This afternoon, yours truly took to the small screen in a recurring role as “back of someone’s head” in the Golden Globe winning drama Homeland. As always, we “hurried up and waited,” ate a tremendous lunch with fancy salad dressings, shared war stories with other extras, and caught brief glimpses of the real talent on the Showtime hit series.
No worries, there will be no spoilers in this blog. 1.) Fox21 would probably torture me more than Nicholas Brody in the pilot episode if I revealed any plot points, and 2.) You would have to buy me no less than two beers before I revealed even the slightest detail.
However, looking through my contract, I realized that there is nothing wrong with letting folks know of a major prop goof. What a great way you can impress your friends with some fun trivia at your next cocktail party. In fact, I believe I picked up my wife with the line, “You know, Boba Fett’s antenna on his helmet switches sides throughout The Return of the Jedi?” Classic.
Anyway, impress your friends during Homeland Season 2, Episode 5 when Congressional Aide Glenn Avery (I got to choose my character’s name) walks down the hallway with two files and a cup of coffee. Now do your best to move your eyes away from the stunning figure and check out the label on his coffee cup. Clearly, the words “Tim Horton’s” is imprinted across the side of the 16 ounce paper java holder.
What’s wrong with Tim Horton’s, you may ask? I’m sure this Toronto based coffee and doughnut shop is quite popular with politicians and their “aides” all over the country, considering they are located in over 600 areas in the United States. But here is the problem. The closest Tim Horton’s to the Rayborn Congressional Office Building in Washington D.C. is 198 miles away in Norfolk, Virginia (see photo below).
Do you expect me to believe that I got up this morning, picked up my TH coffee and doughnut four hours and two minutes away, and still had it in my hand while still at work?
What? Maybe I’m a friend to the environment and I recycle my coffee cups? No way, I work for the federal government.
Unless the readers have a better theory, I’m afraid the message boards on the Internet Movie Database will be blowing up come October. Until then, enjoy your upcoming cocktail parties.