Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 5, Episode 3 “Dogwalker” (B)

I can’t help but feel like this season isn’t quite as enticing as this show has been in the past, with a bit of mystery, a bit of misery, and no clear path to happiness for any member of the extended Donovan tribe. Natalie is turning out to be more trouble than she’s worth, serving as the cause of the car accident that injured Abby and then a distraction for Ray, who was in bad shape when Abby got sick, going out to walk the dog with a bottle of whiskey in his hand. She’s also not great at killing people, not even coming close to finishing the job with her husband, who was in decent enough condition to be patched up by a vet. Ray’s intimidation tactics have worked as always, but Rob is very much alive, which is cause for concern. Maureen seems pretty upset that Terry lied to her, an act that was worse than him sleeping with a prostitute the night before he proposed. Saying that he couldn’t live without her wasn’t much of an apology, and it’s hard to see Terry so dejected. I had no idea that Maureen was played by Tara Buck, who played a totally different character, Ginger, on “True Blood.” Let’s hope that Bunchy really got the same kind of business proposal that would have been given to Ray since it’s very easy to see him being taken advantage of. Mickey didn’t take his rejection well, which is understandable given the harshness of the insults leveled at him in that letter.

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