While Ray's out in Southie, the mice do play. Marvin Gaye Washington, freaked out by the belated news of his mother's death, gets a lovely "new birthday" celebration from his adoptive father Rekon, which Bridget can't wait to help him celebrate. Abby and Deb get good old-fashioned Sunset Boulevard old-lady drunk, which is adorable and ends with some shoplifting and an arrest. FBI Frank tangles with Van Miller about his investigation, confirming that he's off the rails and looking to bring everybody down. And Mickey threatens Sean into signing him to a development deal, in lieu of the murdering of Sean that he is clearly going to be doing eventually anyway.
Meanwhile, we learn a few interesting facts in Boston. Number one, which I had forgotten, is that Sully is the person Mickey stole the money from in the first place that he gave to Claudette. Sully's FBI's Most Wanted, and has been in hiding and presumed dead for twenty years, but eventually agrees to come to LA and take Mickey out for good. Oh, and the girl Sean killed was named Colleen (of course), and was a momentary rebound during a break Abby's parents forced on the young couple.
So as Ray is working his way through various emotional and mostly violent reunions over in Boston, his household and family are melting down in some predictable but enjoyable ways. (Terry and Bunchy have about five minutes of screentime between them, but at least we get to see Daryll hanging out with them, now that Bunchy can't even stand to be in his house and is shacking up at the gym.) Deb, and Abby plus Deb, continues to be one of the best things about the show, while in Boston, Sully's ancient bitch of a mother is also pretty excellent.
In the end, after picking up Abby at the police station and negotiating a fairly strong peace treaty -- and then home, to get back the trust of his kids after last week's power-meltdown -- it's home to a weeping Bridget, with whom MGW got way too aggressive sexually, and then to grab the kid out of his house, stick him in the car, and drive him to a location that the Donovan women assume will be a murder but I'm guessing is something less permanent but still traumatic, like the house where MGW's mom died or something weird like that.
It's a quiet episode, but one that puts the focus on characters we don't always get to see doing sundry things: Ray dealing with Boston memories and thugs brings out several new colors, we get to see where Bridget's coming from as far as her feelings for MGW (and lovely singing voice), and even Abby gets ample time to explain herself. But between Sully's impending arrival -- and the fact that the Donovans seem to have accepted the violence of Ray's life even more than he does -- one wonders what next week, being the anniversary of Aunt Bridget's death, will bring.
Next Week: Terry tracks down Frances's husband after she shows up with a black eye; Ray and Avi try to reverse Bunchy's bigger purchases; Mickey presumably pervs out on a black woman; Lena has something of a storyline of her own; the war on Van begins in earnest.
At Bunchy's ill-fated housewarming, Bridget and Terry made decisions about their respective significant others and Ray scared the piss out of everybody by almost murdering his father. Ray purchased parental rights for Marvin Gaye Washington from the boy's mother, who was then murdered but Ray didn't tell anybody because he was busy retrieving the blood-stained contract. Abby explored Ray's LA apartment and got a perspective on his life that was both bizarre and mostly correct. Twenty years ago, Mickey stole a bunch of money from a guy named Sully and then went to jail after Ray and Ezra framed him for Sean Walker's drug-fueled murder of Ray's girlfriend Colleen. Now Van Miller is trying to use Mickey for a FBI sting, and Ray's off to Boston to track down Sully to get Mickey out of the picture for good.
Abby: "So to review, in the last twelve hours you scared the shit out of your kids and now you're off to Boston and you won't tell us why? In twenty years you haven't let us return to Boston because you hate it so much... is this about that dead girl?"
Ray: "It's about a dead girl, but not the one you're thinking of."
Conor: "Are you really going to be involved in something called Steampunk Wizard Of Oz?"
Bridget: "Yes, for I am rebelling in the most awkward way possible."
Ray: "Morning, kids. Hope you didn't have any nightmares about me killing family members!"
Conor: "Whatever, I'm numb to everything. Your daughter is going dork."
Bridget: "I'm not even talking to you right now."
MGW, without knocking: "You knew my 'moms' died and didn't tell me?"
Ray: "I was afraid you would come in my house without knocking."
MGW: "She was murdered in my old house!"
Ray: "How does that make it okay for you to bring a gun to mine?"
He pins the kid to the wall, takes his gun away and crab-walks him all the way back to Rekon's house so they don't have to discuss this in front of his kids. Or really at all.
Rekon: "I guess maybe we should've talked about this as a family. It is hard to receive a text message about your mother's rotting corpse finally being found, though."
Ray: "I respect that, but you need to calm him down. You are a kind of father."
Rekon: "Did you murder her by any chance?"
Ray: "Stay classy, Rekon!"