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Ray Donovan recap: The Octopus

While Mickey’s in a tough bind with the Armenians, the rest of the Donovans are preparing for Bunchy’s wedding.

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Ray Donovan

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-MA
seasons:
4
run date:
06/30/13
performer:
Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight
distributor:
Showtime Networks Inc.
broadcaster:
Showtime
genre:
Crime, Drama

After all the murder and body dumping in last week’s episode, “The Octopus” finds time to bring a little love and joy into the lives of the Donovans. It’s Bunchy’s wedding day, as he and Teresa are about to tie the knot. Everything is ready to go, but this being the Donovan family, something is bound to go wrong.

Things are already off the night before, as both families gather at Ray and Abby’s house for dinner. Abby welcomes everyone to their home and says how lovely it is to see all the new faces together. She urges Ray to say a few words, clinking his glass for him. Not a great idea. Ray says as few words as possible, and the ones that manage to come out only serve to passively aggressively insult Teresa and Bunchy.

Meanwhile, Mickey is back checking in with Detective Muncie. She’s organizing a sting on the Minassians, who are about to import a number of underage girls in the hopes of selling them into prostitution. The cops want Mickey to act as a buyer, and they’re specifically going after a man named Ivan Belikov. In exchange for his cooperation, they’ll protect him from the Armenian Mafia.

Mickey knows it’s a bum deal; he’ll end up dead during the sting, or sometime shortly after. Still, he agrees to be the pawn in their game. That decision doesn’t last though, as Mickey shows up at the precinct only to drive away and hide in a hotel for a while until he can escape down south, maybe to Aruba.

With Mickey failing to show, Detective Muncie makes her next move. She heads to Mickey’s apartment and arrests Bunchy, who’s once again getting lectured by Ray in the form of marriage advice. Ray had Avi and Lena check up on Teresa and her band of luchadors, and while they didn’t find anything too incriminating, Ray uses the info to shame Bunchy. Bunchy’s done with that though, telling Ray that, as usual, his anger is really directed toward himself.

Back at the precinct, Muncie tells Ray that she’s got enough to charge Bunchy and put him away for at least seven years. Ray sees only one way out of this: If he gets Mickey, will she let Bunchy go? It’s his weeding day after all. Muncie agrees to the deal, but bringing Mickey in might not be so easy.

Mickey’s holed up in a hotel, biding his time until he can sneak into Bunchy’s wedding quickly before heading down south. It’s a decent plan, but Ray finds him. Mickey’s still convinced that he’s leaving, and Ray tells him to go right ahead, to run away once again. The guilt trip works and Mickey agrees to the sting, if only so Bunchy can get to his wedding.

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