Thursday, December 20, 2018

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 6, Episode 8 “Who Once Was Dead” (B+)

It’s interesting to see just how little Ray might have to do in order to set things right, though the damage to his relationships is completely done. Walking in to find Justine dead in a staged suicide in the shower almost didn’t feel real, a very direct consequence of Ray switching sides to work with Emerson in conflict of his employment arrangement with Sam, who did not take kindly to his betrayal and was more than ready to cut him loose completely. Meeting Bridget was actually a peaceful encounter, but seeing Justine’s face when he looked at her was the first sign that he’s really losing it. Lena wasn’t sparing in her takedown of Ray and her wish for him to die alone, and now, after punching a cop in Times Square, he’s in a psychiatric hospital with no one there to try to get him out. Terry could have messed things up with the bartender by saying he loved her and calling her Abby, but she didn’t mind. His refusal to call the fight when his Parkinson’s was acting up was a mistake, and he might not be okay after that. Daryll asking Mickey if he could have some of the money showed just how dependent he is on others rather than able to make it on his own, not that the money is even in any Donovan family member’s possession anymore. I like that Bridget advocated for herself with Anita when she got fired because of Ray, and, if she really can distance herself from her father, she might be able to achieve some success.

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