The final episode of the late Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” explores his dark past as the host looks to score heroin on the Lower East Side of New York.
A lover of punk music, Bourdain is shown in the final episode he nearly completed before his death by suicide in June openly discussing his drug use in the 1970s and 1980s, which saw him seeking out various “dope houses”.
“You know you were doing something bad when you bought a product called ‘Toilet’ and, you know, shoot it in your arm,” he says as he takes a trip down memory lane, looking at the different names for strains of heroin available at the time. “Oh man. Memories.”
The episode, which aired on CNN on November 11, is missing Bourdain’s polished voiceover narration (a scratch or rough voice track is in place). It is a tribute to his passions — both food and punk music — and those that inspired him. Music icons, including Blondie’s Debbie Harry, hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy and director Jim Jarmusch, were among those to sit down with Bourdain for his final love letter to New York.
His final on-camera meal was a simple one: a plate of hard-boiled eggs.
“I am grateful and honoured,” he told his friend painter John Lurie when he served him the dish. “Eggs: the perfect food.”
Fans mourned the loss of Bourdain on Twitter all over again with the final episode’s airing.