Thursday, December 19, 2019

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 7, Episode 5 “An Irish Lullaby” (B)

This episode felt a bit detached from reality, with Ray taking some time off to go on a rollercoaster with Terry, an odd sight given the fact that the eternal businessman didn’t even change from his signature suit when he went on the ride. Their trip wasn’t devoid of violence, even if it wasn’t intentional, and Terry doesn’t seem to want to be pulled back into the real world after his recent shaman-led excursions. It’s good that Ray is looking out for his brother and being reminded of what’s important. I like that Molly is making sure she has a voice in her newfound relationship, telling Ray that she’d like to be the one who leaves, even from her own apartment, and then silently sitting with him when they met up together at the end of the episode. I recognized a few members of the Sullivan family, including Kevin Corrigan from “Pineapple Express” as Declan, Josh Hamilton from “Eighth Grade” as Kevin, and Peter Gerety from “Sneaky Pete” as patriarch Jim. For an old man who’s been in prison and presumed dead many times, Mickey can sure inflict a lot of damage, torturing an old cop for information and then killing him after he got what he needed. Daryll once again is in way over his head, aligned with the wrong people and likely on the hook for all of it in the end. Bunchy is trying to make amends for what he’s done, but he’s also getting himself into trouble. Bridget wanted Smitty not to cry and to be angry, and she got exactly what she wanted in the form of someone closer to her father, more interested in hurting other people than talking about his feelings.

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