Wednesday, December 4, 2019

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 7, Episode 3 “Family Pictures” (B-)

I’m still debating if I need to be watching this show at this point, and nothing about this episode swayed me towards continuing. Mickey being alive just means he’s talking incessantly and trying to figure out a way to stick around rather than leave the country since he’s inevitably going to get caught, especially with Detective Perry trailing all the Donovans. Her running around and asking them for ticket stubs and backstage photos felt repetitive, and she doesn’t buy any of it anyway since she doesn’t think Mickey could have executed the whole thing. I’d also be suspicious of all of those tips coming in right around the same time, particularly because they were pretty specific in support of the narrative that Ray wanted to construct. Ray is definitely distracted at the moment, not focused at all on getting a ten-year-old boy so that Feratti can announce the charges he wants, and instead decided to help Molly, who I recognized as being played by Kerry Condon, a memorable presence from “Better Call Saul” and “Dom Hemingway.” I also haven’t previously mentioned another strong actress, Louisa Krause, from “Toe to Toe” and “Bluebird,” who’s playing Liberty, who herself is Terry experience a bit of serenity. Bunchy isn’t doing well, earning demerits rather than a promotion for his bold bravery, and it looks like Lena’s finally leaving now, which is a shame, though at least it will free actress Katherine Moennig up for “The L Word: Generation Q,” which premieres this Sunday.

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