’s see what we got here.

They both look down at his crotch. She reaches into his pants and pulls out his erect cock and squeezes it.  

CANDY
Oh yeah, you’re ready.

She pulls out a condom and shows it to him.  

Now, you gotta wear this.

STUART
He tries to grab the condom  

I can do it.

CANDY
No, Candy’s gonna fit it on you just to be sure.

She unwraps the condom and places it in her mouth. She turns it over seductively in her lips, looking at him the whole time. STUART is mesmerized. CANDY kneels down in front of him, keeping her eyes on him, and her head goes down, most likely placing the condom on his cock with her mouth. He comes immediately.  

CUT TO:

A subway train moving quickly through a tunnel.  

INT: HOTEL ROOM – NIGHT

CANDY looks up at STUART.  

CANDY
Smiling
Wow, you really were ready.

She stands up and walks away. STUART is clearly disappointed by the turn of events. He puts his spent penis back in his pants. CANDY starts to clean up at the sink.  

STUART
Can I get a few minutes? I’ll be ready again.

CANDY
You only get one ride. You want to go again?
It’s only thirty for the second, cause the room
is already paid for.

STUART
I don’t have thirty. We all already pooled
what we had. (LONG PAUSE)
It was my birthday today.

CANDY
Yeah? Well. Happy Birthday. To. You.

She applies her lipstick in the mirror.  

STUART
That doesn’t seem fair.

CANDY
Fair?

She looks at him with disdain.  

STUART
You barely had to do anything. And
it cost just as much as someone
who takes longer.

CANDY
What do you do, Stewart?

STUART
I’m in school.

CANDY
What does your daddy do?

STUART
He sells cars. He’s got a dealership.

CANDY
Speaking to him in the mirror’s reflection.

That’s his job, right? Someone comes
around, he knows just the car he wants,
doesn’t dick around, doesn’t need a
long test drive, or argue about the color,
or whatever, does he give him the car for less?

She turns around to face him to make her point.  

Does he pay less?…than the guy who comes
in, takes forever, gotta drive five or six cars,
talk about the radio and the whitewalls and
everything else before he’s done and ready to buy?
No? He doesn’t give the easy customer two cars
for the price of one, right?

STUART looks down, clearly schooled on the rules of prostitution.  

CANDY
This is my job, Stuart.

She turns back to the mirror. He sits for a minute then remembers…  

STUART
I’ve got a check from my grandma.
For fifty but you could give me back
twenty and I could sign it over.

She looks down from the mirror.  

STUART
Would you take a check?

CANDY
Laughing, unbelievably…

A personal check? No….(laughs)
…ordinarily (laughs again) but for
you, Stu? You know, I think I would.

STUART can’t believe his luck. He hands her the check. She kneels down in front of him again and is about to lower her head, then looks up…  

CANDY
Local bank, right?

STUART nods, dumbfounded. She lowers her head again.  

END