The BEST Episodes of Ray Donovan

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: Showtime

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.

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#1 - Exsuscito

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 27, 2015

Abby and Terry finally tell Ray the truth about Bridget.

star 8.29
2,471 votes
Directors: David Hollander
Writers: David Hollander, William Wheeler
The Captain

#2 - The Captain

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 28, 2014

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 8.25
2,548 votes
Writers: Ann Biderman
Walk this Way

#3 - Walk this Way

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 24, 2014

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 8.13
2,621 votes
Directors: Liev Schreiber
Writers: Ann Biderman
You'll Never Walk Alone

#4 - You'll Never Walk Alone

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 19, 2020

Ray finally learns the truth about his sister Bridget’s death. Terry reckons with the death of a friend and his own mortality. Mickey’s quest for the money he’s owed comes to a head with a deadly face-off between the Sullivans and the Donovans.

star 8.12
811 votes
Directors: David Hollander
Writers: David Hollander, Liev Schreiber
Rattus Rattus

#5 - Rattus Rattus

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 18, 2016

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 8.12
3,144 votes
Directors: David Hollander
Writers: David Hollander

#6 - Sunny

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2014

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 8.09
2,537 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker, David Hollander
The Dead

#7 - The Dead

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2019

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 8.08
1,090 votes
Directors: David Hollander
Writers: David Hollander

#8 - Baby

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 30, 2018

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 8.07
1,115 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Miki Johnson
Never Gonna Give You Up

#9 - Never Gonna Give You Up

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2019

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 8.05
1,091 votes
Directors: Joshua Marston
Writers: Chad Feehan, Sean Conway

#10 - Bugs

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 12, 2020

With his back against the wall, Ray turns to Judge Scholl to clear his name with Detective Perry. Daryll is pushed to the edge by the Sullivan family. Mickey continues to chase Jim’s money. Smitty tries to justify his betrayal to Bridget. Terry makes an unexpected friend at physical therapy.

star 8.04
798 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Jim Leonard

#11 - Poker

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 20, 2015

Mickey pushes his luck by throwing himself a goodbye party.

star 8.02
2,294 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Come and Knock on Our Door

#12 - Come and Knock on Our Door

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 26, 2015

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

star 8.01
2,335 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: David Hollander
Chinese Algebra

#13 - Chinese Algebra

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

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 8.00
3,173 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Chad Feehan, Sean Conway
One Night in Yerevan

#14 - One Night in Yerevan

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 13, 2015

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

star 7.97
2,339 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: David Hollander, Gina Welch
The Octopus

#15 - The Octopus

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 6, 2015

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

star 7.97
2,311 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brett Johnson
Dream On

#16 - Dream On

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 23, 2018

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 7.97
1,119 votes
Directors: Denise Di Novi
Writers: David Hollander, Karl Taro Greenfeld
 Passport and a Gun

#17 - Passport and a Gun

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 5, 2020

Gary O’Malley seeks justice from the Sullivans, while Ray and Smitty must cover for their own actions. Daryll calls Jasmine with an opportunity that lands them face-to-face with Declan Sullivan. Terry and Bunchy head back upstate to settle some unfinished business with the Shaman.

star 7.95
795 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Joshua Marston, Kelly Wiles
Goodbye Beautiful

#18 - Goodbye Beautiful

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

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
3,078 votes
Writers: Chad Feehan, Miki Johnson

#19 - Pudge

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2018

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 7.94
1,129 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Sean Conway
The Transfer Agent

#20 - The Transfer Agent

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 29, 2019

Mickey finally learns the truth about the botched heist, and he’s out to get his fair share of the money. Ray reflects on his early memories of Jim Sullivan while he and Molly track down Sandy and Mickey by any means necessary. Smitty is questioned by the police and confronted with the consequences of his actions.

star 7.92
798 votes
Directors: Kyra Sedgwick
Writers: David Bar Katz, David Hollander
Norman Saves the World

#21 - Norman Saves the World

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 7, 2016

Searching for a way to get Mickey out of prison, Ray turns to an old opponent to secure a bartering chip in the form of a less-than-wholesome family comedy star. A long-buried scandal leads Ray to an unexpected confrontation with a slick Hollywood agent and a former fixer of Ezra's. Meanwhile, without the protection of the Russians, Ray must help Mickey secure his own safety and gain admittance to the secure K6G prison wing.

star 7.92
3,005 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: David Sonnenborn, Mike Binder
Fish and Bird

#22 - Fish and Bird

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 31, 2016

Ray finds himself in a holding pattern, waiting to see if Belikov will be released from prison. An art dealer invites Ray to a breast cancer benefit where he encounters some former clients. Teresa spirals into postpartum depression. Meanwhile, Mickey goes to great lengths to convince the DA that he was the one behind the Minassian massacre.

star 7.92
3,022 votes
Writers: David Hollander

#23 - Rodef

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 21, 2014

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 7.92
2,473 votes
Writers: Brett Johnson, Ron Nyswaner
Yo Soy Capitan

#24 - Yo Soy Capitan

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2014

Just as Ray's life begins to return to normal, the FBI demands that he bring Mickey back from Mexico, where he is setting up a fight for Daryll. Abby, concerned that he won't face his abuse, forces Ray into therapy with her. Meanwhile Bunchy gets nervous about a job interview, Terry obsesses over his ex-girlfriend and Conor lands in hot water after assaulting a classmate.

star 7.91
2,852 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Ann Biderman
The Kalamazoo

#25 - The Kalamazoo

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 12, 2015

Ray is enlisted by a wealthy family to free their son.

star 7.90
2,326 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: David Hollander