Pretty Little Liars: FrAmed (recap and review)

Ali drinking coffee in Pretty Little Liars
Last week in Pretty Little Liars, Charles/A was very nearly caught, Toby got high on Spencer’s treats, Lorenzo was injured and Sara lets Emily know where she is at, FrAmed takes the girls one step closer to the Charles resolution. Hanna continues to be the voice of reason as well as derision not being Mr. DiLaurentis’ biggest fan, she has no real sympathy for Alison’s decision to feel compassion for her dangerous brother.

Aria gets her doll photos displayed at the gallery and Clark is happy for her. Toby, who was not best pleased with Spencer last week, is now texting her. “Win,” says Spencer when the girls are discussing Charles. Clark asks Aria about just what they thought they would do if Charles was at the arcade and she asks him to change the subject. Ezra listens as they talk about both the arcade and the gallery. Aria teases him about eavesdropping.

Ezra offers to be a personal bodyguard in order for Aria to attend the viewing at the gallery and she realizes that Tanner can help make the event safer with a police presence. Alison visits the injured Lorenzo, bearing soup, and she insists upon a little tender loving care to thank him. The two kiss.

Hanna complains about her mother’s inactivity over the Carissimi Group tuition check to Spencer. Spencer realizes that if they give the money back they can investigate the organization. Ella and Aria talk to Tanner about the viewing and she sorts out police protection. Reluctantly, Aria’s mother agrees to let Aria attend.

Two hooded figures monitor the gallery’s security cameras and the one in red is clearly female. Charles and his accomplice, obviously, especially considering later events.

Em helps Aria to pick an outfit out for the prom and tells her about Sara. It looks like Emily will ask Sara to the prom, in a group, and Aria is now at a loose end for a date, her original plan was for Em to be her “prom buddy.”

Hanna and Spencer meet Rhys Matthews at the Carissimi Group and he is clearly a DiLaurentis. Later, when Emily sees a picture of the executive she thinks it is Jason. Before then, the two meet with Matthews who is evasive about answering any question. He takes the $30,000 and while refusing to pass information on to his boss, Hanna takes the picture that Emily sees later.

Lorenzo tells Ali that Tanner is taping the sessions with her father and she learns that Tanner has called in a profiler. Alison offers to stick around and do some chores for Lorenzo. As she finishes folding his laundry, Ali takes his card key and leaves.

Ezra and Aria talk at the Rowitz Fine Art Gallery showing and she asks him if he would go to prom with her. As she stumbles over her words, Nicole shows up and makes things even more awkward and she goes to speak with Clark. As the two talk, some things about Clark do not add up.

The representative for the Cardillo Arts Fellowship opens the finalist viewing and Aria Montgomery’s display is in the center. The four pictures on the wall are not of Aira’s work but the “morgue” photos of the four girls taken in the doll house.

As Tanner takes the title card from under the pictures, Ella asks if they are meant to solve Charles’ riddles. The detective reads off the card. “No son Linda” which she says is Spanish for “they aren’t pretty” but it can also mean “they aren’t Linda’s” as in Linda Tanner. Meaning that the police cannot protect the girls from him.

Ali uses Lorenzo’s card to get into the evidence room at the Lakewood Police station. She is looking for things about her brother Charles. Tanner catches Alison and tells her that she has overstepped the line. The two talk about the man and the cop reveals that what Ali sees as sentimental keepsakes are in reality trophies of his abduction of the girls. She takes Lorenzo’s card.

Aria talks to Ezra outside the gallery. She reveals that since the morgue photo, she feels icy cold all the time. Lorenzo is angry with Alison and tells her he wishes she had just asked. Ella visits with Hanna’s mother and she tells her that they are going to have to tell the girls about the school not them at the prom. She also says that the police are not doing enough.

Outside the Marin kitchen, the red hoodie figure is watching the two women talk. Emily, Hanna and Spencer who saw Rhys Matthews go into the deserted doll factory, followed by Clark, stop by to tell Aria that Clark may not be a friend after all.

At the end of the show, Tanner sees Rhys on the security camera arranging wrapped pictures at the gallery. The episode’s final shot is set against James Brown’s Lost Someone. Gloved hands are putting together a kidnapping kit; six syringes in a case,a rope, a tuxedo and two prom tickets. The black hooded figure in in the back of a limousine and the red hooded figure is in the front.

Charles is ready.

Right up to this point, Pretty Little Liars kept the face of Charles hidden. That Rhys Matthews is a DiLaurentis is obvious. What is not, however, is just who his accomplish might be. Clark may look like a good suspect, but that red hoodie houses a shorter female form. Where he fits in is not clear but Clark cannot be aiding Charles.

Lucy Hale as Aria knocks it out of the park this week. Kudos also go to Ian Harding and, as usual, Ashley Benson as Hanna. This actress is so convincing as the less than overly astute “liar” whose mother is desperate to send her to college, although goodness knows why.

There are only two more episodes left and this build up to the season finale is pumping things up nicely. It is not long now till the exciting conclusion of this story. Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays on ABC Family. With only two weeks remaining, binging should be done in a hurry. Cracking TV.

Stitchers: Future Tense (recap and review)

Kirsten and Cameron Churros and complaints
Fire in the Hole in last week’s Stitchers had everyone on death’s door, loved ones were called and Fisher saved the day with help from Tim. Future Tense changes the pace a bit and deals with death on somewhat less grand scale. It also focuses on Linus and Camille as a faux couple and some disturbing visions that Kirsten sees in a murdered psychic’s memory stitch.

At the start of the episode practically perfect Liam and Kirsten are making crepes and playing at domestic bliss. Everything goes well till Cameron rings and the boyfriend lets a little jealousy and a lot of suspicion change the mood. Liam is not buying the “video game” story and, considering what happens later, he has known all along that the story was a cover.

Camille comes to work all chipper and bearing churros. After effusively complementing the team, she holds up the box of pastry singing, “Churros for everyone…” Cameron grabs the box saying “Oh churros, the extruded cousin of the Beignet.” As he runs off to put the box into the break room, Linus grabs Camille for a private moment.

After reminding her of the call to loved ones, suggested by Maggie, he explains that he told his parents that they are a couple. Camille recommends: Telling them the truth, that they broke up, or to call an escort service. Linus wants her to dine with him and his parents, explaining that his mother has made Chicken Tikka Masala. Camille is moved by the menu choice on offer and agrees to a one time dinner date, “but then I’m dumping your lying a**,” she says poking him in the chest.

Maggie talks to Kirsten about Liam and warns her that the relationship, and her potential fiancee, are dodgy. “The timing is off,” the Stitchers boss warns and Kirsten does not react well to Maggie’s inferences. After their meeting, she complains to Cameron about Maggie’s interference and states that Liam is none of her business. Cameron appears to diss the perfect partner and then says that Liam is a nice guy.

Fisher comes in and after an awkward comic moment between the detective and Cameron, he apologizes to Kirsten about not responding to her message earlier. She explains that Turner revealed that Ed died protecting her and Fisher says he look into it. Kirsten says that Les Turner is not easily accessible, Fisher smiles and says the big boss has been paying him attention lately.

The latest stitch is Vanessa Sawyer a 24 year-old “online’ psychic whose co-host returned home to find her murdered. Sawyer’s death by geode is looked into by the team and Kirsten enters into a very different memory path. During the meeting, they discover that Fisher will be questioning late woman’s co-host Solaris and Cameron is dismissive of psychics in general. Saying that they might ask Solaris for some racing tips and Maggie says she would rather rely on scientific methods.

Camille laughs at them both. “Yeah? Well stitching is basically talking to ghosts.” All the meeting’s participants stop and look at Camille. “Well it is,” she finishes. While Kirsten is in the stitch, she sees things differently, when Vanessa looks at a woman arguing with a man, she sees flames, each memory in Swanson’s brain deal more with visions than real events that have occurred.

In one memory/vision, Kirsten sees a woman being strangled. She takes herself out of the stitch and says that Vanessa was killed because she saw someone being murdered. Kirsten and Cameron join Detective Fisher at Dreamcatcher Studios where he is questioning co-workers. Kirsten spies the man who Swanson saw strangling the woman and send the detective in his direction.

She and Cameron join Fisher while he questions the studio’s owner, Rick Hauser (played by Tommy Savas). As they walk up, Hauser says, What is this, ‘bring your kids to work day?'” “Oh no, it’s interrogate a douche day,” Kirsten replies, “Go ahead Dad.” Fisher is not amused and he moves Hauser away from “his kids” to finish the questioning.

Linus and Camille go through possible outfits for the dinner. He hates her “librarian” outfit and likes the alternative outfit even less. Linus asks that his pretend girlfriend show only 10 percent of her skin, Camille turns and walks off saying, “Look at this 10 percent.”

Cameron and Kirsten talk with Solaris and while Dr. Goodkin is clearly skeptical, the woman makes a couple of accurate observations about the two. She tells Kirsten that she is making a decision and that she cannot have a relationship with anyone till she knows herself. Solaris then tells Cameron about a heart issue, which he has, and gives him a crystal for protection.

As they leave the co-host, Kirsten spots the “murdered” woman, who is clearly not dead. Mia, is another client of Hauser and she is throwing a party, Cameron and Kirsten are invited and she accepts with the idea that she can save Mia’s life. As Kirsten watches Swanson on her show, she ends a psychic message with a “happily ever after” sign-off which prompts a childhood memory with Ed.

Liam is being followed and he interrupts Kirsten’s memory flashback to tell her about it. He asks her what is really going on and she hesitates. Liam leaves, angry and upset. Kirsten confronts Maggie about Liam being followed. The two talk and Maggie points out that Liam may well be perfect but Kirsten is being dishonest. She warns that he senses it already and it will blow up in her face. Kirsten’s boss also reveals that she has a son…an estranged son.

Linus does a run though with Camille on the history of their relationship. He prompts her on what she can and cannot do or say. Kirsten goes back into Vanessa’s memory to learn more about her death. In the stitch, she sees Mia and Vanessa talk, the psychic “sees” flames around Mia. Kirsten touches a crystal on Swanson’s table and gets a vision of Cameron in a corpse cassette.

She then sees Mia’s party, which hasn’t happened yet. The team try to get her back and they realize that Kirsten is not in a memory but somewhere else in Vanessa’s brain. She is convinced that Mia will be murdered at the party. Fisher leaves the lab in disgust stating that he will find Vanessa’s killer, “You know, the one who was actually murdered,” he says.

The meal with Linus’ parents goes brilliantly, much to his chagrin and discomfort. His mother and father fall in love with Camille who does everything that Linus told her not to. Meanwhile, at the party, Kirsten arrives to find Cameron ignored her request to stay away for his safety. Back at the dinner party, Camille has won the parents over and Linus is upset.

As Kirsten and Cameron talk at Mia’s party, Liam turns up. Seeing the two together Liam starts acting very jealous and storms off. Hauser makes a speech, where he makes light of Mia’s accomplishments and builds himself up. At the dinner party, Linus’ mother brings out his grandmother’s ring, a huge rock (rather interestingly this is what Camille says in the Stitcher briefing about the geode that killed Vanessa) that Camille gets to wear.

She hands Linus the piece of jewelry, sticks out her hand and says “Put a ring on it.” Mia’s party is over. Cameron and Kirsten talk about Liam and Mia comes back as does does Hauser. The two go into the building to find Hauser choking Mia; the vision that Kirsten saw in Swanson’s stitch.

Mia has tried to burn down the studio and Kirsten realizes that she killed Vanessa. Fisher arrives to arrest Mia, after Cameron puts out the flames. Camille has a heart to heart chat with Linus’ mother and he overhears her say that they might just have a chance.

Liam and Kirsten have it out and she tells him that she is not ready to marry anyone. Cameron stops by later to support her. He gives Kirsten the crystal that Solaris gave him, to “protect your heart,” he says. Liam makes a call to someone telling them that Kirsten turned his marriage proposal down. He then asks about Plan B.

Stitchers keeps the twists coming. Liam, may have changed form Mr. Mary Poppins to Saving Mr. Banks, but it turns out that the perfect partner has a very ulterior motive. Camille shows that she too had no family growing up and her confession to Linus’ mother is touching and explains so much about the girl.

Fisher got off some good lines in the episode, “Where’s the fire” being the best. As usual, however, it is Kyle Harris’ Cameron who gets the most points for pop culture coolness. His Dr. Who quote, “We don’t know what it is, let’s poke a stick at it,” wins top prize hands-down.

Things to look for: Camille “signposting” the big rock on her finger in the meeting was either intentional, which means her character should be observed more closely, or it was a serendipitous occurrence that was uber cool. Cameron in the corpse cassette and Maggie’s son.

The former is disturbing and the latter, like Camille’s non-family life, is intriguing and explains much about the ex-CIA operative. Kirsten is becoming more adroit in each stitch and her confidence is growing as are her abilities. The danger of her becoming another “Marta” seems to have become an non-issue.

This penultimate episode took another step forward to the season’s final episode, next week, and left the viewer with one tantalizing image, a dead Cameron as seen in the stitch. The Camille and Linus storyline continues to entertain and Scagliotti may just become Queen of comic relief in this series.

The news that the Network Deities have seen to it that a second season of Stitchers will appear in 2016 is pleasing and shows that the entire creative bunch have gotten it right.

Stitchers airs Tuesdays on ABC Family. Watch this program. It has something for everyone, including the talented Emma Ishta, Allison Scagliotti, Kyle Harris, Damon Dayoub, Ritesh Rajan and Oded Fehr. Next week’s finale will also have C. Thomas Howell as guest star so do not miss it.

Fans of Emma keep an eye peeled for an exclusive interview that Ms Ishta gave to MikesFilmTalk about the season finale.

Stitchers Gets Second Season and New Series Regular: Damon Dayoub

Damon Dayoub and Emma Ishta
Those who are waiting anxiously for the penultimate episode of Stitchers to air on ABC Family will be happy to hear the news that Damon Dayoub has been made a series regular and that the Disney owned network have given the greenlight for a second season of the show. Damon has played Detective Fisher and ever since the show’s “big bad” lured Fisher away for a “special” task, the writing has been on the wall.

In a July 28, 2015 press release it was simultaneously announced that Damon would be a regular feature in the “procedural” drama and that the show would be back in 2016. Exciting stuff for both fans of the show and of Dayoub. The actor has been a recurring presence in the first season of Stitchers from his appearance in the pilot episode, A Stitch in Time where Kirsten, the show’s protagonist, tells Detective Fisher (Dayoub) that she will prove him wrong about how her step-father/guardian died.

Damon Dayoub has been working steadily in the business since 2009, and rather interestingly showed up on The Last Ship in an episode as a Navy SEAL on the same week he appeared in Stitchers as a law enforcement official. Previous to his appearances in the ABC Family series, Damon worked on numerous projects including NCIS as a recurring character.

Dayoub has provided some good onscreen moments with both Emma Ishta and Salli Richardson-Whitfield in terms of personal chemistry. As Detective Fisher, the actor walks the line perfectly as a by-the-book cop who is drafted into a job very much outside the box and far from what he is used to.

Stitchers is essentially a science fiction drama. The series is about a young woman with a temporal disorder who is “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased in order to harvest their memories. (Hence the tagline, “Memories Never Die.”) Emma Ishta stars as Kirsten Clark; temporal girl, Allison Scagliotti is Camille her roommate and colleague, Kyle Harris is Cameron the project wunderkind, Ritesh Rajan is Linus; wunderkind number two (I heart Linus – watch the show to learn the significance of that little phrase.) and Maggie, department head and the boss with “ulterior motives” is played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Another recurring character is “big boss” Les Turner who is portrayed by none other than Oded Fehr (Resident Evil: Extinction, The Mummy).

The series is executive produced by Jeffery Allan “Jeff” Schechter; who is the Stitchers creator. The other executive producers are Jonathan Baruch and Rob Walken. If Jeff’s name sounds familiar he was co-creator on the 2009 “tween” comedy Overruled; that ran till 2011.

The casting on this show has been spot on. The chemistry between all the main characters is perfect, each one have brilliant give and take moments and delightfully natural delivery. Their performances are all impressive and feel almost spontaneous. While this is partly due to the actors themselves, the rest is down to the writers who make this topical and pop culturally “quippy” series crackle.

Even the secondary characters, who are moved to centerstage at appropriate times, have an excellent rapport with the main players and each other. Cameron Britton, as Tim from Engineering, “Tim has never liked me,” says Cameron in one episode, has moved up in the cast ranks and he was the “office savior” in Fire in the Hole.

Stitchers is a cracking series that deserved to have a second season. Great writing, gripping storylines, pop culture references that delight, a cast to die for and some very, very funny moments. All this and set pieces that raise a lump in the throat if not an actual tear…or several. Stitchers airs Tuesdays on ABC Family. Stop on by and see what you have been missing or tune back in to see just why the show has been approved for a second season.

Kudos to all the folks who make Stitchers such great viewing and for getting that second season. Plus, congratulations to Daman Dayoub for his promotion to series regular…Now if they can just get Oded Fehr to become a regular…

The Last Ship: Alone and Unafraid (recap and review)

The Last Ship still photo
In the previous episode of The Last Ship two of the three teams had infiltrated the “Chosen” camp and met the “new” president and XO Slattery ordered the comms buoy blown up, in Alone and Unafraid Chandler has gotten himself close to the president. Green and Tex are on a convoy with Niels who is up to something and Wolf-Man is trying to keep track of it all for Slattery.

Like other excursions in this season, the action in Alone and Unafraid is pretty impressive. While it took at least one other episode to build up to this segment’s “big fight” (and at least half of this episode) the payoff was some excellent edge of the seat viewing. After Chandler, who orchestrated the whole thing with Burk and Ravit’s help, gets to guard the new president, they then set up a rescue for the country’s new commander-in-chief.

After setting up a possible threat, Ramsey’s team, and Chandler (who tells the mercenary that his name is Tommy) take the former Secretary Michener through the convention hall kitchens. As they enter Burk and Ravit strike and together with Chandler they fight a pretty spirited battle with the mercenaries. The conflict is savage and drawn out. Burk takes out one baddie with a broken mop handle through the chest and Ravit takes out another one with a couple of forks.

Chandler takes out his group with armed flair and then goes head to head with the last one standing. After winning, he then delivers the coup de grace to the wounded mercenaries who reach for their weapons. The “president” reluctantly allows himself to be escorted from the building. Outside the convention center, Wolf-Man snipes guards who get in the way and clears a path for Chandler, Burk, Ravit and Michener.

Tex, who Niels sort of recognizes (as Patient Zero queries Tex about where he may have met him, the man tells Niels to leave him alone as, “You’re kind of creeping me out, man.” In that instant, Tex and Ned are ethereal twins who share their discomfort at being around Niels.

Both men are right to be disturbed about Niels. The thing that Danny saw the man working on was a virus delivery system to be put in children’s cuddly toys. After the two men grab Niels and his deadly teddy bears and rejoin Chandler’s team and Wolf-Man, Green destroys the viral toys with fire.

Niels has been shot, during the fracas against the work detail meant to deliver the viral payload, Ned was shot in the face as well. Later, the bloodied brother of Sean will demand that his “bruv” take care of that ship.

Back on the Nathan James, XO Slattery and the crew are playing a tense game of cat and mouse where the destroyer has to find a quiet spot to release the “helo” aka, helicopter. It will need to collect Chandler and his team along with the president. The sub’s crew, between bickering and stopping just shy of fisticuffs, are trying to track the Nathan James to blow her out of the water.

Once the three teams regroup at the pick up point, a truckload of mercenaries arrives and they have to fight their way to the chopper. The Navy cuts the soldier’s for hire down pretty easily and once they board, Tex asks who the passenger is. Chandler says that Michener is the Commander and Chief and Tex’s look of disbelief says it all.

Back on the Nathan James, it is apparent that Michener is more of a “believer” (part of Ramsey’s “Chosen” schtick) and less of a presidential reality. He is escorted very much against his will deeper into the ship and Slattery also questions the man’s motives.

Back at the convention center, Ned heckles Sean and once again demands that he do something about the ship. He also makes it clear that they should just “nuke” the US, a country full of “ungrateful buggers.” *The writers are still having a hey day getting all that Brit dialogue spot on.*

Sean looks pretty irate which is not surprising since his “ace in the hole” has been snatched out right out from under this proverbial nose. Ned has always been for blowing up the Nathan James, killing the crew and turning America into a nuclear wasteland. It remains to be seen just how much Sean will take on from baby brother Ned’s suggestions.

Once again, The Last Ship gave viewers a great action filled (continuing) storyline. Producer, and star, Eric Dane keeps giving the same sturdy performance and it is plain that he was born to play this type of role. Adam Baldwin shows that he can still pack a punch into whatever performance he gives no matter how small the screen time and Ebon Moss-Bachrach should get some sort of gong, an Emmy or something, for his portrayal of Niels.

Kudos again for the writers of the show and for the two actors playing those bickering Brit’s the Ramsey brothers; Brían F. O’Byrne (Sean) and Nick Court (Ned) these two chaps are value for money and without their spot on portrayal, the mercenaries would take on a comic book air of villainy versus the real deal the actor’s help bring.

Now that Michener is on board the Nathan James and Niels has been caught (and his disgusting toys destroyed) perhaps the destroyer can sink that sub, although not too soon, yeah? Those Ramsey’s and their crew make a pretty good group of villains, bruv. The Last Ship airs Sundays on TNT don’t miss it or you’ll be a muppet…Yeah?

Ray Donovan: Come Knock On Our Door (recap and review)

Mickey talking to the girls in Ray Donovan
Last week on Ray Donovan brother Terry fought the Aryan Brotherhood and won…twice, putting his life in jeopardy and in Come Knock On Our Door, it transpires that the man the “ding” beat with the barbell has died. Family comes first with Ray and his efforts to save his brother leads to a short painful downhill trip that ends with a deal with the devil.

At the start of the episode, Ray comes home to see his daughter. They have a short talk in her bedroom and Ray sees his dead sister Bridget in the room. Going downstairs, he watches an old episode of Three’s Company, or possibly The Ropers, and sees his dead sibling again. Later, Ray watches more old television, this time an old Bonanza episode and Little Joe is shooting out of a window while Lena packs her things to leave. She tells Ray that the spare key is in her desk and that the coffee machine is “bust.” “I got you a new one,” she says before walking out.

Mickey has a meeting with the hookers with donuts and cocaine. The girls want to leave but Ginger talks them into hearing him out. Mickey introduces his son “Daryl” and explains that he will be the muscle and their driver. He wants them to try his way out for just one day and Ginger is supportive.

Bunchy asks for $20,000 out of his fund to put on the Mexican wrestling match at the gym. Ray gets a call from the guard and he learns that Terry killed an Aryan. He tells his brother’s protector that he will be right there. Bunchy tells Ray before he leaves that the gym could make money for once and Donovan tells his brother “it’s a front, Bunch, it’s not supposed to make money.”

On the way out, Ray is approached by two of Finney’s lawyers, one; the family lawyer, makes a veiled threat when Donovan refuses, again, to sell his business to the man. Daryl is updating the website, and worried about the Armenians taking his Cadillac. Ginger drops Audrey off with Mickey again, seconds after the girl arrives, Mickey gets a call from the prison.

Abby learns that Ray dropped by the previous night and Bridget tells her mother that he had been in a fight. Abby is also learning that she has lost touch with her family. All she has left after trying to connect with her kids in the kitchen is Dog. “Who’s the best boy in the world,” she asks the animal, “You are.”

Mickey arrives at the prison and is refused entry. Ray turns up and after learning that his father planned to bribe the guards with cocaine, the two argue. Ray tells Mickey to stay out of it and goes inside the prison. As Mickey leaves he calls Abby and asks her to meet him at the gym. Ray learns that Terry will be in danger no matter where he goes.

Ray visits Terry in isolation and they talk. Terry looks at Ray’s beaten visage and asks, “What the f**k happened to your face?” “What the f**k happened to yours,” Ray shoots back and the brothers laugh. Terry has given up and asks his brother not to help him.

Mickey gets Abby to look after Audrey and Ray goes to see Judge Wettick. He explains about what happened to Terry, how the Aryans went after him because of his Parkinson’s and he wants the judge to give Terry a compassionate release. The Judge refuses and when Ray offers him $100,000 to reconsider, Wettick pulls a gun from his desk and orders Ray to leave.

Ray heads back to his office to drop off the money and tells Abby about Terry. She offers to help and he blows her off. The next visit Ray will make is to see Frank Barnes and blackmail him onto Wettick with false charges to force his hand.

Daryl is overwhelmed with the demands of the hookers and Bunchy drops by to see Mickey. His brother talks him into helping out. The first task is to take topless pictures of Michele. Ginger drops in to ask for some breast milk and says that she needs it in a hurry. Mickey goes to see Ronald Keith to get the judge’s address so he can help Terry.

Bunch goes to get some milk and adult diapers. Ginger tells him that it has to be real breast milk. Bunchy has an epiphany when he sees a mother with twins.

Terry gets treated for the knife wound and when the doctor leaves the cell an Aryan kills the doctor. Guards grab the attacker and everything falls apart. Ray is called and Terry’s “protection” has been taken off his detail. His brother will be put back in the general population and Ray heads back to see Wettick.

Mickey goes to see the judge and inadvertently kills the man when he knocks his heart pills out of the judges hand. Ray arrives to find Mickey looking at Wettick’s body. Ray is furious, “You just killed another one of your kids Mick.” As Ray leaves he gives Barnes the blackmail evidence and Frank asks Ray if they are even, Ray does not respond.

Donovan goes to see Finney. He is offered coffee; Finney is keeping it friendly, and then he explains his dilemma. After Malcolm agrees to help, the two men go to see the governor Tom Vernon. The governor offers to help and says it will take a few weeks. “You need to pardon him tonight,” Finney says. The governor hesitates and Finney finishes with “This is taking far longer than I thought it would.” “I’ll get it done tonight,” Vernon says.

Back at the mansion, Finney says it was a pleasure to see Ray and the contract is put in front of him to sign. Ray is told to show up for work tomorrow and to see himself out. Before he leaves, Paige sees him and says, “I thought you were though with the Finney family Ray?”

Abby leaves, for a couple of days she says. Mickey learns that his idea for the girls worked well and the icing on the cake is Ray calling to say, “I got him out.” Mickey plans a party. Ray goes to pick Terry up. The two brother’s meet in the prison parking lot and Terry asks how much it cost Ray to get him out.

This week’s episode was pretty heavy going but once again Bunchy and Audrey provided some much needed comic relief. The breast milk scene was brilliant, Audrey and Abby watching as the mother pumps milk from her breast. Bunchy awkwardly taking Michele’s picture,”you cannot show my face,” she says. Audrey telling Mickey off for leaving her in the car, “It’s against the law to leave a kid in the back of a car, you know,” she says when he gets back in the vehicle. A few light-hearted moments to take away the sting of Ray’s deal.

It was almost a done deal that Donovan was going to end up selling himself to Finney after last week’s cold refusal. That Ray was worried about Terry was signposted with his continued sightings of Bridget and his overall preoccupation. It was apparent from the first frame that Ian McShane’s Finney appeared in that this man was the devil and that Ray would end up selling himself to him.

Once again Liev Schreiber knocked it out of the park. Dash Mihok keeps getting better each week. Jon Voight as Mickey provides Schreiber with some heavy duty support and the Oscar winning actor shows that a lifetime of experience makes everything shine.

Ray Donovan airs Sundays on Showtime and despite last night’s heavy going episode, is quality television with some of the best ensemble acting around.