1.10 "An Echolls Family Christmas"

Aired Dec 14, 2004

Cultural References

"The Rhythm Is Gonna Get Ya" (Music)
Texas Hold 'Em (Sports, Games and Toys)

"Just flip the card."
"Okay. [sings] But the river's gonna get ya."

Well, if it isn't just like Logan to reference Gloria Estefan. Or is it? Has he hidden some secret meaning in his rephrase of Estefan's classic '80s dance song? Does the Pope poop in the woods? Of course. Logan's use of the word "river" is a reference to the last card dealt in Texas Hold 'Em poker. Sneaky, sneaky Logan. Too bad it turns out that his river is a two.

"Mrs. Robinson" (Music)
The Graduate (Movies)

"Here's to you, Mrs. Echolls!"

In Simon and Garfunkel's classic song, Mrs. Robinson was originally supposed to be Mrs. Roosevelt, but Paul Simon changed it to fit the movie The Graduate. The song is about how Jesus loves Mrs. Robinson. The movie is about how Mrs. Robinson, an older woman, seduces a college student. We're not quite sure how they fit together, but they do it beautifully. Obviously, Sean sees himself as Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, but we see him more as...well, Dustin Hoffman, but in Midnight Cowboy. Enjoy syphilis!

Star War (Movies)

"When did you get like this? It's like you've been going over to the dark side bit by bit, so slowly that I didn't notice when you morphed into a full-fledged jackass."

Duncan is referencing the Dark Side of the Force, a concept used in the Star Wars films (in the original and awesome trilogy, the Force was an energy field that binds the universe together; in the less-awesome and actually quite sucky prequels, it's actually, like, midichlorians or something). The character of Anakin Skywalker was seduced by the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. Darth Vader is (close to) German for Dark Father. Aaron Echolls is a father who is...dark. Did I just blow your mind?

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Apocalypse Now (Movies)

"I love the smell of testosterone in the morning."

Veronica, upon entering Logan's room, repeats this line from the adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, which was originally set in the Congo during King Leopold's reign of terror, but was changed to Vietnam for the movie. I'm not sure, but I don't think Logan will be chopping up any cows with machetes any time soon.


"So, unless his Pavlovian response to a downloaded ringtone is to urinate, then he was up to something."

Logan is implying that Connor Larkin is addicted to drugs because he was not conditioned to pee whenever his cellphone rang, like Ivan Pavlov's dog were conditioned to salivate whenever a bell rang. Of course, if Connor was conditioned, that would have made this episode much more like The X-Files.

Musical theater (Plays)

"Iced tea?"
"How very musical theater of you."

In musicals and plays, when an actor is supposed to be drinking alcohol, he doesn't actually want to drink alcohol (unless he acts better drunk), so oftentimes it is replaced by iced tea, which looks remarkably like that sweet, sweet liquor. Since Duncan was trying to win money and not lose his cookies, he decided to go with the iced tea option.

Where's Waldo? (Literature)

"Seriously, don't I just blend right in? Come on. Where's Weevil?"

Weevil is comparing his standing out amongst the WASPs at the Christmas Party to the fun puzzle books where children (and some adults) must find Waldo, a character dressed in red and white stripes, in a large crowd. Waldo also carries a cane, like House, but I bet he isn't as bitter.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"What was I thinking? Christmas in Neptune is, was, and always will be about the trappings; the lights and the tinsel they use to cover up the sordidness, the corruption. No, Veronica, there is no Santa Claus."

The classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street was based on a real-life incident where a girl wrote to the Editorial Page of the New York Sun in 1897, asking if there was a Santa Claus, and the editor...well, he lied. Veronica knows better. And if there was a Santa, she would probably tell him just where he can stick his coal. And it's not a pleasant place.

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