Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 3, Episode 11 “Poker” (B+)

When a job needs to be done, Ray does it, and lately it seems to be causing him more trouble than it’s worth. Andrew going to the police to tell them that it was Ray who killed Varick and then threatened to kill him if he went to the police created a worrisome situation in which Ray was way too close to being the prime suspect in a murder with evidence ready to convict him and send him to prison right away. Fortunately, his brute nature enabled him to get to Cochran, shoot him in the leg, and then threaten him with a baseball bat so that he could get the incriminating evidence Cochran planted in his apartment out of there just in time to get off scot free. Convincing Paige to testify against her father and tell the truth was the important closer, and moving the body back to the Finney compound and torching it at just the right moment should present enough damning evidence to overwhelm the influence that Andrew has over the police and public officials. Paige asking Ray if he or her father was more powerful was a legitimate question, and I think it’s Ray now. Leaving Cochran alive was a puzzling choice but also a smart one given the fact that his disappearance would surely raise unnecessary alarm. Mickey throwing himself a goodbye party seemed innocent enough, but then he pulled the ultimate get out of jail free card, telling his children about his fake diagnosis in order to gain their sympathies and make Ray look like the bad guy. His relationships with Bunchy, Daryll, and Conor are so interesting, and I’m glad that he’s not going to Reno, even though, as Abby pointed out, it’s only an hour flight from Burbank. Bridget is just trying to get herself and her teacher in trouble, and I don’t know how that can end without him either going to jail or getting killed. It was about time Abby and Terry shared a kiss, but I don’t know if that’s going to lead to anything more since the two of them would never be able to be forgiven by Ray.

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