'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper

September 15th, 2014 10:34am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper
Listen, it's no secret that the peanut gallery of "Ray Donovan" are not pleasant people. They're in a crime drama- thus, they must be criminals. Or those complacent to the actions of criminals.

So for the most part (other than Shorty- sweet, beautiful Shorty), we're looking at a group of "bad" people.

But "bad" doesn't necessarily mean "mentally unhinged." At least, it didn't until last night's episode of "Ray Donovan," entitled "Volcheck."

The hour had a very distinct structure. "Here is the cast of 'Ray Donovan,'" the episode explained to us. "Now watch as each one of them slowly loses...

Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'

September 15th, 2014 9:55am EDT
Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'
“Below the Belt” was not one of Masters of Sex’s best episodes. It highlighted many of the problems with this very uneven season. Every individual episode is brilliantly written, with witty dialogue and subversive plotting. However, the season as a whole is brimming with issues. Many of the plots and characters have gone so off track, including Libby going from bored housewife to demonic racist to her old self again with no explanation and Betty’s domestic problems with the pretzel king.

Yet, as with every episode, there are plenty of amazing moments in “Below the Belt.” Here are a few of ...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: To Squeal, Or Not To Squeal?

September 8th, 2014 10:42am EDT
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As a parent, would you encourage your child to do the right thing in a difficult moral situation?

Yeah, probably (if you answered "no," you've got issues that a TV recap is incapable of curing). But what if "doing the right thing" and "being ripped apart in a hail of 9mm bullets" were a package deal?

That's what last night's "Ray Donovan," entitled "Snowflake" (appropriately, Cookie Brown's nickname for Bridget) mulls over.

After witnessing the unfortunate de-braining of her boyfriend Marvin and his manager/dad/guardian Re-Kon, Bridget has two options ahead of her.

1. Tell the truth, im...

'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'

September 8th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'
Here are the top 5 moments from Masters of Sex: “Story of My Life:”

Virginia the Amateur Therapist

Last week, Virginia once again made her intentions to expand her career prospects clear to Bill. He, in very Bill-like fashion, claimed to be supportive, while listing all of the reasons why it was a terrible idea. However, Virginia is determined to add a psychology aspect to the sex study, in order to help patients move past the sexual dysfunctions that are born through trauma. It’s the Barbara’s case of Vaginismus, caused by a childhood incestuous relationship with her brother, that real m...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid off of 'Ray Donovan'- And Also a Character or Two

September 1st, 2014 10:25am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid of
Why, "Ray Donovan?" Why? Why do you do this to us?

Why do you trudge through seven episodes of ineffectual sludge, only for now- in "Sunny," the eighth episode of the season- to actually give us an undeniably terrific villain.

It's the same thing the show did last year. There was a bunch of jibber-jabber that didn't amount to much, and then in the latter half of the season- whoooooosh. Here's James Woods, to swoop in and terrorize the last couple episodes; a Big Bad that appeared out of nowhere and suffered greatly for the lack of introduction.

Now, Cookie Brown is doing the same. Had Co...

'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'

September 1st, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'
Here are a few of the top moments from a slow, but pivotal episode of Masters of Sex:

Christian Borle as Frank Mason

Tony winning Christian Borle, best known for his role on “Smash,” joins the cast of “Masters of Sex” as Frank Mason, a former medical school peer who has come from Kansas City with his wife to help get pregnant. The vibe between the two men is awkward from the start, with mentions of writing each other letters and an unspoken rift. Bill has never been the type of person to have friends, so the man’s presence is ominous throughout the episode, as Virginia and Betty try to gu...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: It's My Party, and I'll Cry/Scream/Destroy a Car if I Want to

August 25th, 2014 9:18am EDT
Ray Donovan
Week in and week out we've seen Conor talk on Skype (or whatever non-branded Skype clone Showtime has created) with movie star Tommy Wheeler. And week in and week out, we've wondered- is there a point to this?

Will Conor and Wheeler's friendship (a friendship that, like many between a grown man and a fourteen year-old boy, causes an unintentional full-body shiver every time it's mentioned) actually lead to a plot point or something of any real significance?

Well, with "Walk This Way," Tommy Wheeler's head appearing on a laptop finally means something. Ray overhears his voice blaring out o...

'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'

August 25th, 2014 7:49am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'
Here are the best moments from “Asterion:”

Bill’s Intense Speech About His “Wife”

“Your wife sees you and she’s not repulse. She doesn’t recoil. She doesn’t leave. And the betrayal of that kind of wife who comes in and opens you up and just leaves…that is a wife that cannot be forgiven.”

Bill says these words to the bellboy from the equally intense episode “Fight.” He tells this bellboy that his wife has left him for greener pastures. But he’s not referring to Libby, the woman with whom he actually took vows. He’s talking about Virginia, his emotional wife, the woman who has never consid...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Moguls, Molestation And Mickey Donovan: The Movie

August 18th, 2014 9:34am EDT
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It's no secret that a great gulf exists in "Ray Donovan." On one side you have the stuff that, frankly, is dullsville- some generic crime elements here, some waaaaaah, Ray's not a particularly capable father/husband/business partner there.

And on the other side are the talking dolphins, porn kidnapping schemes, and nearly every morsel of dialogue coming out of Jon Voight's mouth (here's a fun quote from last night: "Well, they say write about what you know. I know about two things: robbing banks and f@#king black chicks").

Normally, that gulf tends to favor the doldrums, even if it alwa...

'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbird'

August 18th, 2014 9:02am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbi
Here are the top 5 best moments from last night’s episode of Masters of Sex:

1. Hendricks’ Objection to the Study

The last episode ended with the assumption that Dr. Hendricks, the head of Buell Green, has been sabotaging the study for nefarious purposes. However, at the beginning of “Blackbird” he explains his position succinctly. Medical history has been marred by white doctors deciding to perform horrific experiments on black people to further stereotypes. Hendricks sees the addition of black patients on the study as a contribution to that long line of disgusting behavior in the medica...