Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 6, Episode 9 “Dream On” (B-)

News broke recently that this show has been renewed for a seventh season, which comes as somewhat of a surprise given the decline in quality, but I guess if the ratings are still strong, Showtime should keep one of its strongest juggernauts on the air. I for one wouldn’t be sad to see the show go at this point, as it has felt for a while like it’s dragging. I was not expecting to see Alan Alda as the doctor who came to feed Ray an egg salad sandwich and then told him he shouldn’t be leaving for his own sake, and while it is a good thing for the show that Ray only spent a short time in the mental hospital, he did get out of there real quick without doing anything to help improve his mental state. Ray can’t even tell what’s real, affirming his own sanity when one patient told him to drink from the toilet and another thought he had an identical twin, only to see that very same twin stopping in to visit his brother as he was leaving. Lena telling Bridget that Ray jumped off the bridge did not do good things for their relationship, though it’s good that she felt she wanted to stick around to make sure her father was alright. Ray’s plan in this hour involved so many levels of duplicity that it’s hard to believe he kept it straight, and the amount of side-switching that he’s doing means that, no matter how many bad fates he escapes, there are so many more ready to pummel him, like Mac’s crew who want to beat him up for snitching. Bunchy stepping in for Terry was a relief, but only until he took one hell of a beating that he seemed to feel he deserved. This week’s closing musical montage set to “Sing for the Moment” was solid, if nothing else.

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