Juggling a new relationship, parental responsibilities, friendship and a sick brother while earning a living would be difficult for anyone but it's particularly difficult when you're a hitman. Ray Shoesmith "takes care of people" - collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns, and often taking care of them on a permanent basis. Ray demands respect and does not tolerate anyone who doesn't live up to his very strong and very clear code of ethics.
Scott Ryan is the series creator and plays “Ray Shoesmith.” At age 40, we may sense that under Ray’s inscrutable surface, he’s having something of a midlife crisis.
His daughter Brittany is growing up, there are tensions with his ex-wife, he’s been court ordered to attend anger management classes with a ‘bunch of wife bashers and child beaters’, and work stress sometimes leads him to taking pills to sleep through the night. Besides all this, the world seems full of assholes strategically placed to antagonize Ray, and they need to be taught that they can’t get away with disrespecting him.
“In jail, there’s consequences. You disrespect somebody, you can end up dead,” observes Ray. Unfortunately, in the outside world, this so rarely happens. Hence, Ray takes it upon himself, increasingly as the series goes on, to be that consequence.
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