Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 5, Episode 6 “Shelley Duvall” (B+)

Ray’s in better shape than he was at the end of the last episode, but he still doesn’t have a good handle on what’s going on around him. He went to Winslow to ask for payment for unexpected consequences of his work like having a gun pointed at his head, and in the process saw that she had the Oscar that should have been in the hands of the dead man found hanging in a motel room. Lena is a loyal right-hand woman for Ray, but she seems to be growing tired of hiding in car trunks and helping to stash away beautiful women in Ray’s apartment. Doug was not at all pleased when he found out via the news that Natalie was holed up there, and Ray’s attempt to deny it failed almost instantaneously. It was haunting to see him return from that first initial dalliance with his neighbor to Bridget, unimpressed that he had somewhere else to be, as Abby decided that she didn’t want treatment, much to the misery of those around her. Bridget was pretty thrilled when her uncle Terry showed up to see her, and we got to see him loosen up much more than he usually does, smoking and laughing with Bridget and Smitty in an effort to cope with the unforgivable deed he helped to commit. Bunchy’s stint in jail seems to be getting more serious than expected, though it has also provided the opportunity for him to come face-to-face with one of the men who ruined his life, a circumstance I imagine he’ll find a way to turn to his advantage.

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