Ray Donovan Season 2 Review “Viagra”

This week on Ray Donovan:

I suppose it wasn’t enough to merely hint at the fact that Cochran and his wife were doing more than playing Scrabble with Volcheck and his wife. When I think of Hank Azaria, I immediately think of him as the source of a million voices on The Simpsons. Nothing could have prepared me for the image of him getting it on with Volcheck’s wife, as Volcheck looked on kinda dead behind the eyes and Cohcran’s wife awkwardly fit in where she could. I would love to know how Cochran and his wife came together and when they discovered their penchant for swinging.

Incredibly, but not surprisingly, the Cochran family is a model of function and happiness when compared to Ray’s family. Ray returns home to find Bridget misdirecting her teen angst towards her mother. I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but I genuinely enjoy Abby’s aloofness towards her daughter. It’s interesting to watch someone as perceptive as Ray, who makes a living fixing things, allowing his family to fall apart. He’s been passive up until now, thinking that a new home will cure what ails everyone. I’m guessing Abby did not tell Ray about her kerfuffle with the snooty neighbors to be. I was hoping that Abby standing Ray up for dinner would push him to be as aggressive about fixing things at home as he is with his clients. Much to my chagrin and annoyance, Ray was happy to welcome Ashley into his office as a distraction. Words cannot begin to express how much I hated all of the Ashley interactions last season. I was hoping the show was done with the character.

While her husband waited for her at a dimly lit restaurant with a hostess clearly offering more than a table and menus, Abby was out on a date with Jim. I need to go back and refresh myself on exactly how much Jim knows about Abby. I have a bad feeling about Jim and I don’t think his occupation is a coincidence. While Ray is using hidden cameras at Volcheck’s to get leverage on Cochran, the attorney could be using Jim as a plant to get close to Abby and see if she’ll spill any colorful details about her husband.

Things were not all bad for the Donovans. Terry and Frances are back together and he’s hatched a plan for them to get away to Ireland. Good to see Terry no longer doing the creepy stalker thing. That aside, I’m concerned for Terry’s desperation when it comes to Frances and like many storylines on the show right now, I don’t think it will end well. Not to be outdone, Bunchy is still seeing Patty and trying to deal with his sexual anorexia. I would have never guessed that the title of this episode, “Viagra,” would have anything to do with Bunchy. I loved the scene where Patty washed his hair. It looks like she had the magic touch, but unfortunately Bunchy’s little blue pill probably ended with a case of blue balls after Clifford unexpectedly returned home from a sleepover.

The closing scene of the episode was such a stark change from what we just saw one week ago on Ray Donovan. There was no mom at the table or dad coming home with pizza – just Conor and Bridget all alone and presumably left to their own devices.

Until next week!

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