Thursday, October 5, 2017

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 5, Episode 8 “Horses” (B+)

This has to happen eventually, and even though we had some idea of how things went down, this full-flashback episode was important and very informative. It was clear throughout this entire hour that Abby wasn’t disappointed about getting into the trial and she was ready to just let go. Ray, on the other hand, wasn’t having any of that, immediately ready to ream Lena out for the fact that the hospital was able to reach Abby rather than to call Lena as they were supposed to. This is Ray trying to fix a situation that he’s not able to fix, and the amount of control that he was attempting to exercise over his wife really wasn’t appropriate. It was jarring to see Avi flying with Ray to meet the contact, starting his downfall when he got arrested for buying heroin. We knew Abby didn’t make it and that Ray made sure that Smitty relapsed so that he would get knocked out of the trial. But Ray landing and getting a voicemail that Abby had gotten that spot right after we saw Terry and Bridget help Abby to end her life was heartbreaking, and it makes sense that Ray went ballistic after that, connecting all the dots as we saw him hit every male member of his family in the bar when they tried to console him. While Abby shouldn’t be forgotten, my hope is that this therapeutic episode for the audience will also help this show to move forward and for Ray to continue on with his self-improving introspection.

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