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|“||Till death do us part.||„|
|~ Ray and Syd.|
|“||Sydney: I love you, Ray.
Ray: Love you too, Syd.
|~ Ray and Syd.|
Ray Donovan and Sydney Manning are major antagonists in the crime-drama TV series Criminal Minds. They are a husband-and-wife killing duo that appear as the main antagonists of the Season 6 episode The Thirteenth Step.
Ray is portrayed by Jonathan Tucker.
Sydney is portrayed by Adrianne Palicki.
Ray Donovan was born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, while Sydney Manning was born in Spokane, Washington. In childhood, both suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their fathers. As a result, both were put into foster homes. As teens, they got into alcohol and drugs to help them cope with the trauma, which would ultimately end up getting them in trouble with the law. Some time after, Ray and Syd met in an Alcohol Support group, where they were able to relate with one another. Though Ray was still not over his ex-girlfriend, Amy Wichowsky, so Sydney decided to poison her and make it look like she overdosed. With Ray thinking Amy committed suicide, he began to date Sydney. Though, the duo had trouble with completing the last steps, and this trouble and relapse would lead them to committing a spree of crimes.
The Thirteenth Step
In 2011, the duo, young and in love, stop at a gas station in Miles City, Montana. While inside, they start contemplating marriage, which a customer overhears, and tells them that marriage is a mistake. Offended at the man's remarks, Ray pulls out a gun and shoots him. Joining in with her lover, Sydney pulls out her gun and begins shooting various people. The duo claimed six victims in Miles City and then went on to claim more in Billings, Montana, afterwards blowing the gas station up.
In Helena, Montana, Ray stops at an Alcohol Support meeting where he tells his story to a group and tells them he's having trouble with the eighth and ninth step. While Ray is in the meeting, Sydney seduces and robs a man named Jason, pistol whipping him. When Ray is told by the group leader Tim, that he needs to accept his shortcomings and make amends, Ray takes this to mean that Tim is blaming him for being molested. Offended, Ray begins shooting Tim, to which Sydney comes in and starts shooting as well. After the massacre, Ray and Syd flee in Jason's convertible.
While driving through Missoula, Sydney suggests that she and Ray should stop the senseless killing and go take revenge on their fathers. Agreeing with Syd, Ray drives to his old house and confronts his father, holding him at gunpoint. He torments his father by playing Russian roulette, but Sydney grows impatient and ends up shooting the father. After a brief fight and make-up session, the duo head to Spokane, Washington, to take revenge on Syd's father. Sydney confronts her father at his gas station and holds him at gunpoint. Her father apologizes to her and claims that he's found God, but neither Syd nor Ray believe that what he did can be forgiven. Both Syd and Ray relentlessly beat the father, but his daughter walks in. Sydney, believing that her father was molesting her little step-sister, too, tries comforting her, while Ray takes the father to the back room and finishes him off.
The duo attempt to leave the gas station, but the BAU pull in, and get into a gun fight. Agent Derek Morgan ends up wounding Sydney, so they flee back into the station.
List of Victims
- The duo could've been inspired by the following: