1.02 "Credit Where Credit's Due"

Aired Sep 28, 2004

Cultural References

Nelly video (Music)

"What about you, Wallace? Your life still a non-stop Nelly video?"
"Hey, at least I want my life to be a non-stop Nelly video."

Wallace and Veronica wish for a better life but why would anyone want their life to be a non-stop Nelly video? Well, let's see. There's the girls. There's the bling. There's the sex. There's the money. There's the partying. There's the heat. There's the girls. Okay, Wallace, we get the picture. Rap star Nelly does give good video.

Who's Who bio: Nelly
"Up Jump tha Boogie" (Music)

"What do you say, dog? You ready to get this party started? You ready to burn this mother down? Up, jump… tha boogie."

This phrase comes from the first-ever hip-hop single, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. Far from saccharine, this 1979 song paved the way for mainstream rappers to use nonsensical lingo, spell out words, and inform the world exactly what they "got." In recent years, others have begun up jumping the boogie as well, like Kid Rock, who pinched the expression for a hit, and a cute little old grandma, who made good use of it in The Wedding Singer. Troy knows his jive, man.

"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (Music)

"See that is so you man, Mr. Old School."
"Me Old School? You're the one who wanted to come down and get jiggy wit' it."

Will Smith, that Renaissance man, took time between saving the wild, wild west and the world to release this joyously grammatical song, which was a big hit, like pretty much everything else he touched in the '90s. Poor Duncan. Talkin' like man maketh not the man and despite his best efforts, he can't manage contemporary credibility.

Torrey Pines (Places)

"Hey, l-let me ask you something. Have I ever asked if you if I could come play through at Torrey Pines? Have you ever run into me surfing down at Cape Crescent? Bro'? Huh? Have you ever even once come home to find us throwing the kegger in your backyard? No? Then what the hell do you think you are doing on our beach?"

Torrey Pines is a rather exclusive golf course for rich folk in California. The writer of this entry had an extremely bad experience in her youth at a golf course and therefore refuses to think about it any further. Weevil, bless his proletariat ways, appears to feel the same.

Mensch (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I'm sure he's a real mensch, but I've got a grandma in jail, and I'd really like to get her out."

Oh, Cliffy, Cliffy, so dismissive of our Weevil! But you know, mensches should be nurtured as there are too few of them about in this sad, sorry world. They are good people, ya know? So my Yiddish grandpa tells me.

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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.

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James Bond (Characters)

"Do I look like James Bond to you?"
"Am I asking you to retrieve a nuclear warhead? No. Just copy the attendance records. It's cake."

Dun-da-da dun dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, DAH-DAH dun dun dun. Need more? "Shaken, not stirred." How about 007, license to kill? "Bond. James Bond." It this hasn't clued you in, then you live in a cultural wasteland where more than half a century of the tales, written and filmed, of the suave British spy has passed you by. Luckily for Wallace, Veronica does know who he's talking about.

Who's Who bio: James Bond
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Training Day (Movies)

"Hey, you're welcome for those records."
"Wallace, King Kong ain't got nothing on you."

Veronica praises(?) Wallace, even if she does misquote Denzel Washington in his Oscar-winning performance as the corrupt cop, Alonzo Harris. At the end of the movie, as Harris desperately tries to regain control over the gang members and residents of the neighborhood he's had in his grip for so long, he actually says, "I'm the man up in this piece. You'll never see the light of... who the [bleep] do you think you're [bleeping] with? I'm the police, I run shit around here. You just live here. Yeah, that's right, you better walk away. Go on and walk away... 'cause I'm gonna burn this mother[bleeper] down. King Kong ain't got shit on me. That's right, that's right. Shit, I don't, [bleep]. I'm winning anyway, I'm winning... I'm winning any mother[bleeping] way. I can't lose. Yeah, you can shoot me, but you can't kill me." Cor blimey!

Who's Who bio: King Kong
Charlie's Angels (TV)

"I should have walked to Gold Coast. It's only 30 miles, but with the awkward silence, it feels like 300. In five seconds, I'm just gonna do the Charlie's Angel roll right out of the moving car."

Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the Police Academy, and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But someone took them away from all that, and now they work for him. His name was Aaron Spelling John Forsythe Charlie and he introduced T&A to primetime TV in the 1970s. The girls would solve crimes — as often as the plot would allow, and often when it wouldn't — garbed in little more than a scrap of material. The movie remakes of the Oughties brought it all back, and Veronica contemplates an exit from Duncan's company. She doesn't. She had way too much clothes on.

Who's Who bio: Charlie's Angel
Sassy (Literature)

"Veronica, I suffer from too much pep. I needed a pep outlet. Plus Sassy says girls who join the clubs really get the fellas."

The hip-ish magazine for young teens, Sassy began in 1987 and lasted for seven years before it bit the dirt — the actual dirt, not Dirt, the short-lived Sassy for boys. With writers named Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll, Sassy prided itself on covering the topics that teens really wanted to read about. It became so distinctive that it attracted a bitter rant from Ghost World graphic novelist Dan Clowes and a recurring spot on Saturday Night Live. Sassy also discovered Chloe Sevigny, later to become one of Amanda Seyfried's moms in Big Love. Huh. We all know Lilly was mature for her age, but damn, reading it until it folded when she was seven is impressive, even for her!

Blaxploitation movies of the 1970s (Movies)

"Where you off to, superfly?"
"I'm gonna nail that sucker."

Blaxploitation cinema wasn't movies exploitating African-Americans. It was exploitation films (sex, drugs, violence) with a black cast in a genre with a long and proud history of finding new ways to stretch the boundaries of censorship. By the 1970s, the boundaries had been pushed back pretty far and this coincided with marketing "black" themes to black audiences. This new subset told violent tales of kick-ass anti-heroes and anti-heroines, of pimps and hos, pushers and crooks, and everyday corruption, all against a social order where the white man kept the black man down. They were marked by a aural richness, be it in the soundtracks by some of the best soul singers of the day, or in the colorful dialogue in the language of the streets, with words and expressions like "superfly" and "I'm gonna git that sucka." Judging by his own output, Quentin Tarantino has probably seen them all at least a hundred times. Veronica and Wallace maybe less so, but they are well versed in the attitude.

Doing the Dew (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Oh, I know her. She's a thrill seeker. Doing you was like doing the Dew and that's all it was."

Veronica neatly describe Paris Hilton's Caitlin Ford's real motives in dallying with a bit of rough, a.k.a. PCH biker Chardo. She just wants a free year's supply of Mountain Dew, getting in some free advertising for their "Do the Dew" campaign. Mountain Dew used to have a nickname, referencing the residents of the Tennessee mountains and urine, which it somewhat resembles. Except for Tennessee, and the mountains, just the right word for the worth of Paris Caitlin.

Kodak moment (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I hear you're to thank for this Kodak moment"

A brand name has really made it when it becomes synonymous with the nature of the product itself. "Pass me a Kleenex" and "Have you got a Tampax" are a couple of examples, but it isn't necessary that the word ends in X. It can end in K as Kodak has proved. What started as a slogan to encourage people to use Kodak products more often has come to mean any situation which is worthy of a picture, just like when Weevil thanks Veronica for getting him out of juvie.

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