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Ray Donovan

Season 2 Episode 3

Gem and Loan

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 27, 2014 on Showtime
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Gem and Loan
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Because of Ray's fractured relationship with Stu Feldman, he and Abby face a hurdle getting Bridget into her dream school. Claudette wants to meet with Mickey but he has to contend with his parole officer first. Journalist Kate McPherson heads to the Fite Club for information on Mickey.

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  • Gem and Loan (Spoilers Ahead)

    7.5
    Ray Donovan got a little back into what it does best in showing us the seedy underbelly of a job that Ray has to come through for for a reviled client, last season's creepy producer Stu Feldman, who said that Bridget would never get into Bel Air Academy. Things now have changed and Bridget has taken a test that says that she would be more challenged by the curriculum there than in public school. Ray goes to Stu hat in hand and asks what he can do to get Bridget into the school. Stu says that there is a porn actress name Lexi he wants to have sex with but her people never get back to him with a number on what it will cost. Ray goes to the studio where Lexi's husband and director says that she only has sex with professionals and "isn't a prostitute" to be bartered with. Ray tells Stu it's a no-go but Stu says that he will take it from there. Pretending to be a porn actor doing a first person video Stu gives 50,000 dollars to Lexi and her husband to shoot a film. The false pretense shows itself when Stu, holding the camera on his shoulder, puts it down to finish during sex. The husband punches Stu out and even when he says who he is Lexi and her husband lock him up in their closet, as the husband had mentioned he had done to the last guy who had "insulted his Ray gives the "ransom money" to the husband and Lexi and Stu is released. I don't know why Ray punched the husband I mean it's not like Stu is any sort of stand-up guy with any redeeming qualities, he's even still seeing that barely 18 year old blonde that was being stalked in the Pilot last year who has changed her look considerably. The kicker is that at the end of the episode it shows Stu and the husband on a set together directing a film with Stu saying, "he's with me" so clearly his producer cred is actually working to his advantage with his new associate in a way. Hopefully we don't have to see Stu again anytime soon but his smarmyness always shows the depths of depravity Hollywood will sink to for anything.



    Mickey, now working in a Latin restaurant as a dishwasher as part of the terms of his new parole, tries to get out from under the whip cracking Ronald Barnes to meet with Claudette who wants to meet with him to discuss something important. After trying to desperately remove the tracker from himself and putting it onto a neighbor Ronald finds Mick without it and Mick sees the expensive watch Ray gifted to him and he asks where Ronald got it. Ronald responds that he got it at a Gem and Loan for a hundred bucks which Mick doesn't buy. He now knows that Ray put him up to this to control him but Ronald ultimately agrees to let Mick eat dinner with Claudette because Mick doesn't want her to visit and "see him like Claudette says that she was called into the Beverly Hills Police Department to corroborate Mick's alibi from last season for the night of Sean Walker's murder (which Sully committed). She stuck to their story and protected him and Mick even so much as tells her that he didn't pull the trigger but leaves his involvement ambiguous to Claudette. I'm not sure if Ronald was surprised that Mick referring to Claudette, on seeing that she's black, as the "mother of his children" went down well with him or not since they did linger on it for a few seconds when he sees her and Mick together.



    Ray's other storyline this week follows the reporter Kate McPherson searching for Mick to interview him for her book on Sully to fill in the gaps the FBI has presented. Ray gets Avi to box her in in the street parking of Terry's gym after Terry asks her a bunch of questions and doesn't get any answers out of him except for that Mick is Terry's father. Ray takes Kate for a drink and gets Avi, under the pretense of being a stranger, to move his car after convincing her via lying that he and Mick are close and that he is "old and fragile" and not worth any information about Sully, despite coincidentally showing up in LA right before Sully did. Ray takes Kate for a drink and the two seem to hit it off but she doesn't seem to take no for an answer and pries to let Mick be questioned by her just to get the story on record, and she is perceptive enough to pick up on the fact that Cochran and Ray are both keeping her from something important the last few days of Sully's life. She even mentions Sully's girlfriend that he killed in New Mexico. She doesn't seem to want to leave it alone so this will surely reach a boiling point before midway through the season if Ray can't find any workable leverage on Cochran to get him to back off threatening his family. The writers didn't waste anytime having Kate track down Mickey and sidestepping Ray's initial friendliness as he intercepts her at his place of living and he now has to have Ronald move Mick to stop her from catching up to Mick to talk to him about what really went down that night on the docks.



    Ray misses therapy again and Abby seems to want to back off of getting him to talk about his abuse with what he's doing to get Bridget into Bel Air academy and them sleeping together at the new house that she wants to move into seem to have won her over. The therapist simply writes BRIBE in all capital letters on the writing pad and shows it to Abby. This is a big moment since we obviously know who Ray is and how he works and to see Abby have to be convinced by an outsider that what he is doing is avoiding the issue even more shows how deviously Ray's work practices have seeped into his personal life.



    The last bit of the episode was really about Bridget reconnecting with Marvin, who texts her frequently and tells her how much she means to him. While that's sweet I'm sure Ray won't be all too happy to find out about this romance rekindling. I also enjoy the fact that Bridget understands that the cops who arrested her for possession were probably targeting her specifically to get to her father so she will become much an audience surrogate like Paige in the Americans showing a child the evils their parent(s) do.



    A decent episode of Ray Donovan moved some things along but most importantly got Ray into the business of handling clients, which is the best part of the show for me, and how his new enemies Kate and Cochran ain't no pushovers.



    Notes:

    -No Bunchee this week. He must be really busy at his bikeshop job which I hope we get a few scenes of in upcoming episodes.

    -What will Mick do with the knowledge that Ray is leaning on Ronald. And does someone really need money that much to buy their daughter a wedding dress that they would sacrifice their professional integrity in real life? The answer is most definitely yes I just have to say that it is a very specific thing he wants because they didn't establish that he was a degenerate gambler with a problem which would make much more sense with him needing the money more.

    -Is Claudette going to leave her new husband for Mickey after all? Or was she really just meeting with him to ask if she had anything to worry about?

    -Abby will be on fire next week and will hopefully finally get Ray to talk about his abuse.

    -Glad to see Terry out of his stalking Francis storyline which I wasn't a fan of. Since she wasn't going to the cops with what she knew it felt wholly unnecessary to waste two episodes on him following her around.

    -We need more Avi and Lena in the show and not just have them block someone into parking spaces and calling Ray with boring updates. Make them more active, that's what cool side characters are for writers.

    -Do I sense a twinge of romance between Kate and Ray potentially? Because if that happens I don't think the story won't leak or something won't be found that won't cause Kate to have to be dealt with the Ray Donovan way.moreless
Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Stu Feldman

Guest Star

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Therapist

Guest Star

John Ales

John Ales

Ricky Devita

Guest Star

Vinessa Shaw

Vinessa Shaw

Kate McPherson

Recurring Role

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Ronald Keith

Recurring Role

Ambyr Childers

Ambyr Childers

Ashley Rucker

Recurring Role

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