Ray gets tricked into doing a favor for Paige while Terry finds that prison isn't so warm and fuzzy.
Mickey Donovan at least has a slightly better day, but it probably won’t be long before that all goes downhill. He’s now in charge of the sex workers at the building he calls home, and they teach him to use the internet because “nobody works on street corners anymore.”
Mickey sees another opportunity in this operation. He’s going to buy coke and then sell it to the clients and keep them hooked on his business. He’s even dragging Darryl into it, though he’s not exactly reluctant. The fact that they’ve blown their track winnings means that they’re both strapped for cash, so Darryl fronts his car as collateral for the coke. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that deal.
Mickey’s story line is a bit of an outlier in this season, nothing really interesting having been established yet. The majority of “Ding” sees Mickey and Darryl taking Audrey to her big Hollywood audition, where she’s quickly rejected. It’s a dead-end story, one that doesn’t tell us a lot about Mickey or his situation, or even Audrey and her mother. It feels shoehorned in, resulting in the episode’s dullest moments.
Then there’s Ray, who’s by no means immune to the bad day all the Donovans are having. Paige Finney (Katie Holmes) contacts him and asks him to run protection for a star quarterback who slept with a Navy SEAL’s wife. That Navy SEAL is now out for revenge, vowing to kill the QB.
Ray convinces the SEAL to take a check from the QB’s PR team and be done with the whole situation. Ray’s been set up by Paige though. When he drives the SEAL to the hotel for a meet-up, he unwittingly sends him into the room where the QB is once again having sex with his wife.
The SEAL ends up breaking the QB’s arm, which is exactly what Paige wanted because she represents the backup QB. If that’s not a convoluted and contrived story line, I don’t know what is, but it does let us know that Paige is more than just Finney’s spoiled daughter.
With all of that taken care of, or at least put on the backburner for a while, all Ray has left to do is attend dinner with his family. It’s the one thing Bridget has been asking for and Ray has assured her he’ll be there.
Of course, he doesn’t make it, even after he and Abby share a moment of parental laughter when she tells Ray that she walked in on Conor watching porn and humping his bed. Ray can’t seem to dedicate himself to anything these days. Even Lena, his longtime business partner, is considering quitting and going to work for Avi.
Ray’s close to losing everything, from his family to his reputation. Then there’s Thomas Romero, the “chaplain” who’s closing in on the Donovan family and sitting in on Bunchy’s SNAP meetings. It’s still unclear what he wants or what he knows, but he’s quietly menacing, which means it can’t be good.
There are threats all around Ray and the Donovans, but they’re all too stubborn to see them. They’re too set in their ways, or perhaps too conditioned to sadness and violence to change their circumstances. Things aren’t looking good for any of the Donovans right now.