With Paige’s NFL deal essentially falling through after Governor Verona’s re-election bid failed in last week’s episode, Ray, the rest of the Donovans, and the Finneys are trying to recover in “All Must Be Loved.” Secrets are out, deals are falling through, relationships are changing, and pretty much all of it is bad news.
As bad as the re-election failure is, Ray isn’t willing to give up his (current and hopefully profitable) dream of getting 3 percent of Paige’s NFL deal. She’s distraught—that’s what wearing sunglasses inside means in terms of character—but Ray thinks he has a way of making the deal happen, which obviously involves bribing city officials.
Paige is at least willing to try. She’s ready to cut some ties from the Finneys, and that includes her husband. She tells him that she wants a divorce, and he’s shocked, as if sleeping in separate bedrooms and, oh yeah, having an affair with Paige’s father, weren’t signs that this marriage was on the rocks.
While that marriage is crumbling, there’s another taking off. Bunchy and Teresa decide that they definitely want to get married. For that to happen, Bunchy needs his settlement money, which Ray is still holding hostage, supposedly for Bunchy’s own good.
Of course, when Bunchy comes to his brother and honestly and openly tells him why he needs the money, Ray turns him down. He tells him that he doesn’t even know Teresa and that he’s rushing into things. There might be some truth to that, but Ray isn’t exactly the guy who should be doling out marriage or financial advice.
What follows is one of this season’s better scenes, even if it’s just a small one. Bunchy lambasts Ray for treating him like a child. He tells Ray that he deserves his money because he was the one who stood up and told everyone about what happened to him. He had the courage to speak up, not Ray, so he shouldn’t have any control over his money. It’s the most relatable and honest Bunchy’s ever been, which is great for a character that’s always been a bit of a joke.
Money is central to everything happening in “All Must Be Loved.” It’s what drives Bunchy to Mickey and Darryl. When Ray refuses to give him any of the settlement money, he goes to see his father with the hopes of getting involved in their dirty business. Mickey and Darryl are all too happy to see him, especially since they owe $30,000 to the Armenians and they’ve taken Darryl’s Cadillac as collateral.
Mickey thus devises a plan where the Donovan kids will meet with the Armenians, hand over some fake money, then beat them up and run away. It’s not much of a plan, but it’s something I guess. No one really knows the plan except for Mickey, so when they meet the Armenians later that night, things go off the rails.
Mickey and Darryl are outmatched, but then Bunchy grabs a pipe and wreaks havoc on everybody, perhaps releasing some of that pent-up rage he feels toward his abuser, and even Ray. The Donovans manage to get away this time, but back at the apartment reality sinks in. It won’t be long before the Armenians come after them even harder than before.
NEXT: Everybody’s a sinner