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'Ray Donovan' struggles between fixer and father

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Snowflake” | Aired Sept 7, 2014

Setting aside much-needed booze, Ray processes his next moves as a parent and a professional. Bridget takes a shower, washing the blood off of her. To recap (no longer a spoiler), Cookie Brown murdered Re-Kon and Marvin. Bridget witnessed the whole thing from the backseat of the car.

Ray the Fixer bags Bridget’s bloodied jacket. Ray the Father and Husband finally answers Abbie’s call. She’s been attempting to contact Bridget all night. He calms her down (a little), telling her that Bridget is safe with him at his apartment. He insists on keeping her there for the night and cuts the call short. With Bridget cleaned up, Ray the Fixer asks Bridget if she’s sure it was Cookie who killed Re-Kon and Marvin. He also asks the very important question of whether or not Cookie saw her. She doesn’t know. The horror of the situation dawns on her as her face crumbles. Ray the Father stops the interrogation and comforts her. Later that night, Lena gives Ray the Fixer the rundown on the murder scene—witnesses claim to have heard, but not seen, the altercation. No one, so far, has seen Bridget at the scene.

The police insist on questioning Bridget about the day of the murder, to which Ray the Fixer and Father reluctantly agrees. Bridget is eager to talk to the police about exactly what happened. Ray wants her to keep between the two of them, which includes keeping the truth from Abbie. Ray already sees a problem in his daughter’s testimony: She was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident. At home, Bridget dodges Abbie’s questions about her whereabouts last night, and Abbie can immediately sense Ray’s “handling” at play.

Lee calls Ray to protect him. But Ray has more important matters to address, like ensuring the safety of his daughter rather than the man partially responsible for Re-Kon and Marvin’s deaths. He heads directly to Cookie’s compound and meets with Cookie’s very strong, very armed entourage. Beaten and brought inside after throwing the first punch, Ray is granted an audience with Cookie. Playing up his role of Lee and Ezra’s glorified henchman, Ray accuses Cookie of killing Marvin and Re-Kon. He pretends that he’s there under the auspices of protecting his employer. In order for him to feel like he’s “square” with Lee, Cookie demands the rights to Marvin and Re-Kon’s music.

With her mother there to comfort her, Bridget can’t keep the secret bottled up for much longer. Bridget tries to push her away and fails. She confesses the full details to Abbie. As a result, Abbie goes on the warpath and phone-attacks Ray. He attempts to give his wife the Fixer spiel, but it backfires. “This is about your dirty business,” she sneers, and throws the phone down.

Seething with rage and frustration, Ray bursts into Lee’s office and throws him on his desk. He demands that he hand over Marvin and Re-Kon’s catalogs, which Lee readily agrees to do. Ezra refuses to relinquish the rights until Ray tells him the truth about Bridget’s involvement. Ray’s voice wavers, if only for a moment.

Abbie invites Jim over to talk to Bridget. He urges her to tell the police the truth during questioning. Jim doesn’t have much to persuade her as Ray scoops Bridget up to take her to the police station. Ray urges Bridget to lie and say she got out of the car before Re-Kon and Marvin were killed. The choice of which story will she tell the police parallels the choice her parents subconsciously demand her to make. Bridget heads into the police station for questioning with her choice still unclear. Abbie and Ray wait outside, completely at odds.

Inside the interrogation room, Bridget decides to tell Ray’s version of events. The detective calls her story into question, asking her if her father, known for his reputation around L.A., convinced her to change her story. Tapping into the stubbornness teenage girls perfect at her age, she holds to the truth of her statements and asks to leave.

Bridget bursts out of the station like a bat out of hell. She admits to her parents that she told the truth: She didn’t see anything. Just then, Cookie rolls up, calling out for “Snowflake,” aka Bridget. He hugs and comforts her, luckily not making any reference to seeing her in the car. Stunned with fear, Bridget goes home with Abbie.

Meanwhile, Mickey and Shorty spend their day catching some rays outside their apartment, old-men-sitting-by-the-sidewalk style. Cherry brings him the Louis Vuitton knockoff he asked her to find for Claudette. He leaves a voicemail for his One True Love, telling her he has an “urgent” matter to discuss. Buying Ronald off for a few days, Mickey intends to fix his love life, especially now that his budding career as a screenwriter has fallen through. His idea of fixing his love life is passive-aggressively threatening Claudette with troubling news involving her.

Shorty and Mickey visit the marijuana emporium, killing two birds with one stone as he buys Claudette an additional present and scopes out the place for a possible heist. These old-timers are up to no good.

Unresponsive to Mickey’s news of her husband’s philandering (they’re “working” on their marriage), Claudette calls Mickey out on his B.S. She finally realizes the person Mickey cares about the most is Mickey. Storming out, she throws the bag on his bed and says, “Keep the bag. I got the real one at home.”

Bunchy and Patty’s relationship also comes to an abrupt end, just as he was becoming a new addition to Patty and Clifford’s family. Bunchy freaks out and flings Clifford off of him while taking the boy out of the bathtub. Shaking with embarrassment and self-revulsion, he apologizes to Patty. He refuses to tell her about his past trauma, but he alludes to his confusion and fear of continuing the cycle of child abuse. Bunchy needs to be in a relationship in which he can be truly open about all aspects of his life and in which he doesn’t have the potential of putting a child in danger.

Back in Boston, TFR follows up on her hunch that the Donovans and the FBI didn’t give her the full story about what happened to Sully. Nudie mags and bribe in tow, she visits Walpole prison to speak with an inmate who knew Mickey. After taking some personal time, the inmate gives her the real truth on Mickey and Sully’s relationship. He knows she’s been played, but he doesn’t know why.

After suitably threatening Jim to stay away from his daughter if not his wife, Ray drives through the night, looking for comfort. He finds himself at Ashley’s Malibu beach house. Trading in her bedside notepad for a glass of scotch, TFR calls Ray, distraught. “You ruined my f—ing life, Ray,” she accuses before hanging up. What a perfect way to end a perfect day. Ashley answers the door, and Steve is right behind her. Ray doesn’t turn to leave, standing at the threshold staring at Ashley and Steve. Sensing Ray’s pain, Steve jumps at the chance to peel away the many layers of Ray. He offers, “Come in … tell me about your day.”

Someone write the fan fiction, stat!

Stray Bullets

  • Kerris Dorsey knocks it out of the park in this episode. She makes Bridget’s grief, fear and adolescent stubbornness believable.
  • It turns out Conor has been cooped up in his room, Twitter-stalking people this whole time. Figures.
  • Rapper names are hard! Upon hearing it, I figured it was “Recon.” Showtime’s press release for this episode spells it “Rekon.” Diegetic websites spell it “Re-Kon,” so let’s go with that.
  • It still bugs me how underutilized Ronald Keith is as a character. He’s merely there to annoy Mickey for a few minutes, take bribes and grumble “Where the f— have you been?” every other line.
  • The following fact is true: Regardless of the veracity of Shorty’s “true facts,” he is one of the best additions of season 2.
  • Abbie replaces Bridget’s earring with Marvin’s diamond stud—a touching gesture if it weren’t for the fact that Cookie gave Marvin those earrings.
  • Why did Ray throw out Bridget’s bloodied jacket at Ashley’s house rather than burn it?
  • Number of f-bombs dropped: 26.
  • Number of f-bombs dropped last episode (for comparison): 58.

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

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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