2.05 "Blast from the Past"

Aired Oct 26, 2005

Cultural References

"Love Hangover" (Music)

"Can I guess? You got a sweet love hangover and you don't need no cure."

Released in 1976, Diana Ross's single "Love Hangover" quickly rose to #1. Originally written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod for the Fifth Dimension as a disco number, Motown insisted that Ross record it. Also, it is rumored that in order to prepare to sing the song, Ross and a producer drank alcoholic beverages. I doubt a real hangover is as pleasant as a love hangover, though.

Zippy the Pinhead (Characters)

"Hm, Zippy the Pinhead with a smashing idea."

The titular character of the comic strip by Bill Griffith, Zippy always wears a yellow muumuu with red spots and clown shoes. Corny certainly doesn't seem that eccentric, but Logan might be commenting more on the fact that Zippy seems perpetually stoned.

Who's Who bio: Zippy the Pinhead
"Dream Weaver" (Music)

"I want it all: the corsage, the photos under the balloon arch, the clandestine loving with my age-appropriate date...with the focusing problem. Hey! Dream weaver!"

A song by Gary Wright about boarding the "dream weaver train" to help him "forget today's pain." Certainly sounds like something Jackie would want, though maybe not with all those drug connotations. She might also like to have the song play whenever she enters a room, like it did for Tia Carrera in Wayne's World (schwing!).

Donnie Brasco (People)

"So your biological dad is like some sort of Donnie Brasco renegade cop?"

Joseph D. Pistone, alias Donnie Brasco, successfully worked undercover in the Mafia for years. Evidence he collected led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions, though his name really came to fame when he was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 1997 movie. Is there anything that Johnny Depp can't make better?

Who's Who bio: Donnie Brasco
Estée Lauder (Organizations, Companies, and Products)
Nordstrom (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"A hundred dollars for lip enhancer at Estée Lauder, twelve hundred dollars for a leather jacket at Nordstrom, five hundred dollars on vanilla scented candles at Tricky Wicks?"

Estée Lauder is a leading manufacturer of skin care, cosmetics, perfume, and hair care products. It's also either really expensive for lip enhancer or Cora has some dry lips, yo.

Nordstrom is a department store that sells clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares. And if you switch a few letters, it becomes Nerdstorm, Master of Nerds! Okay, not really, we just wanted to punch up this article a bit. It was getting quite bland.

Who's Who bio: Estée Lauder
"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (Music)

"Papa was a rolling stone."

When Nathan Woods visits Wallace at the Sac 'n' Pac, Wallace sings this famous Motown song to show what he is feeling inside (rather than just repressing it like normal people). Written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong in 1971 for the Undisputed Truth, the best known version is by the Temptations. Which could be a metaphor for the fact that though Nathan is Wallace's real father, his second father will always be better known to him...okay, it's probably not a metaphor.

Hot Shots: Golf Fore (Sports, Games and Toys)

"A little Hot Shots? Golf tourney? A little room service?"

Hot Shots is a golfing video game. For those who have been living in a cave or underground bunker for the last fifty years, a video game is like a board game, but you can play it on the Glowing Lectricky Box Thing.

The Rorschach Inkblot Test (Things)

"I have the only car left in America without a cup holder so now I end up with a caramel latté Rorschach test all over my blouse."

A psychological test developed by Hermann Rorschach, the Rorschach Test involves cards that have blots of ink on them. The test is what you see in those inkblots, whether its guts, guns, guts and guns, or a butterfly...with a bomb.

Who's Who bio: Hermann Rorschach
Howard Hughes (People)

"It's weird that you live here. I don't want you going all Howard Hughes-y on me."

Howard Hughes, just like Bruce Wayne, was a billionaire playboy. He was also quite eccentric, like Bruce Wayne, except he didn't dress up in a bat costume and parade around town with prepubescent boys in green tights. Hughes just developed obsessive-compulsive disorder (or the OC Disorder, as we like to call it) and started obsessing over germs and the size of peas, wearing Kleenex boxes as shoes, and storing his urine in jars. Duncan hasn't gone quite that far, we don't think.

Who's Who bio: Howard Hughes
Cupid (TV)

Though not smart enough to realize pranking Veronica Mars is a bad idea, Jackie does appear to have the good taste to TiVo Rob Thomas's former show Cupid, about a man (Jeremy Piven) who thinks he's, well, Cupid and the psychologist (Paula "Rebecca James" Marshall) who loves studies him. Jackie also appears to be recording Sunset and Vaughn, a fictional show within Cupid. Wait, so would that make Sunset and Vaughn a fictional show within a real show within a fictional TiVo within a real show? I think I just blew my own mind, man.

Who's Who bio: Cupid
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Sunset and Vaughn (TV)

On Rob Thomas's former show Cupid, there was a television show called Sunset and Vaughn, about two detectives. Jackie, through the amazing power of her Magical TiVo, appears to be able to record both Cupid (which was cancelled years ago) and Sunset and Vaughn (which never existed). Man, I want to get one of those.

Who's Who bio: Detective Sunset

Who's Who bio: Detective Vaughn
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Hall of Fame (Sports, Games and Toys)

"We both have something in common. We'd both like to see you make it into the Hall of Fame."

There are many Hall of Fames in the world, but Sheriff Lamb is referring to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which houses the names of successful baseball players. If Terrence Cook is revealed to have bet on his own games, he'd become the next Pete Rose, who bet on Reds games and was banned from baseball (and the Hall of Fame) for life. And we all know what happens to washed up former sports stars: degradation, humiliation, and running away from the cops in a white Bronco. And Terrence doesn't even own a white Bronco.

Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (People)

"Say it ain't so, Terrence."

After the Black Sox scandal, it's rumored that an innocent l'il tyke went up to Shoeless Joe and said, "Say it ain't so, Joe." However, Jackson reports that this never happened and it's widely believed to be a myth. When Terrence Cook, however, gets blackmailed by Lamb for gambling, Veronica paraphrases that immortal and apocryphal line.

Chesty LaRue (Characters)

"Chesty LaRue. Hey, Duncan. I'm fine, I'm slathering up my boobs as we speak."

In the episode where Marge accidently gets breast implants, Homer changes her name to this well-endowed moniker. When she doesn't like it, he suggests other names, like Busty St. Claire or Hootie McBoobs. Mammomax doesn't make an appearance, but we suspect we'll soon see Krusty the Clown shilling it on an infomercial.

Who's Who bio: Chesty LaRue
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Punk'd (TV)

"It was supposed to be funny, a punking, that's all."

Punk'd is a prank show similar to Candid Camera, only hosted by Ashton Kutcher. In it, Kutcher punks various celebrities, including our very own Kristen Bell. Jackie should have known better — not just that she shouldn't have punk'd Veronica, but in thinking that anything involving Ashton Kutcher could be funny. He ruined Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and he ruined my life. Okay, I lied about the last part. But only a little.

Who's Who bio: Ashton Kutcher
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Bob Dylan (People)

"If it's 'Live at Budokan,' I already discovered it."

Many, many artists have made an album called "Live at Budokan," from the Nippon Budokan Hall in Nippon, Japan: Avril Lavigne, Blur, Butch Walker, the Carpenters, Cheap Trick, Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Ozzy Osbourne, and even Stormtroopers of Death. Perhaps the most famous one is Bob Dylan's "Live at Budokan," which includes different arrangements on many of his already well-known songs. Derided when it was first released, it later gained importance and became famous. So when Keith listens to Veronica's tape of the bus crash, he must know: the times, they are a-changing.

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