Thursday, November 15, 2018

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 6, Episode 3 “He Be Tight. He Be Mean” (B)

Ray is back, and he couldn’t have picked a more crucial time. What a world he lives in that he can just tell Sam that, in order for him to work for her, he needs to have Lena moved to New York and an apartment ready for him to live. He’s definitely gentler than he’s been in the past, taking productive steps to help the people he cares about, including Lena and Bridget, both of who responded to him with surprise. He worked expertly to help swing the debate away from Anita’s opponent, played by Zach Grenier from “The Good Wife,” and is even starting to have a relationship that looks something like friendship with a fellow employee of Sam’s. He’s there when he needs to be for Mac, and he even trained with Terry, who’s contemplating a boxing comeback, during that well-paced “New York State of Mind” montage. As Bunchy was being triggered like crazy having to dress up as a priest by the truly bizarre Sandy and Daryll was dealing with a very unruly Jai, Mickey’s real reason for breaking out of prison became clear. Calling Ray at the end of the episode was extremely foreboding, and after so much reshaping of his character since he was the bad guy in season one, it’s interesting to see him become so immensely villainous again in this, which isn’t currently but I feel like might be the final season of this show. At least it’s something new, and I am more curious to see where things go than I have been in a while.

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