Friday, November 30, 2018

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 6, Episode 5 “Ellis Island” (B+)

Ray has a truly complicated relationship with his children, and it’s changing now that he’s actually trying to be a present parent. Bridget was furious at Ray when he came home with Smitty even though he was trying to tell the kid not to tell her the truth, and she wouldn’t believe that they hadn’t gone and killed someone. Connor was put off by Ray noting that he smelled like alcohol when he came off the plane, and he blew his father off completely when he suddenly got it into his head to take him to Ellis Island. Running into an Irish redhead on the boat who told him that he looked like his dog had just died almost seemed like a dream, and I have a feeling that she was just a figment of his imagination. He didn’t miss a beat in his work though, helping Sam to get Anita back on track after her attempt to switch teams and back her rival for mayor was met with disinterest from Ed. No matter how unenergetic he is, Ray seems to attract nearly every woman he helps or saves, and his level of engagement with her once they started kissing indicates that this is exactly what he needs right now. Mickey’s latest plan seems destined for failure, and it’s a shame that he’s dragging Bunchy along with him. It was good to see a healthy brotherly moment between Ray and Terry, with the fixer expressing genuine concern for his brother and two of them being on the same level for the first time in a while.

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