It’s all fun and games until someone demands a confrontation. This week’s installment of HBO’s Room 104, shines a light on Chip Crawford, a smarmy game show host who is forced to visit his biggest fan in the titular motel room. As Chip prepares to make a quick greeting and even faster getaway, Enid, an elderly woman, anxiously awaits his visit. In this eighth episode of the season “No Dice,” warns of the disappointment in meeting one’s heroes and the dangers of playing with chance.
Directed by Patrick Brice and Julian Wass, the isolated setting of Room 104 amplifies the dramatic tension of “No Dice.” Confined to this one room, Enid, played by Linda Lavin, traps Chip into a confrontation. As more is revealed between the characters, the confinement of the room adds to the uneasiness of Chip. Gary Cole does an amazing job playing Chip Crawford. He is funny, while also being wonderfully despicable. Lavin is a dramatic actress who brings a fierceness out of Enid’s otherwise sensitive character. Cole and Lavin share a wonderful dynamic on the screen. Terrence Terrell also co-stars as Enid’s nurse. While his scenes are minimal, he leaves a lasting impression.
“No Dice” is a funny and touching episode about second chances that explores the measures of success and potential. Surprisingly heart warming, “No Dice” is a standout episode for the series.
Room 104 airs Friday nights at 11:00 pm on HBO.