Our season lowdown on the man who makes problems disappear for the rich and famous
Ray Donovan is a Hollywood fixer. Your movie’s star has just been found with a headless corpse? Ray’s your man. But as good as he is at fixing other people’s problems, he has a few of his own. Most notable among them is Mickey, his estranged father, newly released from prison — somewhere many people would dearly like to see him return. Ray encounters the priest who abused both him and his brother Bunchy, leading Ray to put a bullet in the father’s face and his own father to put one in a Boston gangster — one Ray had sent to kill him.
In the fallout of the killing, Ray tangles with an FBI agent and a nosey reporter. Meanwhile, Mickey masterminds a robbery that leaves Ray’s brother Terry in jail.
Dogged by his murder of the abusive priest, Ray is pursued by an investigating clergyman. Meanwhile Mickey tries his hand at pimping only to get entangled with the Armenian mob, culminating in a shootout.
While once again under the thumb of organised crime (Russians, this time), Ray’s bigger problem is closer to home. His wife, Abby, is diagnosed with cancer and refuses to seek treatment, leaving her future in doubt.
A convoluted chronology recounts the last weeks of Abby’s life and the aftermath of her death from cancer as Ray goes off the deep end. His feud with Mickey reaches a crescendo as his father is carted off to jail, framed (by Ray) for the murder of a Federal Agent. The cracks in Ray’s psyche widen, however, and he ends the season jumping off a roof and into a river.
AND NOW IN SEASON 6…
After surviving his plunge, Ray relocates to NYC where he is once again embroiled in corruption, this time with the NYPD and a mayoral candidate.