Ray Donovan

Season 2 Episode 2

Uber Ray

9
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2014 on Showtime
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Ray forces Mickey to come back to Los Angeles where the FBI put Mickey on parole and take the credit for shooting Sully.  A reporter starts looking into Sully's death.

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  • Enemies Closer (Spoilers Ahead)

    7.0
    Ray Donovan had a rather uninspired episode tsophomorehis week continuing Ray's bat rampage (would've been nice to actually see perhaps writers?) but I get it with Ray needing to tone down the violence at home and only "unleash the beast" in necessary situations like extracting Mickey from that bar back to LA. En route Ray says he doesn't want Mickey anywhere near his life but that Cochran wants to be certain Mick with keep his mouth shut. Upon delivering Mick to Cochran Mick is put back on parole which means that he has to get a job and a parole officer, just so that Cochran doesn't undermine the FBI story of Frank supposedly slaying Sully Sullivan. In Boston a reporter visits Sully's mother and finds the discrepancies in Cochran's story or how long Sully was supposedly in Los Angeles by a few months by interviewing Sully's mother from last season and Sully's dead girlfriend's mother who used to call her once a week until "about a month I take this journalist is going to play a part in the upcoming events but given that she goes to LA without her boss's approval, as he fires her without her hearing it she is no longer going there for a specific paper but instead the story. No doubt if she does crack the Sully piece it could get her a job at the LA times or she can write her own ticket to any paper (or line distributor for her investigative skills).



    Mick returning to LA doesn't sit well with many members of his family, especially Bunchy who is now playing it sober and we also learn that he got the job at the bike shop he really wanted. While Bunchy gets some great new direction Terry is still down in the dumps about Frances, who believes Ray sent Terry after her to scare into never telling the police about the priest they killed. She visits Ray's office and she tells him straight up that she will keep her mouth shut no matter what and to get Terry off of her back as she never wants to see a Donovan again. Terry is upset and tries to get Ray to fight him but he holds him against a wall until he calms down instead.



    Ray sets Lena and Avi to look into Cochran to see if they can find any leverage on him. When following him a lesser show would've gone with the leather vest and him being a closet or somethomosexualhing pulpy, the cover band veer was clever since finding dirt on him shouldn't be that easy (if there is any to find that is). With nothing to go on Ray sets his sights on replacing Mick's female parole officer with a more compliant one, Ronald Barnes, Bunk from the Wire (the actor not the character), who is in need of money to buy his daughter a beautiful wedding dress (which Ray offers to him, as well as his watch) in exchange for him taking over Mick's case. Ronald threatens Mick and gets him to stop sleeping at the gym and into a crappy apartment where he will have to get a job, handing him a slip of paper and saying "you start tomorrow at



    Ezra, still desperate to finish the RGCC, wants to track down benefactors who have backed out and ensure that they pay up. He instructs Ray to track down a famous actress named June who pledged five million dollars but isn't returning his phone calls. Ray arrives at a fancy restaurant and tells June's acquaintance to excuse himself. When he brings up why he's there June says that she will have to sell her art collection to make good on the amount to Ezra. The interesting thing is that she admits to being afraid if she doesn't meet the amount since she thinks Ezra is a gangster and would lean on her to get the money. Ray says that he knows Ezra and can handle him, and tears up June's check not wanting to put her in financial ruin showing us the good streak that has always been apparent in Ray as a human being.



    The other part of the episode focused on Ray being unable to talk to Abby about him being molested when she confronts him about his sexual aggression. He finds out she has been looking into a house in a quieter neighborhood, something they established last season when Marvin and his mentor lived next door (they still might). Connor is angry at his dad for not taking him to the kid's house to apologize which Ray says that they will do when he's not getting pulled in so many different directions. The episode ends with Ray calling Abby and telling her to meet him at the new house which he wants to buy for her.



    Notes/Thoughts

    -Gotta go back to the talking dolphin, don't you writers? Just stop with that already, it's too hammy.

    -Where does Terry go from here story wise? Is he going to spend the whole season pining over his dead relationship?

    -What, if any, dirt is there to find on Cochran?

    -What ever happened to Lee Drexler, the weasel who yelled at Ray for the first few episodes?



    Ray Donovan slowed a bit this week as settling Mickey back into LA was no easy transition for the cast. I only hope we can see Ray deal with more clients such as Diante next week since getting away from the family storyline can often be one of the best parts of the show to give the core drama some grounding. I also appreciate how Ezra invokes a selfless notion for a selfish project, the Hebrew proverb of Tikkun Olam which basically means humanity's shared responsiblity to repair the Earth essentially. I can see the Ezra storyline becoming much more desperate which will surely lead Ray to have to make many tough decisions down the line that will make for some engrossing TV.moreless
Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret

June

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Andrea Bogart

Andrea Bogart

Megan Volchek

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Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer

Mrs. Sullivan

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Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Ezra Goldman

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Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Frank Barnes

Recurring Role

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

Frances Simpson

Recurring Role

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