Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan


Ray Donovan: Season 4, Episode 3 “Little Bill Primm's Big Green Horseshoe” (B+)

I watched this episode with a renewed enthusiasm for this show since it got nominated for five Emmys this year, up from the lone acting nominations it received in years past. Things got dark very quickly after Abby thought that Bridget was just storming in after she had confronted her regarding her continued relationship with Dunellen and it turned out that an assassin had broken into their home instead. Seeing Ray count to ten to calm himself down felt strange, but it’s clear that he has changed, resorting to violence only when necessary, like in the case of the lawyer who didn’t want to discuss the relationship between Sonia and Belikov. Muncie being murdered was a brutal shock, and to think that this could all be solved by Ray paying Sonia off and getting Belikov out of prison is crazy. What happened in the meantime was very worthwhile, as Bunchy got to get out some aggression on an eager Teresa, who started going into labor and had to break the house arrest Ray was imposing despite Avi’s helpful offer to deliver the baby right there. Avi played a cool part in this episode, also lecturing Bridget and Connor about appreciating what Ray has done for them. Terry and Darryl having fun quoting “Blazing Saddles” together was a nice treat, and it’s a shame their fun was interrupted not by an assassin but instead by the kid Terry wants to train. Mickey’s latest job went predictably poorly, and I love that the last shot we saw of him was aimless wandering made blissfully wonderful by a text with a photo of his newest grandchild.