Flashbacks reveal that John was a con man/grifter in 1927, using the name "Mr. Johnson" and the moniker of "Johnny on the Spot."
It's a small strait located in New York Harbor, specifically in the East River.
The ferris wheel that we see John take a ride with Andy is called The Wonder Wheel. Opening in 1920, it stands 150 feet tall and holds 144 riders. It is one of three rides at Coney Island that are protected as designated NYC landmarks.
A good deal of this episode takes place at Coney Island, located in southernmost Brooklyn, NYC. Between about 1880 and the late 1930's, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States
John mentions seeing "The greatest game ever played" when talking to a suspect at the beginning scene. This refers to the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. This game was significant because it marked the beginning of the NFL's popularity surge, mainly because it was broadcast across the US on NBC. It was the first NFL game to go into sudden death overtime.
We find out that John joined the NYPD in 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.
In this episode, we learn that John Amsterdam has a fear of heights.
In 1910 Amelia refers to Alice Craybourn as The Next Isadora. Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)was considered to be the mother of modern dance. She was also a poet, a critic of modern society and culture, and a champion of the struggles for women's rights.
The flashbacks in this episode are dated 1910, however Amelia mentions a magazine that was not published until 1911.
John used to be a painter of fine art during the early 1900s.
We learn that John has put together a family tree of all his descendents.
Mr. Spoor: De wereld krimpt.
(The world grows smaller)
John: De herinneringen vergroten.
(The memories grow larger).
John's accent is much more German than Dutch - most noticeable in the g sound - and in (modern) Dutch the sentence would be "De herinneringen nemen toe".
Flashbacks reveal that John was in a band with Omar in 1964, though his musical role in that band was not apparent.
John states he was 14 years of age in 1620, when he came to the New World.
John states that he's fathered 63 children as of the current time of this episode.
...for life is not a paragraph, and death I think is no parenthesis. John quotes E.E. Cummings, an American poet, painter, essayist, and playwright who was one of the most popular voices of 20th century poetry.
Take honor from me, and my life is done. John quotes William Shakespeare's Richard II. Mine honor is my life, both grow in one. Take honor from me, and my life is done. Then, dear my liege, mine honor let me try; In that I live, and for that I will die, the quote in it's entirety.
Mary Worth, the nun was reciting Salve Regina when she was in the emergency room. Salve Regina is one of four Marian antiphons. These are often used as spoken prayers.
Flashbacks reveal that John was a coachman for a wealthy landowner in the Bronx, circa 1813. A coachman is the title of a servant who drove a horse-drawn vehicle. Sometimes the coachman would have doubled as the stable hand or groom.
In this episode, John reveals that he has served as an Army Ranger, as part of Whitcomb's Rangers. Whitcomb's Rangers were formed on October 15, 1776 under the command of Benjamin Whitcomb. The idea was to have men working independent of the main Army. This unit was ordered to disband on January 1, 1781 as part of a reorganization of the Army.
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