George Christopher: "In life, when in doubt, never meddle. It only causes problems."
Last week's Bored to Death saw amateur sleuth Jonathan Ames at an unprecedented level of competence. For once, his meddling actually paid off: he recovered a client's rare book, fought off three drugs dealers, and saved the insufferable Louis Green from a vicious (though somewhat satisfying) beating.
Unfortunately for Jonathan, his success appears to have been a fluke. This week's episode sees him in usual form—well-intentioned but completely inept—as he bungles new client Lakshmi's (Sarita Choudhury) straightforward case. Lakshmi's husband Vikram (Ajay Naidu) has been coming home late reeking of bacon, and she assumes he's spending his evenings with a bacon-frying mistress. Jonathan tails Vikram to a local diner and learns the real reason for Vikram's aloofness: in an economy that hasn't exactly allowed for luxuries, he's been laid off from his limousine-driving job. Vikram is stayining in the diner all night because he's afraid to tell his wife. As it turns out, he's right to be—when Jonathan talks him into leveling with Lakshmi, she throws him out.
Jonathan feels responsible for the dissolution of Lakshmi and Vikram's marriage, so he talks George into hiring Vikram as a personal driver. Unfortunately, they're too late; a despondent Vikram holds the diner at gunpoint just as Jonathan and George enter. George—who can relate to Vikram's career woes—talks him down, but accidentally fires the gun, prompting the three men to make a hasty escape.