This episode finds our trio of main characters in a much more solid place than they have been prior--Jonathan releases a second novel, George has a restaurant, and Ray meets his son.
Then things get real.
The show moves from 'zany action' like last season's kidnapping to actual murder mystery, with Jonathan deep in the thick of it.
The show has found itself in actual 'hardboiled' mode, where its previous two seasons have always only nodded in the direction of the detective story--humorously and kindly, but slight nods none the less. Here we find true crime, bloody crime, but handled in the light-hearted manner that we're accustomed to. The show still makes us laugh, but now it also concerns us.