Bored to Death

Season 1 Episode 5

The Case of the Lonely White Dove

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2009 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Nose Reference: When Jonathan meets Dimitri for the first time, he brings with him his copy of Russian novelist Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol's The Nose.

  • Quotes

    • Escort: (to George) If you want to open your mind... don't think in terms of male and female. I mean, it's binary. It's-- it's boring. How about no definition?

    • Jonathan: How long were you with her?
      Dimitri: One night.
      Jonathan: Just one night?
      Dimitri: Oh, one night, if the love is perfect, is all you need.
      Jonathan: Hmm.
      Dimitri: Also, I was arrested the next day.

    • Dimitri: If you want to keep a woman, you have to be strong. Women need us to be commanding and decisive.
      Jonathan: But do they? I don't know. Maybe they do.
      Dimitri: They don't.

    • Jonathan: Your therapist sounds crazy!
      George: I know, I know, but most therapists are. That's what gives them insight.

    • Jonathan: I'm really hung over from that vodka.
      Ray: Well, you gotta write something. I did my best work hung over. I have less brain cells to confuse the issue.

    • Jonathan: Sorry, George, what's up?
      George: What if I do this and I don't come back?
      Jonathan: What do you mean?
      George: Tha-- that I turn completely gay.
      Jonathan: Well, then it was meant to be.
      George: (sighs) You know what, you're absolutely right!

    • Suzanne: I thought tonight was gonna be the Brighton Beach night we never had. Remember, that's what you told me? And I stupidly believed you. Instead, you drink vodka and you leave me alone while you chase after some Russian singer because you're investigating a case.
      Jonathan: But I was doing it in the name of love. Somebody else's love, but--
      Suzanne: You weren't doing this for anybody else but you. You're selfish. You live in a selfish fantasy world.

    • Jonathan: Irenna?
      Irenna: Yes. And you're the private cop?
      Jonathan: Yes. Or detective. Or investigator. They all work.

    • Dimitri: I love the Board Walk. It reminds me of the Black Sea. Only I wish the girls were topless like in Russia. In America, people are shy and disturbed. I don't know, why be scared of the naked breast?

    • Dimitri: (to Jonathan) I hope your heart is broken many times because it means you would have loved many times.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Případ osamělé holubičky (The Case of the Lonely Dove)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      • Latin America: December 20, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este
      • Czech Republic: April 13, 2010 on HBO
      • Turkey: June 7, 2010 on e2
      • United Kingdom: April 25, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • The scene where Jonathan meets Dimitri for the first time was filmed at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. The Russian bar where Jonathan goes to search for Irenna is Café Tatiana in Brighton in Brooklyn.

    • Featured Music:
      • "Hermetico" by Balkan Beat Box
      • "Romeo" by Dawn Landes
      • "Balcasio" by Balkan Beat Box
      • "Dark Eyes" by Inna Dukach with Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge
      • "Dark Eyes" by Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge
      • "Autumn Leaves" by Connie Petruk with Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge

  • Allusions

    • Suzanne walking a little white dog as she talks to Jonathan on the phone is a tribute to Russian writer Anton Chekhov's short story The Lady with the Pet Dog.

    • The case revolves around ex-con Dimitri's search for his one-time lover and songstress Irenna. This is in homage to Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, in which ex-con Moose Malloy goes out looking for his one-time girlfriend and nightclub singer Velma Valento.

    • Escort: (to George) ...kind of like a buff Samuel Beckett.

      Samuel Beckett, a 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature honoree, is an Irish poet and writer closely associated with James Joyce. Beckett has a striking resemblance with actor Ted Danson, who plays George.