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Old 08-06-17, 08:11 AM   #1
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Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17






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Ray begins court-ordered anger management after a family tragedy sparks a bar fight. Mickey, Bunchy and Daryll prepare for Terry and Maureen's wedding. Bridget looks up a mysterious acquaintance in New York. Conor, away from home for the first time, grows accustomed to military school. Meanwhile, Sam Winslow, a powerful new employer, comes into Ray's life. Season premiere.

12 episode 5th season premieres tonight




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Old 08-06-17, 10:59 AM   #2
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

I'm ready!
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

i watched S1, then got busy and didn't finish S2. can i pick this up now and pick back up later with the older eps? i really want to watch something new and i was loving what i saw thus far, but fear this will spoil stuff for me...
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Old 08-06-17, 01:14 PM   #4
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

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i watched S1, then got busy and didn't finish S2. can i pick this up now and pick back up later with the older eps? i really want to watch something new and i was loving what i saw thus far, but fear this will spoil stuff for me...
Season 4 ended as a self contained season, however I think it would be kind of hard to jump in now. A lot of plot and character developments transpired from seasons 2-4.
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

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Season 4 ended as a self contained season, however I think it would be kind of hard to jump in now. A lot of plot and character developments transpired from seasons 2-4.
yeah, i figured. oh well. i have Showtime Anytime, so it's fine...
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Old 08-07-17, 12:37 AM   #6
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

I was tired and wasn't fully concentrating on the show, but I guess...

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Abby was concussed from the car crash and went to sleep and never woke up?

I didn't hear that the actress wasn't coming back this season


The episode felt kinda surreal. Like everything was in a haze.
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Old 08-07-17, 06:10 PM   #7
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

The actress is an integral part of the season and will be shown in flashbacks. Her fate, however, is as the show depicts. We don't know the definitive cause yet, as well as a lot of other things we don't know yet. There was a 10 month jump, and the flashbacks show us things that happened during that time.
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

I think the cancer came back. How she copes and eventually succumbs to it will be revealed in later episodes.
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Old 08-07-17, 10:16 PM   #9
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

I hate the idea that they're going to tease us with how she might have died for a while and then reveal it at some point. It's a cheap way at trying to drag an event/story line. Makes me not give a shit about the death.
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Old 08-08-17, 12:43 PM   #10
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

Not a good start to the season. Didn't care about anything happening, and the "mysteries" were unengaging.

Looks like this is going to be another case of Showtime dragging a series out for far too many seasons.
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Old 08-08-17, 07:16 PM   #11
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re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

Yeah, that was a pretty lame opener.
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Ray Donovan (S5E02) -- "Las Vegas" -- 8/13/17



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A flashback to Ray and Abby's 21st anniversary when they went to Las Vegas to see Damon's first televised fight. In the present, movie star Natalie James hires Ray to protect her from her abusive husband, which draws him deeper into Sam Winslow's web. Meanwhile, hopes for a beautiful day are dashed at Terry and Maureen's wedding when tensions flare between the Donovans and the Dohertys.
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Old 08-13-17, 11:10 PM   #13
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E02) -- "Las Vegas" -- 8/13/17

So I guess it was a cancerous brain tumour that did Abby in.... which caused her to hear the "rats" and the music.

Glad we don't have to wait until the end to find out, but I really hope they're not going to continue to dedicate half of each episode to Abby's demise when 5-10 minutes per episode will suffice. Otherwise they'll be dragging this season along.
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Old 08-17-17, 09:42 PM   #14
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E02) -- "Las Vegas" -- 8/13/17

RIP Abby

I absolutely hated the character for the first 4 1/2 seasons. But towards the end of last season she became more tolerable.

Kind of a strange start to season 5 though.
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E02) -- "Las Vegas" -- 8/13/17

http://tvline.com/2017/08/06/ray-don...y-dies-cancer/

I read an interview with the showrunner David Hollander, which was published after the premiere 2 weeks ago.

He confirms that this is indeed Paula Malcomson's final season, but she's still a credited series regular the entire season.

He said it was a creative to write her off the show to basically shake it up.

Also, for anyone curious about how much time past since season 4, it was 10 months. It was a little confusing with Connor being in military school and Terry and Maureen being engaged when they barely started hooking up in season 4.

It didn't even cross my mind until after finishing it that the new girl that Ray is working with is Lili Simmons from Banshee.


This little featurette aired after the episode last week. The cast talks about Malcomson leaving.

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Ray Donovan (S5E03) -- "Dogwalker" -- 8/20/17





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Ray cleans up Natalie's mess. At home, however, he struggles to reconnect with his family and complete anger management. Unable to reach Maureen, Terry visits Conor at military school. A surprise visit from Frank Barnes threatens to sink Mickey back into a life of violence. Bunchy happens upon the business opportunity of a lifetime to provide for Teresa and Maria.

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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E03) -- "Dogwalker" -- 8/20/17

It's probably not a good idea to show up at your anger management therapy session with blood on your shirt.
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Old 08-22-17, 01:09 AM   #18
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E03) -- "Dogwalker" -- 8/20/17

Lili Simmons looked really good. Especially with the tight leather pants in her trailer.

Not surprised at all that Ray and Natalie started banging after their "Dogwalking" meeting. Ray couldn't take seeing the cancer eating away Abby.

Who wants to bet that Bunchy's investment is going to be a disaster?
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E03) -- "Dogwalker" -- 8/20/17

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Who wants to bet that Bunchy's investment is going to be a disaster?
If you got to see the trailer for next week,...

Giving a simpleton access to that much money is never a good idea.
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E03) -- "Dogwalker" -- 8/20/17

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Not surprised at all that Ray and Natalie started banging after their "Dogwalking" meeting. Ray couldn't take seeing the cancer eating away Abby.
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Yea, no doubt that's where it's headed. You would think at this point Bunchy would reach out to Ray for his opinion on something that would risk him losing his fortune.
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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E02) -- "Las Vegas" -- 8/13/17

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So I guess it was a cancerous brain tumour that did Abby in.... which caused her to hear the "rats" and the music.

Glad we don't have to wait until the end to find out, but I really hope they're not going to continue to dedicate half of each episode to Abby's demise when 5-10 minutes per episode will suffice. Otherwise they'll be dragging this season along.
Obviously, she's dying of cancer. But, does anyone think she killed herself before the cancer got her? Watching Ray on the studio set when the actor drops from the water tower made me wonder about that. Or, was he thinking about his sister?
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Ray Donovan (S5E04) -- "Sold" -- 8/27/17





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Mickey's screenwriting dreams stall out - until he's pulled into a gruesome fix for Daryll's movie star client. Abby starts construction on the new bar while Ray searches for a solution to their problem. Terry tries to win back Maureen one last time; Bunchy's quest for financial independence gets derailed; and Bridget tells her boyfriend who her father really is.

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Re: Ray Donovan (S5E04) -- "Sold" -- 8/27/17

I like the human side of Ray we're getting this season. It's not a huge outpouring of emotion. He's still pretty stoic. But, it's more than we've gotten on a consistent basis so far on the show (or at least in a long time).
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Ray Donovan (S5E05) -- "Shabbos Goy" -- 9/10/17





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Ray's therapy is at odds with the high-stakes power struggle between Sam and her opponents. Mickey - at Frank's behest - seeks out an old friend of the Donovan's. Meanwhile, Terry takes Damon to New York to train for a fight; Bunchy is confronted by sins from the Donovan past; and Bridget tries to reconcile with Smitty - until a major crisis forces them together.


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Unfortunately episode 504 aired 2 weeks ago on the same night as the Game of Thrones finale, so obviously it was low priority viewing for most here. There was no episode last week.
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Old 09-12-17, 11:18 AM   #25
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Re: Ray Donovan (Showtime) -- Season 5 Discussion Thread -- premieres 8/6/17

Just catching up on this - after Bunchy talked to the guy at the sandwich shop, I got the impression that whoever was working that day was in on the robbery, so maybe he can find the money that way?

And why did Ray get sick and puke out of the car? I think I missed something.
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