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Escape from the Castle! 

A dermatologist enlists Jonathan to deliver a letter to his intended at an Asian health spa. Jonathan takes Ray to the spa for his birthday, with George and his new chauffeur Vikram in tow.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leah (credit only)
Dr. O'Connor
Hee Cho
Ruth Zhang ...
Older Korean Woman
Yu Nan Jing ...
Korean Woman


A dermatologist enlists Jonathan to deliver a letter to his intended at an Asian health spa. Jonathan takes Ray to the spa for his birthday, with George and his new chauffeur Vikram in tow. Written by HBO Publicity

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7 November 2010 (USA)  »

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Some like it hot
21 December 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jonathan is summoned to Dr. O'Connor's office. This dermatologist is having a problem of the heart. He wants our amateur detective to deliver a letter to his beloved Hee Cho, a Korean, at the spa owned by her parents, where she has been kept so she will have no contact with this man. As Jonathan is about to leave, Dr. O'Connor looks at one of Jonathan's moles on his face advising him to have a biopsy.

Jonathan's class is interrupted by one of his students who announces the winner of the New Yorker contest is no other than Louis Green, Jonathan's arch rival. In fact, Jonathan discovers he is the subject of this odious man's essay that won the competition. Nina, a student that has taken a liking to Jonathan, stays after class to see him. She is a precocious young woman, announcing she had read "The Story of O" when she was thirteen! Nina wants to role play with Jonathan being a naughty student so that he spanks her. She wants to play a bit rough, but they are interrupted by a janitor that is locking the school for the night.

Ray's birthday is the excuse for George and Jonathan to invite him to the Castle Spa. That way, they will be able to meet Hee Cho. Finding her is almost impossible, until a young man approaches Jonathan asking him to give him the letter so he can take it to Hee. As the trio are relaxing in the pool area, they are approached by the young man Jonathan met previously, dressed as a woman! They are completely taken by surprise, but since their mission is to bring her to O'Connor, they flee the spa. The security guards follow them to a dark cemetery, where the three friends are able to overpower their attackers. Finally, they deliver Hee to Dr. O'Connor, who has waited for her at a pier, something that recalls the ending of Billy Wilder's "Some Like it Hot".

When Jonathan tries to warn the doctor about the situation, he answers that, yes, he knows Hee is perfect! Another good episode of this marvelous series. Donick Carter, and the creator of the show, Jonathan Ames wrote this installment. Adam Bernstein directed with impeccable timing. The three principals are perfect as they impersonate the trio of friends that keep on getting in hot water all the time. Jason Schwartzmann, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson have a nice rapport doing what they do best. In the supporting cast, Frank Wood, Zoe Kazan, Jake Manabat, do excellent work for Mr. Bernstein.

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