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.
Stella: I'm really glad that you could hang out. There was this pollen in the air today that smelled like kissing. Do you know that smell?
Jonathan: Yeah, I love that smell. (kisses Stella)
Richard: (chuckles) Oh, look, it's the losing team.
George: Yeah, we're not supposed to see each other until the fight.
Richard: What is this, a wedding? I can't see you in your dress?
Jonathan: Sal, I suddenly feel scared.
Sal: That's normal. All fighters are scared. But once you get in the ring, you're like a God.
(Jonathan enters the ring)
Jonathan: But I'm agnostic.
Sal: I'll say a prayer for you.
(after Jonathan's fight)
Stella: You were amazing! I'm so proud of you.
Jonathan: Do you want to come over tonight and celebrate?
Stella: I can't. I already have a urinary tract infection. I always get them after I have sex. I don't know why.
Jonathan: Do you think we learned anything tonight?
George: No. (pauses) But that's okay. It's good to stay in the dark about things. It keeps life interesting.
Jonathan: George, I'm glad you're in my life.
George: I'm glad you're in mine, Jonathan.
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.
The interview prior to the boxing match is filmed in Landmark Tavern. The boxing training scenes are shot at Gleason's Gym and Empire Fulton Ferry State Park while the fight night itself is filmed in Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
• "Kilojoules'" by Lykke LiFreelance Whales
• "It's Just Begun" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch
• "Got Cha" by Ursula 1000
• "Love That Girl" by Raphael Saadiq
• "Like A Diamond" by Glass Ghost
• "Hedonistic Paradise" by Christina Courtin
• "Lobby Call" by Law of the Least
• "Freakout" by LCD Soundsystem
• "Lost Parade" by Junkboy
• "Dirty Robot" by Arling and Cameron
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."