1.13 "Lord of the Bling"

Aired Feb 08, 2005

Cultural References

The Lord of the Rings (Literature, Movies)

Episode Title: "Lord of the Bling"

Rob Thomas must really be a Tolkien fan, as he uses that man's best-known work for one of his titles again. This time, instead of evil Sauron, master of the rings, we have the not-so-evil Bone, master of the gaudy baubles.

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National Velvet (Literature)
Steve Urkel (Characters)

"Tell me this, baby: how did a man like me end up with National Black Velvet and Urkel, huh?"

For someone who came up from the streets and who claims to have seen his first horse on TV in adolescence, Bone seems to know a lot about both literature and the history of the boob tube to be able to pull these role models for his children out of his ass. In Enid Bagnold's book, first published in 1935, Velvet Brown desperately wants to ride with her horse, Pie, in a classic steeplechase. Yolanda isn't wanting to head for England to take part in the Grand National, just to Vegas to take part in a grand union. Bone's son, Bryce, does less well out of his father's pop-culture knowledge, being compared to the geeky misfit in Family Matters, a comedy TV series that ran for nine years from the late '80s.

BlackBerry (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Did she really leave a note on a BlackBerry?"
"Yeah. Talk about post-modern."

The Coronado Bridge is very tall. As Lynn Echolls gazes down from such great heights to the dark waters flowing beneath, she can take some comfort in knowing that she has shown a degree of style in leaving a suicide note on her BlackBerry, a portable telephone and communication center. Of course, the whole point of this modern status symbol is that one can be contacted by email absolutely anywhere. So shouldn't she have taken it with her when she jumped for those messages from beyond the watery grave?

Suge Knight (Music, People)

"Drive-By Records. Reported to have held a man out of a window in order to get him to sign a contract. Twice jailed and emerged stronger each time. The gangster rap impresario beside whom all gangster rap impresarios measure themselves. That's Bone Hamilton."

Wallace's description of Percy "Bone" Hamilton reminds many of Suge ("Sugar Bear") Knight. Knight is a physically huge man. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds. He is one of the founders of Death Records, the West Coast rap label that engaged in a literally bloody feud with its East Coast rival. He has been accused of various acts of violence, such as forcing business rivals to drink urine and having ties to street gangs (the Bloods). Rapper Vanilla Ice once accused Knight of holding him out of a window several stories up to force him to agree to give Suge a majority of Vanilla Ice's royalties from his hit song "Ice Ice Baby." It's hinted that Bone has better taste.

Puff Daddy (Music, People)

"I'm reading up on my client. And if you buy it, he's the scariest man alive who's also launching a line of casual wear."

If you're going to use real-life figures as your template and don't want to offend people who have been alleged to freely use guns as a negotiating tool, then it's right to be even-handed. Having pulled some incidents out of the life of Suge Knight from the West Coast Death Records to describe Bone, balance is restored by pulling out some comparisons with Puff Daddy a.k.a. Sean Combs a.k.a. P. Diddy a.k.a Diddy, the head of Bad Boy Records on the East Coast. The two record companies engaged in very public, bloody rivalry. People died. Whilst Knight languished in bankruptcy, Puff Daddy lost one best friend but emerged victorious, very rich, and with a fashion line that Keith studies with interest.

Rockin' like Dokken (Words, Sayings, and Slogans, Music)

"Now I can't wait for San Diego. It'll be rockin' like Dokken."

We have to reckon that Lilly is not referring to Dokken Engineering of Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, because really, what have rocks got to do with building roads? Okay, so you use rocks...smarty pants. No, it's far more likely that the lovely Lil' is referencing the phrase made popular by fans of big-in-the-'80s, slightly glam heavy-metal band Dokken.

V sign (Things)

Logan's imagination is no doubt sparked by Aaron's reference to the war between them to respond in such a way, but what really is he saying? He didn't turn his hand around, in which case the message to the cosmopolitan recipient would have been "Up yours!" The most popular meanings nowadays, ignoring historical associations with archers at Agincourt or Masonic rituals, is either "Victory" or "Peace." In Logan's constant battle of wits, words, and muscle with his father, we have to think he's being ironic, whichever one he's employing.

George M. Cohan (People)

"My father thanks you. My mother thanks you. I thank you."

Cohan is considered the father of the musical comedy. Before the First World War, he was dubbed the "man who owns Broadway" because of his influence. He started his career as part of a vaudeville family act, closing the shows with "My father thanks you, my mother thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you." Notwithstanding the fact that Logan was not around to witness Cohan in his prime (or at all given that the man died in 1942), the sight of ancient funeral guests causes him to parrot the Yankee Doodle Dandy.

ICM (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Do you think next time we have one of these funeral things that ICM will let us use the boardroom? You know, so there's no travel, no trailer-size negotiations."

International Creative Management is a huge m-f'er of a talent agency, representing many of the world's leading artists in the entertainment industry. There's probably more Hollywood power in one of their corner offices than any star can muster, with agents becoming the real shakers and movers. Logan is being sarcastic as he watches Harvey Greenblatt try to push Aaron into business talk at Lynn's wake, but you know it's gonna happen one day.

Fable (Sports, Games and Toys)

Logan battles monsters of the Xbox sort when he ducks out of Lynn's funeral, much to Duncan's consternation. In Fable, the hero of the tale makes moral decisions that affect the rest of the game and how others see him. Sort of like Logan in this episode.

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