Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 1, Episode 9 “Road Trip” (B+)

There’s a reason that Ray hired Sully to be the one to take his father out: he’s ruthless enough to strangle his girlfriend to death just for making a phone call, disturbing even tough Israeli Avi. Things have taking an interesting turn with Mickey, however, since Van got worked up enough to come bother him to wire up and get Sean on tape confessing to the murder before Ray’s guy had the chance to share the damning evidence of Van’s hallucinogenic intoxication, but Mickey went and messed everything up by shooting him dead after he shared that he hadn’t told anything about their deal. That leaves Ray as the only one who knew about it, and theoretically makes Mickey much more vulnerable to being sent back to jail, if only that’s still what Ray’s plan was. This was a good showcase for Ray as a patience-free, determined fixer, whipping Tommy back into shape and going so far as to hit an aggressive reporter’s boyfriend with his car and then threaten to beat him up even more with a baseball bat just to get his point across. Without Marvin and Bridget in focus, Connor got his chance to shine, trying on a tux and preparing to go to an exciting kids’ choice awards show in a truly interesting intersection of his father’s personal and professional lives, where, for once, things actually seemed calm to an outsider looking in without knowing what was really going on and what Ray has planned next.

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