RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Bridget”

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Ray Donovan excels is having a fluidity of time; past and present meld together, and either one can change the other (or one’s perspective on it at least).  The past is alive and the present fully beholden to it.  “Bridget” was full of parallels, not only between Bridget 1.0 and Bridget 2.0, but among the other storylines as well, like Lena and Terry’s lover quarrels and Sully and Mickey’s attempts at some action.  It was a reflective hour that was emotional, but not in the dark way that “Happy Birthday” was.  The secret ingredient to such a heavy drama series is humor, and another highlight of “Bridget” was that is showed Mickey doesn’t have to be the only person to bring the fun.  Hit the jump for more.

ray-donovan-posterThe strongest parts of Ray Donovan have always been when the brothers gather, and their memorializing their fallen sister’s birthday was, as Bridget 2.0 put it, “beautiful,” while also being the catalyst for them to spend some brotherly time together in a way we haven’t yet seen.  If Ray laughing is a rare thing, Terry laughing is like a unicorn sighting.  Yet there they were together in the car with Bunchy on the way to go beat up Frances’ husband (another hilarious interaction) laughing about Bridget 1.0 setting her bag on fire accidentally when she was at school.

One of Ray’s major vendettas against Mickey is his perception that Mickey ruined Bunchy and lead to Bridget’s death.  Bunchy admitted in the car that the kid he had his brothers beat up didn’t steal his lunch money that time, he had stolen money Bunchy had made selling his father’s coke.  Bridget killed herself because she was high — on Mickey’s drugs, too? — and pregnant, but the abuses Ray thought were perpetrated by his father (the dislocation of her shoulders) turned out to be Terry and Bunchy fighting over which of them she should play with.

What’s interesting of course is that Ray’s job and choices have had an effect on his family in a way he only now seems to be realizing.  Abby wants to know what else he’s been doing behind her back, and wants to talk about how his influence has lead Conor to do things like whack a kid on the back of the head.  Bridget, too, is rebelling against her family, which isn’t atypical for a girl her age, but it’s compounded by her father’s relationship (and threatening) of Marvin.  The difference this time though is that the way Ray handled things left an impression on Marvin where he rebuffed Bridget’s advances and called Abby to get her — something that Bridget 1.0 didn’t have the advantage of.

The show also had a few callbacks within the episode itself.  Terry punches his lover’s husband in the face, and Lena punches her lover (who also has a husband) in the face, which was a way to bring Lena thematically into the episode. Ray’s Fix of the Week was also related to family as he tortured the Armenian to get Bunchy’s money back on the house.

ray-donovan-bridgetBoth Mickey and Ray think that what they do is for the best of the family, but both get push back (Bunchy balks at Ray’s control, for instance).  They are two alphas fighting over the same pack, who have a lot more in common than they think.  In a surprisingly tender moment, the close of the episode found Mickey sobbing over Bridget’s death.  There’s still more to be unravelled there, but it seems to be leading to some kind of confrontation between Ray and Mickey that might end with Ray turning on Sully instead of his father.  While at this point that still seems a long way off, there was the faintest glimmer in “Bridget” that more talking and less putting of guns to heads might actually lead to some good for this family.

Episode Rating: A

Musings and Miscellanea: 

– Like Terry, I thought that Frances had been grooming him / manipulating him to take out her husband, but was she sincere in the fact that she loved Terry and did plan to leave her husband?  Lena’s story is an example of how that rarely happens.

– Who else was nervous when Bunchy watched the priest touch (innocently?) that child?  I thought he would attack him or lose it, but he just wandered away after Terry’s botched confessional (it seems that some priests are more in the therapist field than the condemnation one these days).

ray-donovan-bridget-1– “Now you’re going to get hepatitis. It never leaves your system” – Abby.

– I love Abby threatening Bridget that she wouldn’t let her have an abortion, “You’re going to have that baby, and ruin your life!”

– Mickey was orbiting off on his own this week with Rosanna Arquette.  I couldn’t believe when he said she was too old for him to have sex with, but he’d consent to a blowjob.  This guy is such a piece of work.  Everything about those scenes was brilliant, though: her getting a two script deal from her divorce, knowing Claudette, Mickey asking if she twerks, and his confusion about her non-sex game comment.

– Bridget on the Road to Compton …

– “I’m the black Obi Wan. Strike me down, I come back twice as good”  – Marvin

– Mickey and Sully both demanded oral sex, but only one knew how to actually get it.

– Something about Ray repeatedly tasing the real estate agent was hilarious.

– I like Kate Moennig, but the show doesn’t know what to do with Lena.

– Who else was surprised to find Terry quoting Shakespeare?

Liev Schreiber shirtless.  Amen.

– “I love the way you fuck, it speaks right to my own issues” – Abby was really on fire this week.

– Could not have loved the Cat Stevens singalong with Ray and Bridget any more (a personal favorite).




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  • anonymus

    Why did lena punch the girlfriend

    • rib

      Because she was using here while in the midst of a crisis of sexual identity. She wanted her to leave her husband but she wasn’t going to….kinda like ray’s bro and his issue with the married lady.

    • rib

      Because she was using here while in the midst of a crisis of sexual identity. She wanted her to leave her husband but she wasn’t going to….kinda like ray’s bro and his issue with the married lady.

    • LEM

      She doesn’t like being used.

    • LEM

      She doesn’t like being used.

  • Nick

    I loved the episode, but it lacked the overall tone of the season. It’s like having a pop song on a metal album, maybe it’s a welcome break from the norm, but ultimately it doesn’t fit. I would prefer they tie in some of the lighter moments to some other episodes because it was great to see people happy in this show and not because their having sex or getting away with something illegal. This is the first episode where Ray felt human. He’s a surprising empathetic character, and well developed for being so complex but one episode so far of him seemingly like he’s not on the verge of killing himself begs the question of “what is this all for?” If they can capture more of this tone moving foraward, they’ll have something very unique

    • Allison Keene

      True, the show has always had a problem with tone. I did enjoy the lighter side, but agree it’s still struggling to figure out what it’s message is besides Ray v Mickey

  • Nick

    I loved the episode, but it lacked the overall tone of the season. It’s like having a pop song on a metal album, maybe it’s a welcome break from the norm, but ultimately it doesn’t fit. I would prefer they tie in some of the lighter moments to some other episodes because it was great to see people happy in this show and not because their having sex or getting away with something illegal. This is the first episode where Ray felt human. He’s a surprising empathetic character, and well developed for being so complex but one episode so far of him seemingly like he’s not on the verge of killing himself begs the question of “what is this all for?” If they can capture more of this tone moving foraward, they’ll have something very unique

  • Monk

    Does anyone else think that the priest that Bunchy saw, was the one that molested him ? It’s said that Mickey killed the wrong one and the actor in that scene was not an extra

    • Allison Keene

      It would certainly be a coincidence if that was the same priest since he also would have made the move from Boston to LA. I also think Bunchy would have flipped his shit, but I could be wrong!

      • Monk

        Maybe he thought he was seeing things. An Escape from coast to coast is not unlikely and LA seems like the perfect option. Just and idea, keep it in mind ;)

  • Monk

    Does anyone else think that the priest that Bunchy saw, was the one that molested him ? It’s said that Mickey killed the wrong one and the actor in that scene was not an extra

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Jon Voight is stealing this series. His acting is really good and the character is fantastic. Spoiler: that get out here you taurus thing was SO funny. The Ray and his wife are a drag. The character drags the show. Not the actress, but what she’s doing. The daughter, marvin gardens, that stuff blows too. The good stuff is Mickey, the fbi guy, avi and the chick from l-word, we need more of her. The brothers are OK. Mickey is the driver of this series so far. Casting is straight out of noon hollywood AA meeting. The real life producer of this series is going/has already gone to prison for mob laundering card games.

    • LEM

      I can’t stand when they have these wives who want the expensive lifestyle and even though she knows he isn’t in a legit business she will continually give him shit about it.

      • gpw

        Agreed…the wife is straight out of the Southie slums of Boston (and she wants to move to Beverly Hills from a multi-million dollar house in Calabasset) and married into an irish mob family and wants to know everything about his business now that’s she’s a yoga princess. Poorly written character.

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        Calabasas is really really nice. It’s 35 minutes from Hollywood. But it’s a sweet place to live. Many many stars live there.

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        the wives are these monolithic witches that do nothing but complain. The writers are struggling for tone. Mickey is a hit. Ray is cool but the wife is a drag, he’d be better as a single dad???

      • Harry

        and the actress who plays Abby has a face which could stop a clock

    • LEM

      I can’t stand when they have these wives who want the expensive lifestyle and even though she knows he isn’t in a legit business she will continually give him shit about it.

    • Allison Keene

      totally agree about Mickey, the show can’t exist without him.

      “Casting is straight out of noon hollywood AA meeting” haha!

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        Those hollywood noon meetings are the best!

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Jon Voight is stealing this series. His acting is really good and the character is fantastic. Spoiler: that get out here you taurus thing was SO funny. The Ray and his wife are a drag. The character drags the show. Not the actress, but what she’s doing. The daughter, marvin gardens, that stuff blows too. The good stuff is Mickey, the fbi guy, avi and the chick from l-word, we need more of her. The brothers are OK. Mickey is the driver of this series so far. Casting is straight out of noon hollywood AA meeting. The real life producer of this series is going/has already gone to prison for mob laundering card games.

  • Ineedrevelation

    I really like the show but the portrayal of every black person is bullshit. Not saying that there aren’t black rappers, basketball players, drug addicts or prostitutes, but the show seems to only show that side. Only in a negative light. That part about “bite me bitch” was total bullshit and completely out of character for the kid.

    Tired of seeing “This black kid is only here to get my beautiful white daughter high, drunk and kidnap her” bullshit

    Try harder

    • Ineedrevelation

      Or an over sexualized teen will a bunch of condoms on his nightstand

    • Ineedrevelation

      Or an over sexualized teen will a bunch of condoms on his nightstand

    • Allison Keene

      I think that Marvin had (and possibly still has) a chance to be more complex, but so far he has definitely fallen into the show’s very, very negative portrayal of black male characters. Some balance would certainly be nice!

    • :)

      If the shoe fits….

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      he said “pipe me” not “bite me.”

      • Ineedrevelation

        Doesn’t really change the over all tone though does it?

      • Guest

        no, but you agree that is was “pipe” not “bite?”

  • DHS

    Does anyone know what was on Avi’s car seat as he was heading toward Arizona? The scene was so dark I couldn’t see it.

    • sara

      I remember seeing a red canvas bag in Ray’s office – when Lena and Avi were counting the money that the Armenian real-estate guy brought in – I think the $$ was in that bag – but not sure why he was heading for AZ

      • Bodhi

        The money is payment for Sully to kill Micky, whom Avi is presumably going to be meeting in AZ at a motel (teaser clip for episode 9).

      • Bodhi

        The money is payment for Sully to kill Micky, whom Avi is presumably going to be meeting in AZ at a motel (teaser clip for episode 9).

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        Yes

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Rendezvous with Woods for Mickey whack plans. Must be something Woods wants from the past.

  • Nick Morrello

    Does anyone else think that Mickey impregnated his own daughter? I mean we still don’t know why Ray hates him so much. Could it be that he is the only brother that knows this horrific fact? It would justify sending your own father to jail.

    • Nick

      I doubt it. Seems to me that Mickey is not the villain we want or expect him to be. Like when he held a gun to that woman’s head, he was role playing. His personality and theatrics have let him to be perceived worse than he is. Also, he hasn’t done a single thing to hurt ray that we’ve seen with this fed. Ray blames Mickey for things he didn’t actually do, and we are all under the impression that ray is right about Mickey, but he may be wrong

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        Get out of here you taurus! brilliant! Taurus woman are SO difficult.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      I see the moment in the finale’s where Ray realizes he’s been wrong about his dad and either kills Woods or calls him off.

  • sara

    PLEASE – does anyone know the source (other than Shakespeare) of that beautiful quote that Terry did about his sister (sleep well, sister)(or something like that) it is so beautiful and because my sister died really spoke to me – other than that – I thought this was one of the better episodes – and could not agree more – a little more “talking” – (i.e., Ray and Bridget’s just being together and talking) would help this so very dysfunctional family.

    • Behzad

      Does anyone know what is the song of the last title in episode 8?
      it’s rap kind

      • Graemo

        Same reason I’m on this is to get the name of that tune. It’s quality. Any luck so far?

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