RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Fite Nite”

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As Ron Burgandy might say, Ray Donovan this week “escalated quickly.”  After weeks of slow build up regarding a number of things, they all came crashing to earth in “Fite Nite.”  The tables were turned on Ray, and we got an answer to the question about Mickey’s future.  Ray bringing in Sully was always going to be a mistake, but how exactly that would happen remained to be seen, until tonight.  “Fite Nite” narrowed its focus to just the Donovan family, and what might be their last night all together.  Hit the jump for more.

ray-donovan-fite-niteSo let’s get this straight: Sully tells Mickey it was Ray who paid him to dispose of him, and who ratted him out regarding the shooting of Colleen.  Despite the money he stole and the family he ratted out in prison, Sully hates Mickey most of all for killing his girlfriend Colleen, who he had a future planned with.  Except, she was really Ray’s girlfriend, and it wasn’t Mickey who killed her, but Sean Walker.  When this all comes to light, Sully kills Sean, and vows to go after Ray for covering it all up.

Elsewhere, Ezra’s money (from Ruth’s foundation, no less) to pay Sully off is gone for good, Mickey knows that Ray betrayed him, and Sully is on the loose.  One of the main juxtapositions of the show has always been Ray’s ability to fix everyone and every thing else except his own family.  He’s certainly tried, and “Fite Nite” was his biggest miscalculation to date.

Ray came up against Abby, Terry, Bunchy and even Darryl leading up to what he presumed to be the death of his father.  Each wondered where Mickey was, and seemed to think (but not want to fully believe) that Ray might have an idea about his absence.  Though Ray has spent every week since the beginning of the show piling up his hatred against Mickey — detailing every slight, and they are certainly legitimate — the idea of patricide has weighed heavily on him.  His behavior with Abby before and after the money drop was the best example, but even his run-ins with is brothers showed that he was uneasy, though ultimately convinced, by his decision.

ray-donovan-fite-nightWhat this means going forward regarding Mickey and Ray’s relationship is uncertain.  I would wager a guess that Mickey will help get rid of Sully to protect Ray’s family, for them if not for Ray.  That might put them back on equal footing.  The important thing though ultimately is that it seems Mickey isn’t going anywhere, which is a relief for a show that can be too enamored with its own darkness without him.

Episode Rating: B+

Musings and Miscellanea:

– I did like the epic Ray v Mickey in absentia part of this episode, but other than that it wasn’t a great one.

– Rosanna Arquette, you were such a wasted guest star.  Thanks for the memories!

– I want to give props to the commenter who pointed out that the priest Bunchy saw last week was indeed his attacker.  I had replied there was no way because that would be way too convenient that he would show up randomly in L.A. and that Bunchy would see him.  But, I was wrong!  I still think it’s a ridiculous plot device (hence part of my issue with this episode), and Bunchy’s reaction was not at all what I expected.

– Well, Ray wanted a baby, and looks like he got one thanks to Sully and Sean Walker.  I don’t think that baby is old enough to be traumatized for life by witnessing the killing, but some therapy 20 years down the road might bring it out.

– Abby admitting that she had corresponded with Mickey and invited him to L.A. was a surprise to no one.

– Daryll the “Black Irish” wins!

– “I’m a feminist!” – Mickey

– I would have liked more with the Southies adjusting to West Coast life.

– Can someone clue me in on why Ezra was paying out for Sully to kill Mickey?  And why did he have to take it from the foundation?  Is he not rich enough otherwise?

– His advice to Ray to not let Mickey poison his new life was right on.  Unfortunately, Ray was not hearing it.

– What if Ray Donovan teamed up with Olivia Pope from Scandal?  Two fixers … they could rule the world!




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  • Matt

    So I went into this thinking it was the season finale, so I’m glad to learn that’s not the case. I’ve grown weary of shows that trade off of a singular plot point/dynamic and the fact that the season could still end any number of ways suggests that may not be an issue.

    Undoubtedly we’re seeing the tension between Ray the fixer and Ray the unraveling family man may trend on. And I think there’s enough there to stoke fires for a long while, if it seems they may have to come up with new things (as most of the track thats been laid seems like its coming to a head this season, thank god).

    Its only in the last few episodes that I’ve seen a road for Mickey to continue on in the show without his presence perpetuating Ray and Mickey tension. But now that Sean’s been murdered, its harder to see where Mickey fits in this world out west without making season 2 a retread of season 1.

    I don’t know. All in all, I think I’d have been able to get over the show doing a bait and switch about its focus if its newer focus was offering something genuinely interesting. But when you see shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones (even if they were books first), and Boardwalk Empire making bold decisions with key members of the cast, it’s hard to watch a show that seems too willing to tease at actual progress.

    Ray’s life would go on being interesting without his father. There’s no end to the possibilities. I just don’t want them to milk this cow much longer without offering a tangible reason they have. Mickey may be an interesting character, but couldn’t Hollywood turn up a fair few?

    • Harry

      I can’t buy Abby as Ray’s wife. Her Boston accent is deplorable–she hisses out Ray as if she were a snake. And really, why would a man who looks like Ray be with a woman who looks like her?

  • andria gooden

    ray is felling hamlet regret in this Irish Shakespearean saga. The killing of Sean walker makes sense since he was the one who killed sully’s girl. Bunchy will either torment the priest all season 2 or man up and kill the priest for real or kill himself he is the other Donavon that annoys me other than Rays wife who needs job or something to do other then yoga. the writers must have bible as to where the series will be going and since Mickey has been spared we will see where it goes. I agree Rosanna Arquette was waste of a guest star, but not James Woods. the show is growing I will wait to see how the season ends to pass judgement. , mad men, the soprano’s , breaking bad and such tv shows are about the family dynamics, I want to see more fixer stuff along with the family drama.

  • andria gooden

    ray is felling hamlet regret in this Irish Shakespearean saga. The killing of Sean walker makes sense since he was the one who killed sully’s girl. Bunchy will either torment the priest all season 2 or man up and kill the priest for real or kill himself he is the other Donavon that annoys me other than Rays wife who needs job or something to do other then yoga. the writers must have bible as to where the series will be going and since Mickey has been spared we will see where it goes. I agree Rosanna Arquette was waste of a guest star, but not James Woods. the show is growing I will wait to see how the season ends to pass judgement. , mad men, the soprano’s , breaking bad and such tv shows are about the family dynamics, I want to see more fixer stuff along with the family drama.

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