1.08 "Like a Virgin"

Aired Nov 23, 2004

Cultural References

"Like a Virgin" (Music)

Episode Title

When pop icon Madonna sang her 1984 hit song at a concert, she probably began by shouting, "Emphasis on the word 'Like'!" to her adoring fans. Madonna the singer is anything but virginal. But Meg, whose virginity is questioned in this episode, is indeed as pure as she seems. Awww.

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Hula Hoops (Sports, Games and Toys)
Phone Booth Cramming (Sports, Games and Toys)

"You crazy kids. This stuff you're into. Hula hoops, cramming into phone booths, visiting death row inmates. What's it going to be next month?"

Two fads that saw their heyday among 1950s youth were hula hooping and phone booth cramming. Hula hoops are round, plastic circles that hoopers would try to spin uninterrupted around their waists, necks, or wrists. It looked a little like hula dancing, but with much less rhythm. Phone booth cramming was popular with college students in several nations who tried to set a record for the number of people who could fit into a pay phone booth at one time. South African co-eds still hold the world record at 25. Cliff teases Veronica that her desire to visit death-row inmate Abel Koontz is just another teen fad.

Alan Dershowitz (People)
Johnnie Cochran (People)
Robert Shapiro (People)

"Yes, me, his $20-an-hour public defender. Dershowitz, Cochran, and Shapiro were offering up their limbs, and he comes here for representation. I failed criminal law, and I still know that can't be good."

Alan Dershowitz, Robert Shapiro, and the late Johnnie Cochran are three members of the so-called Dream Team, the group of defense attornies that won O.J. Simpson an acquittal from criminal murder charges. Cliff doesn't consider himself in the same league as these guys. Heck, he barely credits himself for being in the same profession.

Who's Who bio: Alan Dershowitz
Who's Who bio: Johnnie Cochran
Who's Who bio: Robert Shapiro
Reverse Cowgirl (Things)

"Aw, it's this online list of questions of everything you could possibly do that's dirty or fun or illegal: 'Have you smoked pot? Have you ever shoplifted?'"
"Have you ever done a reverse cowgirl?"

Imagine a woman sitting backwards on a horse. That's the inspiration for this aptly named sexual position. It's one of the questions on the purity test being circulated at Neptune High, as Duncan explains. It's hard to believe high school students are doing this, and it's certainly hard to believe it was mentioned on a network television show. Kids these days...

Snow White (Characters)

"What'd you score?"
"Uh, 91."
"Dude, Snow White took it and scored an 89."

Snow White is the beautiful and innocent main character from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Dick teases Cole about his "91% pure" score by suggesting that even Snow White would score lower than he did. Perhaps she harbors secrets after living alone with seven men for years.

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Second Base (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Somebody describe second base to me. Tell me what it's like. Is it beautiful there?"

No, Cole is not a terrible baseball player who's never hit a double. His girlfriend is "True Love Waits" Meg, who won't allow petting above the waist, the definition of second base. Since they're stuck on first base, they've only kissed. Cole turns out to be a big jerk, so Meg should consider herself lucky.

Super Featherweight Crown (Sports, Games and Toys)

"Twenty seconds, baby."
"You're this excited about the Super Featherweight Crown?"
"I know, I'm usually so passive. But our bond grows stronger every day, he-who-has-satellite-dish."

In boxing, the Super Featherweight Crown is the championship for fighters in the 127-130 lb (59.0 kg) weight class. It's not clear what makes Veronica more happy: the actual boxing match or the idea of watching something besides network television. Although network TV does have at least one smart, witty program about a badass girl detective.

Cinderella (Movies)

"Meg, you're the last good person at this school. I'd believe cartoon birds braided your hair this morning."
"We'll clear your name and make somebody pay."
"Unless there's a fairy godmother already on it."

Veronica's encouraging words to Meg refer to Disney's animated movie Cinderella, where cartoon birds braid Cinderella's hair as she gets ready in the morning and a fairy godmother helps her create a dress and transportation for the Prince's ball. Veronica doesn't seem like much of a Cinderella fan now, but who knows what she did in the pre-Lilly's-murder/ drunken-mother-abandonment/date-rape/school-outcast times in her life?

Repo Man (Movies)

"Have you ever seen that movie Repo Man?"
"Just call me Otto."

Veronica refers to this 1984 film when she sees that Mac has locked herself out of her car. She unlocks Mac's door with a slim jim, then takes it one step further by asking Mac to call her Otto, Emilio Estevez's character in the movie. Veronica doesn't have gender identity issues — she just wants Mac to know how cool she is.

Fo' shizzle (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I don't know why I bother locking it in the first place. It barely runs. Mostly I just keep it around for status."
"Fo' shizzle."

Veronica consults the Urban Dictionary of slang before telling Mac she identifies with her car woes. Don't dis the LeBaron, Veronica!

Cabaret (Plays)

"Auditions for Cabaret will be held this Friday immediately after school."

This 1966 Broadway musical, set in Berlin during the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1929 and 1930, is pretty heavy material for a high school production. Still, during her news broadcast, Meg lets everyone at Neptune High know that the opportunity to audition and sing their little hearts out awaits.

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Guys and Dolls (Plays)

"You're quite the actress yourself, aren't you Meg?"
"Uh, um."
"Uh, weren't you the lead in Guys and Dolls last spring?"

This long-running 1950 Broadway musical, which was later made into a movie, follows the lives of gamblers and petty criminals in New York City. Meg had the lead female role in Neptune High's production, but Lars's tongue-in-cheek question suggests that her acting skills extend beyond the stage.

Slut sneezing (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Hey. You okay?"
"Barely. Boys have been calling my house, emailing me porn, slut sneezing."
"Slut, slut."

Slut sneezing is the oh-so-mature practice of pretending to sneeze while saying "slut." High school boys tend to think slut sneezing is the funniest gag going, but it's just...lame. It still humiliates Meg, however, as an empathetic Veronica learns. When did Veronica become so touchy-feely, by the way?

BFF (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Can I help you with something?"
"I hope so. Um, my friend Julie, it's her sweet sixteen tomorrow and I wanted to change her screen saver to say happy birthday, like, as a surprise, but I don't know her password. I was told I could get it from you. She won't mind, I promise. We're, like, total BFFs."

BFF iz, like, the kewl Internet chat-room abbreviation 4 "Best Friends Forever." If U R 2 lazy to rite words, then this iz the way 2 go. Veronica pretends 2 B that dum when talking 2 Neptune's IT guy.

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"Cabaret" (Music)

"Life is so not a cabaret."

The hook to this J. Kander and Fred Ebb song, the finale in the musical, proclaims that "life is a cabaret." This declaration is seen by some as an invitation to live in a fantasy world whenever reality becomes too harsh. It's hard to argue when a song encourages people to forget about their problems so they can socialize with friends and listen to music. Basically, pretend that life is one big musical theater. After Meg's humiliation at the Cabaret auditions, Veronica reminds us that this is so not the case.

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Goofball (Things)

"I admit it. I splurged and spent ten bucks to read my own purity test. Apparently I've pleasured the swim team while jacked up on goofballs."

Goofball is the slang term for a barbituate or a tranquilizer, usually taken for non-medical purposes. Since Veronica never took the purity test in the first place, someone obviously chose answers to make her look as slutty as possible. As if her cooked-up reputation could sink any lower. High school kids can be so mean.

Britney Spears (People)
Justin Timberlake (People)
Bill Clinton (People)

"So now it comes out. Meg was one of those Britney Spears virgins, huh. And you were her noble Justin, just keeping it all on the down low."
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

Britney Spears is, unfortunately, a famous singer who was supposedly a virgin at the beginning of her career. She dated another singer, Justin Timberlake, who is the stud Britney claims "deflowered" her. Justin kept her secret safe until she revealed it during an interview, and Duncan suggests that Cole fulfilled the same role for Meg. Cole, the lying jerk, protests, using the same line former President Bill Clinton used to deny his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Turns out Clinton really was having an affair with Monica, so Cole is implying that he and Meg really did the deed. Lying jerk. Did I say that already?

Who's Who bio: Britney Spears
Who's Who bio: Justin Timberlake
Road House (Movies)

"I'll stop by; it'll take two seconds."
"I don't even know when he'll be home, Mr. Mars."
"Wallace. It's nothing. Just leave the address for me, will ya? 'kay?"
"Don't worry. It's his specialty. Bustin' heads and breakin' hearts."

This 1989 film stars Patrick Swayze as a tough bouncer who's smooth with the ladies, as the movie's famous "Bustin heads and breakin' hearts" line suggests. Veronica knows her dad has what it takes to straighten out Wallace's deadbeat tenant, but whose heart has Keith broken lately?

Eagle Scout (People)

"My mom thinks I'm staying at Norman's house."
"Who's Norman?"
"Norman is my imaginary, straight-A, Eagle Scout, mama's-boy friend."

An Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that emphasizes perseverance, community service, and civic-mindedness. Wallace emphasizes that most Scouts are good citizens who mothers would like to see their sons befriend. So what happened to Charles Manson, a Life Scout?

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Single White Female (Movies)

"Who would want to sully the reputation of the nicest girl in school? Cole, the sexually deprived boyfriend? Pam, the type-A tightass debutante? Lizzie, the oversexed, overlooked little sister? Or single white female Kimmy?"

"Single white female" is a basic description for a woman, but Veronica probably was referring to the 1992 movie about a woman who appeared normal on the surface but turned out to be the psychotic roommate from hell. Veronica correctly fingers Kimmy as the supposedly nice girl who forged and slut-ified Meg's purity test.

Fantastic Sam's (Things)

"Please start crying, 'cause you're not pathetic enough as it is already. Nice haircut by the way. Does Meg know you bring her picture to Fantastic Sam's?"

Fantastic Sam's is the largest hair salon franchise in the world, with over 1,350 locations around the globe. When Kimmy gets busted for faking Veronica's purity test results, Pam also outs her borderline obsession with Meg.

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If you mess with the bull, you'll get the horns (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"All fours, huh, Dick? You mess with the bull..."

Veronica doesn't finish the cowboy expression that declares "if you mess with the bull, you'll get the horns," a phrase spoken most notably by Assistant Principal Vernon in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. But it's implied that she gives Dick the horns by doing something to his car to keep it from running. Someday Dick will learn about karma — and revenge.

Knight in shining armor (Characters)

"I was looking for a white horse."
"Ooh. So now I'm your knight in shining armor?"

Knights originated in Medieval Europe, where they were highly trained and disciplined soldiers who usually worked for a feudal lord. Later, folklore about rescuing damsels in distress while riding white horses became the stuff of legends and fairy tales. Meg, Neptune High's damsel in distress, acknowledges the heroic skills it took for Veronica to clear her reputation. Veronica is petite, cute, and blond. Why is she once again being compared to a dude?

The Bible (Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"They say 'the truth will set you free.' And I'm looking for the truth in a maximum security prison. Don't worry. The irony isn't lost with me."

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32. Veronica's VO paraphrases the Bible on her way to Death Row to vist Abel Koontz. She's seeking the truth about Lilly Kane's murder from the man who confessed to killing her, a confession neither Veronica nor her father believes. The Bible asserts that God forgives those who confess their sins. But if a man confesses to a sin he didn't commit? Then he's just a liar. The jury's still out on Abel.

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