Or maybe he just doesn't want to fuck their kids up, knowing Ray.
Van Miller goes down into a secret basement full of secrets, with a single lamp and a beer and a glass and a gun and his jacket over the chair just right, pours it inexpertly, sucks off the head, and then goes to the fake-panelling to the side: Pictures of maybe twenty criminals, some with red X's some without, and the last three are Lee, Ezra and Ray. So I'm guessing Mickey's witness is going to clam up pretty soon. Mostly it's fun to watch Van Miller gulp his beer and not have to think about Ray fucking his wife with his hand over her mouth, because that is kind of awful.
So Mickey's got the upper hand in a secret way, but also has Bunchy by the balls and is helping drive crazy Ezra even crazier, which is interesting because he's the substitute dad for Ray -- the substitute dad for everybody else -- but also, like Ray and Sean, directly responsible for the jailing itself. The bulk of the episode itself, though, is the greatest: A road trip with Bunchy to Palm Springs to visit Daryll's mom, more Van Miller, and a lot of webs drawing themselves tight: Ray's job effs up a visit to a prestigious private school, Lena proves she is not just a hologram or an invention of Ray's mind by leaving the office and interacting with other people on this television program, and Terry and France go on their date.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, Ray Donovan, Mistresses, and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a regular column for Tor.com, Geek Love.
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