One of the main draws of this show is the nature of failing Ames himself; in passing dialogue, it's stated that to be a writer anymore is almost folly--a sort of dread that follows all writers from their first concept to their graves; the declining audience, the falling market. Which, I suppose, is why Ames' decision to become an unlicensed private eye is so genius in the first season. Here, we get a little nod to that thread in the very beginning of the episode before being lost in Ames' fractured social life. He surrounds himself with has-beens and never-were's even as he finds himself without emotional, financial, or creative structure. The humor in this episode is written with the precision that made me love the first season. There is no taboo in Ames' world, no shock and awe as much as a boyish need to understand. While discussing the sexual aspects of his client, Ames gladly offers up information of his own sexual experiences, as if this knowledge is the most basic information to exchange with strangers. He then makes a literary reference, as if there can never be anything untouched by the art he practices. Genius writing about a writer.
This episode has really strong members from the rest of the cast, as well--Ray is dealing with his bad relationship, George is loosing his extravagant lifestyle, and we're getting more time with Ames' new girlfriend--even if only one scene in this episode.