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Ray Donovan

S6 E7
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December 09, 2018 at 10:00 PM EST

When Ray was arrested at the end of last week’s episode, there was no chance it was going to be a normal, orderly arrest. The start of “The 1-3-2” confirms that, as Ray’s taken into the basement of the precinct and locked in a pitch black room, alone, where nobody but the cops can get to him. Bianchi and Radulovic, who are in Mayor Feratti’s pocket, leave him there overnight. When they visit the next morning, they lay out what they want Ray to do: stop going after Feratti and bury Novak in some way. Ray doesn’t budge though, even when Radulovic tases him over and over again.

While Mickey buys an overnight bus ticket to Buffalo, left by Bunchy to fend for himself, Terry and Bunchy are doing their best to recover from a night of heavy drinking. Terry seems to have provided his brother with that old Irish comfort after Teresa took Maria away from him. Now the two are hungover, and Bunchy says that he has no choice but to turn himself in to the FBI. He tells Terry he’s out of options — no wife, no kid, and he’s a wanted man. What else can he do? Terry doesn’t want him to give up just yet, so he bides time by convincing his brother to go with him on a road trip to Boston. One last visit home before he goes to prison.

Bunchy has always been the Donovan with some of the least compelling stories. Or maybe it’s that most of his stories leave him hapless and sad, and that doesn’t always make for good TV. Either way, this season’s “downfall of Bunchy” storyline is a lot more interesting, largely because it feels true to the character. Bunchy’s always been unable to make his own decisions. He easily gets wrapped up in what others want him to do. Teresa and Maria were maybe his way out of that, but when she cheated on him, he lost it. He went on the run with Mickey and now he feels trapped.

A day in Boston does little to actually help Bunchy, but it’s the best Terry can do. Daryll tags along since the movie he’s making has been put on hold while Jay White goes to rehab. The three of them visit the gravesite where Terry and Bunchy’s mother and sister are buried, get into a bar fight with some racists, and cap off the day with Bunchy letting out all his anger in church. It’s a moving scene, with Bunchy running down the cards God has dealt him, from abusive priests to a child he can no longer see, until he’s spent and ready to turn himself in. Daryll and Terry won’t let him, not just yet, but that doesn’t mean they have a plan. For now, they’re just killing time.

Back in New York, Mac finds a way to get Ray out of lockup. He tells Radulovic that Ray will work for them, that he’ll come up with something to get Novak out of the race. In return, Mac wants a seat at the table with Ferrati. He wants in on the corruption. Of course, Mac is just trying to save himself. Emerson tells him that he needs evidence on Ferrati the next time he sees Mac, otherwise, he’ll put him in cuffs.

The thing is, Ray isn’t exactly happy with what Mac’s done. Mac says he saved his life, that the cops would have killed him and his family, but that doesn’t mean Ray wants to betray Winslow. He calls Lena and asks her to bring him a gun when he sees cops parked outside Bridget’s place. Lena, being much smarter than he is, says that he can’t just go shooting cops. So, she stages a car explosion that distracts the cops and allows her to get Bridget out of the apartment and back to Ray’s place. “How far away do I have to go to get away from all this?” she says later when Ray returns home, livid that she’s been pulled into his world of violence yet again. (Recap continues on next page)

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