Thursday, July 28, 2016

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 4, Episode 5 “Get Even Before Leavin’” (B+)

It’s really something to see Ray and Mickey working together to prepare for a job when you consider what their relationship was when the show started, with Ray hiring Mickey’s mortal enemy to kill his own father. Ray had enough stress to deal with while casing the casino with a tail following him, and Mickey wasn’t exactly being subtle, keeping his “piss jar” on the dashboard even though he left the van to go buy a donut. Ray switched into typical operator mode when he smoothly handled Pinky threatening to burn the money, but then Mickey went and called the woman he knew to be loyal who ended up caught in a very difficult place and forced to give Mickey’s location up. Bill arriving with the police to take back the money and take their pictures so that they could never again return to his casino seems like a finite way of making sure this isn’t an option without terrible repercussions that Ray doesn’t need right now. Mickey taking the rap for the murders is a huge game-changer, and I’m eager to see where that sacrifice leads. I like that Avi wanted to make Connor read a book by beating him in a video game, and the fact that Connor won and he’s now going to be experimenting with guns is not comforting. Bridget’s relationship with her teacher is over and Terry is taking compassion on his upstart of a protégé, which is all good and fine. It’s nice to see Abby sharing everything with Ray as she grapples with how to handle her present medical situation, which is looking grimmer by the minute. It’s devastating to see that Theresa’s departure had less to do with Bunchy and more with apparent post-partum depression. Bunchy is saying and doing all the right things, but it’s going to break him to see Theresa not snap back from her present state.

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