Bored to Death

Season 1 Episode 2

The Alanon Case

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2009 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Big Nose Reference: George mentions to Jonathan that he saw a woman who looked exactly like "that actress in the Almodóvar film," the one with the big nose.

    • In the pilot episode, Jonathan trips on a baby's stroller as he is about to meet Ray at Smooch Cafe. In this episode, it's Ray who stumbles on a stroller as he enters the cafe to see Jonathan.

    • The Page Six article headline on George Christopher in the New York Post reads: "A Herpes-Ridden George Christopher horrifies Dem Party".

  • Quotes

    • Jonathan: 'I love you more than you know. Jonathan.'
      Suzanne: That was a nice note. But you don't have to read your name in the end.
      Jonathan: I know. I'm very literal-minded. You know that.

    • Ray: I have a real phobia around my ass.

    • Ray: I'm not gonna change. I'm just gonna pretend to change. I can't change. That's impossible.

    • George: Nobody's really loved for themselves. Are they? I mean, all love is projection.

    • (Jennifer suspecting her boyfriend is cheating)
      Jonathan: Are you sure?
      Jennifer: That's what my therapist said. 'Are you sure?' Yes, I'm sure! God, it's like I'm surrounded by Holocaust deniers. It happened. I'm sure!

    • Ray: Leah wants me to change my diet, so when I'm with her, I'm gonna eat healthy. When I'm not with her, I'm gonna eat like an American.

    • Jonathan: I've been moonlighting as a private detective, on the side.
      Ray: You can't do that. That's illegal!
      Jonathan: Why? I say that I'm not licensed. And that makes it more legal... Ish.

    • Ray: Jonathan, I consider myself a very open-minded friend. Half the people I know are disturbed.

    • Yusef: (to Ray before his colonic) Don't be scared. It will a good experience for you, I promise. I am going to find all your treasures.

    • Jonathan: Oh my God, what the hell happened to your lip? You were stung by a bee?
      George: Yes. A bee with herpes.

    • Jonathan: God, that's the biggest herpes blister I've ever seen in my life.
      George: Thank you. I'm very proud of it.

    • Jonathan: (on the phone) Suzanne is with another man! Do I confront her?
      Ray: Listen to me. Do not confront. Repeat! Do not confront! Get back to Brooklyn. Get on a train. Get back!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Případ Alanon (The Alanon Case)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      • Latin America: November 29, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este
      • Czech Republic: March 30, 2010 on HBO
      • Turkey: May 17, 2010 on e2
      • United Kingdom: April 4, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • The art on the wall of Ray's apartment are drawings of Dean Haspiel, on whom Ray's character is based, and Haspiel's friends.

    • The subway scene was shot at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Associate producer Elizabeth Klenk suggested the crew rock an old subway car and flash lights outside to simulate a moving subway.

    • Box of Love Notes: Schwartzman (Ames) once printed out loving emails, put them in a box, and gave them to an ex-girlfriend. Writer Ames also used to leave notes for his ex.

    • In the Smooch Cafe scene, Jonathan wears a corduroy coat very similar to the L.L. Bean coat owned by show creator Jonathan Ames for 12 years. Ames (the creator) had his own coat fixed by the show's costume department who created the replica for Ames (the character).

    • Location Credits:
      • Citigroup Center - George's office
      • Ceol Pub - Jonathan meets client Jennifer
      • King's Pharmacy - Jonathan buys condoms
      • Bally's Total Fitness - Jonathan works out beside Gary
      • St. Mark's Church - Al-Anon meeting
      • Odessa - Gary and Suzanne at the diner

    • Featured Music:
      • "Inside Out" by Kaiser Cartel
      • "Out of Our Hands" by Gemma Hayes
      • "Endless Aisles" by Michael Hampton
      • "Shameless" by Arto Lindsay
      • "Just Plain Scared" by Big Lazy
      • "F**ked Me Right Up" by Sean Hayes

  • Allusions

    • George: know, that actress in the Almodóvar film.

      The actress George is referring to is Rosario Flores, who played Lydia González in the 2002 Pedro Almodóvar film Hable con ella (Talk to Her).

    • Visual Allusion: As Jonathan tails Gary from behind a post into the street, he places his left hand behind his back and snakes his way through the walking pedestrians.

      The hand in the back is in reference to the private detective in the 1968 French film Stolen Kisses. The serpentine movement is a shoutout to the 1979 crime action-comedy The In-Laws, wherein a Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk) yells, "Serpentine Shelly. Serpentine!"

    • Yusef: (to Ray before his colonic) I'm going to find all your treasures.

      Back in 1998, when show creator Jonathan Ames underwent a colonic, his colon-hygienist said the same thing. He chronicled this moment in his essay, "I S**t My Pants in the South of France".

    • Ray: We all lead double lives.

      In July 2009, show creator and episode writer Jonathan Ames published a book entitled The Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction.

    • Jonathan: I'm not good with anger. I go straight to depression.

      Ames is referring to the five stages of grief, as defined by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. The five stages are as follows: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

    • Episode Title: The Alanon Case

      Al-Anon is an international organization which offers assistance to the family and friends of alcoholics by providing them with their own twelve-step program of recovery. In September 2008, show creator Jonathan Ames released a semi-autobiographical graphic novel entitled The Alcoholic, with the main character named Jonathan A.

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