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Ray Donovan Review: When Sex Isn't Sexy

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Well, that was something, right?

While the series has always bobbed around the sexual element, Ray Donovan Season 2 Episode 6 bordered on soft-core porn. I suppose that's what Ray was watching on his own private line into Tommy Volcheck's living room.

Ed doesn't just lust after Volcheck's wife. He engages in sex with her in front of Volcheck and Holly. The other two are supposed to be engaging in their own good time, but it appears Volcheck doesn't find the frumpy Donna sexually titillating. 

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With all the crazy stuff that has gone down this season, there was a lot in this hour that I just didn't expect.

Ashley is a one nutso chick. She calls Ray for help with her new man, one who is going to leave his wife for her and still winds up in Ray's bed in the end. I do like her new haircut, though, She looks a bit more mature and sophisticated.

Everyone was toying with relationships. Abby was moving forward with Jim just as Ray turned his own corner after listening to Steve Knight's self-help mumbo jumbo, grasping onto the idea of letting go of the past and using "radical honesty" in his relationship with his wife -- ironically the one thing Abby has really desired from her husband.

Like so many other TV characters, Ray made a decision about Abby, it fell through and within no time he was with another woman to take away his pain. Can't they try drugs or something? A little booze? God forbid they attempt something positive. Why always sex to make them feel better when their ego is crushed?

I suppose I can see the appeal to be wanted when you don't feel so, but it must get old to constantly be lying to your significant other, trying to cover your actions and make up for your faults. 

Terry asked Frances to marry him and flee to Ireland. I don't understand their relationship at all. Frances can barely stand to look at him one moment and then is in his bed the next. Yet she can't reconcile what his family did to that priest, even if he was a serial rapist. 

Terry's decision to sell Fite Club really put a kink into Ray's plans for the house and anything else, really. Financially, he needs a business to launder his money. 

And OMG -- poor Bunchy! Pop goes the weasel indeed! He finally got up the courage to take the Viagra so he could make love to Patty and her son Cliff came home. Watching the little one put his head onto Bunchy's lap was not only uncomfortable, but made me think she's going to think his boner is from being near Cliff! Oh to even be accused of that will kill Bunch, especially when it's not at all what he was thinking (surprisingly).

It's difficult not to feel for Volcheck, knowing he and his wife are on camera with Ray watching while they have the sex with the Cochrans. I say "the sex" to make it sound as gross as it was. I do not envy Tom Volcheck one darn bit.

Mickey's storyline is kind of taking a back seat dramatically, but he's very entertaining. Who didn't love when his cancer friend (does the guy have a name?) got down on bended knee to ask him to marry him? They way they rolled around laughing was cute for couple of old coots.

The entire bunch is fighting for their lives, just like Steve Knight suggests, but they aren't doing a very good job. If you had to guess, which will come out on top? It seems a foregone conclusion that Ray will manage to do some harm to Ed's future, but will he pay a price for doing it?

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I maybe wrong because I did miss a lot of last season, but I thought I saw or read that he is on a sexual predator watch list, and it may have been involving a child. I could be wrong though.
Still worried that Abby's affair could end up hurting Ray in multiple ways. The fact that she's ahaving a affair will surely hurt him, although I think he kinda deserves it but I don't trust Jims motives, and I think he's out to take down Ray with his wife's help

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Come on Carissa, it's not cheating, or soft porn, it'sa emotional insight into the human character r. You know I am just kidding? It's hard to feel bad for Bunchy, given his past crimes, but as uncomfortable as it was to watch I found myself feeling for him. I was trying to figure out how Frances was going to feel about Terrys big plans. Starting to forgive him is one thing, but disrupting her entire life, and career, for Terrys master plan may be to much. I also think she's got to be thinking about the fact that his disease is starting to take a bigger hold on his life. Abby's affair seems to have finally happened, yet I couldn't tell if, by the previews, if Ray interrupted, their first date, or the second. I had thought that maybe she was going for a one time deal, out of revenge for what Ray was doing with journalist, but she looks to be kinda all in. I still think Jim, has a seedy reason behind his actions, and it revolves around Ray. I was wondering if Ray had cheated with Ashley before? When she called for his help, he was pretty quick to give it to her . Thought maybe due to some past obligation. Anybody think he would have not allowed Ashley to stay normally but was kinda turned on ,and ready after watching the Swinger live video feed. Kinda sick right but it did cross my mind. I don't know how long it will take Ray to figure out that Abby's cheating, but I hope not to long because I don't trust Jims motives. Funny how as instinctful and insightful Ray is, his 16 year old daughter seems to already be keen to mom's affair. Unlike another, daughter of cheating spouses, that we both watch. As always, great review Carissa.

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Ha ha... Thankfully, we haven't seen anything like what was on last night on Satisfaction. What are Bunchy's past crimes? Yes, Ray has been with Ashley before. She looked totally different when her hair was longer. She was with Stu... the last guy who really DID porn!

Ray Donovan Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

You know what? She's right! I am a victim! We're all your victims!

Abby

Fuck her harder Eddie.

Donna