HBO’s Brooklyn-tastic, hipster-gasmic Bored to Death wraps up its first season Sunday night, and of all the philosophical questions the show poses in its eight-episode run, perhaps the most enigmatic one is this: If a lesbian storyline falls in the writers’ room and no sperm is around to touch it, does it make a sound?
Bored to Death follows Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), an earnest, neurotic "self-hating Jew," who is having trouble writing his second novel. When his girlfriend leaves him in the pilot episode because he refuses to quit drinking and smoking pot — even though he’s curtailed his consumption to white wine — he decides to place an add on Craigslist advertising his services as an unlicensed private investigator.
Why? Because he’s bored and broke, and that’s the idea that grabbed him while he was reading a detective novel, drinking white wine and smoking pot.
At the end of the the pilot, we meet Jonathan’s best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis), a morose cartoonist whose girlfriend refuses to sleep with him — which works out well for everyone because The Lesbians are coming for his sperm.
Bored to Death‘s episodes revolve around Jonathan’s "detective business." Every week he receives a call from someone who stumbles across his add on Craigslist and needs assistance tracking down a lost love, tailing a potentially-unfaithful boyfriend or recovering a sex tape.
The lesbian story-arc begins in episode three, "The Case of the Missing Screenplay."