The Best Episodes of Ray Donovan

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2019

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players. He is the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.

The Captain

#1 - The Captain

Season 2 - Episode 12

Mickey and Daryll discover their loot is significantly less than they expected, but Mickey has a plan that sends them to the races. Abby is torn between her two potential protectors, Ray and Jim.

star 8.26
1,742 votes
Writers: Ann Biderman
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#2 - Exsuscito

Season 3 - Episode 12

Abby and Terry finally tell Ray the truth about Bridget.

star 8.23
2,079 votes
Writers: David Hollander, William Wheeler
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#3 - Baby

Season 6 - Episode 10

With Ray on the run, Radulovic and the Staten Island cops take a drastic measure: a move that sends Ray on a warpath. Mickey confronts his son. Sam makes her final move to win the election.

star 8.21
651 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Miki Johnson
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The Dead

#4 - The Dead

Season 6 - Episode 12

Ray settles his final scores and revisits the past with his father. The Donovans clean up their mess. Smitty gets a crash course in what it means to be a part of the family. Season finale

star 8.17
586 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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Walk this Way

#5 - Walk this Way

Season 2 - Episode 7

It's Conor's birthday - and both Abby and Ray forgot. When Conor demands a party with Terry, Bunchy and Mickey in attendance, tensions run high as the whole family gathers at the Donovan house. Meanwhile, Ashley's stalker is back, and Ray comes face-to-face with Cookie Brown when the ex-con/hip-hop mogul shows up to take Bridget for a night out.

star 8.15
1,826 votes
Directors: Liev Schreiber
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Rattus Rattus

#6 - Rattus Rattus

Season 4 - Episode 12

Season Finale. Ray, hoping his deal with Hector will be his family's salvation, learns that Sonia has turned over incriminating evidence to FBI agent Frank Barnes. Ray is forced to wear a wire, but decides to play the Russian mob off the FBI, but things take a dangerous turn. Meanwhile, Mickey's attempt to cash in on the big fight leads him to a discovery that could help Ray against both sides.

star 8.14
2,906 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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#7 - Sunny

Season 2 - Episode 8

Lee Drexler returns from his honeymoon, only to be confronted by Cookie Brown, who demands the rights to Marvin's music. Ray arranges the deal, but then Lee reneges on it. Peggy Shaughnessy plants a seed of doubt in Kate's mind about the story that she published; Kate reopens her investigation but is threatened by a pair of Southie thugs on the street.

star 8.13
1,757 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: David Hollander, Cheo Hodari Coker
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Same Exactly

#8 - Same Exactly

Season 1 - Episode 12

Ray and Avi find Eddie on the run with Sully's money. Mickey gets kicked out of Bunchy's apartment. Later, Ray puts the word out that America's Most Wanted has been spotted in Santa Monica. Abby and the kids hide out at a swank Malibu resort. Ezra proposes to Deb.

star 8.10
1,965 votes
Directors: Michael Apted
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Never Gonna Give You Up

#9 - Never Gonna Give You Up

Season 6 - Episode 11

It’s all-out war between cops and family, as the Donovans band together to save one of their own. Running out of options, Mac faces a difficult decision.

star 8.09
627 votes
Directors: Joshua Marston
Writers: Chad Feehan, Sean Conway
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Dream On

#10 - Dream On

Season 6 - Episode 9

Ray struggles to get the help he so desperately needs, causing Bridget to learn some hard truths about her father. Ray makes a move to save both Novak’s campaign and Mac’s life. Mickey sees an opportunity to recoup some of his losses. Darryl and Sandy find common ground.

star 8.06
682 votes
Directors: Denise Di Novi
Writers: David Hollander, Karl Taro Greenfeld
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#11 - Pudge

Season 6 - Episode 4

Mickey kidnaps movie star Jay White, and Ray has to get 3 million dollars from Sam Winslow to get Jay back in one piece. Mickey and Bunchy plot a future for themselves. Mac finds himself backed into a corner as Internal Affairs comes after him. Terry steps into the ring for the first time in twenty years. Smitty has to confront the secrets of his past and ends up calling on his future father-in-law for help.

star 8.01
751 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Sean Conway
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Bucky Fuckin' Dent

#12 - Bucky Fuckin' Dent

Season 1 - Episode 11

Bunchy has a violent encounter with someone from his past. Ray is called to the Donovan Fite Club to handle a situation that has escalated in to a crisis. Ray meets with Ezra who pressures him about Sully, Mickey and the FBI. The police question Mickey about a recent murder. Ray sends Avi to protect Abby and the kids from Sully.

star 8.01
1,961 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Ron Nyswaner
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Fite Nite

#13 - Fite Nite

Season 1 - Episode 10

Ray and the family go to Fite Nite at the Donovan Fite Club. Meanwhile, Ray's plan with Sully is put in to action. Mickey has a rendezvous with an unlikely lady. Bunchy encounters someone from his past, sending him into a tailspin.

star 7.99
2,000 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Sean Conway
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#14 - Poker

Season 3 - Episode 11

Mickey pushes his luck by throwing himself a goodbye party.

star 7.98
1,926 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Michael Tolkin, Brett Johnson
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#15 - Rodef

Season 2 - Episode 11

Ray starts to make arrangements in case he gets arrested when Kate publishes her story. Meanwhile, Cookie gives Ray a million dollars to track down a stalkerazzi video of the shooting. Mickey's robbery doesn't quite go as planned when Terry gets left behind - and arrested. Plus, Shorty's oxygen tanks explode while Conor is waiting in the SRO, leading to a confrontation between Ray and Mickey. And Ezra tells Ray and Avi that Kate needs to be stopped.

star 7.97
1,724 votes
Writers: Ron Nyswaner, Brett Johnson
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A Girl Named Maria

#16 - A Girl Named Maria

Season 6 - Episode 6

A masked intruder with ties to the mayor makes a threat on Sam’s life. In looking for answers, Ray uncovers more than he bargained for. Now he’s got a target on his back and a friend whom he doesn’t know if he can trust. Searching for their ticket out of the country, Mickey and Bunchy board the Hampton Jitney. Bridget babysits her baby cousin, as Terry can’t stay away from his chance to fight again.

star 7.97
734 votes
Writers: Miki Johnson
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Chinese Algebra

#17 - Chinese Algebra

Season 4 - Episode 11

Ray's latest attempt to save Avi and square his debts to the mob takes a hit when FBI agent Frank Barnes nabs him before he can pull it off, so Ray must send Mickey to Las Vegas to place a hefty bet on the boxing bout between Hector and Whittaker. Later, in exchange for Federal protection, Barnes offers Ray a chance to turn informant against Dmitri.

star 7.97
2,887 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Sean Conway, Chad Feehan
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Come and Knock on Our Door

#18 - Come and Knock on Our Door

Season 3 - Episode 3

Ray and Mickey make a desperate attempt to get Terry released from prison.

star 7.96
1,942 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: David Hollander
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Goodbye Beautiful

#19 - Goodbye Beautiful

Season 4 - Episode 9

When the head of the Russian mob arrives to find out what really happened to Belikov, Sonia and her daughter take refuge at the Donovan's, throwing her and Abby into close quarters. As both Avi and Lena question Ray's loyalty to Sonia, he must decide whether to help her or put the lives of his family and friends in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Mickey returns to Primm - in search of stolen money, Sylvie and vengeance.

star 7.94
2,756 votes
Writers: Chad Feehan, Miki Johnson
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The Octopus

#20 - The Octopus

Season 3 - Episode 9

An attempt to draw Mickey out of hiding jeopardizes Bunchy's wedding.

star 7.93
1,915 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brett Johnson
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The 1-3-2

#21 - The 1-3-2

Season 6 - Episode 7

With Ray’s work on Anita’s campaign getting in his way, Mac lays all of his cards on the table. Knowing what his friend is facing, Ray must choose where his loyalty lies. Terry and Darryl bring Bunchy home to Boston to get in touch with their roots. Mickey considers the great white north.

star 7.93
717 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Chad Feehan
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#22 - Snowflake

Season 2 - Episode 9

Ray tells Bridget how she needs to lie about where she was during the shooting, for her own safety - but Abby brings Jim over to tell her just the opposite. Lee and Ezra are convinced to give Cookie the rights to Marvin and Rekon's music, while Mickey starts to plan a pot store robbery with Shorty. Confronted with Patty's son, Bunchy struggles with his fears. And Kate visits a Walpole inmate to find out what went wrong with her article.

star 7.91
1,693 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Michael Tolkin
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Ellis Island

#23 - Ellis Island

Season 6 - Episode 5

Hoping to make up for lost time, Ray plans a day with Conor in New York before he ships out overseas with the Marines. Sam and Ray put together a fix to give Anita a bump in popularity. Sam tries to strike a deal with Mayor Ferrati. Mickey devises a radical plan to recoup his losses. Bunchy asks Terry for a favor.

star 7.90
758 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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One Night in Yerevan

#24 - One Night in Yerevan

Season 3 - Episode 10

Ray comes up with a fix to help Mickey. Bridget gets into a fight.

star 7.90
1,951 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Gina Welch, David Hollander
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Lake Hollywood

#25 - Lake Hollywood

Season 4 - Episode 10

Confronted with a crisis involving one of their own, Ray and his team strategize on how to use art from the Kovitzsky gallery as leverage. Meanwhile, after Hector's wife informs him that she and their daughter are moving to escape the incest scandal, he reaches a breaking point and enlists Ray's help in fixing the situation.

star 7.89
2,793 votes
Writers: David Hollander, Mike Binder
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