Ray's father Mickey is released from prison after twenty years and comes to Los Angeles to reconnect with his family, setting off a chain of events that reopens old wounds and tests the limits of loyalty, family and the law; Ray's wife and children struggle to reconcile their current upper middle class lifestyle with their blue collar South Boston roots, while trying to understand the complicated and distant man of the house; Terry begins a relationship with a married woman; Bunchy confronts the personal demons from his childhood.
The Bag or the Bat
Ray Donovan is the man called in to solve the most difficult problems for LA's rich and powerful. The only problems he can't fix are those involving his damaged South Boston family. Ray's life is thrown into turmoil when his father Mickey unexpectedly gets out of prison five years early and arrives in LA, vowing to take revenge on Ray for framing him.
A Mouth Is a Mouth
Ray activates a plan to send Mickey back to prison. Meanwhile, Abby defies Ray and spends the day with Mickey and the kids. Ray handles two crises involving movie star clients: A-list actor Sean Walker receives a threatening message at home and action hero Tommy Wheeler is blackmailed with a sex video.
Mickey spends time with Bunchy and Terry. Ray "buys" a talented hip-hop artist for his rapper neighbor. Ray's mentor, Ezra Goldman, holds a fundraiser in honor of his late wife, but he's haunted by the sins of his past. Meanwhile, Mickey is approached by an FBI agent.
Ray, Abby and the kids visit Bel Air Academy, hoping Bridget will get into the prestigious school, but the day is interrupted when Ray has to take care of a case at a Beverly Hills hotel. Mickey, Bunchy and Daryll drive out to Palm Springs to visit Mickey's ex-girlfriend, Claudette.
Ezra has an accident. Terry and Frances grow closer. Bunchy receives his settlement check. Mickey visits Ezra to talk about the past. Ray and Avi learn some very unsettling news.
Ray tries to shut down Van Miller's investigation by creating an incriminating video. Ezra is prepped for surgery, but he wanders off. Bunchy moves into his new house, but the housewarming party gets out of control. Ray finds out that Mickey put his kids in danger and goes after him.
Ray forbids Bridget from seeing Marvin, but she visits him anyway. Meanwhile, Ray flies to Boston to search for Sully; Abby and Deb commiserate over drinks and get themselves into trouble; and Mickey manipulates Sean into working with him on a movie project.
Ray, Terry and Bunchy toast the anniversary of their sister Bridget's death. Frances shows up with a black eye and Terry goes after her husband. Ray and Avi get Bunchy's money back. Mickey meets a former starlet at a spa. Lena has an altercation with her girlfriend.
Avi drives Sully from Boston to Los Angeles. Conor wants to go to an awards show with Tommy Wheeler. Mickey works with Van to get incriminating evidence against Sean Walker.
Ray and the family attend fight night at Terry's club. Meanwhile, Ray's plan with Sully is put into action. Mickey has a rendezvous. Bunchy encounters someone from his past, sending him into a tailspin.
Bucky Fuckin' Dent
Bunchy has a violent encounter. Ray is called to handle a crisis at Terry's club. Ray meets with Ezra. The police question Mickey about a recent murder. Ray sends Avi to protect Abby and the kids from Sully.
Ray and Avi track down Eddie. Bunchy kicks Mickey out of his apartment. Ray leaks Sully's whereabouts to the press. Abby and the kids hide out at a swank Malibu resort.