'New Birthday' was a rather sedate episode of Ray Donovan, despite the fact that Ray got the crap beaten out of him, Bridget almost got raped, Abby was arrested and Ray put a hit out on Mickey. Apparently, in the land of the Donovans those things are pretty minuscule in the overall picture.
I missed the interaction of side characters like Ezra and Ray's brothers. Although we saw glimpses of Terry and Bunchy, their time on screen was diminished greatly due to Ray's trip to Boston. It took a lot of time to hunt down the elusive Sully we saw at the end of "Housewarming."