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
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
Even though Ray warns him to stay away, Mickey interjects himself back into Terry and Bunchy's lives. Having finally had enough of the loud music from his neighbor, rapper Re-Kon, Ray pays a visit and ends up being solicited to help out a young hip hop artist. Although preoccupied by the bad things he's done in the past, Ezra hosts a fund raiser for The Goldman Ovarian Cancer Center, a tribute to his late wife. FBI Agent Van Miller approaches Mickey and explains the deal that got him out of prison early.moreless
The family visits Bel Air Academy where Abby wants Bridget to attend. Ray's promised Abby to attend and to put work on hold but he gets called away by Lena when surveillance at a Beverly Hills hotel goes awry. Mickey heads to Palm Springs with Daryll and Bunchy to see his ex-girlfriend, Claudette, who is also Daryll's mother. Teddy has his nurse Frances over to the gym for dinner. Ray gets some bad news about his plan to put Mickey back in prison.moreless
Ezra's accident requires emergency medical attention. Terry's romance with Frances advances. With his settlement check from the church, Bunchy goes looking for a house. Mickey pays an unsettling visit to Ezra to air his grievances. Later, when pressed by Ray, Ezra can't recall what he told Mickey. Ashley is back bothering Ray again. Ray and Avi get some troubling news and try to figure out who Mickey keeps meeting up with.moreless
After talking with his FBI informant, Ray learns about Van Miller's investigation and attempts to shut it down. Ray forbids the family to have anything to do with Mickey. Bunchy and Mickey throw a housewarming party at the new house but things get out of control. Ezra wanders off.
Ray catches a flight to Boston to search for Sully. Van Miller is intent on bringing down Ray and thinks he has a way via Sean Walker. Mickey continues to stalk Sean.
Ray, Terry and Bunchy honor the anniversary of their sister's death with a toast. Mickey's day at the spa includes a hook up with a former starlet. Bridget defies Ray and Abby and hooks up again with Marvin. Ray and Avi work on getting Bunchy's money back from the man who sold him the house. Lena gets back at her girlfriend. Terry goes after Frances' husband when she shows up at the gym with a black eye.moreless
To gather incriminating evidence, Van Miller wires Mickey for a meeting with Sean Walker. Avi and Sully head out to California. Ray has to deal with Marty Grossman who plans to publish compromising photos of Tommy Wheeler.
With Ezra's money, Ray continues with the plan to have Sully kill Mickey. Ray plans to attend Daryll's fight at the gym as his alibi. When Mickey is a no show Daryll wants to hold up the fight, but Ray reminds him that he should get used to Mickey letting him down.moreless
Ray deals with a crisis at the gym while someone from Bunchy's past is met with aggression. Mickey finds himself in police crosshairs as they make inquiries about a recent murder. With Sully on the loose, Avi is tasked with protection detail for Abby and the kids.
On the run with Sully's money, Eddie is caught by Ray and Avi. Bunchy throws Mickey out of his place. Abby and the kids hide in Malibu while Ray circulates information about "America's Most Wanted" being in Santa Monica. Ezra asks Deb to marry him.