This episode of Ray Donovan was fierce.
“Handshake Deal” had several plot lines in the mix which made for some interesting television. Mickey and Darrell continue to tread dangerous waters as their business with the Armenians goes on. You could tell that Mickey will dig himself a hole so big that no one will be able to help him out. Not even Ray.
Ray, on the other hand, continues his work for the Finney’s. This job involves a cell phone which contains important information that is in the hands of a law professor. After Ray retrieves the phone with Lena’s help no less, he discovers Paige’s voice on one of the emails. When Ray decides to keep the phone and lie to Andrew Finney that he got rid of it, the ball is definitely now in his court because he now has struck an interesting deal with Paige which will give him a certain percentage of the Football team that she is buying.
Terry continues to struggle with life out of prison. His paranoia, violent behavior and DE shelved appearance make you feel sorry for his character. Bunchy gets his heart broken as Teresa decides to move to another gym. Abbey makes an empty promise to buy the bar in Boston, but her sister does not believe her because Ray would have to make the final decision.
We finally are starting to see who Andrew Finney really is. His meeting with Ray showed that his character could be raw and intimidating. His tone of voice with Ray and the way he dismisses him after they meet shows the kind of power he possesses. What are great about this season so far are the interactions that he and Ray Donovan have and now that Finney owns Ray, he feels that he has a certain authority over him. What Finney doesn’t know, however, is that Ray is smarter than he looks. He is always one step ahead and once you think he is down and out, he will surprise you.
This episode not only had several interesting plot lines but also intriguing character developments as well. It will be interesting to see how Ray continues to handle business with the Finney’s and handle his relationship with Paige. How will Andrew react if he finds out about the deal his daughter struck with Ray? The Finney’s are like a volcano. Slowly but shortly there will be a huge eruption and things will certainly get messy. Finally how will Abbey explain to Ray about her Boston trip and her intention to buy her family’s bar? How will Ray react and will he give in?
Overall, this episode had plenty going on, and now that the family secrets between Ray and the Finney’s are intact, it should make for great television the rest of this season.