Fort Greene Park
Paul Feig, our director for this episode, did a great job with his opening, Hitchcockian shot of Jonathan walking around the Prison Ship Martyrs' monument; it wasn't easy, but during this shot a bird-master released a white dove, a poetic allusion to the episode's title. If you rewatch the episode, try to spot the bird.
This scene contains one of many f references that occur throughout the season. In episode three, Jim Jarmusch and Jonathan talk about Frank O'Hara's nose; in episode four Jonathan is accused of having a big nose by Francisco; and in this episode Jonathan is carrying Gogol's The Nose. I have a somewhat big nose and it's been broken a few times, so my nose issue kept finding its way into the scripts. In episode six, there's another nose moment to look for...
One thing I cut from this scene, which I regret, was something Dimitri says about the city being filled with people with broken hearts, like a secret that they carry, maybe visible only in their eyes. When I got my heart broken for the first time, it was kind of like The Sixth Sense for me — now as I walked about the city I could see all the broken hearts, the way the boy in that movie can see dead people.
Jonathan's mission in this episode, to find a singer that an ex-con loves, is an homage to one of the storylines in Farewell, My Lovely, specifically Moose Malloy's search for Velma, which is also why the hotel in episode one is called Hotel Velma.