The third season of Ray Donovan has been building rather strangely. There’s been very little tension in the story, and there’s been no central focus. Ray has had many enemies this season, from Finney to Cochran and even his own family. It’s been a scattered affair, and much to my surprise, it all comes to an end tonight; after last week’s episode I legitimately thought there were two more to go because the narrative didn’t seem to be building toward anything meaningful.
Alas, here we are! And what is this final confrontation that Ray Donovan has in store for us? A showdown between the Donovans and the Minassians. That’s right, this whole season, with all of its major players, comes down to a shootout between the Donovans and the totally underdeveloped, narratively inconsequential mob who have been in maybe four or five episodes this season. But more on this underwhelming development later! And sorry, Ian McShane. You deserved better.
Before the Minassians become a problem, it’s the Donovan family that’s really the threat to every single character’s sanity. They’re a mess right now, with Bridget trying to get Mr. Donellen to run away with her, Terry getting even closer to Abby emotionally, and Mickey snorting coke off of, um… derrieres is probably a term he’d use. He’s a classy dude.
Bridget is in the most immediate trouble, even if she doesn’t know it. It’s not that Mr. Donellen is going to hurt her or anything, but rather that by trying to be with him, she’s bringing him into the path of her father. Bridget is sitting alone in a hotel room waiting for Mr. Donellen to arrive; you don’t have to think too hard about how Ray will react to that.
To Mr. Donellen’s credit, he eventually comes to his senses. When he shows up at the hotel he hears Bridget out. The two go for a walk, buy some jewelry, and then head back to the hotel to make illegal love. By the time Bridget’s shirt comes off though, Mr. Donellen has changed his mind. He breaks down and sobs about how much he misses his wife, and Bridget does what she can to console him.
He’s only consoled for so long though because shortly after, Ray breaks the door down and lays a beating on him. He drags Bridget out of the room and drives away with her. This only makes Bridget angrier. She’s sick of her father’s absence, his lack of love, and his propensity for violence and anger. She leaves the car and walks away, and by episode’s end she has her stuff packed and is ready to run away.
It’s the breaking point for Ray, the capper to a very long day spent fighting with and against his family. If Bridget disowning him is the final straw, his time with Mickey is the goddamn bushel.
When Mickey decides he’s not leaving town, instead staying with Darryl and having parties with coke and sex workers, he brings everyone into danger. The Minassians are still out to get him, and it’s not like Mickey’s changed his address. That leaves him vulnerable, and when two of the Minassians come to his apartment and fire automatic weapons through the window, it’s those closest to him that get hurt. Darryl loses Michelle, who returned just in time to be shot, and Terry gets hit in the gut, his life in the balance as Ray shows up and transports him to the hospital. That’s two seasons in a row, Mickey, where you’ve really messed things up. Terry needs to keep his distance from now on.
NEXT: 36 years of sins