The Best Episodes of Ray Donovan

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

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
1,701 votes
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Exsuscito

#2 - Exsuscito

Season 3 - Episode 12

Abby and Terry finally tell Ray the truth about Bridget.

star 8.24
2,043 votes
Writers: David Hollander, William Wheeler
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Walk this Way

#3 - 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
1,782 votes
Directors: Liev Schreiber
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Rattus Rattus

#4 - 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 8.15
2,864 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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Sunny

#5 - 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
1,713 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: David Hollander, Cheo Hodari Coker
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Same Exactly

#6 - 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
1,915 votes
Directors: Michael Apted
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Bucky Fuckin' Dent

#7 - 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 8.00
1,912 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Ron Nyswaner
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Fite Nite

#8 - 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
1,944 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Sean Conway
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Poker

#9 - Poker

Season 3 - Episode 11

Mickey pushes his luck by throwing himself a goodbye party.

star 7.99
1,885 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Michael Tolkin, Brett Johnson
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Rodef

#10 - 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 7.98
1,683 votes
Writers: Ron Nyswaner, Brett Johnson
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Chinese Algebra

#11 - 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
2,849 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Sean Conway, Chad Feehan
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Staten Island (2)

#12 - Staten Island (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

No matter how much he wants it to go away, Ray isn’t done cleaning up the fallout from his jump. People are asking questions, and there’s a witness willing to give answers that could rock Mac and Ray’s worlds. Across the country, Mickey’s heart attack behind bars forces the family to wrestle with what could be their father’s final days.

star 7.96
402 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: David Hollander, Miki Johnson
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Come and Knock on Our Door

#13 - 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
1,901 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: David Hollander
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Goodbye Beautiful

#14 - 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 7.95
2,717 votes
Writers: Chad Feehan, Miki Johnson
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The Octopus

#15 - The Octopus

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 7.94
1,871 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brett Johnson
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Snowflake

#16 - 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
1,648 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Michael Tolkin
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One Night in Yerevan

#17 - 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
1,912 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Gina Welch, David Hollander
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Volcheck

#18 - Volcheck

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ashley's stalker is back and making trouble again for Steve Knight - but when Ray intercedes, he learns that Steve is actually the dangerous one. Cochran gets a call from the President, nominating him for the FBI directorship - and vows to take the necessary steps to protect himself from the vetting process. Kate confronts Ray over the truth about his past, Abby tries to overcome her anxiety for Bridget's safety, and Mickey starts gathering the team for his robbery.

star 7.90
1,682 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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Lake Hollywood

#19 - 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
2,752 votes
Writers: David Hollander, Mike Binder
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Time Takes a Cigarette

#20 - Time Takes a Cigarette

Season 5 - Episode 12

Season finale. Ray goes to New York to arrange an illicit surgery that will hopefully save Smitty. Sam agrees to help - but only on the condition that Ray commit a brutal act. Meanwhile, Daryll struggles with his loyalties as Mickey tries to get himself out of jail by turning the tables on Ray.

star 7.89
1,673 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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Staten Island (1)

#21 - Staten Island (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1

Ray being pulled from the East River by Police Officer Sean “Mac” McGrath. Taken over the bridge into Staten Island, Ray finds a chance at a new life, but the peace he comes to find is interrupted when Sam Winslow comes calling. With the ghosts of his past returning, and his father Mickey plotting something in prison, Ray may not have a choice but to return to his roots.

star 7.88
518 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: David Hollander
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Norman Saves the World

#22 - Norman Saves the World

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 7.88
2,672 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Mike Binder, David Sonnenborn
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Fish and Bird

#23 - Fish and Bird

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.87
2,662 votes
Writers: David Hollander
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Yo Soy Capitan

#24 - Yo Soy Capitan

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.86
1,977 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Ann Biderman
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Tulip

#25 - Tulip

Season 3 - Episode 8

Romero appears at the Fite Club, challenging Ray to repent for his sins.

star 7.85
1,864 votes
Writers: David Hollander, William Wheeler
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