Chalky and Maitland hide out at his old mentor's, Oscar Boneau. Gillian contemplates selling her business for a life with Roy.
Finding out about the priest that Mickey killed in Boston before he came to Los Angeles, Ray sets into motion a plan to put Mickey back in prison. Ray deals with an A-list actor who refuses to go to work after he gets a threatening message and finds his home security breached. Ray has to deal with another crisis involving Tommy Wheeler, this time a blackmail demand with a sex video. Even though Ray tells Abby not to have anything to do with his father, Abby spends the day with Mickey and the kids in Malibu. When they return Mickey to Terry Donovan's gym, Abby meets Ray's half-brother, Daryll.moreless
Los Angeles fixer, Ray Donovan, does what needs to be done for a set of high powered attorneys, Ezra Goldman and Lee Drexler. Ray learns his father, Mickey Donovan, has been released from prison five year early and is headed out to Los Angeles, something Ray is not happy about. Before he catches his plane, Mickey kills a priest and vows revenge on Ray for the frame job that sent him to prison. Ray's first order of business is to help Lee's megastar, Tommy Wheeler, avoid a scandal with a transsexual. Later he sorts out who's stalking Stu Feldman's girlfriend, Ashley. In addition to his job, Ray has to deal with the tensions at home where his wife Abby is concerned about the kids' schooling and moving to a better location.moreless
While Janine, Lucas and Zoe get nearer to what is really going on, Francis finds he must alter his plans.
Francis realises that Zoe is now a danger to his plans as he struggles to keep them on track. Meanwhile, Claire is worried about choices she has made in the past and those that she will need to make soon.moreless
Gus and Ace's horse and Walter's horse compete in a major race. Meanwhile, Ace manages to outmanoeuvre Smythe and Leon's loss becomes being Rosie's gain.
While Jerry makes a new bid on the horse Mulligan claimed, Walter loses Ronnie as a rider and Ace meets a whiz kid.
Jimmy despairs because of his wife's murder which the police suspect him of committing. With Jimmy off the scene, his partners try to take his share.
Jimmy takes drastic measures to prove himself. Margaret visits her family in New York, whilst Nucky deals with Lucy and Van Alden in Atlantic City.
Jimmy speaks with his father after nine years. Nucky has heated conversations with both Eli and Margaret regarding the business and the murder of Margaret's husband. Van Alden takes matters to the extreme with Agent Sebso and Angela's plans to flee to Paris are scuppered.moreless
Jimmy becomes friends with a fellow veteran who lost half his face in the war. Luciano and Meyer Lansky make a deal with the D'Alessio brothers and Nucky deals with some unpleasant childhood memories.moreless
Everyone is having sex except Miranda. She's on a sex strike because she's tired of going on bad dates so she substitutes sex with chocolate. She finally ends her strike and masturbates.
Carrie is having mind blowing sex with Ray, the jazz club owner, in hopes of forming a relationship.
Charlotte is having great sex with Trey but is angry with him for not asking him to move in with him. He later comes to see her and not only does he ask her to move in with her but he also asks her to re-marry him, she accepts.
Samantha decides to give relationships a try because she really likes Maria. She tells Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda that she's in a lesbian relationship and they support her when she tells them that she wants to have sex when it feels right. It apparently feels right rather quickly because the following day she's telling them about how great sex with another woman is.