This episode of “Ray Donovan” had plenty of intrigue, while it explored different venues of each character.
“Ding” shows Ray still being in a dark place while he accepts a job from Paige Finney. Terry displays his boxing brilliance while he goes toe to toe with one of the inmates in prison on more than one occasion and commits murder. Bunchy has a crush on one of the female wrestlers at his gym and Mickey and Daryl are on to a new scheme that could lead them to trouble once again.
This episode had some interesting moments, one of which involved Ray accepting a job from Paige Finney. The job, however, was much more interesting as Ray must confront a former navy seal who is threatening to kill the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers for sleeping with his wife. The bigger problem is that Ray was duped into believing that the situation has been resolved but discovers that the former navy seal does not want to accept any amount of money.
The only downfall this episode had to offer was the Bunchy and Mickey storylines. Bunchy continues to look dumbfounded when the camera hits his face but to the degree where his character is becoming extremely annoying to watch. Mickey still thinks he lives in the 70’s by offering the prostitutes in his community protection and thinking they work on street corners, not to mention he’s become a babysitter to an annoying little girl who auditions for Shirley Temple. The upside of this episode was Terry’s fight scenes in prison that had a “Sons of Anarchy” vibe to them.
Bridgett’s character has become a bit of an annoyance as well. She continues to try and push Ray back to the family and have him come home. While she does mean well, the repetitiveness of the situation becomes very dry. Connor on the hand was the highlight of this episode. Although you feel sorry for him, you can’t help but to laugh after his mom walks in on him watching porn. Let’s just say committing an act that only a teenager could think of.
Overall, “Ding” had plenty of drama and buzzkill, but the end result will leave the audience satisfied as they will witness another good episode. It will be interesting to see how Ray’s relationship with the Finney’s develops and what future jobs are in store. The main interest will be how Terry survives his stint in prison from here on out. His health seems to be deteriorating and may not have a choice to be locked up in isolation.
Hopefully the Mickey and Bunchy storylines will pick up soon so we can see their wacky comical side. It is definite however that business will pick up for Ray Donovan.