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Every action has an equal reaction as Bridget’s kidnapping hits Ray Donovan like a sack of bricks.

Newton’s Third Law is in full bloom on the latest Ray Donovan chapter on Showtime. Every retaliatory gesture receiving a worthy counterpart, morality removed entirely from the equation. Once fast becoming best of friends, Ray and Mac have been pitted against each other, seemingly absent of free will. Lest they lose their families because of decisions undertaken. Choices now falling like dominos with the hefty thud of real life. Rather, they are merely pawns in a game of chess played by modern nobility. Their own lives inconsequential to the nobles’ larger portrait, the bigger picture.

The proxy war between media magnate Sam Winslow and corrupt Mayor Ed Ferrati has left a trail of collateral damage without remorse. A squabble over ownership of a penitentiary for capitalistic gain at its epicenter. Another gem to throw into their pile of beaming success that would make Scrooge McDuck blush.

An eye for an eye at every turn, Lex talionis, the law of talion (retaliation), supposedly considered primitive and outlawed in a civilized society… Revealed to be just lip service. As Ray’s father Mickey Donovan candidly put it, ‘This is war Raymond. They take one of ours, we take one of theirs.’

Bridget Donovan is the world and the stars to her father Ray Donovan, However, to Sam Winslow, she’s a calculated loss for her company’s bottom line, forgotten like a morning cup of coffee. Meanwhile, to Mac, Bridget is a leverage chip for survival in a world gone awry where might means right. Where the winner clicks publish on the narrative with full-editing rights. Just as the audience witnessed with Justine before Bridget. Ray’s worst nightmare and most fragile fear is Bridget becoming Justine #2.

Major Plot Points for tonight’s Ray Donovan episode:
  • Mac has taken Bridget Donovan elsewhere after hearing Danny Bianchi has been taken, fearing Ray’s imminent response.
  • Bunchy Donovan is in custody but will likely protect his father and not reveal Mickey’s whereabouts.
  • Terry Donovan is visited by Agent Ange Howe, who will look to Terry to ‘talk sense’ into his brother.
  • It’s clear Terry is not fond of his father, saying ‘the man is a monster’ to Bunchy last episode, telling him to give ‘the old man up.’ Terry will attempt to convince Bunchy to give up Mickey’s location.
  • How long can Smitty and Sandy Patrick hold officer Danny Bianchi for? Will Ray really look to go after Bianchi’s wife if Bridget continues to be held by Mac?
  • Winslow’s article on Mayor Ed Ferrati is public now. Will the Mayor respond or lay low amidst the blaring spotlight by the media?

Ray Donovan “Never Gonna Give You Up” Sneak Peek:

Agent Ange Howe descends upon Terry’s apartment sensing a structural exploit on the part of Bunchy’s psyche and looking to dig in. In the sneak peek trailer above, Howe approaches Terry with an offer to speak to his brother but really just looking to utilize him as a resource.

It feels like the official branch, the media tycoons, and gray area ‘fixers’ on Ray Donovan operate under the same unspoken set of rules. Laws that are more akin to the motion of water than set in granite. Particularly, when it comes to gaining a psychological advantage on a prized chip in Bunchy. ‘Talking sense’ into Bunchy, equivalent to relinquishing information they ‘earnestly’ want…

Ray Donovan “Never Gonna Give You Up” Preview Trailer

Sandy Patrick attempts to calm down the brooding Smitty in the preview trailer above but will he act out on his own? A minor error by Smitty and Danny Bianchi is gone, leaving the Donovans without any leverage at all… And that’s if Bianchi’s life is valued by Rad at this stage of the game.

Ray appears distraught and lost without Bridget, and displayed glimpses of Liam Neeson in Taken last episode. If anything should happen to Bridget, it’s a sure bet Ray will follow through on his dark promise of vengeance to Bianchi.

Meanwhile, Terry follows through on Agent Ange Howe’s request and visits Bunchy, telling him to ‘give Mick up,’ again calling his father a monster.

Impact Moment Last Episode: Ray and Mickey unite

Last week’s most impactful Ray Donovan moment of the week arrived after news of Bridget’s kidnapping. The sordid event brought father and son back together in true Donovan fashion. Though Ray and Mickey have their share of differences, family will always come first. The reunion made them a force to be reckoned with once again, when going solo had tore each Donovan name apart.

New Cast Member – Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe

Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11,

Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, “Never Gonna Give You Up”). – Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_491.R.JPG

Actress Teresa Lim (also occasionally credited as Teresa Avia Lim) debuts on Ray Donovan tonight as character Agent Ange Howe, as seen in the sneak peek trailer above. Lim has previously appeared in the Limitless television series, Blue Bloods (also on CBS), and most recently the film Monster among other projects.

She’s appeared in several theatre productions as well including Shakespeare in the Park’s The Taming of the Shrew (2016) and Junk, a Lincoln Center Original Broadway Production (2017). You can follow Teresa Lim on Instagram for her latest life and career updates.

Check out my interview with Mickey Donovan himself, Jon Voight, at last year’s Tribeca TV Festival! Photos from Ray Donovan’s latest episode available below to get you ready for tonight’s striking chapter.

  • Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_491.R.JPG

    Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_491.R.JPG

  • Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe and Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_577.R.JPG

    Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe and Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_577.R.JPG

  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_743.R.JPG

    Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_743.R.JPG

  • Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_1671.R.JPG

    Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_1671.R.JPG

  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

    Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2321.R.JPG

  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

    Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2359.R.JPG

  • Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2537.R.JPG

  • Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3330.R.JPG

    Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3330.R.JPG

  • Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3767.R.JPG

    Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3767.R.JPG

  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan and Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5019.R.JPG

    Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan and Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5019.R.JPG

  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5118.R.JPG

    Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5118.R.JPG

  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

    Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2321.R.JPG

  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

    Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2321.R.JPG

  • Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_491.R.JPG
  • Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe and Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_577.R.JPG
  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_743.R.JPG
  • Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_1671.R.JPG
  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME
  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME
  • Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3330.R.JPG
  • Zach Grenier as Ed Feratti in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_3767.R.JPG
  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan and Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5019.R.JPG
  • Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_5118.R.JPG
  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME
  • Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.

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Barry season 2, episode 4 preview: What?!

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Barry Berkman in Season 2, Episode 4: “What?!” - Pictured: Bill Hader - Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO
Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO

There’s nothing that makes Barry’s skin crawl quite like his girlfriend Sally’s abusive, slimy ex showing up uninvited and unwanted.

Barry looked upon Sam with visceral disgust as his girlfriend’s former shame descended upon them in a civilized ambush. Imagine Sam as a Face Hugger from the Aliens films ready to pounce on Sally and extinguish the flame of her muse irreparably. Needless to say, Barry being caught in the middle of Sally’s past is now the position he reluctantly finds himself in. Whether during class where he embodies a man he despises to the core or out of it at the acting studio parking lot. Two asteroids ready to collide.

In the preview trailer above, Barry loads up his pistol after comforting Sally, presumably on his way to put Sam down. Sam appears to have slipped into the class to view Sally’s scene and is less than pleased with what he saw. Will Sam’s iron grasp upon Sally’s emotions return or will she be able to break the cycle? Might this potentially be the first time Barry allows someone from the class to see him take someone out?

What about the line of evidence that begins to stack with Detective Janice Moss at the forefront? Every civilian causality or collateral damage to Barry’s dream of reintegrating into society is another puzzle piece for a through investigation.

Major Plot Points for tonight’s Barry episode:
  • Sally’s ex Sam is back in the picture, will her old feelings follow?
  • Will Barry be able contain his anger under the surface towards Sam or will he be forced to take action? Combining his secret life into his new one…
  • Detective Loach is growing impatient with Fuches’ lackadaisical attempts at entrapment
  • Gene to receive a whirlwind truth grenade from his student that changes the way he looks at him?
  • NoHo Hank is teeming with positivity over his ‘best friend’ building him an army but are his forces capable enough even with the world’s greatest training?

Barry to have heart-to-heart discussion with Gene Cousineau

Co-star Henry Winkler posted an ominous tweet insinuating Gene’s secret hitman acting student reveals a truth on tonight’s episode. “Excuse me, you did what?!” certainly speaks for itself but what is the content of the truth? Surely, Barry wouldn’t reveal what happened to Gene’s love Janice at the cabin that night.

Is it the guilty, positive feeling of camaraderie after his first confirmed hit? As was visualized on-screen when he typed it before hitting the delete button. What really happened after his friend was shot and he gave the stone cold gaze of death to a perpetuator off-camera?

Monroe Fuches appears to be having second thoughts

Fuches doesn’t seem to be lock and step with betraying his protégé despite pressure from Detective Loach hovering over him, a dark cloud ready to rain down handcuffs at any second. His “Really?” when Barry told him he was happy to see him said everything, as if a weight had been lifted off a heavy heart.

The question is how long will Detective Loach allow Fuches to have therapeutic talk that doesn’t lead to Barry incriminating himself? His patience already seems to be wearing thin on Fuches inability to deliver the verbal goods on tape.

Will NoHo Hank’s legion ever be ready?

NoHo Hank is a man who plans ahead, way, way into the future. His goal in this case is to eliminate competition vying for Cristobal Sifuentes’ attention, a neutral rival in Esther. Although Barry was unable to complete the hit due seemingly to PTSD, he agreed to train NoHo Hank an army to pay his debt.

However, it appears the ‘Air Jordan’ of hitmen is not quite satisfied with the talent on the squad. How much training will it take on his part to get them ready for action? Will they ever be the legion that NoHo Hank pictures in his rise to the throne of a 50% split with Cristobal? Then there’s the matter of suspicion on Esther’s part that the monastery infiltration was no accident, particularly with NoHo Hank’s surprise she’s still around.

Anthony Carrigan getting Emmy level praise across Twitter

Speaking of NoHo Hank, actor Anthony Carrigan has been receiving a treasure trove of praise across Twitter for his portrayal. Just take a look at the replies to that tweet above or write #Barry to see acting compliment after compliment. Carrigan’s talent has not gone unnoticed, receiving The modern day resounding thumbs up across the Twitter sphere. Barry fans cannot get enough of NoHo Hank’s impeccable comedic timing.

From the opening scene last episode, NoHo brought the comedy gold in spades. His dreamed up televised debate a highlight that’ll live on in Barry lore for seasons to come.

Catch up on the events of last week’s episode with The Natural Aristocrat’s Barry recap for “Past = Present x Future Over Yesterday” (season 2, episode 3).

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