Monday, September 27, 2010

Bored to Death Season 2 premiere: S&M and Orangina

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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The Job: A mounted police officer (he rides a horse named Doris) needs Jonathan to break into an S&M dungeon before the police raid it to destroy a hard drive that would show he’s regular customer. “I have to do it once a month or so, it’s like I’m ovulating. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but it also suffocates me,” says the cop.

Jonathan: Looks like the time since last season hasn’t been good for Jonathan. His second novel has been rejected, Edition is making deep cuts that probably include his work, and he’s taken up teaching a depressing night class for writers. Stella’s still with him, but he says, “If I didn’t have you, I wouldn’t have anything.”

Book Talk: “Even I’m not reading anymore. I got a Kindle but I dropped in the tub,” says George.

Ray: Things might be even worse for Ray. Leah tries to make things work by taking Ray to a yoga class, but she has to tell him that he isn’t happy and has to break up. “But nobody is happy! My parents have been together for forty years and they haven’t been happy for a second,” he argues. It doesn’t work.

Relationship Therapy: “The only new age thing I want to do is stick an aromatherapy candle up my ass,” says Ray.

George: Edition is being bought out by a group-praying, Christian-right media group that’s looking to trim the budget in places that George can’t handle, like the office’s stock of Orangina, “I know it’s a small thing, but I love Orangina and so does the staff. See, I was at the Sorbonne in 1969 and I had a French girlfriend, naturally. Every time I have an Orangina, I go back in time to the Boulevard Saint-Michel.”

Medical Worries: When George has a strange pain at the bar, Jonathan is genuinely concerned, “That could be an aneurism in your penis!”

Name Drop: “I want to write a book like Zadie Smith — something that talks about how hard it is to be alive even if you’re middle class and your parents are pretty loving. It might also be about bulimia and anorexia,” says one of Jonathan’s students at the Metropolitan Writer’s Workshop.

Hanging Questions: Will the Christian right magazine owners want George out of the office for Jonathan's bondage suit interruption? Can Jonathan hang onto the only thing he has left? Will we ever hear anything more about the rejected Kama Sutra novel?

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