We're getting a bit off track, but that's because I'm not entirely sure what track the episode wants to ride. "Money Shot" initially appears to refer to the increasing financial instability of an industry that largely makes its product accessible for free. But then we learn that Tyler Knight and Jax Slayher make a pretty good living, in part because demand for black-man-on-white-woman porn has shot through the roof.
That leads to a superficial conversation about race, which prompts Knight to claim, "We literally get reduced to our lowest common denominator to appeal to the lowest common denominator." White women, a title card tells us, can receive a premium for working with black talent. Knight asks us to name another industry where that would be legal, but it's difficult to understand exactly what those who are complicit in standardizing these policies think about it other than that's just the way things are.
The fact that the filmmakers make no effort to explore the social and historical context in which the popularity of these scenes exist would be a gross oversight on its own... if it were the only one. Slayher helpfully informs us that it wasn't so long ago that a black man had to be careful being with a white woman, and now here he is banging them for money -- I get the feeling he won't be quoting Othello, though. Perhaps Knight's line of inquiry would bear more fruit if it were discussed at any length, but the topic gets dropped almost as quickly as it was picked up. Quinn offers that it's only the porn industry that asks her to call it a "big black cock" as opposed to simply a "big cock," which is what she would actually say. That's about as deep as the topic gets.
If it sounds like I'm picking on Slayher and Knight, it's not their fault the series skims the surface, like Reynolds skimming grime off the surface of a pool to make sure the pre-video camera shoot looks good. Reynolds, a spindly white guy from Florida who wears a flatbrim black hat with gold-plated letters spelling "PORN," soon becomes the episode's focus. He has a crazy work ethic, his girlfriend testifies, and that seems to be enough for most people in his life. No need to question the kind of work he's doing -- the Protestant work ethic's greatest achievement is its universal applicability. Hard work is Good, even if porn is Bad.