While Ray attempts to enlist the help of an Armenian pop star, hoping that she can convince the Minassian’s to let Mickey’s deal slide, Bridget is knocking out her classmates. Well, just one, but it’s a solid left hook. That leads to her being suspended and Abby starting to wonder just what’s going on with her daughter.
Worried about Bridget, Abby searches her room for something that will help her figure out what’s wrong. She finds Mr. Donellen’s pill bottle and confronts Bridget about it. When Abby learns the truth, she first threatens to call the cops, but then goes to Mr. Donellen’s house and tells him to quit his job and move. Donellen lies to Abby, telling her that Bridget is just obsessed with her because they both lost loved ones. Considering what Abby knows or intuits about Ray and his business, it’s understandable that she (somewhat) believes it. The situation also brings her closer to Terry, especially when Paige shows up later with new NFL team gear, reminding Abby that her husband is the literal worst.
With that Donovan problem taken care of for now, Ray is back to constructing the most elaborate plans to get Mickey out of a jam. The only way his pop star friend will help is if she’s able to get some press for her new single, which is a political anthem about genocide. Ray makes that happen by blackmailing Flip Brightman with a picture of him using a glory hole in a washroom, getting Flip to let her sing her song on his show. Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up.
With her song set to be performed, she’s happy to help Ray, and at just the right time. Mrs. Minassian’s goons seem about to beat Mickey to death when the pop star makes a timely appearance and says she’s a friend of Ray’s. Just like that, all is forgiven, but not for too long. One of her goons sees one of Muncie’s agents following Mickey, and then later sees him again when he’s arrested for sex trafficking, connecting Mickey to the cops.
With Mickey off the hook for now though, Ray’s true plan comes into focus. Back at Mickey’s apartment, he tells his dad that he needs to leave town, that it would be best for the whole family. Mickey refuses, but Ray has the upper hand. The deal he struck with the lawyer confirms that he is Mickey’s guardian, and that Mickey is mentally incapable of taking care of himself. Ray can put him in a home if he wants, especially if Mickey doesn’t agree to leave. That’s one way to treat your dad!
That mess may be cleaned up, but Cochran is getting closer to learning the truth. He meets with Finney, gets a sense of where he stands, and also bribes his way into Avi’s storage locker. Why would a hired killer have a storage locker full of evidence, you ask? I don’t know, just go with it, says Ray Donovan.
Cochran takes a bunch of photos of the storage locker and when he’s perusing them later, he sees the fire poker that was used to kill Varick, the same fire poker that seemed to be missing from Finney’s home. At the end of the episode he shows up at the Finneys’ house, knocks on his window, and shows him the murder weapon. Cochran has what he needs now, but the question is, how will he use this discovery?