Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 2, Episode 11 “Rodef” (B+)

Ray’s life has been imploding for a while, but now he’s reaching a dangerous point where he no longer even has the illusion of being in control. He’s managed to alienate his three best allies in the world – Lena, Avi, and Ezra – and Ezra is talking to Avi about him being the problem the same way he spoke to Ray earlier about Kate needing to go. This show can’t lose its title character, of course, but that doesn’t mean that things won’t get very bad for Ray in the upcoming season finale and beyond. Jim certainly wasn’t able to rectify the problem, trying to be tough and pulling Cookie over without a great plan of what to do next. Ray not being reachable when an impatient Cookie was calling him to see the video was almost as worrisome as the content of the video itself. The sight of Abby on the couch with Bridget a gun next to her is disconcerting, and the Donovan house is swiftly coming undone. To his credit, Mickey didn’t mean to leave Terry behind to catch all the blame for their botched heist, and Terry did tell him to get out. Ronald’s plan has gone to hell, and Ray is going to be very upset when he realizes that the brother he loves is in trouble instead of the father he so wants to be rid of. It’s hardly surprising to know that the people Ray is in business with aren’t exactly honest, as evidenced by the $20,000 demand that somehow got mistranslated by Marty to be $2 million.

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