Bored to Death

Stockholm Syndrome

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Broken up after his breakup with his girlfriend Suzanne, Jonathan Ames reads through Farewell My Lovely, his favorite book by Raymond Chandler. Enlivened by the novel, Ames places an online advertisement as an unlicensed private investigator. His first unwitting client who seeks his services is a 19-year-old girl looking for her missing sister.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jonathan Ames (II)

  • Sarah Condon

  • Stephanie Davis

  • Troy Miller

  • Tracey Baird

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Stockholm Syndrome

    By TrueTvWatcher, Mar 09, 2013

  • Start of a promising series. IF taken in the right direction.

    By sickbay, Sep 21, 2009

  • Should be a great series

    By efc91, Sep 22, 2009

  • This show can only get better.

    By mackymacaspac, Sep 29, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Jonathan: Find him, we find her. Cherchez l'homme.

    • Suzanne: Pot is not healthy! Jonathan: They give it to cancer patients. Suzanne: You don't have cancer. Jonathan: Not yet.

    • Ray: I don't wake up at 11AM and go teach art. Jonathan: And if you did teach, it would be steady income. Ray: Don't be disgusting.

    • Ray: Therapists are heroic. They're the-- heroes of listening.

    • Jonathan: What's gross about him [Vincent] besides his tattoo? Rachel: I don't know. He's English, and he's a bartender. And he's old, like 30. Jonathan: That's not old. I'm 30.

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    Notes (13)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Stockolmský syndrom (Stockhoml Syndrome)

    • Original International Air Dates: • Latin America: November 22, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este • Czech Republic: March 30, 2010 on HBO • Turkey: May 10, 2010 on e2 • United Kingdom: March 28, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • In Jonathan's apartment, the books are all stacked on the floor, since Suzanne took the book shelves with her. The same thing happened to series writer Ames, who after five years had shelves again when the show's crew built some for him.

    • Moishe's, the moving company at the beginning of the episode, is the same company contracted by show creator Jonathan Ames when his real-life girlfriend moved out of their place a few years ago. Also, the truck used in the episode is not a prop but a genuine Moishe's moving van.

    • Location Credits: • Smooch Cafe - Jonathan tells Ray of recent break-up • Vesekla - Jonathan meets client Rachel • New York Academy of Art - Jonathan attends party • Screening Room - Jonathan and George smoke pot • Parkside Lounge - Jonathan talks to bartender about Vincent • West Side Inn - Jonathan waits for Lisa and Vincent to come out of motel room

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    Trivia (2)

    • The speech bubbles between Ray's depiction of himself as a superhero therapy patient and of Jonathan as a therapist reads: Superhero Ray: I don't feel like anybody really knows me. Therapist Jonathan: I understand.

    • The text found inside the book in the opening credits reads: Private Detective For Hire Reply to: Date: 2007-04-13, 8:31AM EST Specializing: Missing Persons, Domestic issues. I'm not licensed, but I'm someone who can help you. My fee is reasonable. Call 347-555-1042

    Allusions (7)

    • Hotel Velma: The fictional hotel is named after Velma Valento, the one-time girlfriend of Moose Malloy in Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely.

    • The words and phrases displayed in the book during the animated opening credits (i.e. dark, shadows, style, a show tonight, a button and resigned, alcoholic, deep-end, etc.) are actual words from show creator Jonathan Ames' original short story, "Bored to Death".

    • The scene wherein Jonathan runs his hand through Suzanne's empty closet is a recreation of an actual event in show creator Jonathan Ames' life as chronicled in his essay, "Our Selves Between Us": "When I came back to the apartment, the first thing I saw was her empty closet. It had been filled with her pretty clothes for two years. That empty closet was like a grave. A death. An end..."

    • Jonathan compared his girlfriend's moving out to the "Raid on Entebbe". In July 1976, the Israeli Defense Forces rescued most of the people taken hostage by Palestinian hijackers aboard Air France Flight 139. The rescue mission took place at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

    • George: Almost everybody has bad wine breath tonight. It's like Chernobyl out there. In April 1986, an accidental explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine caused radioactive fallout to drift over Western Soviet Union and parts of Europe and forced the evacuation of over 300,000 people.

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