George Christopher: "Keep doing what you're doing. It's not boring, and that's all that counts in life."
Despite its title, Bored to Death tends to focus less on boredom and more on death. From a storytelling perspective, that's understandable; most people watch TV to specifically avoid boredom.
However, no matter how understandably neglected in fiction, boredom is a much greater part of day-to-day life than death is. Death comes at the end, but finding meaningful ways to stave off boredom is a daily process that turns into a life's work.
In this week's Bored to Death, Jonathan is forced to consider the kind of life he wants. The episode opens with George Christopher outlining his personal theory of vices—that "if you have a character flaw, you're susceptible to disease in that area." To George, there's a causal effect between what you do and what happens to you—40 years of philandering have given him prostate cancer, and he has no one to blame but himself. Bored to Death invites us to ask a similar question of our protagonist: what has Jonathan's lifelong obsession with detective novels done to his brain? In a rare moment of self-loathing, Jonathan complains that he's a "demented loser." As he takes on this week's case—an attempt to recover a valuable book from drug dealers—it's difficult not to agree with him.