It won’t be long before Mickey Donovan is dead, at least according to Mickey Donovan. He’s preparing for his reluctant sting operation with Detective Muncie, which involves him making jokes about his death and being tailed by an agent all day long. Muncie’s at least somewhat hopeful he’ll make it out alive though, telling Mickey that she’ll set him up in witness protection in Reading.
It’s this thread that influences much of the events in “One Night in Yerevan.” While Ray spends part of the episode dealing with Finney and the new (and old) threat of Cochran, his focus is a bit off because of having to deal with Mickey. For once, helping his father seems to take priority, but as we learn by the end of the episode, helping him might boast some added benefits for Ray.
If Ray’s going to help Mickey with the Armenian mob, that means getting his dad out of some bad business in more ways than one. He starts by heading to Mickey’s apartment and kicking out the sex workers and flushing all the cocaine down the toilet, much to Darryl’s dismay. What’s he supposed to do now? After all, it was Mickey that dragged him into this business. As it turns out, his plan is to steal Mickey’s car and disappear with his girlfriend.
Ray’s plan for Mickey involves bringing in his old employer, Lee Drexler. Ray gets Lee to act as a legal representative for Mickey. Their angle is to say that Mickey is senile, which is signed off on by a doctor whom they pay, and then appoint Ray as his guardian. That means that Mickey can’t rightfully participate in Muncie’s sting. It’s a tactic that works, and Muncie is livid. Now all Ray has to do is convince the Minassians to let Mickey out of the deal they made.
Meanwhile, Cochran is gathering more evidence in his investigation of Ray, using the vetting of the Finney NFL deal as a reason to dig into any potential dirty business. Of course, there’s a lot of dirty business. When checking on Varick’s passport, Cochran finds a picture of Avi. He looks back through Ray’s file and finds Avi as his employee.
Cochran isn’t ready to reveal that information just yet, but he does tag along when his boss goes to interview the Finneys as part of the vetting process. He sees Ray and lets him know that he’s coming for him, and that this time he doesn’t have a whole lot to lose.
Things get more complicated when Finney refuses to do an interview. Ray tries to warn him that they need to be careful with Cochran, but he’s not about to give him details. Finney isn’t swayed to participate though, especially since Ray is still keeping secrets about how he took care of Varick’s body and the murder weapon.
NEXT: Dances with Avi