Thursday, January 2, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Season 7, Episode 7 “The Transfer Agent” (B-)

This episode wasn’t quite as groundbreakingly revelatory as it seemed to think it was, letting us know that Mickey hates Jimmy so much because he expressly set him up so that he’d get arrested and take the fall for their job. Flashing back to the heist was an interesting device, one that wasn’t entirely convincing but did help to explain that, even back then, Ray had a desire to kill his father. Bill Heck from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was a good choice to play the younger Mickey, who was off with another woman while his wife was dying and celebrating the birth of his youngest child, whose life he’s continuing to ruin. Having the money put in Terry’s name rather than Daryll’s was a mistake, and Mickey is quickly losing all of the allies he has left. Jimmy’s offer of one million dollars was clearly something he didn’t mind, and Mickey countering with $100 million wasn’t going to do much for him. Molly stepped in to help try to resolve the situation with the transfer agent, and Ray’s attempt to save the day didn’t go too smoothly, which is pretty much the story with him lately. Bunchy isn’t going to be as much help as he was when he first put on his suit to work for Ray, and it seems very clear that, even if he didn’t talk, Smitty is getting closer and closer to doing that since he doesn’t have much allegiance left for the Donovan family.

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