Thursday, July 23, 2015

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 3, Episode 2 “Ding” (B+)

Ray gets things done and he operates by and large outside the law, but he doesn’t tend to be dishonest. That’s why his newfound business partnership with Paige is enormously problematic, since she sent him to do a job that he managed to get done but played him in the process. Ray was a glutton for punishment at the end of the hour, encouraging the SEAL to repeatedly punch him in the face, and he’s definitely beating himself up for letting himself be tricked. I knew Paige had to be something for Katie Holmes to be cast in that role, and getting Ray to bring the unwilling blackmailer to the hotel so that he would break the quarterback’s arm since she actually represents the backup quarterback was highly devious, and I smell a forbidden romance brewing between Ray and Paige. Involving Paige’s father because of the money could complicate things, but something tells me that Malcolm might actually approve of the fixer as a fitting match for his daughter. Ray isn’t being smart with his treatment of Lena, who is practically begging him for acknowledgment, and I don’t think he’ll soon lose her because she’s loyal, but it’s going to happen eventually, and he’ll inevitably miss her. The Donovan home life isn’t going great, and Abby catching Connor using his bed for some extracurricular activities was a very welcome bright spot. Terry isn’t faring well in jail, getting himself sicker despite managing to stand up for himself, and Mickey is just getting in deeper with Daryll and his prostitute friend’s daughter by his side. Bunchy seems to have found his own brand of trouble with a bossy luchadora, and there’s no way that can end well.

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