This was supposed to be the original pilot episode, but was pushed back to later in the season. Originally it was supposed to be a two hour long movie. This also was changed.
This is the first episode not featuring Terrence Mann as Bob.
Originally Dresden was supposed to drive a blue VW bug, which is seen in this episode in the garage, however Paul Blackthorne, who is 6' 3" tall would have looked awkward getting in and out of the bug so Dresden's car was changed to a beat up Jeep for the rest of the show.
This is the only time in the series that we see Mister, Harry's cat. In the books, Mister is a huge grey tabby. In the series he's an average-sized orange cat.
New Zealand played the original 2-hour pilot as their season premiere on November 7, 2007.
Harry: When I hung up my shingle, I thought all my cases would start with a sultry femme fatale begging for help and oozing sex and danger. I live in hope.
Kirmani: I've been meaning to ask you... Harry Dresden, "Wizard." Let me guess, a couple of summers ago you were a Jedi Knight and now you're a wizard named Harry? Eh, it's good marketing, I guess, but couldn't you come up with something a little more original?
Harry: My father named me after Harry Houdini. You heard of him?
Kirmani: Yeah, he was a circus freak, right? Like Bozo the Clown?
Harry: Look, if this is a personal visit, I uh don't do parties and I don't do love potions, so unless you got a serious job, the way in is also the way out.
Kirmani: The victims were Jennifer Randall and Thomas Edward Thomson.
Harry: Tommy Tomm. The mobster.
Kirmani: Wizard and organized crime connoisseur. Quite a nice resume you got there, Gandalf...
Harry: These people weren't stabbed, Murphy. Nothing touched them. Their hearts exploded out of their chests. There's only one thing that could do that.
Kirmani: A microwave?
Harry: The High Council. Capital H, Capital C. Cue ominous music. It's kind of like the Bar Association for wizards. They provide oversight; they administer the entrance exams and try to basically keep all this magic stuff out of sight and under control. The good guys, theoretically. But cross them and you'll wish you'd never slung a spell.
Harry: Look, I'm not the only answer here. We could be looking at an out-of-towner, something out of the Nevernever. Or even a free agent, a sorcerer.
Ancient Mai: Which is the only reason you're still breathing. I'm gonna make this very simple, Dresden. If someone else did this, prove it. Find him and bring me his head on a platter. Because if I don't get his head... I'm taking yours.
Harry: High Council justice isn't like the regular legal system. It's more, uh, old school. With blunt implements and sharp edges. So when Mai tells me to do something, I can't exactly appeal to a higher court. And if I screw up, I'm not likely to get a stay of execution, either.
Harry: Susan, Susan, Susan, it's not a date if we never leave the apartment. Now, we're going for dinner and a movie, and you're going to wait there while I get dressed. Okay? All right?
Susan Rodriguez: Your loss.
Susan Rodriguez: The Astounding Dresden?
Harry: My dad. He once opened for, uh, Sinatra.
Susan Rodriguez: So what happened to you? Stage fright?
Harry: Hah. Very funny.
Harry: Okay, down in the basement there's a potion on the workbench. Drink it, it'll help you escape. Just go! C'mon!
Susan Rodriguez: Oh, my coat!
Harry: What are you doing?!?
Susan: I'm getting my coat, Harry!
Harry: Demon! Get down there!
Harry: Okay. You wait here. I'll make sure the coast is clear.
Susan Rodriguez: I have an idea. You play the helpless damsel and I'll go check things out.
Susan Rodriguez: Are you okay?
Harry: Ugh. Define okay...
Susan Rodriguez: You can't tell me what to do. I'm a reporter!
Morgan: Oh. Good for you.
Harry: Take it easy. Basement is off-limits. There's leftovers in the fridge, help yourself. And if a big furry monster comes in and sits on your chest, well, that's my cat.
Harry: The magical world isn't so different from the normal one. It's full of predators and prey. And in Chicago, one of the biggest predators of them all is Bianca.
Murphy: (punching Harry in the stomach) That's for hanging up on me, stealing evidence from a crime scene, and assaulting an officer.
Harry: You mean Kirmani? He counts?
Victor Cutler: The heart is such a fragile thing. Easy to break. Impossible to repair.
Harry: So you went to bat for me. I'm speechless.
Morgan: Works for me.