1.21 "A Trip to the Dentist"

Aired May 03, 2005

Cultural References

Casablanca (Movies)

"I know. Of all the countries under military dictatorship in all the world."

Keith paraphrases one of the most famous lines from this classic Humphrey Bogart movie, where Rick (Bogart) is talking about his ex-lover, who has just entered his café: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into mine." Well, we don't think that Keith and Duncan were ever lovers, but Cuba certainly has the same exotic environment as Casablanca, right? Perhaps Keith should have just told him, "Here's looking at you, kid."

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The Wizard of Oz (Literature, Movies)

"So did they give you the jet to take me back home? Or am I supposed to click my heels?"

In both the book and movie versions, Dorothy is instructed to click the heels of her magical shoes (silver in the book, ruby in the movie) three times to return home. In the movie, she is also instructed to say, "There's no place like home" three times, which seems sort of redundant. But who are we to argue with a witch that travels around in a giant pink bubble?

Ernest Hemingway (People)
The Sun Also Rises (Literature)

"Um, can we skip English today? I have some sort of Hemingway related narcolepsy. You start talking about The Sun Also Rises and I start falling asleep."
"Don't blame Papa, blame Mrs. Murphy's monotone."

"Papa" was a nickname of Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises is considered one of his best works; it's about a group of thirtysomethings after World War I. Certainly, the book is less boring than The Old Man and the Sea which is just about this old guy fishing. Meg should count her lucky stars.

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The Godfather (Literature, Movies)

"Remember when I saved you from drug dealers and I said I may call upon you for a favor someday?"

In the gangster-movie-to-end-all-gangster-movies, Don Corleone, in the opening sequence, tells a distraught father that he will dispose of the men who raped his daughter and, in return, will call on him for a favor someday in the future. It's an appropriate quote for Veronica, since she's investigating her own rape, though we might prefer it if she just left a horse's head in Luke's bed.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Movies)

"You can keep asking, but you're not the fairest, trust me."

Though originally a fairy tale, the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is most well-known for Disney's movie, which, though the violence was toned down, still managed to creep out many children. In the movie (and the fairy tale, natch), the Wicked Queen has a magic mirror, and she's constantly asking it who the fairest is. The Queen becomes infuriated when it tells her that Snow White is. Ah, vanity. For a more updated version (and infinitely more creepy), check out Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, and Apples." Somehow we doubt Madison would be able to understand it, though.

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Hamlet (Plays)

"Right up until my esophagus closes up, cuts off my air supply, and I shuffle off this mortal coil."

In Shakespeare's tragic play, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is prone to making long, drawn-out, overwrought speeches. In one of those speeches, he coins the phrase "shuffle of this mortal coil." As in: kick the bucket, bite the bullet, meet your maker. You get the picture. It's fitting that our dramatic Logan should use Hamlet's words to convey to his Papa that he's allergic to shellfish.

Who's Who bio: Hamlet
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