It's the Summer of Matt McCoy

The counsel you want if you're on HBO.

For the many dark convolutions the new season of True Detective sees fit to sling at its viewers, let it not be said that it doesn’t have a sense of humor. This season’s fifth episode, “Other Lives,” featured the talents of one Matt McCoy — most recognizable, to me at least, for his two-episode turn as Lloyd “Serenity Now” Braun on Seinfeld 20 years ago. Last night McCoy was playing a shitheel attorney for the shitheel actress who has been claiming Taylor Kitsch’s closeted highway patrol officer Paul Woodrugh tried to shake her down for a blowjob. McCoy is a funny guy when he wants to be, but the True D bit part lets him show off a priggish prickishness, perfect for a snake-charmer of a lawyer.

There was no reason he should’ve stolen that particular scene, except for a quirk in McCoy’s C.V., namely, that his previous acting credit was also a short stint as a California civil lawyer on a Sunday-night HBO show. It was McCoy, as Pete Monahan, a disgraced and disbarred law-talking guy, who steadied himself long enough to get the Pied Piper gang through a near-disastrous arbitration hearing at the end of the second season of Silicon Valley.

What does this all mean? Nothing, maybe. Coincidence for a career character actor, worth noticing if you’re the sort, as I am, who can’t even figure out how to turn a television on unless it’s about 8 p.m. on a Sunday, and HBO is on tap. Or something more significant, maybe. Confirmation, at the very least, that certain time slots are a flat circle.

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