Friday, December 7, 2018

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 6, Episode 6 “A Girl Named Maria” (B+)

This episode opened with an interesting juxtaposition of an intruder breaking in to Sam’s home with a gun and Ray having forceful sex with Anita, who we then didn’t see for the rest of the episode. I enjoyed the bonding that happened between Sam and Lena, mainly because Katherine Moennig is this show’s most underused player, and that’s saying something considering the wealth of talent in the cast, including Eddie Marsan. This episode’s big mature realist was Bridget, who, upon being called by Terry to watch the baby while he went to fight, wasted no in time in getting in touch with Teresa. I’ve been watching actress Alyssa Diaz on “Narcos: Mexico,” and it’s good to see her back for an intense scene in which she told Bunchy that she hadn’t wanted to end their relationship. Bunchy tried to stop things from escalating on the bus with Mickey, but he’s in way over his head. This episode was an important turning point for Ray, who got the sense from Mac that there was something seriously wrong. The notion that his activities are being monitored and that his orchestration of events involving Anita, plus the fact that he went in to rough up the mayor when he thought that he was the perpetrator who attacked Sam, means that things are not looking good for Ray. He very calmly pulled over after telling Bridget that she’d never leave him, but it’s important to remember that he’s no friend of law enforcement, and just because he’s ready to answer for his actions doesn’t mean the police are going to be nice to him.

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