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Ray Donovan

Season 2 Episode 6

Viagra

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 17, 2014 on Showtime
7.2
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Ashley asks Ray to help a friend who beat up a waiter. Meanwhile, Ray makes contact with Volcheck to seek his help in taking down Cochran. Mickey gets a stipend from Ray but hopes for more when he meets with a movie executive. Bridget argues with Ray and Abby about the diamond earring from Marvin.

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  • Viagra (Spoilers Ahead)

    9.0
    Ray Donovan had a great episode this week that got the supporting cast back into play and moved the central storyline along nicely.



    Fresh off the news that Cochran might be sleeping with his ASAC's wife we're treated to a scene in the opening that shows Cochran having sex with that woman while his ASAC is watching, which shows that the relationship is more that of consensual swingers and not that of an elicit and unknown affair while his ASAC watches them do it and refuses the advances of Cochran's wife. Ray manages to talk the ASAC into turning on Cochran by setting up surveillance equipment in his house to blackmail Cochran with. When ASAC approaches Cochran with the proposal of another evening of "Scrabble" as he puts it Cochran says that he upset Donna, Cochran's wife, saying she doesn't think he finds her attractive and if she's not into it he's not. ASAC calls Donna, as per Avi and Ray's urgings and lies to Donna telling her that he sorry because she reminds him of an old girlfriend and he didn't mean to offend her and that he wants to make it up to her with another night. She agrees and Ray's plot is put in motion.



    Terry goes to visit his doctor and sees Frances again, trying to tell her that he is sorry. She says that she will get another job if he continues to come to that doctor but he tells her that he came there to tell her the truth about what happened that night that she left and the priest was still alive. Later, she comes to him and they have a sexual encounter that she insists is "one She admits that she wants to hear what he has to say and he admits that he loves her and wants to be with her, despite her being unhappily married and with kids. When she pushes that the priest shouldn't have been killed her tells her the truth that he molested Ray and Bunchee. That seems to soften her a bit, but still she can't condone murder. When Terry brings up moving to Ireland and even visits the consulate to find out that business owners like him are welcomed with open arms and given fast citizenship he proposes to Frances in the clinic and she says that she has to think about it.



    Bunchee, while visiting Terry, gets a call from Cliff's mom, Patty, that she wants him to come over for dinner if he can. He says that he can but she reveals that Cliff won't be there which intimates that it will be the two of them and romantic things may ensue. When he brings this up to Terry he gets Potato Pie to come into the bathroom and give Bunchee some Viagra to help him become ready for the occassion. Given Terry's "sexual anorexia" as he puts it it seems like he would have legitimate concerns about it and it's sweet how he cares about being prepared should things go down that road. When he's over at Patty's place she washes his hair and she plants a kiss on him, and he sneaks into the bathroom and takes the Viagra. Unexpectedly Cliff comes home early from his sleepover and Bunchee has a total erection and it is horrifyingly awkward to see him deal with that and try to play it cool and stay to hang out with both of them. But I like this romance for Bunchee, I think having a healthy relationship for him is good for his character development and giving him something positive to do after all he went through in Season 1 (burning the house down as it were) is a great change to see in his character.



    Mickey gets a visit from Lena, who gives him an envelope with three hundred dollars in it that's supposed to last him two weeks and then he'll continue getting that. Mick feels put out by this and him and his friend (one of the more interesting side characters on the show) shoot the breeze and they contemplate getting legally married so that Mickey can take advantage of his benefits since he's dying of terminal cancer. Mickey gets a call from Paramount asking about his development deal with Sean Walker, an arrangement which was based on Mick potentially blackmailing Sean last season, about a script he wrote that sounds terrible. When Mick brags about who he is and his connection to Sully and what he can do they tell him to put it to paper to keep the deal if he wants something to get made. When he tries to put pen to paper he is mocked and explains to his friend that it is "as real as your cancer" which understandably upsets the guy and he leaves the room without Mickey even trying to after him to apologize.



    Abby continues seeing her police friend while at the range but Ray and Abby finally learn that she is seeing Marvin again and are shocked as to why she might keep that from Ray when he beat the kid up pretty severely. Connor's birthday is this episode but both of his parents aren't there to help him celebrate it with them out cheating on one another. Ray even gets to help a self-help guru (think Jordan Chase from Dexter Season 5) who has beaten up a room service guy from Guatemala and gets Ashley (his new girlfriend and the girl who Ray helped with her stalker issue in episode 1) to call Ray. Ray gives the guy a payoff of thirty grand so that he doesn't have to work in that place anymore and gets the speaker to sign with Goldman-Drexler as a client for "whatever he needs" in the future. Ray even interestingly learns from the speaker's lecture on "fighting for your life" and calls Abby to meet him for dinner at Sophia's where of course the waitress throws herself at him if he "needs anything" although I can't remember if this is the same restaurant where this bit part has already been established when he went to get June Ballard's pledge to the Ruth Goldman Cancer Institute earlier in the season. But she doesn't show up and he leaves a hundred dollar tip while Abby is out with her new boyfriend. Ray gets a visit from Ashley, who disrobes herself in his doorway and he doesn't stop her so of course they're going to sleep together as they did once before last season before he came to his senses. This wave of infidelity on both their parts is bound to catch up with them, but at least both of them are doing it since fair is fair.



    Notes:

    -Now that Ray has the footage of Cochran having an adult consensual relationship with a coworker's wife how does he frame this to hurt him and get out from under Cochran and does Mick fit into that plan?

    -Still no Daryl this week.

    -Good to see Potato Pie get more screen-time since he's an interesting side character that doesn't get nearly enough attention.

    -Does Ashley sleeping with Ray mean that she's no longer in a relationship with Mr. Motivational Speaker? Also, Mr. Speaker is an intriguing character who is sure to create some interesting future messes for Ray to clean up.

    -600 a month isn't a lot to live on, but it's do-able, just not anywhere in California.

    -I like that we get a reminder on Ray's financials being laundered through the Fite Nite gym and with Terry potentially leaving the country he has no way to clean his money anymore. Also, it looks like they're staying in Calabassas without another business to put it through. Even Walter White only owned the one carwash.



    Great episode that gave Ray doing what he does best, signing a new interesting client, keeping the drama between he and Abby rolling, and giving the side characters of the show a chance to do their own thing and making it seem effective on the overall storyline of the show. This is by far the best episode of the season since "Yo Soy Capitan," I just hope they can keep it up.moreless
Eion Bailey

Eion Bailey

Steve Knight

Guest Star

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Patty

Guest Star

Andrea Bogart

Andrea Bogart

Megan Volchek

Guest Star

Brian Geraghty

Brian Geraghty

Jim Halloran

Recurring Role

Stephen Duvall

Stephen Duvall

Shorty

Recurring Role

Kip Pardue

Kip Pardue

FBI Agent Tom Volchek

Recurring Role

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