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'Ray Donovan' suffers from a hangover, [SPOILER] dies

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Sunny” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

It’s a sunny day in L.A.—the sky is clear, the birds are chirping, and Ray has alienated himself from almost everyone in his family. That includes Abbie, once again on a motel rendezvous with Jim the cop. This time, Ray is on the case, as Avi reluctantly takes surveillance shots of Abbie and Jim.

Ezra’s law firm partner (Ezra is a lawyer?), Lee Drexler (Peter Jacobson), returns to L.A., back from a Hawaiian honeymoon. Such a taxing trip to Lanai obviously requires him to recuperate in his giant infinity pool. His post-vacation relaxation is cut short, however, with an impromptu visit/home invasion courtesy of Cookie Brown and ubiquitous henchmen.

Swooping into the rescue, Ray diffuses the situation with his signature death stare and grumble. Cookie asserts he gave $30,000 to Re-Kon as startup money for his label before serving his prison sentence. Now out of the slammer, he demands compensation in the form of Marvin. 

After Cookie and crew leave, Ray convinces Re-Kon to sign over Marvin to Cookie. Lee keeps spewing about the lack of a written contract between Cookie and Re-Kon regarding the record company. Um, oral agreements can also be binding, Lee. (He’s a lawyer, right?) The ickiness of such a transaction was previously explored in season 1, but here we are again, nonchalantly discussing the terms of ownership for a person. Well aware of Cookie’s reputation and with one or two motivations of his own, Ray sets the transfer of ownership parental guardianship into motion.

Tenacious Female Reporter Sully Sullivan’s piece is out! And no one cares! Rather, no one cares who’s named Ray Donovan, from whom TFR wants validation for her work and other attributes. Mrs. Shaughnessy does have a few words for her front-page story. It turns out Catherine may not be in witness protection after all. (Duh.) With the seeds of doubt planted in TFR’s mind, she is on the brink of going on the warpath once again, this time with her journalistic reputation at risk.

Abbie and Jim talk at the motel diner before heading up to their room. Jim asks her if she’s “all in,” concerned with Abbie’s commitment to their affair relationship. Treating his eerie intense gaze with as much compassion as possible, she reminds him that she has kids and it’s complicated. She does throw in that she’s falling in love with him (after they’ve known each other for less than a month), which makes him happy. They are the picture of two totally normal, totally stable adults in a healthy relationship.

Like mother, like daughter: Bridget also plays hooky, skipping school to attend a recording session with Marvin. In a telling parallel moment, Abbie and Bridget lie to one another, offering valid albeit false excuses as they “do something they like with someone they love,” or at least think they love.

Meanwhile, Mickey, undeterred from the uncomfortable events of the previous episode, gets another shot at breaking into the Hollywood scene. He successfully pitches his biopic treatment to big-time producer Jerry (Richard Benjamin) and enterprising Paramount exec Debbie Gerson. Jerry loves it, as he’s a producer who enjoys sexually harassing female executives and harkens back to movies about “real men.”

Mickey is the center of attention at Jerry’s cocktail party, offering his plan if he were to rob Jerry’s lavish home. It would include stealing his money (in and out of the safe) and grabbing the $3,000-per-place-setting silverware. The Monet would be too hard to fence, by the way. Everything is going so well for Mickey until Alan (Paul Michael Glaser) barrels in with a young “special friend” in tow. Mickey and Alan’s past, along with Mickey literally choking Alan with his bare hands, dissolves his opportunity to get his movie made. So much for Mickey the screenwriter. He did manage to grab a few $3,000 silver utensil sets, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Ray apologizes to Terry for lying to him about the gym’s extracurricular activities, but Terry wants nothing to do with him, even sending back his paychecks. With one reconciliation rebuffed, he calls Abbie to tell her he has papers for her to sign. We know that they’re loan papers for the Trousdale house, but he makes it seem like they’re divorce papers. Maybe there’s not that big of a difference.

Back at the office, Avi presents his findings on Jim, a “good cop” homicide detective with a squeaky-clean record. Perhaps he’s an ambitious “good cop” looking to get into good graces with the FBI?

When Ray demands to see the photos of Abbie with Jim, Avi refuses, sad and hurt on behalf of his beloved boss. He tears up, apologizing to Ray for Abbie’s betrayal even after Lena shrugged it off, well aware that Ray has had multiple affairs throughout his marriage. That’s when Cookie walks into the office. “Got some emotional motherf—ers working for you,” he says as he sits down, delivering the best line of the episode. Cookie wants to confirm the deal over Marvin, which Ray obliges with one stipulation—get Marvin out of L.A. There’s no pulling the wool over Cookie’s eyes; he knows Ray wants Bridget nowhere near Marvin. South Beach, it is.

Ray confronts Jim in a calm, rational manner. Just kidding—he breaks into his house, orders him to stop seeing his wife, and dares Jim to shoot him. Returning home, he presents his file on Jim as well as the loan papers to Abbie. She refuses to sign the papers, declaring that she never wanted the house but only her husband’s love and openness. She hands them back, and he snatches them out of her hand, cutting her palm. They argue and scuffle, successively throwing one another out of the house. Eventually, Ray leaves to his apartment with a bitten lip and a wounded ego. Abbie remains at home with a cut hand, drowning in her own tears.

Unlike her parents, Bridget enjoys an idyllic day with her first love. Marvin and Bridget in the studio sound exactly like who they are—two talented albeit unrefined teens having fun. In the car leaving the studio, Re-Kon, Bridget and Marvin enjoy the finished song and a few hits of a joint. The song is a surefire hit itself, sounding like a real commercial pop tune courtesy of the magic of music production. Re-Kon and Lee have decided to renege on their agreement with Cookie, as Re-Kon realizes just how much he cares for Marvin.

Bridget lies down in the backseat, high off sheer joy (and the joint). One moment, Re-Kon fawns over Marvin, proud of his achievement in creating the song on his own. The next moment, he has two gunshots in his head. Cookie appears at the shattered driver’s-side window. Marvin pleads with him, promising not to tell and to fully follow Cookie’s lead. “Sorry, kid,” Cookie responds. “I tried.” With that, he dispatches two more bullets into Marvin. He doesn’t see or hear Bridget in the backseat, and he leaves. She heads out of the car and walks away from the scene in shock. Covered in blood and glass, she calls Ray.

So much for South Beach.

Stray Bullets

  • I guess Cookie’s actions are a good indication of why he went to prison.
  • Ezra and Lee are lawyers? Hmm, maybe I should reevaluate my thoughts on becoming an entertainment lawyer.
  • Lee’s trophy wife offering Cookie and his henchmen coffee is priceless L.A.
  • Shorty grabbing his medicinal marijuana in the middle of Debbie and Ronald’s conversation is priceless Shorty.
  • Mickey still feels the effects of Linda’s death, shaken when he spots a photo of her at Jerry’s house. How will his growing distress come to a head? I have a feeling TFR might be part of the answer.
  • What is the status of Alan and Claudette’s marriage? Are they separated? Are they still together? I don’t know!
  • Where is Conor?

Ray Donovan, rated TV-MA, airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

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