Thursday, August 13, 2015

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 3, Episode 5 “Handshake Deal” (A-)

I find it so fascinating that Mickey’s dream is to have his entire family together for a barbecue by the pool with his son Ray there toasting his success. Mickey has been a devious character of sorts throughout the entire show so far, and now he selflessly offered his ear to Ray and made it clear that, whatever their past, he was happy to be there for him. He’s also making relatively smart business decisions even if Daryll isn’t always as adept at acting in the moment, costing him fifty percent of his operation in the process. Partners Terry and Bunchy aren’t doing too well together either, as Terry’s gruff nature resulted in Teresa leaving the gym, and that after the rollercoaster hour of her bursting in to his office to seduce him and then him telling her his secret without any judgment from her. Leland Orser’s shady Father Romero also seems to be just where he needs to be to turn Bunchy against the Donovan family for whatever nefarious scheme he has brewing. I think it’s about time Abby got out of Boston and back to California since her life there just isn’t as interesting, and Bridget obviously needs a bit of guidance and not just from her teacher to get back on track. I liked Nestor Carbonell’s rock star professor and his legal defense of his rights that didn’t work with Ray, and it was nice to see Lena return to be Ray’s loyal number two again. The dynamic of the Finney family has just become exponentially more intriguing, as Andrew hired Ray to find a phone with incriminating evidence on Paige so that he could use it against her rather than for her. A small stake in a football team may have just prompted Ray to switch sides, but I can’t be sure just yet. I’m very interested to found out though, as the entire Finney family, Varick included, is immensely watchable.

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