The scenes at the Potter’s Field Cemetery were filmed at a local cemetery on an extremely cold December morning. These scenes were completed way ahead of schedule due to the crew working so quickly in order to stay warm.
The coffin Day and McCann escape from was modeled after the simple caskets used at the Hart Island Potter’s Field in New York. The lid was made of balsa wood so that it would splinter with ease for the actors when the time came for them to break out.
Several wooden slipcovers were made by the Art Department to cover pre-existing tombstones at the cemetery, giving them the appearance that they were tombstones at a potter’s field.
The “mound of dirt” resting beside Lumbar’s grave was actually chicken wire that had been molded into a mound-like shape and covered in a tarp. Small pockets of dirt were then added around the base for authenticity.
The “poison” added to Lumbar’s eggs was actually quick-dissolve sugar.
The vacuum that Day and McCann stole from the motel was a real motel vacuum that was rented for the day.
The “dancing Santa” figurines featured at the pharmacy took Props Master Jim Murray over three full days to track down. It was originally scripted that a “dancing fish” figure be used, but this was not possible due to copyright issues, and the only other dancing figures available at the time were holiday themed. Given that this episode was shot in December. Murray was finally able to find these Santas at a tiny shop in Toronto’s Chinatown neighborhood..
The pharmacy in this episode was shot at a small, family-run pharmacy in Toronto’s east end. However, the Art and Set Decoration Departments had to fully stock over half the pharmacy with pharmaceutical products crafted specifically for these to avoid copyright infringement, as well as the fact that all products in Canada have French as well as English on the labels. To achieve this, over 200 man-hours were spent labeling and filling bottles with an array of small objects (including dried beans, gravel, and mints), to resemble prescription and vitamin bottles. For three days prior to the pharmacy shoot, the entire Breakout Kings Art Department office was converted into a mass assembly line with all hands on deck.
The branding iron used by Day to brand Stackhouse was crafted using only items (including a real coat hanger), which could be found by Day within his motel room. This was a deliberate choice made in order to foster authenticity. Because the coat hanger had only a 3 second glow time, another iron had to be made from welding rods for the actual branding scene that could carry a glow time long enough for the scene to be captured.
Production Notes provided courtesy of Tori Larsen.