Ray Donovan
The Bag Or The Bat

Episode Report Card
Jacob Clifton: C | 38 USERS: A-
The Solution

Ray laughs at him, because it sounds nutty and deluded, but don't you kind of hope that's true? Ray offers to sell him out immediately, if necessary, and Mickey starts asking after the grandkids. That's when the violence starts, and it takes all three of his brothers to hold him back.


Ashley is surprised by a bright-green Bob, masturbating on her deck, and we cut to Ray beating him (to death?) in his apartment. Which, I thought earlier but can now confirm, is wallpapered in pictures of her, pictures everywhere of Ashley. Not just now, but going back to when she was young.

And back home, Mickey's just arrived to see his old friend Abby Donovan, and meet her and the kids for the first time. He never knew how beautiful she was, the whole time he was writing her those letters, when they were getting so close. When the wolf was at the gate.

Mickey: "I'm an old man, I need to make it right. He hates me, Abby. Why I don't know."

She sighs and lets him in. Into the solution.


Ray cleans up Tommy's messes while he's in rehab; Mickey shows Abby and the kids -- and us -- a softer side. Everybody gets more interesting and more complicated, except for Stu and Lee who are just 100 percent garbage people from here on out.

JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, Ray Donovan, Mistresses, True Blood, and Defiance for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a regular column for Tor.com, Geek Love.

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