George Christopher: "I can't die. I haven't figured anything out yet."
Sooner or later, everyone has to confront the knowledge that they're going to die. For most people, it's when they're young—after the death of a grandparent or a pet, or perhaps just a moment of idle contemplation.
This type of introspection does not come easily to the still-childlike George Christopher, who, in his 60s, seems to face death for the first time when he's diagnosed with stage II prostate cancer in this week's episode. When confronted with such awful news, most people seek out a loved one, a Bible, or a psychiatrist. George—whose shock is less at the cancer diagnosis and more at the realization that he can die at all—retreats to the floor of his apartment, where he contemplates his mortality in a marijuana-induced stupor.
At the same time, Jonathan faces the possibility of his own death in a painfully literal way. His amateur sleuthing in the S&M dungeon earlier this season has caught up with him; the thugs who ran the brothel have tracked him down, and they want $20,000 to fix the damage he did to their computer. Jonathan, who's still paying back the advance on his rejected second novels, calls George to ask for the money.