Cultural References

The Simpsons (TV)

"Smell ya later."

Bart Simpson wakes up in the future and, in a sudden burst of maturity, is actually horrified to learn that one of his childish sayings has commonly replaced the word "Goodbye." Then he goes back to his usual, irascible, tiny self, much like Veronica, who throws a "smell ya later" at Lamb as a parting shot.

1.02 "Credit Where Credit's Due"

"Apparently, Brant is the Smithers to Mr. Rose's Monty Burns."

Two Simpsons references in one episode? Ex-cellent. Veronica notes the similarity between personal assistant Brant's, uh, affection for his boss and Smithers's, uh, admiration of Mr. Burns. And more subtly, actress Patty Hearst plays a character named Selma, and those just happen to be the first names of Marge Simpson's two sisters. Like the show's writing staff, we can't get enough of that wacky bunch from Springfield.

3.08 "Lord of the Pi's"
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C. Montgomery Burns (Characters)


Veronica channels the weasel-faced, amoral megalomaniac Mr. Burns as she hacks into Norris' Wi-Fi computer with just the right inflection and gesture of that character's favorite expression. Of course, what's excellent for Mr. Burns is never excellent for anyone else and hence his place in popular culture as the epitome of Corporate America.

1.18 "Weapons of Class Destruction"
Okely-dokely (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Watch what you're doing."

Wanting to seem as innocent as possible, Veronica channels The Simpsons' Ned Flanders after having Wallace drop a fake cell phone in Tad's bag. Okely-dokely is one of born-again Christian Ned's favorite sayings and sounds like something Barney Fife would say.

1.20 "M.A.D."
C. Montgomery Burns (Characters)
Veronica excellent

"So who are we exploiting now?"
"The workers."

Veronica reveals that she probably stays up at night watching reruns of the long-running cartoon instead of the local news. Her impression of the finger-tapping, sinister-plot-weaving Mr. Burns is dead on, er, excellent.

2.03 "Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang"
Chesty LaRue (Characters)

"Chesty LaRue. Hey, Duncan. I'm fine, I'm slathering up my boobs as we speak."

In the episode where Marge accidently gets breast implants, Homer changes her name to this well-endowed moniker. When she doesn't like it, he suggests other names, like Busty St. Claire or Hootie McBoobs. Mammomax doesn't make an appearance, but we suspect we'll soon see Krusty the Clown shilling it on an infomercial.

2.05 "Blast from the Past"
Who's Who bio: Chesty LaRue
Lunchlady Doris (Characters)

"Look, it's Lunchlady Doris. Doris was so nice to me when I went here. Used to always give me extra cake."

Chronology would dictate that this is the Lunchlady Doris from the TV show The Simpsons who was introduced in Season 3 in 1991. Since the death of the actress providing the voice in 1995, she has been a silent character. However, this is Trina, and somehow we think she might be channelling Xander channelling the cartoon in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Earshot." Can't think where that idea comes from, but it just seems...right.

2.09 "My Mother, the Fiend"
Who's Who bio: Doris
Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel (Characters)

"Please don't give us the tux speech again."
"What? You mean, how when I put on a tux, I make James Bond look like Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel?"

Yet another James Bond reference, although this time it's Wallace who aspires to the mantle, and the tuxedo, of the most famous spy/agent/007 license to kill-killer in the world. The thing about Bond is that he is very smooth, very smart, and very elegant. In other words, he looks bloody fantastic in a suit, be he wearing the face of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig. This cannot be said of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, the dumb, ugly, sister-wiving, prolific, redneck hillbilly of The Simpsons. Cletus is a slobby slob. Now, we love Wallace and we love Percy, but there is no way on earth that his body in a tux is going to make 007 look like Cletus. Topanga, put that rock down!

2.20 "Look Who's Stalking"
Who's Who bio: Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel
Worst. [Thing]. Ever. (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Worst. Roman orgy. Ever."

It's not enough to call something the "worst ever" these days; thanks to the implied periods (puntuated by pauses) popularized by The Simpsons Comic-Book Guy and writers at Television Without Pity, we can now emphasize an event's true awfulness. Handed lemonade by a perky co-ed when she expects mind-erasing shots from a girl gone wild, Veronica is none too impressed.

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
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D'oh (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"We have the address. 114th and Jamestown."
"Congratulations. You managed to get false information. Call me again when you get accurate intel. D'oh!"

Homer Simpson's catchphrase, "D'oh," has become a part of the English language's lexicon, so much so that it even appears in the Oxford English Dictionary. The sociology professor, Dr. Kinny, is actually played by Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer. In a shout-out to his full-time job, Castellaneta utters Homer's favorite word after his character informs the jailer students that they've obtained the wrong info. D'oh!

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
Worst. [Thing]. Ever. (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"So, not only did Chip get Kojaked, someone put a Roman numeral on one of those little plastic Easter eggs and stuck it in his where-the-sun-don't-shine place. And you know where that is."

"Worst. Easter egg hunt. Ever."

Kojak was a bald detective played by Telly Savalas in the 1970s show Kojak. He had a fondness for lollipops and dark wit, and he was one of the few prominent Greek characters ever featured on a tv show. The phrase "worst [something] ever" comes from the Simpsons character Comic Book Guy, who authoritatively claims various things as the "worst __ ever," such as "worst episode ever" (which was also the name of an episode of the show). Chip winds up sans hair and with an unfortunate toy surprise in his keister due to his obnoxious past behavior, but it's pretty fair to say that there could not be a more unpleasant Easter egg hunt than the one Chip had to endure, whatever he did to deserve it.

3.08 "Lord of the Pi's"
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