Cultural References

The Breakfast Club (Movies)

"Where's my turkey pot pie, woman?"

Keith's playful dinner request is reminiscent of the tortured character John Bender and his abusive father's demands for food, as seen in the 1985 Brat Pack classic. Fortunately for Veronica, Keith leaves out the obscenities and cruel insults.

2.01 "Normal Is the Watchword"

"It's not a carnival until somebody shows butt cheek."

This 1985 film has many memorable quotes, including, "It ain't a party till something gets broken." Veronica shows her support for the annual Triton streak, and the Veronica Mars writers show their age once again. Endless references to 1980s movies and music among kids who were born in the late '80s? It's certainly possible in this age of retrospective television specials, but it's suspect nonetheless.

2.13 "Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough"

"Her dad and your dad should get together and go bowling."

De rigeur perhaps, but where would any cultish show be without a reference to this quintessential coming-of-age movie of the '80s? As Logan bemoans his fate at the hands of the fathers of his last two ex-girlfriends, he digs deep and rewinds the scene where Andrew and Bender bond over horrible fathers: "I think your old man and my old man should get together and go bowling."

2.17 "Plan B"
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"You make any new friends?"
"Lord, no."
"Well, it is a day that ends in a 'Y.'"
"Hey! You mess with the bull, okay?"

Unless she's hooking Horns in support of the University of Texas football team, Veronica is being a little crude and rude here. Or possibly expressing a Satanic bent. Or rockin' on! It's one of those gestures that stands for many things but it, with the expression "you mess with the bull, you get the horns," came to real popularity with Principal Vernon in The Breakfast Club. Given Veronica's fierce demeanor, that seems to be the one she's aiming at.

3.01 "Welcome Wagon"

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