Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 5, Episode 7 “If I Should Fall from Grace with God” (B+)

There was a moment in this episode where things could have turned out very differently. In these racially-charged times, it was interesting to see Daryll stand up for the first time to his father’s casual comment about each ethnic group and what their roles should be, stopping the car to throw Mickey out when he laughed off Daryll’s accusation of racism. But then it all dissipated, since ultimately he’s still Daryll’s father, and the news that another one of his sons was in danger was enough to get him to move on right away. Ray made sure in his deal with Frank that Daryll wouldn’t go down for any of the crimes Mickey would be arrested for, but then, when he thought his father’s life was at risk, he showed up to shoot Frank in the head. That was a pretty startling and bloody death, considerably more intense than the fabricated video showcasing a similar scene with Avi. Frank has always been more of an ally than an enemy, while Avi has been a true friend who both Lena and Ray couldn’t imagine killing despite his sincere fall from grace. Bunchy’s stint in prison didn’t last long, and gave him just enough time to determine that he needs to go after someone else for the money that he kept from his own newly-incarcerated partner whose name Bunchy is sure to forgot how to spell. Terry’s confession to Ray was an important one since he didn’t try to help Abby survive at someone else’s expense but rather helped end her suffering. Natalie and Ray’s relationship is just what he needs right now, something full of passion that feels dreamlike and is sure to fizzle out soon.

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