Game of Phones
S5 episode 10 Aired on August 21, 2013

Hank, still experiencing pain but unable to convince Jeremiah to refill his prescription, heads to a pain clinic in hopes they can alleviate what’s ailing him.

It’s Evan’s birthday, and Paige is planning a big surprise for him despite her being swamped with work all weekend.  Evan has promised not to snoop, but thinks he’s figured it out when Divya invites everyone to come with her to Italy to meet her mother’s new boyfriend. Divya plans to use the occasion to break the news of her pregnancy in person. Not until Evan finds himself in the middle of Tuscany does he realize what a big mistake he’s made.

Hank checks in on Don after the police officer misses an MRI appointment.  Don is desperately trying to track down Molly, who can’t be found.  A clue from Hank leads them to a dilapidated house in the North Fork. They find Molly in pain, which causes Hank to give her one of his pain pills.  And the physical stress of getting her to a hospital only proves to aggravate Don’s illness, putting both father and daughter in grave condition.

Production Notes

The jet that Evan and Divya fly on isn’t really a jet at all. The interior was built on the RP Sound stage, constructed with removable walls to allow maximum camera flexibility.

A small crew was flown to Europe for the Italy sequence. They were in Florence for a total of 4 days: 2 to scout, and 2 to shoot.

Only able to procure a few pigs for the back of the truck that takes Evan to the Italian airport, post-production beefed it up by adding one digitally inserted pig.

The little girl in the pig truck was the star of the Italy shoot. The crew was running out of light and had only so many takes they could shoot before it was dark. She nailed her lines on the first of every take, to the delight of everyone on set.

The house that Molly finds herself trapped in is also a set. It was built on the same stage as the jet (though not at the same time!) on an elevated platform so that Molly’s leg could be plunged through the floor. We promise no actresses were hurt during the filming of this scene.