Bored to Death

Take a Dive

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/8/09
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  • Episode Description
  • As George accepts Richard Antrem's boxing challenge, the Edition camp composed of him, Ray, and Jonathan prepares for a tripleheader boxing event against Antrem's GQ team. Before their bouts, the women in their lives try to convince them that there are more important things than winning a fight.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Schwartzman

    Jonathan Ames

  • Ted Danson

    George Christopher

  • Zach Galifianakis

    Ray Hueston

  • Oliver Platt

    Richard Antrem

  • Sarah Condon

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Take a Dive

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Journalist: Richard challenged you because you wrote, among other things, that he had the penis of a hermaphrodite. George: That was sloppy journalism. I, uhm-- I do want to apologize to any hermaphrodites who may have been insulted by an unflattering comparison.

    • Hamm: (in an interview prior to the boxing match) I'm looking forward to being punched. Uhm, I've never actually practiced S&M, but I've always wanted to and-- and, you know, this seems like a really good opportunity.

    • George: [Priscilla] was like a cat. She'd never come to me when I-- when I wanted her to. Ray: That's why I like dogs.

    • Sal: I lost my virginity in the fifth grade. Ray: What was his name? Sal: Father Francis.

    • George: I want to thank both of you for supporting me in this whole thing. I know it's delusional behavior, but... it's important to me. Ray: I like being delusional. Jonathan: Yeah, me too! We're delusional together.

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    Notes (7)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Filmovaný knokaut (Faked Knockout)

    • Original International Air Dates: • Latin America: January 10, 2010 on HBO Latinoamerica Este • Czech Republic: April 20, 2010 on HBO • Turkey: June 28, 2010 on e2 • United Kingdom: May 16, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • In the scene where George, Ray, and Jonathan are speed-walking, Jonathan wears a t-shirt of Princeton, where show creator Jonathan Ames attended school.

    • Some details taken from show creator Jonathan Ames' own experience in boxing: • opponent's name written on the forehead of the training dummy • boxer hitting a tire with sledgehammer • training venue - Gleason's Gym • the sandwich analogy ("Your hands are the bread. Your head is the meat. Protect the meat.")

    • Show creator Ames' inspiration for the episode's fight night featuring GQ against New York Edition came in part from the boxing match which occurred between New York Press and The L Magazine. Jonathan himself fought two amateur boxing matches (1999 and 2007) prior to writing the show.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Episode writer Jonathan Ames' two-fight career as an amateur boxer is chronicled in essays included in his books, My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice As Good.

    • Jonathan: They say that the pen is mightier than the sword... This is an oft-quoted line from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. It is spoken by Cardinal Richelieu in Act II Scene II: "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, / The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold / The arch-enchanters wand! - itself a nothing! -".

    • George: I think that we've entered a third act... despite what Fitzgerald says about there being no second acts in life. American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's exact line reads: "There are no second acts in American lives."

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