1.05 "You Think You Know Somebody"

Aired Oct 26, 2004

Cultural References

"Milkshake" (Music)

"Didn't Luke look kind of scared last night when that senorita started working her milkshake on him?"

What does a milkshake have to do with the gluteus maximus? Well, let's just say that Kelis's hit song "Milkshake" (about how her "milkshake" brings all the boys to the "yard" and that it is superior to yours) has replaced Sir Mix-a-Lot's "junk in her trunk" for the preferred euphemism for booty. Logan certainly prefers it, as he tells Troy about Luke's misadventures.

Brigadoon (Movies)

"Well maybe it's like Brigadoon. If you come back in a hundred years, it'll be right back in this spot."

This movie musical starring Gene Kelly is about two American tourists who stumble across a Scottish town which only appears every hundred years. Did Aaron force Logan to watch this film during some long lost part of his childhood or is Logan's movie knowledge so extensive that he can go from dry-heaving to making references to 1950s musicals? Who knows!

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The Passion of the Christ (Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"My parents come home in five days. If the car's not back before my dad is, I'm going to be singing hymns and doing rosary beads before you can say 'The Passion.'"

The Passion refers to the events leading up to Christ's crucifixion. You know, the last supper, the betrayal, the trial, the temptation, the ninja attacks. Oh, what, you don't think there were ninjas back then? There were. And they hated Christ. Like, totally. Anyway, the events of the Passion were made into a movie called (imaginatively) The Passion of the Christ, which was directed by Mel "I didn't mean Jews, I meant, uh, Hughs! I hate all Hughs!" Gibson. We don't think Troy's father is as crazy as Mel's is, but still: harsh, man.

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Dude, Where's My Car (Movies)

"Dude, where's your car?"

Veronica references this classic stoner movie (it has Ashton Kutcher! It has Stifler! It even has Jennifer "Sydney Bristow" Garner and Kristy "Original Buffy" Swanson!). Of course, Ashton and Stifler (sorry, Seann William Scott, but you'll be Stifler forever) get involved with space aliens, while Logan, Luke, and Troy are merely victims of Troy's drug-dealing, car-stealing scam. Which is more implausible? You decide.

Toy cars in cereal boxes (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Nice car. Must have been a huge cereal box."

Logan quips that Veronica must have got her LeBaron from a giant cereal box because cereal boxes used to often contain cheap toys, such as decorder rings, magnifying glasses, or Matchbox cars. Of course, some cereal boxes still contain cheap toys, only now they promote whatever the latest blockbuster movie is. Watch out for Davy Jones's noodly appendage in boxes of Life ©!

"Friends in Low Places" (Music)

"Why don't I make some phone calls and see if I can track down the car."
"I appreciate it but I think this is even beyond your super powers."
"Haven't you heard? I've got friends in low places."

Veronica may or may not have been referring to this Garth Brooks song, in which the Garth croons about "where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away." How exactly can whiskey drown? Your guess is as good as mine, but Veronica is certainly referring to seedier, less respectable places than, say, a certain tawdry-loving lawyer might visit.

Scooby Doo (Movies, TV)

"It's Daphne, thank you very much."
"Wait, if I'm Daphne, what does that make you? Fred?"
"Oh, no. If I gotta be any of those white boys, I gotta be Shaggy all the way, baby. Shaggy's got mad flavor."

Scooby was an anthropomorphized dog who had a speech impediment. Shaggy was his human friend who constantly had the munchies. Fred and Daphne were the boring members who did nothing expect talk a lot and get captured. Velma was the science geek/lesbian. Together, they rode around in the Mystery Machine, a van painted in psychedelic colors, and solved mysteries where the bad guy was always Old Man Somebody. The Original Scooby Gang: Accept No Substitutes.

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MAD Magazine (Literature)

"Awwww, you still have a subscription to MAD Magazine."

Started by William Gaines (he of the infamous horror comics and the seduction of the innocent), MAD is a satirical humor magazine. Most of the magazine is aimed at adolescents, such as the movie satires where names like Luke are replaced with "funny" words like Puke. We much prefer Crack'd. Wallace, however, apparently likes Alfred E. Neuman and his big ears.

Seinfeld (TV)

"So don't. I get it. Companionship, needs, yada yada yada."

The phrase "yada yada yada," meaning "et cetera," first started on that popular show-about-nothing Seinfeld. Other phrases from the show that have crept into everyday usage are "They are real, and they are spectacular" and "No soup for you!" We eagerly await the day when the US officially adopts Festivus (for the rest of us!) as a holiday. I bet that might cheer up Veronica after being glib to her dad about his relationship with Rebecca James.

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Catch-22 (Literature)

"Well, I thought, um…"
"And-and I agree."
" …that if you had the chance to talk…things would seem a little less awkward."
"And are you starting to see the catch-22 inherent in the plan?"

Joseph Heller's classic novel is about a pilot who wishes to get out of flying dangerous missions. Unfortunately, the only way to do that is declare that he is insane, but the only test of insanity is the fact that only an insane person would want to fly those dangerous missions. So by wanting to get out of flying them, he is proving he is sane, but to prove he is insane, he would have to fly them, thus making it a no-win situation. Much like Ms. James would have to make awkward conversation with Veronica so they can be less awkward around each other.

Kim Jong Il (People)
Florida controversy in the 2000 presidential elections (Events)
Donkey shows (Things)

"Let's see. From, uh, eight to nine, we brainstormed on how to overthrow Kim Jong Il. From nine to ten, we deleted the records of the black voters of Florida. After that it was, uh, yeah, it was all donkey shows."

Kim Jong Il is the dictator of North Korea, brilliantly parodied in Team America. In the 2000 Presidential election, Florida was the site of many controversies, including one accusation that votes from black voters were deleted, though this may have been an urban legend. Oh, and donkey shows are a show which involves a donkey and a young woman, uh, doing something together. Just watch Clerks 2, okay? Troy was apparently very busy in his trip to Mexico to achieve all that, although one wonders exactly how long a donkey show lasts.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Movies)

This famous '80s movie about a cocky teen (Matthew Broderick) ditching school for the day contained a scene where Bueller, upon realizing that his mom and sister are coming home, runs all the way there in order to avoid getting in trouble. He smoothly makes it in time. Luke is more running away than running to something, but he still barely makes it in time.

Nancy Drew (Characters)

"Wow! You suck at this Nancy Drew stuff."

Veronica should take that as a compliment, as Nancy Drew hasn't changed that much since the 1930s. Written by various writers under the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene," Nancy Drew is the original girl teen detective. Unfortunately, much like the Hardy Boys or the Bobsy Twins, Nancy Drew was stuck investigating mysteries caves and haunted houses. Only Encyclopedia Brown got the juicy cases.

"You Do Something to Me" (Music)

"And I need you to do some of that voodoo that you do so well."

This famous song written by Cole Porter and sung by Doris Day has been in lots of movies and predated Screamin' Jay Hawkins' song "I Put a Spell on You" by seven years. Talk about voodoo. Keith apparently has his own version of voodoo, as Veronica asks him to help her find Troy's missing car.

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