1.04 "The Wrath of Con"

Aired Oct 19, 2004


Cultural References

The Wrath of Khan (Movies)

Episode Title: "The Wrath of Con"

The VM writers played their part in creating a rabid fan base filled with geekish creatures who go to extraordinary lengths to support and celebrate their favorite show. So it's only right that homage should be paid to one of the earliest cult hits of them all — Star Trek. The show only lasted three years (and the third was on a wing and a prayer), but the maintained interest of the fans led to spin-off series and movies, the second and arguably best of which was The Wrath of Khan. Khan's lust for revenge and Spock's sacrifice made it well worth the ticket price, even for non-Trekkies. As for we...Ronnies?...Marsians?...nutters?, the Mystery of the Week with the two con men may be throwaway, but the flashbacks are gold dust.

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Homecoming Dance (Events)

"You know, uh, if we were the type of people who attended school functions, this would probably be the time that I'd ask you to Homecoming Dance."

Homecoming is an annual tradition observed by many American towns, high schools, and colleges to welcome back former residents and alumni. Most high school students, however, only care about the accompanying dance, an opportunity to cement both their social and relationship status among their peers. And we really do mean cement: asking and being asked to the dance is the high school equivalent of a marriage proposal. Considering how Veronica's classmates treat her worse than burnt toast, no one can blame Troy for not expecting a "yes" from Veronica here.

The Matrix (Movies)

"I believe Keanu Reeves said it best, when he said: Whoa!"

If Keanu Reeves' film career had to be summed up in one word, "Whoa!" would be it, though one might argue that "Dude!" would also do the trick. Far from being a praise of Reeves' work, it actually comes from a scene in the 1999 hit movie, The Matrix, where his character, Neo, sees Morpheus leap weightlessly from one skyscraper to another. However, unlike Morpheus, Lilly doesn't need a skyscraper to show off her gravity defying abilities, all she needs is an eye-popping, cleavage-enhancing, piss-mum-off dress.

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Hand to God (Things)

It's a metaphor to describe the ritual of placing one hand on the Bible and raising the other to swear an oath. For example: swearing to tell the truth or, in the case of used cars salesmen, to tell a lie and lie about it. As we see later in the episode, Karl gets what he deserves for lying to Veronica…I mean, God.

Screen Actors Guild (Movies, TV)

"Wh-wh-what are you talking about there's no show? I auditioned, I got cast!"
"It's a scam. My friend Georgia was duped about two weeks ago out of $6,000 by some other trust fund Karl."

"Hey, what about my SAG points?

This labor union was founded in 1933 for actors to collectively whinge about long hours and low pay. That's right, the $20 million paychecks and jet planes are reserved only for those who jump on couches and pretend to be a good parent. Membership can be obtained through doing commercials, feature films, or TV shows. So on account of Duped being a fake TV show, poor Jimmy won't be getting his SAG bumper sticker just yet.

"The Way We Were" (Music)

"What are you doing?"
"Assembling the world's most boring memorial video. Ballet, choir recital, debutante crap, girl scouts. Memories both misty and water-colored."

Memories light the corners of my mind
Misty water-color memories of the way we were

How lucky were Logan and Veronica not to be around in 1973 when Barbra Streisand's Academy Award winning song from her popular movie of the same name was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. There is no doubt why Logan can quote it, as it has permeated the walls, the trees, the earth, the universe from being played, oh, so many times. In fact, if you have a baby, test the theory. And enjoy the fact that as you scoop the poop and dodge the vomit, that these will one day be your misty water-color memories.

The Wonder Years (TV)

"How's it going?"
"It's very Wonder Years."

The wholly wholesome hit TV show The Wonder Years was about the coming of age of a teenage boy growing up in America in the late 1960s/early 1970s. His childhood memories were depicted through home movie footage, similar to those Logan is using to make Lilly's memorial video. As Kevin might say: One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone. Actually, I think he did.

Nigerian Letter scam (Events)

"They've raised their start-up capital by swindling needy and greedy college and high school students using a variation of the Nigerian scam."

Grant and Liam's internet scam is based on the Nigerian Letter scam, which is still being used today to prey on gullible victims. Variations of this scam include: being notified of a fake lottery win and asked for your bank details so the winnings can be transferred, or being overpaid with a fake check for an item you've put on auction and then asked for a refund of the overpayment. Weird how when criminals do it, it's called a scam, but when businesses do, it's called advertising.


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