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Published on January 25th, 2012 | by Buzzfocus Staff


‘Luck’ Episode Guide (HBO)

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Here is the ongoing episode guide for Luck Season 1 as new episode information is released by HBO. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at horse racing and gamblings’ denizens – owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. Luck is from director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

Episodes descriptions are listed in reverse order with the newest episode first (scroll to the bottom to avoid spoilers):

Episode #5
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

After learning that Pint of Plain, Gus’ (Dennis Farina) Irish horse, has been tentatively scheduled to race the next day, Ace forces Escalante to swap out Leon for a more experienced jockey, to Joey’s (Richard Kind) chagrin. Marcus fears for his health and wonders why he’s so attached to Jerry, while Kagle (Peter Appel), who’s been fired from the racetrack, returns from a bender looking for a handout. Ace gives Claire a lucky check, and the two head to the track with Gus to watch Pint of Plain’s memorable debut.

Written by Scott Willson; directed by Brian Kirk.

Episode #4
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

As Chan (Dennis Dun) challenges Jerry to his limits in a private poker game, Jerry’s pals look to pry him away from his gambling nemesis. Ace takes a meeting with Claire LeChea (Joan Allen), an activist who hopes to rehabilitate prisoners through their work with broken-down racehorses. He then visits his one-time partner Michael Smythe (Michael Gambon) to discuss his participation in Ace’s racetrack venture. With Ronnie out of commission and surrendering to old vices, Walter settles on Rosie as his jockey, but her euphoria is tempered by Leon’s (Tom Payne) not making weight.

Written by Jay Hovdey; directed by Phillip Noyce.

Episode #3
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Ace enlists Nathan Israel (Patrick J. Adams), a cocky, young whiz kid, in his plans. Walter decides to enter his colt, Gettin’up Morning, in his first race, but loses Ronnie as his rider when the jockey takes a tumble. Burned by Mulligan (W. Earl Brown) at the claiming race, Marcus, Renzo and Lonnie send Jerry to buy the horse back – and then return him to Escalante (John Ortiz) to train.

Written by Bill Barich; directed by Allen Coulter.

Episode #2
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Chafing under his parole conditions but eager to move forward in the racetrack deal, Ace (Dustin Hoffman) shows off his famous temper during a contentious meeting with one-time colleague Nick DiRossi (Alan Rosenberg) and a possible investor, Isadore Cohen (Ted Levine). Although Marcus (Kevin Dunn) is wary about flaunting his newfound Pick Six wealth, his three partners have no such qualms, as Jerry (Jason Gedrick) sits in at higher-stakes poker games, Renzo (Ritchie Coster) sets his sights on claiming one of Escalante’s (John Ortiz) mystery horses and Lonnie (Ian Hart) parties with two unscrupulous women. Uncertain that fledgling jockey Rosie Shanahan (Kerry Condon) is seasoned enough to ride his once-in-a-lifetime horse, Walter Smith (Nick Nolte) enlists Ronnie Jenkins (Gary Stevens), ignoring the veteran jockey’s recent history of substance abuse.

Written by John R. Perrotta; directed by Terry George.

Episode #1: “Pilot”
Debut: SUNDAY, JAN. 29 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT)

Released from prison after three years, “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) plots revenge against the colleagues who betrayed him. With his trusted aide/chauffeur Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina) acting as a front for his race horse investment, Ace seeks to reverse the sagging fortunes of a famous racetrack. Meanwhile, four dissolute gamblers at the race track – Jerry (Jason Gedrick), Marcus (Kevin Dunn), Renzo (Ritchie Coster) and Lonnie (Ian Hart) – pool their meager resources to make a Pick Six bet that could be worth millions. A key to their fortunes is a long-shot horse trained by Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a self-made success story with loads of talent and few scruples, who’s also training Gus/Ace’s colt. Walter Smith (Nick Nolte), another more grizzled trainer, sees classic potential in an untested thoroughbred with impressive bloodlines.

Written by David Milch; directed by Michael Mann.

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