Ray Donovan

Season 2 Episode 4

S U C K

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2014 on Showtime
7.6
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Kate's inquiry into Sully Sullivan has narrowed it down to Mickey. Sully's former gang member, Tiny, puts Cochran's career at risk so Ray attempts to get him out of the way. While at the gun range, Abby makes the acquaintance of someone new. Romance might be in Bunchy's future.

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  • Tiny Problems (Spoilers Ahead)

    6.0
    Ray Donovan delivered a lackluster and predictable installment this week that went well below expectations as someone as insignificant in season one turns up in season two and other random things happen.



    At a grocery store somewhere in California Tiny (the grotesquely fat guy who was Sully's travel companion for the kill Mick job last year) gets arrested for stealing food. He is released from prison by Cochran through his connections and Cochran makes Ray "take care of Ray begins planning to get Tiny out of the country in a new life which Tiny doesn't take well. Having Avi sit on Tiny in the hotel room while he takes care of Ezra business was at least a great juggling game for him to play. Lena still hasn't found anything on Cochran, who still comes up as clean as a whistle and his "only friends are also in law A frustrating element of the episode was Ray having to go back on his word with June as he goes to collect the five million she promised to Ezra's "Ruth Goldman Cancer center" bringing a blackmail envelope that June allows him to open and see that Ezra had helped her hide her disabled daughter so many years ago and would use it against her. She says something about legacy being her motivation, but seeing Ray have to face what he truly does, without the moral illusions of "getting things done" he clings to, is a strong theme to get back to at least. He faces this again when Tiny tears up the passport that Lena got for him and refuses to leave the country. This puts his fate in Cochran's hand and he orders Frank, who Ray tells that Cochran will not always be on his side once the Sully incident is fully wrapped up, to kill Tiny. Frank has to get sloppy though as Tiny fights back and when he dies after getting shot and falling down some stairs he lands on another guy who Frank has to kill also as collateral damage. Ray may be a lot of things but a killer isn't one of them, at least when he can help it (minus the priest from last season) so seeing him have to swallow his pride is probably the only intriguing part of his arc on this episode. He is once again cheating on Abby with another woman, this time Kate the reporter who doesn't think seeing him again is a good idea although they end up doing it anyway. Abby I believe senses this and when Ray refuses to sleep with her in the shower, his mumblings about, "having to go" make her turn to the cop who she meets at the shooting range. This could no doubt be a honey trap and the cop is merely bait for a local police investigation into Ray and his organization that Abby will be flung into the middle of or at least is plant for later intrigue once the whole Cochran thing is wrapped up. Ray embracing extortion is hard to watch, but at least he gets 20% of it and is able to put down a payment on the house in the neighborhood for him and his family. I just wish the part of the beginning of the season where he was more involved with his family happened more often as it seems to be getting glossed over quite a bit since the season opener.



    In Mick's corner he is visited at work by Kate who wants an interview right as Ronald shows up to administer a urine test for drugs on him. Mick is now fully aware that Ray has his parole officer in his pocket and this episode shows that Mick has truly hit rock bottom now. He gets Ronald's permission to visit the fight club where Terry is now sullen and depressed watching a PBS special on Ireland saying "I'm gonna move there" although if he's serious or not doesn't seem to come across or if he's just entertaining the idea for a change of scenery to get away from all the things in his life to move past Frances. Bunchee gets a predictable, but somewhat deserved, episode this week as a single mom and her son are looking for a bike but can't find one within their price range. Bunchee tells them to meet him at the shop later and he builds the kid a pretty cool bike for him to have since he couldn't afford one when he was kid either and that's how he learned to build them. The Spongebob references are nice and seeing him relate to a kid who is somewhat on his level and the mom who seems to be somewhat interested in him can be really good for Bunchee. He's basically getting the feel-good story this year with Terry sidelined in Gloomsville and Ray doing what he does of the brothers Donovan, although Daryl doesn't really show up as much as the white brothers do as he only shows up in this episode to tell Mick that he shouldn't come by here anymore. Mick is also told this by Terry and he is forced to leave. The tape recordings he has in his VHS copy of Black Mass that he is getting out show that he was somewhat contemplating suicide and trying ti bring Ray down. Although I don't exactly remember if he was taping his conversations with the FBI agent who was working him and he subsequently killed or if they are recordings of him and Ray. But I vaguely remember them setting that up last season at some point.



    The episode was excruciatingly terrible it just felt like it didn't go anywhere, yes we saw that Cochran can work Ray like a puppet (which was already established), and grope his friend's wife's breasts without her saying anything because he is a total creep, but other than that he suffers from the same over the top shenanigans that Sully did last year and becoming a flat-out mustache twirler with no sense of humanity in him as far as what makes him good. Even Frank, who has only shown up in a handful of episodes is more interesting than Cochran is. Other comedic elements (probably unintentional) are Abby trying to unlearn her accent after having been embarrassed by it last week when she visited the house with Barb. Tiny is merely a throwaway character who is purely there to be moved around by other characters so his death doesn't hit anywhere hard or effective as I think the writers want it to. It's just a shame because I know this show can do better and being a third of the way through the season and already seeing the midseason rear its ugly head can be a bad sign of things to come. Just let Ray be part of his family, like he wasn't before, and keep the seedy underbelly stories of Hollywood flowing which is what makes this show compelling (at least to me). After all, the best episode of Dexter (when it was still good around Season 4) usually featured a victim or the protagonist doing something active at all times, that's what makes a decent hour of TV on a show like this. I only hope this is a mere snag in the road and not a warning sign of things to come later in the season.moreless
Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret

June

Guest Star

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Therapist

Guest Star

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Patty

Guest Star

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Ed Cochran

Recurring Role

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Ezra Goldman

Recurring Role

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Frank Barnes

Recurring Role

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