Bored to Death: Season 3, Episode 3

The Black Clock of Time (24 Oct. 2011)

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Jonathan is to appear on Dick Cavett to pitch his new book only to learn that the guest who'll follow him is his nemesis Louis Green. Ray takes Spenser to the park where he sits in with a ... See full summary »

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Jonathan is to appear on Dick Cavett to pitch his new book only to learn that the guest who'll follow him is his nemesis Louis Green. Ray takes Spenser to the park where he sits in with a breast-feeding support group. He then pushes the stroller home and finger paints. George sits his daughter down to warn her about her fiancé's age. Will anything go well? A tackle, a neck brace, and an arrest embody the conflicts and errors. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ray's excellent adventures in parenting
23 November 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jonathan is seen doing research connected with finding his biological father. The sperm bank where his parents used to impregnate his mother was destroyed in a fire. Jonathan goes over to George to seek his advice about what to do in his upcoming presentation on "The Dick Cavett Show", where he is supposed to plug his book. George shows him an old show with Robert Mitchum being interviewed by Cavett. Jonathan is told about how to conduct himself.

It is Ray's day to be with Spencer. He takes the infant to a park in which he finds a group of women with their infants while breast feeding their children. He asks to join the group, something the women find strange, but they go along letting him sit with them. Ray cannot help but to check some of the women breasts, even trying to have the one next to him to breast feed Spencer. As he goes away, he takes the wrong carriage with the wrong baby home. Ray is oblivious of what he has done. The missing girl's mother is beside herself with fear. One of the women takes time to Google Ray, finding some of his drawings in which all his heroes show enormous penises.

George has a conversation with his daughter. He does not approve her involvement with the older man that is her boyfriend. They meet at his restaurant, where Emily shows her father an engagement ring. This cannot be happening to him, George concludes. He does not like the man that in a moment of joy hugs him and calls him 'dad'.

To Jonathan's surprise, he finds his nemesis, Louis Greene, in the green room of the studio where the Cavett show is shot. Lewis is there to plug his upcoming book "The Black Clock of Time", which most people tend to refer as "The Black Cock of Time". When Jonathan is asked to come to the set, he is too tense to concentrate. To make matters worse, he trips on his way to the chair opposite the host and pulls sunglasses to cover his eyes. Cavett puts Jonathan at ease, who in turn, decides to talk about his quest in finding his biological father. Dick, realizing this is a good story, tells his assistant to bump Louis.

When Louis is informed about being bumped from the show, Louis Greene goes berserk, practically destroying the green room. Not content with that he goes backstage trying to derail the interview. Looking to bring the curtain down, he cuts a weight instead that falls on Dick Cavett, but Jonathan, reacting quickly, gets his host out of the way. Louis is arrested and taken to the jail where Ray was taken after the infant incident. Louis finds a Hispanic young man that seems to appreciate the horrors he went through by sitting in his lap and calling him "papi".

The episode was directed by Michael Lehmann, who has been connected with the show. The screenplay was written by the series' creator Jonathan Ames. There were some funny moments in this chapter, especially the one in which Ray visits the park. The Dick Cavett section was also well done, reflecting what really goes into those types of talk shows. Good work by the three principals and John Hodgman, who is seen as Lewis.


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