Bored to Death

The Case of the Missing Screenplay

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/4/09
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  • Episode Description
  • While attending a New York film society function, George introduces Jonathan to a filmmaker, who asks him to rewrite a screenplay. Later, he goes out with a party girl and leaves the script at her home, which happens to be a shrink's office. Jonathan asks Ray to pose as a patient to recover the script. Meanwhile, George encounters his ex-wife and her smug new husband.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dave Becky

  • Stephanie Davis

  • Troy Miller

  • Jonathan Ames (II)

  • Donick Cary

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The Case of the Missing Screenplay

    By TrueTvWatcher, Mar 09, 2013

  • Best episode yet

    By efc91, Oct 07, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • George: Listen, I have an early surprise birthday present for you. When is your birthday, by the way? Jonathan: In about six months. George: Oh, well, then this is very early.

    • George: I love martinis. They heal all wounds.

    • Jonathan: Why was [Priscilla] your best wife? George: Everything with her is as intimate as kissing. I never really got over it. Most orgasmic woman I've ever been with.

    • Leah: I don't feel good about this. I don't want you to be a sperm donor. Ray: But it's flattering. They're fans of my work. I've never had lesbian fans before. Leah: They should go to a sperm bank. You can't just give your sperm to two girls you met in a cafe. Ray: I met you in a cafe.

    • Ray: Okay. I'll trade you therapy for sex. It's been almost three weeks. Leah: I think it's sweet you know how long it's been. (goes to Ray and hugs him)

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    Notes (7)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Případ ztraceného scénáře (The Case of the Lost Screenplay)

    • Original International Air Dates: • Latin America: December 6, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este • Czech Republic: April 6, 2010 on HBO • Turkey: May 24, 2010 on e2 • United Kingdom: April 11, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • The woman complimenting George on his hummingbird tie is a recreation of the numerous times people have taken notice of show creator Jonathan Ames' own hummingbird tie in the past. Ames wore the tie during the first day of shooting for the second episode, and the show's hair-mistress commented on it.

    • When George says, "All of my internal organs are women," he is supposed to then refer to his penis and say, "Except for him. The one proud rooster in the menagerie" as written in the original script, but the line didn't make the final cut due to time constraints.

    • In the scene wherein Leah and Ray argue about giving away his sperm, she raises the issue of overpopulation and the "island of plastic the size of Texas in the Pacific." Jonathan Ames specifically included the lines about plastic in the ocean because Heather Burns (who plays Leah) has strong feelings regarding the issue.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Nose Reference: Jim Jarmusch and Jonathan talk about New York poet Frank O'Hara and his beautiful nose.

    Allusions (3)

    • Ray: He gutted me, like a fish. This is a line from show creator Jonathan Ames' first novel, I Pass Like Night.

    • Jonathan Ames going to a therapy session with Dr. David Worth is somewhat intented to be the writer's homage to another HBO show, In Treatment, which revolves around psychotherapist Paul Weston and his patients.

    • Ray: Thank you, Boo Radley. Boo Radley, a character in Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is the town recluse who leaves small gifts inside a tree outside his house for the children of Maycomb to enjoy.

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