Thursday, July 24, 2014

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 2, Episode 2 “Uber Ray” (B+)

The stakes are a lot less high this season than they were last year in many respects, but it’s all set to implode in a big way due to different factors. Cochrane wasn’t the least bit interested in Mickey for his own sake but seems very intent on cracking down if either he or Ray do anything to irritate him. Cochrane’s participation in a cover band almost serves to confirm his incorruptibility, though I’m sure Ray is going to work hard to find some way in. He did that very quickly with Wendell Pierce’s parole officer, who stepped in to rattle Mickey’s sweet new setup. Frances coming in to see Ray was a surprise, and it seems that her visit got everyone agitated, even prompting Terry to punch his brother in the face, which is a big deal. Abby is all over the place, making out with her yoga instructor in a moment of passion after reacting negatively to Ray’s overzealous and excessively frequent attempts to have sex. It seems like Ray is finally noticing her, which is good, but if he ever finds out about that forbidden kiss, there’s going to be hell to pay. I like that Abby was so easily able to track her son down because he took Uber to go meet Mickey, though it does mean that she and Ray are going to know everywhere he goes, which might not be ideal. In his post-grief hysteria, Ezra is turning tyrannical, and his efforts to steer clear of the FBI might not go so well if he is too noticeable because of his pushiness in tracking down pledged donations.

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