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Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

As the season finale of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan” concluded, the network announced that the show’s renewed for a third season and that wasn’t much of a surprise, given the way the episode and the season turned out. The “Fixer For The Stars” still stands, while those attempting to cross him either got mortified publicly or killed. The episode ended with Donovan sitting in his house, after pouring himself a drink, attempting to process all the information that took place over the last few months.

Donovan and Boston Globe reporter Kate McPherson got locked into an incredibly strange relationship, adversaries with a very deep emotional connection, which caused Ray to threaten anybody attempting to silence her, despite the fact she could send him to prison for a very long time. The book she plans to write’s an expose on  former Public Enemy Number One Patrick “Sully” Sullivan, that includes bad deeds done by Ray, his father Micky and a cover-up by the nominee as Federal Bureau Chief of the FBI James Cochrane. Her stories could also inflict damage and possibly criminal charges on the two attorneys’ that employ Donovan Ezra Goodman and Lee Drexler.

Near the end of the previous episode, Ezra sat down with Donovan’s right-hand man Avi and discussed the dangers that McPherson posed to Ray, his family and all his associates and put the matter in Avi’s hands to resolve. The resolution came quickly in the season finale, as Avi waited for the reporter to return to her apartment then put a bullet through her heart and one into her head, made sure he left no evidence and left the apartment.

Ray spent the previous evening as guests of the LAPD, after getting busted last week when he attacked Micky twice in front of a pack of uniformed officers. Lena posted bail and got her boss out, however she told Donovan that his brother Terry refused the bail and remains in jail after getting caught during Micky’s botched attempt at a big score, robbing the local Medical Marijuana Dispensary. Ray heads to the jail to talk with Terry and the older brother says that bail’s a promise that the person won’t flee, but he’s a flight risk so he’ll remain in custody. Ray tells his brother he’s just punishing himself for listening to their father and getting involved in the scheme. He infers that he can likely get a deal for Terry in which he wouldn’t serve time in jail.

He then tells his older brother that he may head to Leavenworth, due to McPherson’s book and if so he wants Terry to take charge of the family. Terry says he doesn’t want the responsibility, but his younger brother tells him that if Terry steps aside, Micky will step in to fill the void. He then tells his brother, when he gets sick of jail to call Lena and she’ll get him out.

Ray gets on the phone with Cookie Brown, who left ten voicemail messages on Donovan’s phone while he slept in the Graybar Hotel, Brown tells him he’s seen the tape of the shooting of Marvin and Rekon and the two have to sit down and talk. Ray tells him he’ll stop by Cookie’s house a bit later.

The two remaining members of the “Over The Hill Gang,” that messed up the robbery of the dispensary, Micky and his son Daryl, finally split open the safe and find there’s just $20 thousand, when they were expecting close to a million. Daryl’s finally had it with his father and says he wants nothing to do with him. But Micky sweet-talks his son, telling him he can have the entire twenty grand. He then tells Daryl that they should head to Palm Springs to talk to Daryl’s stepfather Alan, as he wants to apologize for the trouble they had the last time they got together.

Per usual Micky lied to his son about the reason to visit the man who married the mother of his son. The agent told Donovan when he first arrived in Southern California, that he’d pay Micky half a million dollars for him to go away. Donovan says he wants his money and Allen tells him to get lost, then insults his step-son.

Micky starts talking tougher and Alan tells him to come into the house and he’d write Donovan a check, then in an attempt at misguided machismo, attacks Micky with a tennis-racket. Micky soon gets the better of the matchup and flings the agent through his plate-glass doors and into his swimming pool. Daryl’s mother Claudette hears the commotion and finds Alan sputtering in the pool, telling his wife to call the cops. Micky tells her that if she does that Alan will get arrested as well. She tells Micky to leave and she never wants to see him again.

Ray shows up at Cookie’s house in the midst of a birthday party for Brown’s son. After getting frisked, he’s ushered in to see Brown and we soon realize that Cookie’s indeed seen the tape, as he mentions that Bridget’s on it and asks what she said to the police. Ray told Brown his daughter told the police the truth, Rekon was getting high and she didn’t like his driving, so she asked to get let out a couple of blocks before the incident occurred. Cookie says to Donovan that he’s glad that both of their children will grow up with their fathers alive. Ray tells Cookie he’ll be back later with the million dollars that the Gang Lord gave him.

Back at the office, Ashley’s waiting for him and she’s quite distraught. She says that she thinks he might be following her and suddenly her fiancée Steve Knight walks into the office. Knight starts talking about Ashley’s stalker Bob’s been lurking about and this time he struck Ashley. Ray asks her who actually assaulted her Knight or Bob, when Lena walks into his office and says she needs to talk to him immediately.

They head into her office and Lena shuts the door and tells Ray he should sit down, but Donovan blows her off and just tells her to spit it out. She takes a deep breath before telling Ray that somebody murdered  Kate McPherson earlier that day, shot down in her apartment. Donovan gets the wind knocked out of him and has to sit down, then tells Lena to get rid of Ashley and Knight which she does. Ray goes into his safe gives a video to Lena and tells her to bring it to Stalkerrazzi, a sleazy celebrity gossip site, immediately.

Ray drives to Tom Cochrane’s office, barges through the door and starts assaulting the Los Angeles FBI Bureau Chief with a hammer, two agents enter the office immediately with guns drawn. Cochrane tells the agents he’s fine and to allow the two of them some privacy. As soon as they leave, Donovan accuses Cochrane of setting up Kate’s murder and the director replied he wasn’t involved, he’s too busy heading for Washington. Donovan spits out that Cochrane’s not going to Washington and storms from the office. Cochrane yells after him asking if Donovan’s threatening him.

Abby gets a call from her boyfriend LAPD Detective Jim Halloran, asking her to drop by his house. He apologizes for not being able to set-up Cookie, but he tells her he can offer her and her children protection if they’d move in with him. Although the dwelling’s half the size of the house she lives in, she’s overcome with gratitude at the offer.

Daryl and Micky are driving south down the highway when Micky’s cellphone rings and it’s his parole officer Ronald Keith on the other end. Keith was part of the gang for the heist, but bailed and turned them in when he got informed by the facility’s security guard that the safe held very little money. Keith and Donovan swear at each other over the phone, but before Keith hangs up Micky hears the trumpet from a racetrack. He and Daryl turn around to give Keith some payback.

If Cochrane didn’t arrange Kate’s murder, Ray realizes that Ezra sent Avi to Boston to kill her, one of the reasons he and Lena have gotten his voice-mail all day. Donovan walks into Goodman’s office and Ezra, admits immediately that he sent Avi to kill McPherson. He tells Donovan, that he’s lost himself, forgotten who he is and Ezra had to step up for everybody’s good and clean up the mess. Ray then picks up the phone and calls the police, alerting them that a body’s buried in the building’s foundation. The body belonged to the Catholic Priest that raped Bunchy and Ray when they were children and Donovan killed in a fit of anger last season. The adverse publicity that finding the body will cause will the death of Goodman’s dream, a cancer center dedicated to his late wife.

Daryl and Micky show up at the track and see Keith shortly thereafter, chase him down to the men’s room and take turns pummeling the stuffing out of him. Keith, says he can make it up to them, he has a sure thing in the next race with 7-1 odds, they put the twenty grand on that and they can walk away with a nice jackpot. Daryl wants no part of it, but ever the con-man, Micky wants to go down and look at the horses.

Keith’s horse’s number one, but as number seven walks past Micky, he hears the voice of Linda, the woman Sully murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time last year. In the season opener, the voice came from a dolphin in the ocean with him in Mexico, telling him he’s not a sailor but a Captain. In the middle of the season, the dolphin on Shorty’s Miami Dolphin’s cap told Micky, that she was wrong he’s just a sailor after all. However when he heard the voice from the horse she said she’s in a better place now, that she forgave him and he’s indeed a Captain. Micky asks Daryl what’s the name of the seven horse and of course it’s Captain. The pair put the wad on the horse and Keith puts all his money on it as well.

Although, I truly expected the opposite Lady Luck rode with the trio and Micky ended up with a million dollars. He heads to Terry’s gym just as Terry’s getting back after having a change of heart of staying in jail. Mickey goes into his office and tells Terry that he won a million bucks and starts to give Terry his share, but Terry glares at him when he tries to short him, because he wasn’t at the track. Terry responded that he was in jail instead then tells Micky to leave the gym and never return.

Ray heads back to Cookie’s with the gym bag carrying the million in cash, the two bodyguards pat Donovan down, but don’t check the bag. Ray enters the office and Cookie’s sitting at his desk and a pistol’s sitting in front of him. Ray asks if Cookie’s going to shoot him and Cookie tells him he’s not sure, he’d like to live without looking over his shoulder all the time. Ray, tells him he can relate and starts taking the money out of the bag and stacking it on the desk, Cookie tells him he trusts him but Ray keeps piling the money on the desk. Ray then asks Brown how he can be sure Bridget’s safe and Cookie responds, he can’t. Ray replies I thought so and grabs the pistol in the gym bag shooting Cookie first in the heart and then between the eyes.

The two bodyguards enter, but Ray gets the drop on both and they give up their weapons. Donovan puts the guns on the desk and tells the two guys there’s a million in cash on the desk, if they split it it’s 500 grand each, or one gets a million. Ray leaves the house and at the ten count, we hear one pistol fire.

Donovan gets a call from Ashley, pleading that he come to her and Steve’s apartment immediately. Steve’s sitting outside on the steps when Ray arrives then follows him up to the apartment. Ashley points to the ground below and we see the corpse of her stalker Bob in a heap on the beach. She tells Ray, that he tried to stop Steve from beating her and Steve killed him by throwing him off the balcony. Steve’s clearly insane and Donovan talks him into lying in the trunk of his car until the police arrive. Ray leaves and tells Ashley to tell the police everything.

Abby, Conor and Bridget are home watching TV, when a news bulletin interrupts the program to announce that Cooke Brown was found shot to death in his home. Abby looks so happy she’s about to burst.

As Tom Cochrane leaves his office to head home from the night he hears moaning coming from his secretary’s computer, she’s watching the now viral tape of the Cochranes and the Volchecks involved in wife-swapping.

Ray enters his house pours a drink and sits in the dark in his living room. Abby’s upstairs in her bed with both kids, she goes down to see her husband, but asks if he’s alright when she sees the expression on his face.

Ray Donovan will return next summer for Season Three on Showtime.

 

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Boston Globe reporter Kate McPherson’s back in Los Angeles, armed with enough information to sink the career of Los Angeles FBI Bureau Director James Cochrane and put Ray Donovan and his associates behind bars for an extended stay, in the tenth episode of the second season of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan.” Donovan’s unaware of the impending danger when he wakes up on the couch of his client Steve Knight, after an evening of heavy drinking.  Ray’s tongue loosened by the alcohol, told Knight about the death of his daughter Bridget’s boyfriend Marvin and that his wife Abby was sleeping with another man.

Hearing Knight repeat his words back to him, embarrasses Donovan, who says he drank way too much. The motivational speaker and author tells Ray not to retreat into his shell, that it’s healthy for men to share their problems with other men. Knight’s girlfriend Ashley, wishes their guest a good morning, then kisses her boyfriend before leaving their beach house. Just after she leaves, Steve spies Ashley’s stalker Bob on the beach below, jumps off his deck and runs after him.

Bob’s an easy catch as he has a badly damaged leg and Knight tackles him and starts wailing on his face. Ray arrives seconds later and pulls his client off the stalker, telling him to leave. Bob tells Ray that Steve beats Ashley and he’s trying to protect her. Donovan screams at him to leave and then Knight commends him for his mercy. Ray asks if what Bob said was true and his client responded what goes on sexually between Ashley and he’s not Bob’s business. Donovan responds that if Knight ever beats Ashley again, he’ll kill him and Steve tries to brush off the threat by imploring Ray to swim with him, but he refuses.

Back at the Donovan house, Abby’s asleep on the living room couch, as we see Cookie Brown entering the house walking past Abby, goes upstairs and she hears a gunshot. She jumps up from the couch, running upstairs and screaming for Bridget, who’s sound asleep in her own bed, Cookie entering the house just a nightmare. She apologizes to her daughter and leaves the room.

Ray’s in the car driving to Ezra and Lee’s law firm when he gets a call from Kate, telling him he’s a liar and then swearing at him. He asks where she is and she swears again and hangs up the phone. Donovan calls Avi, tells her McPherson’s in town and to track her down. Avi advises his boss to stay away from the reporter, but Donovan basically tells him to do what he’s told.

Although Ray and Avi can’t find Kate, we soon do as she arrives at Micky’s apartment building to ask him questions. The elder Donovan doesn’t cooperate, but he starts to slip up as he starts to tell him Ray paid Sully two million dollars to kill him, but stops at Ray paid Sully. She tries to find out what his son paid Sully for, but he tells her to talk to Ray.

Donovan arrives at the law firm and Ezra, Lee and Cookie are there, Ezra tells Ray they just gave him the rights to Rekon’s catalog and Marvin’s sessions and he’s now a client. Cookie asks if he’s now entitled to use Ray’s services and when informed he is, asks for a moment alone with Donovan. After the attorneys depart, Cookie tells Donovan, that there are rumors on the street there’s video footage of the murder of Rekon and Marvin and he wants Ray to find the tape. The fixer tells Cookie it will cost a lot to acquire if it exists and Brown responds he’s willing to pay any price to find out who killed Marvin and for the killer to receive punishment. Ray, well aware that Cookie shot both Rekon and Marvin looks confused and Brown asks him if all’s cool between them. Donovan quickly recovers and says he’ll start the search.

Abby goes to the station house of her lover Detective Jim Halloran and the two go out back of the station to kiss and talk. She tells Halloran she needs his help, she wants him to hurt Cookie, to keep him from killing Bridget. The detective’s shocked by her request and tells her if she wants Cookie punished to have Bridget report what she saw. Abby tells Jim that if he refuses her, their relationship’s over, he thinks a few seconds then walks away. She chastises him telling him to man-up, that stops him for a second, before walking off in disgust.

Cochrane gets a phone call from the President asking him to take over as new National Director of the FBI. He and his wife are ecstatic, his lifetime goal of becoming Bureau Director now within sight. He heads to the office and swamped with congratulatory presents and cards. His assistant director Tom Volcheck goes to his office and Cochrane’s secretary tries to intercept him but he walks right past her into the director’s office. Another agent’s talking with Cochrane, but he tells Volcheck the agent’s about to leave.

When they are alone Tom asks him if he plan’s to bring him to Washington and Cochrane tells him that’s not in his plans. He then asks if he could appoint him as his replacement in Los Angeles and the director turns nasty, asking him why he believes he’s qualified to assume the post. Volcheck stammers out that Cochrane’s his mentor and mentions how close both couples are (referring to their wife-swapping escapades.) Cochrane asks his assistant if he’s attempting to blackmail him and Volcheck answers no, then leaves the office.

Micky and his pal Shorty are planning to rob the safe at the local marijuana dispensary, as it’s a cash only business and the dispensary can’t get a bank to allow them to deposit their funds in. For that he’ll need his Parole Officer Ronald Keith’s cooperation, to turn his anklet that tracks his whereabouts for the night. He asks Keith what it would take to cooperate and offers him five grand. Keith asks him where he can get that kind of money and Donovan responds he’d pay him the day after he turned it off. The Parole Officer says he should send him back to jail, but Micky asks if he could give him the money upfront would he cooperate. Keith glares at Donovan but doesn’t respond, which Micky interprets as a yes.

Shorty and Micky head to Terry’s gym and after introducing his friend to his son, asks if he can borrow five grand and Terry refuses. He then talks to his son Daryl first asking for a loan then offering to include him in on the heist and he could walk away with 100 grand. Daryl tells his father he’s crazy and leaves the gym. Mickey and Shorty are about to leave as well, when Terry says he can get the money but he wants in on the heist so he can buy a business in Ireland, then he and Frances can become citizens there.

Ray’s phone rings and Cochrane’s on the other end telling him to get to his office immediately. Ray responds he’s in the process of tracking down Kate, but the director says he won’t talk about it on the phone. When Donovan arrives Cochrane plays a recording of a phone call with her editor at the Globe. She tells him she’s about to expose the President’s choice for FBI Director and may even solve the Sean Walker murder. Cochrane shuts off the recording and tells Ray he’s going to eliminate her. Donovan responds he can’t let him do that and Cochrane asks if he has a death wish, because if necessary he’ll kill Donovan as well. He then says that he’s about to undergo a vetting process by the Senate Judiciary Committee and McPherson will screw everything up. Ray tells him he’s wrong, pulls out his cellphone and shows the director the footage of the Cochranes and Volchecks wife swapping. He then tells the director if anything happens to him or Kate, the video will go viral.

Keith returns to Micky’s apartment and the old man gives him $2500, saying he’ll get he second half the day after he turns it off. Keith asks him what he’s planning and Donovan tells him no questions. The Parole Officer then asks what he can do to earn more than five grand and Micky’s gang’s set, Shorty, their friend the local hooker, Terry and Keith.

Cochrane bursts into Volcheck’s office and tells him he’s being transferred to Bismarck, North Dakota for betraying him and that Tom’s beautiful wife will never follow him up there. Cochrane leaves and Volcheck falls apart at his desk.

Abby’s back at the house and is about to take her pistol out of its safety case when she hears Ray’s in the house, she puts the gun away before he walks into their bedroom. She tells her husband they have to leave, to move back to Boston to protect Bridget from Cookie Brown. Donovan tells her she’s ridiculous and he’d never allow her or their kids to get harmed. His phone rings and Avi tells him that he’s located Kate.

Of all the people in his life, there’s nobody more protective and more concerned about Ray’s well-being than Avi. Born in Israel and most likely a former Mossad agent, he thinks of Donovan more as his younger brother than his boss. When Donovan arrives he tells his boss that he should stay away from McPherson, that he’s obsessed with her and it’s bringing him down. He’s so off his game that Abby’s sleeping with Halloran and Ray explodes and pops Avi in the mouth. As he tries to keep his composure and ride out the pain, Donovan tells him he doesn’t realize that if McPherson publishes her story they’ll all soon be in prison.

Abby’s in the living room when she receives a text from Halloran asking if she’s okay, she responds she is and he replies he’s right outside. For some reason she grabs her pistol and tucks into her waistband at her back. She opens the door and Halloran tells her he’ll grant he request. The two end up making it in his car in her driveway, like a couple of teenagers.

Kate comes back to her motel room from a burger run and finds Ray standing outside her door. She opens the door, leaves it open and he follows her in. She asks if he’s there to kill her, and he responds she’s got to drop her story or her life’s in danger from Cochrane. She asks him questions which he bats away at first, but then decides to tell her the truth. Sean Walker was high on Micky’s dope and playing with Micky’s gun when he accidentally shot Ray’s and Sully’s girlfriend Coleen. Ray framed his father because he believed he was responsible for giving Sean the dope and the gun.

She then reveals she knows that the family priest molested Bunchy and asks if Terry got molested as well and Donovan tells her to leave Terry out of it. She then asks Ray if he got molested and Donovan starts kissing her passionately and shortly their having some pretty passionate sex. As they both start getting excited, she asks him again if he got molested and he tells her to shut up. She asks him again and Ray starts strangling her and looking like he’s going to kill her. Her screams finally break the spell and she gets up sobbing and runs out of the room. Ray sits there with his head in his hands, realizing he might have just sealed his fate.

The Cochranes are having dinner with a young couple at a restaurant, when Volcheck walks up to their table and points a pistol at James’ head. Cochrane’s wife pleads with Volcheck not to shoot him and a second later shoots himself in the temple, taking his life and probably any chance of Cochrane’s confirmation.

Ray drives to Steve and Ashley’s beach house and looks out at the ocean in the darkness. He then strips naked and jumps into the ocean swimming as hard as he can. Soon we hear Knight’s voice applauding his actions.

 The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Although only 45-minutes, Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan,” presented one of their most powerful episodes in the eighth installment of their second season, including a shocking conclusion that this viewer realized was going to occur just seconds before it took place. The events of this episode radically changed the dynamic of the series going forward, as relationships got altered, in some cases permanently. It also continued the theme of this season, that’s shown us the world of “The Fixer Of The Stars,” crumbling in front of him on a bunch of different levels.

The episode opens with Donovan, waking up the morning after his son Conor’s birthday, which ended in a family feud. Ray wakes up hung-over, and quickly realizes his wife Abby never slept in the bed. He calls his assistant Avi, whose sitting in a motel parking lot where Abby is meeting her new lover, LAPD Detective Jim Halloran. They have breakfast in the motel’s diner and Abby tells Halloran she’s nervous that he’s going to breakup with her. The cop responds, that he isn’t but wants to make sure she’s serious about their relationship, she replies that she thinks she’s in love with him but that’s the only commitment she can give him. Halloran tells her he can live with that.

Ray drives by the school bus-stop and sees his daughter Bridget waiting for the bus with other students. He stops the car, asks if she’s alright and tells her he loves her. He drives away and seconds later the bus comes, but Bridget remains after all the other kids boarded. A minute later her boyfriend Marvin Gaye Washington, pulls up in his red sports-car and drives her over to his studio, so she can sit in on a session.

We see the first appearance this season of Ezra’s partner in his law firm Lee Drexler, whose been on an extended honeymoon with his new trophy-wife. He steps into his pool and starts to relax, when he feels the pressure of a foot on his head, standing above him is recently released convict Cookie Brown and two of his henchmen. The next scene shows Drexler at a table in his house with Brown and his two associates, Lee’s on the phone with Donovan, telling him that Cookie and his crew invaded his home and their going to kill him. Ray tells the attorney, that if Cookie had plans to kill him he’d be dead already and tells him he’ll be over shortly.

When Donovan arrives, he tells Cookie to put away his pistol and for his henchmen to wait outside. Cookie does as asked, then gets down to the purpose of his visit. Before Cookie went to prison, he gave Rekon, (Marvin’s guardian and owner of the record label he records on ) $30 thousand as seed money to start the label. Now that he’s free he wants control of Marvin in return for his investment. Drexler goes into “Lawyer-Speak,” talking about there was no written contract and Brown stops him mid-stream and informs Lee, that the rules are different in the hood. Donovan understands, Cookie’s not going to give up on this, so he asks Brown for a few hours to work out the details.

Micky gets a call from his contact at Paramount, Debra Gershon and she tells him that one of the biggest producers in Hollywood Jerry Weiss, (Richard Benjamin) loves Micky’s script idea and wants to meet with him. However Micky’s parole officer Ronald Keith, says he’s not going anywhere, so Gershon has to come see him. She shows up shortly afterwards and Keith tells her who he is and that the elder Donovan’s not going anywhere. But Gershon hires him as a consultant and he gives Micky permission to meet with Weiss.

Abby’s still in the motel with Halloran, when her cellphone rings, it’s a text from Bridget’s school saying she has yet to show up. Abby calls her daughter and Bridget lies, telling her she’s home and not feeling well, Abby offers to come straight home but Bridget tells her she’ll be fine and just go take a nap. Just after Bridget hangs up, Marvin steps into the recording booth.

Rekon shows up at Drexler’s house and the attorney attempts to show bravado, saying he’s not afraid of Cookie and Marvin will stay with Rekon. Donovan’s stunned at Lee’s ignorance, he tells the lawyer a restraining order’s not going to work with Brown. Drexler tells Donovan, he’s the boss and Ray will follow his orders, but Rekon jumps in and says Ray’s right. They have to give up Marvin for everyone’s safety. Donovan starts to leave to meet with Cookie, but Drexler tries to convince him not to, Ray tells the attorney to trust him.

Avi shows up at Ray’s office with Halloran’s police file, as well as his camera but he doesn’t want to show Ray the pictures of Abby and the cop. Donovan grabs the camera and looks for himself, but gets interrupted as Lena brings Cookie into the office. Donovan tells him that Drexler and Rekon have agreed to give him Marvin, but he thinks they should relocate because of “hard feelings.” Brown’s too savvy to fall for that and realizes Donovan wants him to relocate Marvin to keep him away from Bridget. He tells Ray that they’ll soon move to South Beach.

Donovan drives over to Halloran’s house minutes before the cop arrives. He lets the detective go into his home, then kicks the door in, but Halloran gets the drop on him, standing behind him with his service revolver. Ray tells Halloran he’s not to see Abby again, but the cop says that’s up to Abby. Ray steps closer to the detective, who has his revolver cocked and ready and Donovan dares him to shoot him, at which point the policeman lowers his weapon.

Bridget and Marvin have recorded a duet of the sixties standard “Sunny,” and Rekon tells him that this record will skyrocket him to the top. He has yet to tell Marvin about the deal he’s agreed to with Cookie, most likely wanting to discuss it with him in private.

Micky has made a new best friend in Jerry Weiss, who tells the ex-con he wants to sign a three picture deal with him. Unfortunately, the deal falls apart later that evening as Claudette’s husband Alan shows up at the party with a young lady. The two spar verbally at first, but then Alan throws a drink in Donovan’s face and Micky starts choking him. Jerry tells Micky he has to leave and minutes later Gershon receives a call in her car from the producer, telling her and Micky the deal’s off.

Ray heads home to find Abby fuming that he went to Halloran’s house. He tells her she’s no longer going to see him and she laughs him off. He then hands her the loan papers to sign so they can buy the new house in Truesdale, but she says it’s too late. She tells him to move to his apartment in Los Angeles and he replies it’s his house and starts tearing her clothes out of the closet. She starts hitting him and he tries to soften the tension by kissing her, but she bites his lip, which starts bleeding. As he heads out of the house, his phone rings and Drexler’s on the other end. He tells Ray that he spoke with Cookie and told him he couldn’t have Marvin, but that Drexler would give him $150 thousand five times his initial investment. Donovan tells him he’s made a mistake and we soon find out just how big a mistake he made.

Rekon and Marvin are sitting up front in Rekon’s vehicle while Bridget’s in the backseat. They are listening to the recording and Rekon praises it even more than before. Marvin compliments Bridget, she tells him she loves him and lies down on the backseat. As they pull up to a stoplight, Cookie shoots Rekon dead and Marvin begs for his life to no avail, as he’s shot through the head. Brown doesn’t see Bridget in the car and drives away. Shaking, crying and spattered with blood, she leaves the vehicle, walks about a thousand yards, then calls Ray as the screen goes black.

The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Things looked bleak for the Donovan clan, at the outset of episode five of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan,” but the “Fixer For The Stars,” solved a problem that could have caused grave danger for his father Micky, Los Angeles FBI Director James Cochrane and himself, however due to some quick thinking and revisionist history, the trio avoided revealing the true story to a crafty and tenacious Boston reporter. The solution kept Cochrane on course to become director of the entire Bureau, as well as keeping both Micky and Ray out of prison.

Although the main story-arc concerned Ray and his father, Donovan’s wife Abby and teenage children, son Connor and daughter Bridget are all caught up in their own situations that have them courting trouble. First on the docket, the apology Connor owes to his classmate that he pushed down a flight of stairs earlier this season, resulting in the boy fracturing his collar-bone. Both boys as well as Ray and the other boy’s father are sitting in the other family’s living room.

Connor tells his classmate that he had done wrong pushing him from behind and causing him to fall down the stairs, but he said the other boy started the altercation by breaking Connor’s cellphone. The classmate’s father pushed for Connor to apologize and Ray chimed in as well, but he refused to, stating that an apology would make him look weak and the other boy’s father exploded in anger, grabbing him by his shoulder and threatening him. Ray, restraining his anger told his son they were out of there and they left the house with the other man’s screaming ringing in their ears.

As Ray drives his son to school, his phone rings and he picks it up hands-free, to find Micky’s parole officer Ronald Keith on the other end, telling him what we witnessed in the previous episode, that two plain-clothed law-enforcement officials had taken his father from his apartment the previous night. Connor, hearing his grandfather’s missing becomes concerned and Ray picks up the receiver to talk privately. Keith tells Donovan he has no idea where Micky’s at, but he’ll find out.

Turns out that the elder Donovan’s been spirited away to FBI headquarters and he’s held in an interrogation room. Cochrane soon walks in and Micky demands to call his lawyer, telling the director he knows his rights. The director in a fit of bravado, grabs a chair and destroys the close-circuit camera filming the proceedings. He then hands Micky an affidavit, claiming that Ray killed the FBI agent that the elder Donovan killed last season. The old man tells the director he won’t rat out his son and Cochrane walks out of the solid brick room telling Micky to enjoy the view.

Ray heads to the marina, seeking out his paid informant at the bureau Frank Barnes, whose pounding down beers on his boat. Donovan beats the agent mercilessly, first trying to find out where Micky’s hidden and secondly to find out dirt on Cochrane. The agent is clueless where Micky’s stashed, but he does tell Ray that there are rumors that Cochrane’s having sex with his assistant’s wife, the same couple that were over Cochrane’s house for Scrabble night in the previous episode.

Abby’s heading to the gun-range, hoping to see the young detective she flirted with the day before. Bridget comes into her room and tells her mother she’s not feeling well and Abby, realizing that her daughter just wants to stay home for the day gives her permission to skip school. After her shooting session, she tries to ask about the detective, but then gets embarrassed and leaves.

Kate McPherson, the Boston Globe reporter investigating the death of former Public Enemy Number One Patrick “Sully” Sullivan and has Cochrane terrified she’ll find out how Sullivan really died, shows up at Micky’s to find he’s not there. Donovan’s neighbor Shorty asks if he can help her and she explains that she’s the reporter who had set up a meeting with Micky. Shorty’s about to hand her something from Micky, when Ray arrives, so he slips it into her purse and heads back to his room.

Ray tells Kate, that if she keeps digging her life’s in danger and then shows her the newspaper article on Tiny’s killing. She tells Donovan, she’d faced threats on her life when she wrote about pedophile priests, she kept digging then and she intends to do the same in this situation. Ray gets out of her way and she leaves the building, while Donovan gets another call from Keith telling Ray where Micky’s at.

Bridget’s back with boyfriend Marvin Gaye Washington, whose become a rap superstar since last season. He’s sporting a pair of diamond earrings and takes one off his ear and puts it on hers, then invites her to a party. The event’s a swanky poolside affair, hosted by a guy named Cookie, who was recently released from prison and gave Marvin the earrings. It turns out however, that Marvin’s guardian who’s also at the party, wants the young man to stay away from the former convict and Marvin and Bridget leave the party.

Abby heads back to the new house in Truesdale that she and her family will soon move into, when the female neighbor she met the last time she was there shows up with a friend and a bottle of wine as a peace-offering, due to their rocky introduction. Shortly there after, the three woman feel buzzed and laughing giddily, when Abby feels sick because she drank so quickly. The alcohol removes, the neighbor’s inhibitions and she tells Abby that they know what Ray does for a living and she has a marvelous divorce-attorney. Abby’s back goes up and says she has no intentions of getting a divorce and the other woman responds that he’s a common thug. Abby sees red and grabs the woman by the throat, telling her she’ll kill her, then barricades herself in the bathroom, while the women call the police.

Ray’s able to get a Federal Judge whose a close friend of Ezra’s to issue a warrant for Micky’s arrest as a person of interest in a murder case and get him out of FBI custody.  A detective and two uniformed officers armed with a warrant, take Micky away from Cochrane, who tells the detective he’ll have his badge. His phone rings and Ray’s on the other end, Cochrane threatens to kill Donovan, who responds that soon he’ll be thanking him.

Abby’s in the back of a cruiser, but the detective she met at the firing range has interceded on her behalf and got the charges dropped. He tells her he’ll take her home, but she asks if he’ll take her to a hotel and have sex with her instead. The detective, gently refuses and tells her she’s emotional and then she asks him to hug her which he does.

Kate gets a call from Ray and tells her to meet him at Ezra’s and she’ll get the true story of how Sully died. When she arrives, Ray, Micky and Cochrane are there and Ray tells McPherson that he and his father had worked for the FBI to help capture Sully and Micky was the bait. Micky had told Sully that he could get him to the Maldives and Ray produces a passport with Sully’s picture on it. Cochrane tells her she can have the exclusive, but she has to keep Micky’s name out of the book for his own protection from Sully’s friends.

She apparently buys the story and Ray drives her to LAX to catch a plane back to Boston. She asks him if he loves his wife and if he has any friends. He responds that he does love Abby, but he has trust issues, something Kate herself can relate to. He tells her he’ll miss her and she heads back to Boston.

Abby receives a text message from the Detective, when she gets out of the shower, asking if she’s okay and she responds that she is and thanks him for being a gentleman. He texts back next time he might not, and she texts him back a nude selfie. We see Ray sitting in his car in the dark, until a figure comes out from his house with some trash for his barrel. It’s the other father and when he comes outside Ray drives away, perhaps just attempting to scare him.

The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

What does the most powerful “Fixer In Hollywood,” do when he sees his life and career breaking down in front of him? That became the central question in the fourth episode of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan,” as the title character found the walls of the life he built for he and his family on the West Coast start to rumble. Donovan’s been used to calling all the shots, but this season his life’s in turmoil due to Los Angeles FBI Bureau Chief James Cochrane making him dance like a circus monkey to avoid sharing a prison cell in Leavenworth with his father Micky.

Ray and Boston Globe reporter Kate McPherson were getting tanked in a Los Angeles bar as the previous episode  concluded and as we joined them this week, they are having sex in a hotel room. Donovan wakes up early and steps outside the room, watching the sunrise and attempting to come up with a way to keep McPherson away from Micky, whom she wants to interview about his relationship with former Public Enemy Number One Patrick “Sully” Sullivan and the way he died. The reporter doesn’t believe the story released by the Bureau that Sully got shot and killed by a FBI Agent, as she’s discovered inconsistencies in their story.

As he re-enters the room Kate and he talk and she tells him that just because they had sex, it won’t stop her from pursuing her story. Ray asks if they can see each other again and Kate declines, saying she doesn’t think it would be a wise decision. He expresses his disappointment and leaves the room and when he gets into his car calls Deb Goldman to inform her to make a bid on the house in Truesdale that Abby’s crazy about.

We see a familiar figure in the next scene as Sully’s former henchman Tiny’s in a grocery store staring at a cold cuts display, when he grabs two packages and stuffs them in his pockets and starts to walk out of the store. Tiny may have made it out of the store with the luncheon meat, but he got greedy when he became transfixed by rotisserie chickens and attempts to stuff one in his jacket. As he turns around he stands face to face with a cop who asks Tiny what he’s hiding and the food falls to the floor. Tiny picks up the chicken and attempts to run out of the store, but the obese man makes it about 50-yards into the parking lot when he gives up.

Cochrane in the kitchen with his wife answers his cell phone and breaks into a swearing jag until his wife, acting more like his mother chastises him for his language. He apologizes to his wife then asks the person on the other end of the phone where Donovan’s at? Ray soon arrives at a diner, where he meets the agent he owns on the Bureau’s staff Frank Barnes, who accompanies Donovan to the table where the Bureau Director’s having breakfast. Cochrane’s a little man in a big man’s position and he brings all the pettiness and insecurities of a little man to his job and he’s relishing ordering Donovan; a man who could rip him in half with his bare hands, around like a lap-dog.

The Director tells Ray that Tiny got arrested and started talking to the cops about the night Sully got killed on the docks, Cochrane tells Donovan he’s got 24-hours to eliminate the problem and Ray responds he’ll take care of it. Then just to show Donovan, he can’t sneeze without him being aware, Cochrane asks him about the night before with Kate McPherson.

Ray drives home, but calls Micky’s parole officer Ronald Keith and tells him that he needs to get Mickey out of his apartment and away from McPherson. Just as the reporter introduces herself to Micky, Keith pulls him away for a urinalysis and sends the Globe reporter on her way. When Keith gets the elder Donovan in his car, he calls Ray and puts his father on the line. Ray tells Micky not to talk to McPherson, or he’ll end up in prison and the old man says he’ll stay away from her if he can go visit his sons at Terry’s gym.

Ray arrives home and Abby asks him where he’d been all night and he responds working, but tells her that they’ve made a bid on the house. He then goes to take a shower and she joins him in there, but he rebuffs her attempts at love-making, telling her he has to see Ezra. She doesn’t believe his excuse and remains in the shower crying as he gets dressed.

Donovan drives to go bail-out Tiny, when his phone rings and Deb tells him their offer’s been accepted by the owners of the house and he needs to give them a million dollar deposit the next day and Ray tells her he’ll get the money. He then calls Ezra, whose avoiding Donovan’s calls and gets the secretary who tells him the agent’s still tied up in meetings. He picks up Tiny and brings him to the same motel that he hid Sully, when Ray hired the mobster to kill Micky last season.

When they enter the room, Avi’s already inside and slugs Tiny in the gut, causing the big man to start pleading for his life. Through two seasons, we have watched Ray Donovan go through a myriads of moods, but not until this episode did the South-Boston native, just lose it and scream, every vein protruding from his neck and head and his eyes on fire. He sissy-slaps Tiny and reminds him the rule they all learned at the age of five on Dorchester St. in Southie’s never talk to the cops. The big man tells Donovan he panicked, he can’t go to prison or back to Southie as everyone believes he set Sully up. Donovan takes his picture with his cell phone and tells Avi to keep Tiny in the room, then he drives over to Lena’s gives her the picture of Tiny and tells her he needs, a passport, a one-way-ticket to the Maldives Islands and 15 grand in cash in two-hours.

Mickey heads over to Terry’s gym and sees Daryl and Terry, but neither are happy to see him. Terry’s watching a video of Ireland and tells Micky he’s moving there and the old man tells him if he wasn’t on parole he’d join him. Daryl’s finally seen through all the smoke and mirrors that his father has dazzled him with over the years and realizes the old man is beyond redemption. Micky starts talking with a young boxer at the gym, about possibly managing him, then asks the kid if he’d take a dive. Terry storms out of his office and tells Micky to leave and never return.

Ray’s fed up with Ezra’s avoiding him, storms into the office suite and then into Goldman’s office and shows his anger at the way the agent’s treated him. Ezra tells Ray that he’s still angry at him, for failing to collect $5 million from former Queen of the Silver Screen June Wilson, that she pledged to the Ruth Goldman Cancer Center, that Ezra’s building in memory of his late wife. Ray tells Goldman that he did fail him and he will get the money from Wilson, but he’s keeping 20% and Ezra starts to sputter and asks what Donovan’s doing. He replies that it’s a reminder to the agent that Ray does all his dirty-work for him and that Ezra relies on him more than he’d care to admit.

June Wilson’s not looking as glamorous as she did a few weeks ago when Ray interrupted her meal at a Beverly Hills bistro with her boy-toy Carlo, a few weeks ago. Perhaps it’s too early in the day, or she’s due for a Botox injection, but her dour mood makes her look more frowsy. She reminds Ray, that she told him at their last meeting, that Ezra Goldman always demands all debts paid in full. She then hands Donovan a manila envelope and asks him to look at the contents, there’s a picture inside that looks like a photograph from the sixties of a young red-headed girl with Downs-Syndrome. June tells him the girl’s her daughter and she’s kept her hidden all these years with Ezra’s assistance and she will not allow the information to surface now and destroy her legacy. She writes Ray the check, then informs him that this will be the last time they ever socialize, Ray walks out the door looking embarrassed and ashamed.

Micky’s back at his apartment and his neighbor Shorty invites him into his room to talk and Shorty’s smoking his medical-grade marijuana, when Micky asks for a hit since he had been drug-tested that morning. Shorty’s also has an oxygen tank and he’s discovered that if you inhale the oxygen, just before hitting the joint, you get higher, Micky tries it and gets wasted. He starts to hallucinate that the dolphin on Shorty’s Miami Dolphins cap’s talking to him, in the same female voice he heard from the dolphin he encountered in Mexico. The dolphin tells Micky she was mistaken about him, that he’s just a sailor and not a captain. Micky screams back to the dolphin that he’s a captain not a sailor and Shorty tells him he never said that. The elder Donovan, collects himself and walks back to his apartment across the hall and closes the door behind him.

He then does some push ups as he still tries to collect his wits and rummages through his pocket for Kate McPherson’s card. He calls the Globe reporter and tells her he’s willing to talk for a price, she shuts him down and says she never pays for stories. Micky counters with, how about if it meant an eyewitness account from the docks the night Sully got killed? McPherson tells him she maybe able to work something out and will get back to him.

Ray heads back to the motel and tells Tiny that he’s about to embark on his new life, complete with new identity and passport, plane-fare and a home in the beautiful Maldives Islands and 15 grand in cash as a parting gift. Only problem is Tiny wants nothing to do with the plan and stupidly tries to escape through the bathroom window, which his neck wouldn’t squeeze through. Avi patches the big man’s wounds, then they attempt to drive Tiny to the airport. Tiny begs them to send him back to Boston, or better yet, allow Tiny to work for Ray. Donovan keeps repeating to the guy that he has no choice but to go there and Tiny rips up the passport and plane-ticket. They bring him back up to the room, when Cochrane calls telling Ray to meet him immediately.

Donovan pulls his car alongside the Director’s car and Cochrane asks him what’s the story with Tiny and as Ray starts to respond he informs him that he’s well aware of what’s going on and Barnes will take care of Tiny. He then plays a recording of the phone-call between Micky and McPherson and infers Ray best make sure that meeting never takes place. He heads back to the motel carrying a chicken and a bottle of red wine and tells Avi to leave, he’ll handle the situation. Avi realizes something’s wrong and tells his boss to take care. Ray gives Tiny the chicken and wine and the big man devours the meal and Donovan tells him he’ll get him ice-cream for dessert and leaves the room. He and Barnes exchange eye-contact in the parking lot, then Ray drives away.

He immediately calls Kate and tells her that she’ll put herself in serious jeopardy if she tries to contact Micky again and she wants to know what Donovan means. He responds that he can’t talk over the phone, but texts her an address and tells her to meet him there. As they hang up, two plain-clothes law-enforcement officials burst into Micky’s room and cuff him, then spirit him away.

Barnes heads into the motel room with weapon drawn and Tiny comes out of the bathroom and Barnes shoots him once in the abdomen, but Tiny charges at him like a wounded rhino, knocks Barnes down and runs out of the room. Barnes gets up and unloads on Tiny at the top of a stair case and the obese man falls down the stairs and onto an innocent bystander, pinning him to the ground. The Agent realizes what he has to do and shoots the innocent bystander between the eyes.

It’s scrabble night at the Cochrane’s and a young couple arrive for dinner and their favorite board-game. The husband appears uneasy in front of Cochrane and possibly frightened. As his wife is putting dinner on the table, Cochrane answers his phone and he briefly raises his eyebrows, then says thank you Frank and hangs up. The other woman and he are alone in the kitchen and the Director squeezes one of the woman’s breasts, eliciting no reaction from the other woman, as the head to the table to enjoy their casserole.

The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

Photo:  Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The Donovan family’s moving up in status, as the title character of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan,” agreed in the previous episode to move his family to the toney suburb Truesdale and in the third episode, he committed to do his best to get daughter Bridget into the prestigious Bel-Air Academy. However the Hollywood “Fixer For The Stars,” has a lot on his plate, including keeping Los Angeles FBI Bureau Director James Cochrane off his tail, and Ray’s father Micky out of trouble; which is a fulltime job itself.

We join Ray, his wife Abby, Bridget and the principal of her high school as the episode opens and the school official has exciting news to share with Bridget’s parents. She took the entrance exam for the Academy and scored in the upper percentile making her a prime candidate academically for the private school. However, being Hollywood one needs to have a benefactor go to bat for your family to get your child in the exclusive school and the contact that could help the Donovan family, Producer Stu Feldman, (Josh Pais) has blocked previous efforts due to his immense dislike of Ray. Donovan promises Abby, that he’ll try to make amends with the producer and gets in his car to head there.

As Ray drives to the producer’s house, his phone rings and Cochrane’s on the other and demanding that Ray get to his office immediately. or terrify his family when a SWAT Team knocks down their front door to take Ray away in chains. Although the local Bureau Director is far from being a physically imposing figure, he refuses to exhibit fear and talks down to everybody. Ray doesn’t react well to such treatment and calmly tells Cochrane as he enters the office, that if he ever threatens his family again, Donovan will kill him. Cochrane shows no reaction to the threat, instead starts talking about an outside threat, who’s out to prove that former Public Enemy Number One Patrick “Sully” Sullivan wasn’t killed by the FBI.

That “outside threat,” that Cochrane refers to as the “Boston Globe’s Lois Lane,” is Globe reporter Katherine McPherson, who strong-armed her editor in the previous episode to let her fly to the West Coast after Cochrane’s televised ceremony when he presented medals to the two agents credited with taking Sully out. McPherson checked sources close to Sullivan in Boston, and noticed discrepancies from the FBI account to what her sources told her.  She asks to speak to the agent that shot Sullivan and Cochrane refuses, she then asks about Micky Donovan and Cochrane tells her he has no knowledge of anyone by that name. Ray tells the Bureau Director to relax and he calls his chief aide Avi to watch the reporter and to keep her away from Micky.

Micky’s new parole officer Ronald Keith, has gotten him a job washing dishes and slicing carrots on the morning shift of a greasy-spoon on the wrong side of town. He tells his supervisor he’s taking a break and then heads outside to wear the other workers gathered, passing around a joint. Micky’s tempted but tells his fellow employees he’s on parole and being tested, but one of the guys tells him that he just needs a prescription for medical marijuana. Keith walks over to the group and tells the other guy, that Micky can’t go that route and realizing Keith’s a parole officer, scatter.

He puts an ankle bracelet on Micky and tells the ex-convict that he’s only allowed to go to his home and his job or the bracelet will shock Micky and alert Keith. Just then Micky gets a call on his cell phone and his former girlfriend and mother of his youngest son Daryl, Claudette’s on the other end. She tells Micky that she needs to see him and Donovan responds that he’ll meet her at a fancy restaurant at 6:00 pm. Keith tells Micky that if his bracelet signal shows up there, the old man’s heading back to the joint. He tells Micky to have her meet him at his apartment, but he tells the officer that he’s too embarrassed for her to see him like that.

Ray arrives at Feldman’s office and the producer’s befuddled why Donovan’s there. He asks his assistant whether they had a scheduled meeting and when told that he doesn’t, hesitantly invites him into his office. Feldman and Donovan have a history from the first season of the series, as the producer hired Ray to tail his mistress and they ended up in bed together. The Producer invited Ray and family to a party at the producer’s, arranged to bury the hatchet, Feldman told Abby about her husband’s affair and told her Bridget would be black-balled from Bel Air Academy. Donovan got revenge by breaking the producer’s hand and this meeting’s the first time they have seen each other since.

Donovan asks for Stu to help get Bridget into the academy and Feldman starts complaining about his mistress, she’s started a recording career and chopped off all her hair ala Miley Cyrus and the producer’s desire waned when she altered her look. He tells Ray that he’s obsessed with bedding a porn-starlet, whose know as the “Meryl Streep of Porn,” according to him. He’s made financial offers but keeps getting refused, he tells Donovan if he can arrange to grant his request he’ll assure Bridget gets into Bel-Air Academy.

Avi calls Ray and tells him that McPherson, showed up at Terry’s gym and Donovan tells his right hand man to make sure she doesn’t get away. Avi pushes her car ahead in the street-side parking spot, then puts his car behind her so close she would be boxed in. The reporter goes upstairs to talk to Terry and tells him she’s writing a book about Sully and heard Micky’s named mentioned as a close associate and she wants to talk to him. The oldest Donovan brother says his father’s not at the gym and he’s unsure of his whereabouts. She thanks him, heads to the car and finds she’s trapped.

Ray heads over to talk with the porn producer about Stu paying for a night with the actress he fancies, when the producer informs Ray that actress is his wife and she’s not a prostitute. She only has sex with other professionals of the industry and requires a detailed health check. Donovan walks out with an autographed picture of the actress and a definitive NO, from the producer. He then heads to Feldman to give him the picture and the response and Feldman, insults Ray and tells him that he hopes Bridget enjoys public school. He says he knows the way to get his fantasy fulfilled.

Donovan pulls up to Terry’s gym and sees the reporter seething out front, wondering how long she’ll remain trapped. Ray plays dumb and asks if he can help, when she explains the situation he tells her that his brother owns the gym and most likely somebody inside has boxed her in. She asks if he’s a Donovan and he responds he is as they head upstairs. After a charade, they find Avi in the shower and he apologizes and tells the reporter he’s moving his car.

Micky’s back at his apartment trying to remove the ankle-bracelet with a plastic knife when a fellow tenant of the building walks into his apartment’s open door. The man introduces himself to Donovan, he’s Shorty, another ex-con who got released when he contracted lung cancer as the state didn’t want to pay for his treatments. He tells Micky he’s got some tools and comes back with a screwdriver, which Donovan uses to break the bracelet, Shorty says he’ll wear it with some duct tape wrapped around it, so Keith will believe Donovan’s home. They realize the plan’s not going to work when the parole officer arrives seconds later, having been signaled that Micky removed the device.

Keith tells Micky that he’s got one last chance, if the ex-con spits on the sidewalk he’s heading back to prison. Micky notices Keith’s fancy watch and recognizes it as one of Ray’s. He asked Keith where did he get it and the officer responds that he bought it at the Gem And Loan Pawn Shop in Beverly Hills. When Micky inquires about the price, Keith responds that the question session’s over. Micky then asked if Keith had to pay with more than money for the time-piece, such as a piece of his soul and Keith silently walks out.

Feldman has the porn starlet and her husband meet him at one of his sets, and the couple gush over the facility. He introduces himself as an actor in the industry and provides them his health information, then tells the husband he’s going to shoot their scene with a hand-held camera, which the producer says he likes the concept.

Stu is actually having sex with this woman in front of her husband filming her with a hand-held camera, when his passion overcomes him and he puts down the camera, tipping the wife off that he’s a phony and calls over her husband, who socks the Sleazeball in the head while still in the act. The husband demands to know what’s going on and Feldman tells him he’s the biggest producer in Hollywood and  the husband kicks the producer in the skull knocking him unconscious.

Back at the gym, Ray’s trying to charm the reporter and steer her away from talking with his father. He says Micky’s old and fragile, he did bad stuff but paid his debt to society by serving his sentence in a maximum security prison. Micky just wants to live out his days in peace and he’s forgotten most of the past. Although McPherson acts amenable, she’s not buying anything that Donovan’s telling her, she says goodbye and heads for her friend’s apartment where she’s staying while in Los Angeles.

Back in his car, Ray’s phone rings and Feldman’s on the other end, tied to a chair as the husband stands menacingly above him. He tells Donovan to go to the safe in his office and get $200 thousand to pay the couple. He tells Ray that if he comes with the money he will guarantee that Bridget gets into Bel-Air Academy.

McPherson’s watching a Sean Walker marathon with her friend on TV at her friend’s apartment and as the credits roll, a name catches her eye; Consultant: Micky Donovan. She then calls the parole office saying that Micky applied for a job at her coffee shop and she couldn’t make out his address and phone number to contact him.

Ray and his other assistant Lena, arrive at the porn producer’s house with the money in a satchel. He and Donovan go to another room to count the money, when it’s verified he’ll release Stu. As the husband starts counting the money, Ray tells him that he doesn’t want the money as it would reflect badly on his wife and himself. He asks Ray, what he suggests and the camera goes black. Feldman and Lena are in the car when Ray climbs into the driver’s seat and tells Stu they are heading to his studio.

The next scene takes place back at the studio filming a scene as box-office megastar Tommy Wheeler’s (Austin Nichols) filming the climactic scene of his next big movie with the porn-starlet as the woman he rescues. The mainstream exposure she’ll receive is worth far more than the money, which Ray has kept and is getting laundered so he can use it to pay for the new house and Bridget’s school.

Once again Ray’s phone rings and this time it’s Keith telling him that someone at the parole office gave McPherson, Micky’s address and phone number and she’s headed their as they speak. They concoct a plan to get Micky to the restaurant to meet Claudette while Ray waits for the reporter outside Micky’s apartment. When she arrives he tells her his father not coming back that night and offers to buy her a drink.

Mickey and Claudette meet at the restaurant, and she tells Micky that she had to sign a sworn statement earlier at the Beverly Hills Police station that she was with Donovan on the night Sully murdered Sean Walker, as Micky was with Sully when he killed the movie star. He tells Claudette that he didn’t kill Walker and asks her to stick with the story.

Ray and Katherine are pretty loaded at the bar and he tells her that she reminds him of Bridget, because she’s so bright. The reporter then rambles on drunkenly how she knows that Cochrane and Ray are hiding thing from her that she’ll eventually find out Ray tells her that if Sully was with them he would look at her and say “Katherine McPherson, you’re a PISSAH!” McPherson responded in kind and they both laughed as the episode concluded.

 The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT

Micky Donovan returns to Los Angeles in the second episode of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan,” and nobody except L.A. FBI Bureau Director James Cochran seems pleased with the situation. At the top of the list of those dissatisfied with the unfolding development’s Hollywood fixer and Micky’s son Ray, well aware that where ever the elder Donovan is trouble soon follows. Ray brought his father back to Los Angeles from his slice of paradise in Mexico,  at the behest of Cochran to talk about his role in the murder of former Public Enemy Number One Patrick “Sully” Sullivan.

We join father and son on a highway heading back to the states, in the middle of the night and Micky wakes up finding Ray’s handcuffed him to the passenger door. Looking up at the car’s moon-roof he sees the stars above and starts reminiscing to his son. He talks about the one summer during his four kids’ childhood when he wasn’t in prison, they rented a cottage in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. His wife wanted a lobster dinner, so Micky got three of them each weighing three pounds and put them in the bathtub while he and his wife ran some errands. When mom and dad returned home they found the bathtub empty, as daughter Bridget convinced her three brothers to set the crustaceans free in the ocean.

Jon Voight who portrays Micky and Liev Schreiber as Ray, are consummate actors with incredible chemistry between them. Ray very rarely laughs, but when he does it comes from deep in his belly and one of the brief moments that he’s able to forget about his inner-demons. Micky sees the reaction and hopes to bond with his son over the memories, however the bridge between them has suffered far too much damage to repair.

Cochran follow’s Ray’s suggestion that the FBI take credit for Sullivan’s death. He hosts a press conference and gives medals to two agents including Ray’s lackey Frank Barnes, for the mobster’s take-down. While the conference’s televised back in Boston, a reporter named Kate (Vinessa Shaw) for the Boston Globe thinks something’s a miss with the information that Cochran releases during the ceremony. The Bureau director tells reporters that they believed Sully had been in Los Angeles for the previous 6-8 months. The reporter bursts into her editor’s office telling him the Bureau is lying and for him to send her to Los Angeles for the story. The cliché that most procedurals would follow, would be telling the young woman that sounds like a great angle and bring us back an exclusive. Instead we get some realism as her editor reminds Kate that newspapers are barely surviving in 2014 and there’s no way he’s going to authorize her request. She responds that she’ll dig up compelling evidence to change his mind.

Micky and Ray walk into Cochran’s office and Micky hopes to win him over with jokes, but the Bureau director tells him the time for fun has ended. Micky will disavow all knowledge of how Sullivan died and he’s now on parole for the next five years, meaning he’s anchored to Los Angeles for that time. No Mexico for Micky and only more headaches for Ray. He tells Cochran to send his father back South of the border and the director responds that if Micky gets in trouble father and son will share a cell in Leavenworth.

Ray brings his father over to his brother Terry’s gym where Micky will be staying, but when they get upstairs the elder Donovan’s three other sons look less than pleased to see him back. He tells them that he’s now on parole and son Bunchy, wearing long pants comes over and hugs his father. Micky breaks out a bottle, but Bunchy is sober and now works at the bicycle shop.

Abby’s in her bedroom when Ray arrives home and the two start kissing, but her husband doesn’t want to stop there, he tries to take his wife forcefully. She says no twice and the third time slaps him across the face and says that his forceful sex makes her feel raped and of course Ray’s dumbfounded by that statement and heads to the shower. As he’s showering Abby walks in and asks him to talk to her about the priest she recently realized molested Ray as a child, but he remains silent and she storms out in frustration.

Getting out of the shower he sees a brochure for a house n the market in Truesdale, he calls Barnes and tells him he needs all the credit report for every parole officer in the city. He then calls his aide Lena and tells her to try to dig up any dirt she can on Cochran. He gets dressed and we see a very expensive watch collection, he pulls out one that’s impressive and puts it on his wrist. He drives over to the house in the brochure but as he arrives gets a call from Ezra Goodman telling him to get right to his office.

Ezra’s mistress Deb (Denise Crosby) embraces Donovan when he walks in the office and tells him she is now in charge of acquiring donations for the cancer center Ezra’s building as a tribute to his late wife Ruth. Goodman had surgery to remove a tumor on his brain last season and there are times when one of the most powerful agents in Hollywood, seems to slip in and out of reality. Ezra’s manic when he sees Ray and starts complaining of all the people who pledged money for the center but have yet to pony up to the table. He mentions a client June Wilson, once a huge star on-screen now in her early seventies had pledged $5 million, but now avoids his phone calls. Donovan tries to dissuade his employer, but eventually says he’ll talk with her.

Abby and Ray’s son Connor’s serving a five-day suspension from school at home when he gets a call from his grandfather. The boy’s excited to hear from Micky and tells him that he earned his suspension pushing another student down a flight of stairs from behind, something even Micky thinks wrong. He’s calling from the parole bureau and his officer calls for him so he says goodbye to Connor and greets his officer a woman named Lupita.

The yoga class Abby attends starts to disperse and she appears to have fallen asleep on the floor and her instructor puts his hand on her shoulder to wake her. She opens her eyes and asks him if he sees her and he replies that he does, but she repeats the question and then kisses him full on the mouth. As he starts to get aroused she seems to realize what she’s done and embarrassed bolts the scene. We watch her reactions driving home and she laughs nervously at first, but then we see the pride in her eyes that she controlled the situation. She buys some naughty lingerie on the ride home and tries it on.

Ray gets word from his top aide Avi on the parole officer that Ray wants to talk to. He heads into a casino and asks an attendant where the officer was and the man replies that he is the large Black man standing nearby. We watch as the Parole Officer sees the last of his money become the casino’s and sits at the bar, Ray joins him there shortly after. Donovan asks him if he had bad luck and the officer responds he doesn’t want to talk. Ray signals the bartender to give them each a drink and the officer repeats he’s not talking, but after a few rounds he tells Donovan his sorrows. His daughter’s getting married and wants a 15 thousand dollar wedding gown and he’s heartbroken because his plans of winning the money collapsed. Ray says that’s a large sum on a parole officer’s salary and the officer suddenly realizes that Donovan’s not some random nice guy. Ray puts an envelope stuffed with cash on the bar and stays silent.

Micky and his Parole officer Lupita are at the gym, as she inspects where he resides and Connor surprises him. He tells his grandson to go wait for him, but Lupita tells him the visit’s over. After she leaves Micky and the boy walk by the imposing flight of stairs that leads to the street and makes his grandson believe he’s going to throw him down the stairs from behind. Connor freaks but Micky did it to teach the boy a lesson. Connor tells his grandfather that he and Ray are going to the boy’s house to apologize but Micky says a Donovan’s sorry when they do wrong, but never apologize.

Back at the casino the officer tells Ray that he can get Micky transferred to his case-load but some of Donovan’s requests may prove too difficult, and Ray pulls the envelope from the bar and gets up to leave. But the officer tells him to sit back down and then admires Ray’s watch and Donovan gives it to him to close the deal.

Abby gets a text message alerting her that Connor has used his Uber Account (a car sharing service) to go to Terry’s gym and she calls Ray, who tells her he’ll head over and pick their son up. He climbs the stairs to see his father and son sparring in the ring, only to stop when Connor sees Ray. He tells his son that its time to go, but the boy disobeys his father and then starts spouting what Micky said about Donovan’s not apologizing. Ray actually smiles, but that quickly disappears as Abby comes in glaring at Micky and telling her son to go wait in the car. When Ray and his wife get to the street she screams at him for not telling her Micky’s back, that she’s sick of her husband’s lies. She says he’s making no attempts to save their marriage and Ray says he’s unaware it needed saving.

Inside a restaurant we see a very pretty older woman toying with a man half her age, she then sees Ray and tells the man to go have a smoke, he leaves the table and Ray comes over and kisses the woman then sits at the table. She’s the former box-office top attraction June Wilson (Ann-Margret.) She orders a glass of wine for Ray and herself then asks how much she pledged to Ezra’s center and nearly faints when she’s told its $5 million. She pulls out her checkbook and tells Ray she’ll have to sell her art collection and Ray says that’s ridiculous and he’ll handle Ezra, but we get a feeling of just how powerful Goodman is when she expresses fear of his wrath. Ray then rips up the check and tells her to enjoy dinner. The phone rings as he enters the car and Ezra says that he just spoke to June and she told him that Ray left without her donation, to which Donovan tells him she couldn’t afford it and asks Goodman if he wants Ray to beat her up and Ezra hangs up the phone overcome with frustration.

Micky’s sitting alone at Terry’s gym when his new Parole Officer comes in and the old man tells him the place’s closed, but seeing the man’s not moving he asks him if he can help him. The officer tells Micky that he’s now his Parole Officer and tells him to pack his bags that he can’t live in the gym as gambling goes on there. He then takes Micky to a skid-row dive and tells him that he starts his new job at 5:00 am.

Lena calls Ray, telling her boss she thinks she’s scored dirt on Cochran as he’s at LAX wearing a t-shirt, a biker vest, torn jeans and has a bandana in his back pocket. She quickly realizes she found nothing but the cover-band he fronts for at the bar at the airport. She watches him sing Bob Seeger’s Night Moves in front of an audience that’s indifferent.

Ray’s in his car and calls Abby at the house and asks her to meet him somewhere and she thinks he’s nuts. He tells her it will be worth her while and texts her the address. It’s the house in Truesdale and when Abby arrives he asks her if she wants the house and she’s ecstatic, it turns out she still has on the lingerie and proceeds to pleasure her husband.

The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.