Though I’m not sure I understand the economics of Ballers at all (Why does Spencer bail Vernon out again, without a solid agreement in place between them?), a few of Baller’s season-long plotlines are racing toward pay off. Bella finds out about the clubhouse from Melissa, and Ricky finds the road to saving their relationship is a long one. Charles, who just kind of remembers that he wants to get back on the field, paces a high school sideline and ponders that eternal question: “Do you love the NFL, or do you just hate being alone?” Jason, who is first introduced in this episode driving a sweet sports car in one of the most overtly Entourage sequences yet, is putting out a different fire: His mom is banging a younger dude.

‘Ends’ is a build episode, but it’s an entertaining one. Spencer and Joe sit down with Maximo to hammer out a deal, but he demands that Spencer sits down with his client, Angela, before they shake hands. Though we don’t know much about Angela — she might be Spencer’s ex — Spencer becomes furious and storms out. (Later, he’ll tell Vernon that he’ll cover the $150k himself in order to keep his business.) Ricky is doing all the right things, more or less, but he’s facing the consequences more; he’s working hard to make a dent with the Dolphins, but he’s having trouble with the playbook. In a bizarre and thrilling scene, Spencer gets into it with eccentric Heat center Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

It’s a great show.

This show has a way of keeping its universe ridiculous. This episode came in the form of repeated references to Tae-Bo, a phrase I haven’t heard in ten years. I wrote down the phrase “circumstantial brunch” in my notebook, but I’m not sure what that refers to; there’s a lot of fucking brunches in this show where characters hash stuff out. The challenges for the characters — Charles and the NFL, Spencer and his CAT scan results, Ricky and his relationships with Bella and his teammates — are starting to snowball. From here on out, it’s up to these sports buddies to keep Miami from cooling down.

In 2010, Lloyd Banks posed the question: “Beamer, Benz or Bentley?” Eight years have passed, and we’ve only now received a conclusive answer. In a new study on the effect of luxury brands on relationships conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, psychologists suggest that if you want to make any friends, the best answer to this question is “none of the above.”

The United States Food and Drug Administration has been warning the public about the health risks of kratom for months, and on Friday, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb tweeted a series of statements about the herbal drug. In the thread, Gottlieb said that two companies have recalled their kratom this week for bacterial contamination and warned that kratom is addictive, recommending that people who are addicted to the drug seek treatment. His tweets come at a pivotal moment for kratom, as the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to make a decision about the substance’s legal status by the end of the summer.

The widening political gulf between conservatives and liberals will be the defining pillar of this era in United States politics. The Pew Research Center has documented this chasm through surveys going back to 1994, but its effects on society are only now coming to light. On Wednesday, a team at University College London released a paper suggesting that it might even be encouraging paranoia.

It’s not a secret that dating is going digital, but you probably never thought your DMs would constitute a cloud of big data capable of illuminating the intricacies of modern love. The idea that online dating messages are a trove of potential knowledge has occurred to two researchers at the University of Michigan who used thousands of DMs to reveal patterns that show the brutal the world of online dating. What they found might confirm your biases about about Tinder and other apps, while they also spotted some surprising trends among the thirsty.

A new study published in The Lancet has finally developed the low-carb diet hierarchy the world has been waiting for. The results, based on an analysis of over 15,000 people over 25 years, give low-carb dieters two pieces of information to chew on: Not all low-carb diets are created equal, and, in general, keeping some carbs in the mix is better than cutting them out.