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Oh, Agent Miller. He's amusing enough when he's stone cold sober, but on acid he's hilarious. Him and his monkey. Ray Donovan has taken itself too seriously at times, but the scene with Miller and the field sobriety test, or rather the failed sobriety test, was brilliant. The vaudevillian wobble in Frank Whaley's voice was matched by his unsteady gait and his comment that the officer had a `really remarkable voice' was made by Whaley's excellent performance. It's difficult not to feel sorry for him, especially when the hallucinations started, even if they were rather daft, and certainly lighter in tone than Ezra's horrifying visions.
The shot of Ray and Avi removing the desk to reveal the cowering agent was brilliant, and the seizure of Van Miller's hair as insurance a better use of his access to forensics than any number of cups of semen.
Equally distracting are Ray's children, who are underwritten to the point that it'd probably be for the best to relegate them to the background. Their sole function appears to be to get into a mild spot of bother and give their father a headache. Which is odd, because he really doesn't seem to give that much of a shit about them most of the time.
And are we really to believe that Marvin Gaye Washington, who is, remember, the black Justin Bieber, would be so starved of entertainment that he'd jumped on the opportunity to go to his neighbour's uncle's crappy house party? He lives in LA, is reasonably famous and owns a Bentley. He should have better (i.e. worse) things to be getting on with than sticking around simply to provide the motive for the Donovan kids' moderately bad behaviour and to give their father yet another unwelcome distraction. Bridget and Connor have sufficient motive to misbehave, what with having a father who is only interested in them whenever it's time to give them an angry telling off.
But, like I said, these distractions are paling in comparison to the central thread, which has had a real shot in the arm from the revelation of the depth of Ezra's involvement. For the first time, I find myself genuinely intrigued by the backstory, of what the relationship was between Ezra and Mickey, what actually happened to put Mickey away and just how serious a deal was it that Ray would actually entertain the idea of sending his own father to Belize rather than submit to the investigation? All great questions, tantalizing answers and all the better for being hinted at rather than asked outright.