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Bullet in the Face: The World Stage

A third party sets Tannhauser and Racken at each other's throats, and the police are caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Gunter discovers that he's taking on the memories of the man whose face he wears.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Friday August 17th, 2012
Special Airtime: 10:30 pm

Director: Erik Canuel
Writer: Alan Spencer

Special Guest Stars
Eddie IzzardEddie Izzard
As Johann Tannhauser
Eric RobertsEric Roberts
As Racken

Guest Stars
Alex BispingAlex Bisping
As Physician
Scott FaulconbridgeScott Faulconbridge
As Police in Uniform #1
Debbie Wong (2)Debbie Wong (2)
As Geisha Leader
Guido Grasso, Jr.Guido Grasso, Jr.
As Mobster / Paulo Sabatini (as Guido Grasso)
Kaoru MatsuiKaoru Matsui
As Yakido Akido
Una KayUna Kay
As Elderly Woman
Cory FantieCory Fantie
As Postal Clerk
Janis KershnerJanis Kershner
As Woman at Post Office (as Janis Kirshner)
Christian JadahChristian Jadah
As Police in Uniform #4
Moe Jeudy LamourMoe Jeudy Lamour
As Racken's Bodyguard #3 (Moe)
Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore
As Racken's Mafiosi #1
Jordan Mae AntoinetteJordan Mae Antoinette
As Racken's Secretary
Tom R. HughesTom R. Hughes
As Attractive Male
Kayo YasuharaKayo Yasuhara
As Geisha Dancer

Alan SpencerAlan Spencer
As Head Catcher
Xiao SunXiao Sun
As Geisha Dancer
Main Cast
Max WilliamsMax Williams
As Gunter Vogler
Neil NapierNeil Napier
As Karl Hagerman
Jessica SteenJessica Steen
As Eva Braden
Kate KeltonKate Kelton
As Martine Mahler


A geisha arrives at the hotel room of mobster Paulo Sabatini, who complains that she's running late. She doesn't say anything but is soon giving him a massage. Sabatini rolls over and tells her to perform, but she decapitates him with a sword...

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Episode Notes
Series developer Alan Spencer has a cameo as the last man in the post office to catch the severed head and then tuck it into his jacket.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Armando Bauman & Patrick DoyleDispatch 

Episode Quotes
Gunter: Hello, Martine. You caught me at a bad time--I'm alive.

Physician: Sometimes when people receive organs, they also take on the personality of the donor.
Gunter: So, uh, I have the face of a good cop with mostly male friends. That means I might start helping little old ladies across the street while dreaming of penis.

Gunter: As bad as I have been in my life, Eva, you are worse. Because you pretend to be respectable. I am through calling you bitch. This is not good enough.
Braden: How about harpy?
Gunter: Uhh.
Braden: Shrew.
Gunter: Eh.
Braden: Succubus.
Gunter: Yes. Succubus. This implies witchcraft and the snatching of souls. You succubus! Thank you for making this so simple.

Gunter: At least now we can put a name with the missing face, huh? Paolo Sabatini. Hmm.
Karl: Where have I heard that name before?
Gunter: When I just said it. He was one of Racken's henchmen. A guy who hated women and would kill someone just for smiling at him. Despite those good qualities, I did not like this fellow.

Gunter: Look at you. So tough. The only way you could give a man pleasure in bed is if you shared half a sandwich.

Racken's Mafiosi #1: May I ask, with all the bodyguards here, you picked the black guy for this degradation?
Racken: Hey. Hey, hey. Do not go there. Seriously. I got lots of black guys in my mob. You may not know this, I was the first guy to recruit kids from low-test-score schools. It was like, it was like no—no juvenile delinquent left behind. It was a hell of a program.

Racken: I know who is responsible for all this. Tannhauser. He's not a normal criminal, obviously. Probably never ate a hoagie in his life. You know, I'm going to drag his agoraphobic ass out in the street and make him eat snails. And I do not mean escargot. Hell no. I mean live, American slugs from the garden of a Detroit City autoworker.

Braden: This city is in its very darkest hour.
Gunter: Is there an eclipse today? I encourage you to look directly into it.

Gunter: The question is, is the enemy of your enemy your enemy? Or is the enemy of your enemy your friend?
Braden: I have two enemies. Tannhauser and Racken. So is the enemy of my enemy my enemy? Or is the enemy of my other enemy my enemy or friend?
Karl: No. They can all be your enemies. Giving you three enemies.
Braden: Well, then, I have four enemies because I don't trust Gunter.
Gunter: Ah.
Karl: Making the question whether the enemy of your enemy is your enemy or friend, followed by whether that enemy is the friend of your enemy or of the second enemy? And whether one or all three are enemies of Gunter, who is the enemy of both your enemies? Or perhaps not of your third enemy, who could also be your friend.
Gunter: Hagerman, before this month is over, I will kill you.

Braden: Hagerman! Stop vomiting in my recycling bin!

Woman at Post Office: Who do you think you are, cutting in front of me?
Gunter: I am a sociopath in a post office. Please, do not make me resort to cliched behavior. I would prefer to kill you somewhere more upscale.

Gunter: I am an expert on Japanese women. Most efficient sex I've ever had. I remember having sex in a rickshaw. Made all the impressive since my sex partner was doing the running. And she still gave me head without breaking a sweat. Wunderbar.

Gunter: Using Gilbert & Sullivan for genocide is very creative. Me, I'm more of a jazz artist. Like Miles Davis with a 12 gauge.

Cultural References
Gunter: I once checked into a hotel as H.R. Pufnstuf.

H.R. Pufnstuf is a early 70s live-action kids series.

Gunter: Like the Scientologist who played the vampire.

Tom Cruise, a Scientologist, played the vampire Lestat in the 1994 movie Interview With the Vampire.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerGilbert Rozon  |  Alan Spencer  |  Bruce Hills  |  Michael Prupas  |  Dan Pasternack  |  Debbie DeMontreux
Co-Executive ProducerErik Canuel
ProducerEvi Regev  |  Jesse Prupas
Co-ProducerSandrine Gros D'Aillon
Associate ProducerEvan Tussman
Production DesignerDanielle Labrie
EditorMax Chalifoux
CastingAndrea Kenyon  |  Randi Wells  |  Larissa Mair  |  Ivy Isenberg
Line ProducerMichael Solomon (1)
First Assistant DirectorNormand Labelle
Second Assistant DirectorNatalie Plante
MusicJames Gelfand
Music SupervisorHolly Fagan
Costume DesignerSharon Scott
Key GripPaul Duchesne
Location ManagerRoman Martyn
Production Sound MixerDimitri Medard
Script SupervisorPauline Beraud
Production CoordinatorColleen Hanafin
Assistant EditorGabriel Joseph
Supervising Sound EditorSteve Gurman
Re-Recording MixerRoger Guerin
GafferRene Guillard
On-Line EditorSerge Verreault
Director of PhotographyPierre Gill
Stunt CoordinatorMarc-Andre Boulanger
Production SecretaryJane Lu
Art DirectorElise Deblois
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Caron
Key Makeup ArtistChristiane Fattori
Art Department CoordinatorAnnette Belanger
Visual Effects SupervisorMario Rachiele
Production AccountantGuy Aumond
Extras CastingCarole Dionne
Casting AssistantShari Libman  |  Sheena Clowater
"A" Camera OperatorGeoffrey St-Hillaire
AssistantRena Hundert  |  Samuel Morin  |  Adora Law
Key HairstylistManon Joly
Unit PublicistBetty Palik
Unit ManagerDaniel ( Dan B. ) Boudreau
ColoristEtienne Patry
Additional MusicLouise Tremblay
Foley ArtistFrancois Maurice
Best Boy GripTommy Bellefeuille
Dialogue EditorPaul Hubert
"B" Camera OperatorBoris Roy
Special Effects Make-upErik Gosselin  |  Edwina Voda
"A" Camera First AssistantEric Godbout
Props BuyerMarc C. De Lery
"B" Camera First AssistantIsabelle Cole
Assistant Unit ManagerAlain Caporicci
Key Set Production AssistantGabrielle Cantin
1st Assistant AccountantCharlene Hodge
Best Boy ElectricJulien Brisbois
ConstructionLouis Fortin
Head PainterChristian Corvelleo
Sound DesignerDavid Gertsman
Data WranglerVincent Gouin
ArmorerAndrew Campbell (1)
DecoratorChristophe Lavigne  |  Genevieve Burt
Unit Publicity ManagerAnisha Rangi
Mechanical EffectsSimon Martineau  |  Michel Gagnon  |  Sebastien Roussel  |  Guillaume Murray
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