Here’s the thing about fixing problems for a living: It’s kind of great because everybody has problems, and rich people have a lot of money to spend on making those problems go away. Here’s the other thing, though: Those problems never really go away. Ray Donovan’s job is literally dealing with one mishap after another; just as one thing is swept under the rug, another comes crawling out.
Ray managed to help Hector with that cop in last week’s season premiere, but “Marisol” begins with yet another problem. Hector’s half-sister, Marisol, is set to make a TV appearance on the day of Hector’s big title fight, where she’s supposed to tell the entire nation everything about their past. Hector, of course, doesn’t want his sexual relationship with his half-sister getting out, so he puts in another call to Ray.
Ray shows up at Hector’s hotel and gets the details on what’s happening. Hector has been given a press release to read about Marisol’s past, but he’s hoping to avoid throwing her under the bus. He just wants it all to go away. He pleads with Ray, saying that if anyone understands a history of sexual abuse — a 25-year-old Marisol started having sex with Hector when he was only 13, shortly after he was abused by priests — it’s him.
Ray agrees to help Hector and enlists Lena to aid him. Lena works her way into the TV station where Marisol is awaiting her on-air segment, and lures her away by claiming she needs to do a mic check. When Marisol sees Ray standing at the elevator, she punches Lena in the face and takes off through the stairwell. It isn’t long before Ray catches up with her, though, and Lena uses a taser to subdue her.
With Marisol captured, Ray takes her to a meeting with Hector, a lawyer, and, for some reason, Sugar Ray Leonard. They offer her $25,000 a month to keep her mouth shut and to stay away from Hector, but she wants none of it. She wants to continue her relationship with Hector. Needless to say, no agreement is reached, leaving Ray to stash Marisol away in a safe house for now, with Lena given the duty of watching over her.
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Back at Donovan’s Fite Club, everyone is getting into some sort of trouble. Bunchy is getting roasted by his wife for never wanting to have sex with her while she’s pregnant, and Abby gets her purse stolen outside the club. Terry chases the kid down but gets a beating for it. Either Terry can’t swing like he used to, or this kid’s got something.
Things aren’t all bad for Terry, though. When they file a police report about the stolen purse, the female officer who takes the report gives him her card with a flirtatious smile. Abby is beyond pumped to see the interaction, but Terry seems mostly indifferent — this is Terry, after all, and “indifferent” is his status quo.
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