2.17 "Plan B"

Aired Apr 05, 2006

Cultural References

Rushmore (Movies)

"I'm sorry. Did someone say my name?"

Logan uses protagonist Max Fischer's first line from the 1998 Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson penned film. Max is a highly intelligent yet poorly performing student, whose extra-curricular activities and romantic ambitions are chronicled in the tale of one who insists on living outside the box and who, in trying to achieve all, achieves nothing. Max's opening scene sees him nonchalantly reading the Wall Street Journal and drinking a cup of coffee during math class before being persuaded by his admiring classmates and teacher to solve an unsolved math problem. It's a dream, of course, for Max has neither the adoration of his peers and mentors nor the interest in applying himself to those matters which might help him succeed in the real world. Logan's opening scene sees him nonchalantly reading a surfing magazine during English class before being announced as the winner of the essay competition. But whilst Veronica might like to think so, it's not a dream and most of Logan's peers are quick to adore.

Easy Rider (Movies)

"'Freedom: That's what it's all about. But talking about it, and being it, that's two different things'...I'm quoting Easy Rider, which you may remember making me watch last summer."

This movie is such a favorite of Logan's that he pilfers from it for his competition-winning essay on freedom. Dennis Hopper's ultimately bleak biker road movie was one of the films of 1969. Writer and director Hopper and co-writer Peter Fonda starred as a couple of drug dealers who grab their cash and set out across the South on their choppers, looking for America and finding nothing. A counter-culture classic that garnered supporting actor Jack Nicholson an Oscar nod, Easy Rider taught us that freedom was just another word for nothing left to lose...no wait, that was Kris Kristofferson.

Sadie Hawkins dance (Events)

"You came up all deliberate-like, I figured you wanted to be first in line to ask me to the Sadie Hawkins dance... "

An event introduced in 1937 in Dogpatch, USA, by Hekzebiah Hawkins for the sole purpose of getting his unattractive daughter Sadie a man who would take her off his hands. Every year in November, as set out in the L'il Abner comic strip, the unmarried ladies of the Arkansas hillbilly town would chase down the lazy bachelors, getting to wed the ones they caught. The idea of there being an opportunity for girls to take the initiative and ask guys out on dates proved popular in pre-feminist American colleges, and within two years of the story's first appearance, Sadie Hawkins dances became a well-established tradition. At Neptune High, it's an FBLA money-making opportunity.

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Shocker (Things)

"I didn't exactly tell you the whole truth about how I handled the Curly situation."

Veronica looks to show her street cred with the obscene "Shocker" hand gesture that denotes...uh...two fingers in...uh...one finger in...uh...a sexual technique. It does her credit, if not cred, that she gets it wrong. This may, of course, also be a meta-reference to the fact that Logan (and the show) managed to slip the right one past the sleeping UPN censors in 2.01 "Normal Is the Watchword."

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Scout's honor (Things)
scout's honor

"I think that's Scout's honor, and your fingers are supp—"
"Not important. Moving on."

Veronica's efforts to make an obscene gesture fails as she holds up her fingers in what is a closer approximation to the three-finger Boy Scout sign of honor. Well, a sort of honor...the kind that holds that being "morally straight" excludes agnostics, atheists, and homosexuals. Actually, maybe Veronica succeeds in making an obscene gesture after all.

Superman (Characters)

"Well, we should hang out. Even Superman would leave his Fortress of Solitude from time to time."

The ultimate superhero had the ultimate pad — a private stronghold, originally hidden somewhere in the icy wastelands of the vastness of the Arctic and latterly at the center of the sun. Thus Wallace seeks out the company of the lovely Jackie, living in self-imposed exile due to her father's alleged heinous crimes. Does Wallace know that at one point, Superman didn't come out of his fortress for 15,000 years? For the fans who object to her very existence, even this may not be a long enough exile for Jackie.

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Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Veronica. Ask not what Logan can do for you, but what you do for Logan."

This line from John F. Kennedy's 1961 Presidential inaugural speech still resonates today. Ah, Logan, my lovely boy. Even being a jerk, you can coat yourself in fairy dust. Is it mere coincidence that Logan steals from another golden boy whose flaws we all forgive so easily?

Speak softly and carry a big stick (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I'll just be speaking softly and carrying a big stick."

Logan has certainly been bitten by the political bug as he quotes a West African proverb most famously anglicized and used by Theodore Roosevelt as a description of the foreign policy of the United States. Is Logan commenting that the more things change, the more they stay the same, or is he just really looking forward to the big sticks at the Mayor's office?

Bouncing ball (Things)

"Follow the bouncing ball. Not. My. Prob-lem."

Mitch Miller, a producer and executive of Columbia Records, had creative success in his own right as the leader of a male voice choir. At the height of his popularity, he had a television show where the audience was invited to sing along with Mitch by means of following the lyrics printed at the bottom of the screen. A small dot would move above the lyric, word by word, as the song was broadcast. It quickly became the standard way to display lyrics to music on visual media. So, shouldn't Logan have been singing?

Deputy Dawg (Characters)

"Well, run along, Deputy Dawg."

Dagnabit, there's nothin' so cotton pickin' pesky as a worthless, good-fer-nothin' dawg gettin' to be deputy mayor for the week. At least, that seems to be the subtext as Veronica raises the image of Terrytoon's lazy, incompetent Southern law officer sleeping on...um...patrolling the banks of the Mississippi bayous. The word "slacker" emblazoned across Logan's chest may have been the source of Veronica's thought. On the other hand, Deputy Dawg was such a popular cartoon character in the '60s that his creators were forced to go beyond their original intent by making even more cartoons for movie theatres. You could say that he's a character that exploded out of the creatives' control. Nothin' to do with Logan then.

Who's Who bio: Deputy Dawg
The Breakfast Club (Movies)

"Her dad and your dad should get together and go bowling."

De rigeur perhaps, but where would any cultish show be without a reference to this quintessential coming-of-age movie of the '80s? As Logan bemoans his fate at the hands of the fathers of his last two ex-girlfriends, he digs deep and rewinds the scene where Andrew and Bender bond over horrible fathers: "I think your old man and my old man should get together and go bowling."

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Bupkes (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"By my count, we got bupkes."

Goat shit in Yiddish. Yeah, I've got nothing.

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"Good Golly, Miss Molly" (Music)

"A while back, I found out Felix and Molly had a thing. It got serious, sneakin' around, talking about a lifetime of truckin' their brains out."
"Golly, Miss Molly."

Miss Molly was the object of Little Richard's admiration in his 1956 hit that became one of the first rock 'n' roll "standards" and has since been covered by hundreds of other artists. Veronica's response to Weevil's description of Molly is particularly apt, given the lyrics:
Good golly, Miss Molly, sure like to ball.
Good golly, Miss Molly, sure like to ball.
When you're rockin' and a rollin' can't hear your momma call.

Idiot's Guide (Literature)

"Let me consult my Idiot's Guide to Wanton Behavior.

In 1970, few realized that How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot marked the start of a publishing phenomenon. The book reached the bestseller lists and publishers quickly learned that readers wanted to be treated like idiots and dummies when it came to manuals. Nowadays, there are appropriate guides for everything and anything under the sun. The surprise is that Veronica's guide isn't actually on the shelves...yet.

"Good Ship Lollipop" (Music)

"Don't you dare cry for him. After all the things he said he did to you? You were his whore! He did not care about you! You were just the dumb blonde piece o' tail he shot his mouth off about to all his buddies. How he plugged the good ship Molly-pop."

Liam Fitzpatrick is a cruel, cruel man. Who else could use Shirley Temple's signature tune as an insult? Danny is no doubt laughing at the lyrics the curly-haired moppet never sang:

On the good ship, Mollypop.
It's a sweet trip 'til the final stop
Where lovers play
Having secret romps and rolls in the hay.

Truckin' brains out everywhere
Dreams of rugrats fill the air
And there they are
Bright and fleeting as a plummeting star.

Then the good ship, Mollypop
Hit an iceberg with a flick knife chop
The dream betrayed
And poor Felix from Molly lopped.

Dirty Harry (Characters)

"It's time for Plan B."
"Not just yet, Dirty Harry."

Veronica isn't making Weevil's day by comparing him to the Irish-American, near-vigilante cop, Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, as portrayed by Clint Eastwood in five films. Despite his scant regard for the law, as opposed to his own moral code, Dirty Harry has been voted the seventeenth greatest movie hero ever. Nonetheless, Weevil, about to embark on his own form of justice, takes offense on racial grounds, leading to...

Who's Who bio: Harry Callahan
Dirty Sanchez (Characters)

"In case you haven't noticed, I ain't no mick cop."
"Uh...okay. Dirty Sanchez?"

Lordy lord, and I thought the Shocker was gonna be tough. Um, okay, see, in attempting to Latinize her earlier reference to Weevil as Dirty Harry, Veronica digs herself deeper in the...um.... Let's start again. Dirty Sanchez was a Hispanic illegal immigrant superhero on a website comic who seduced white women, ending bouts of anal sex with them, and on occasions their husbands, by drawing a moustache on them with...um.... All right, one last time. Stop being silly and just get clinical. Dirty Sanchez has come to mean a moustache applied by the finger or member in.... Shit! I give up.

Who's Who bio: Dirty Sanchez
"Luck Be a Lady" (Music)

"Just give me a few more hours, there's a woman I can talk to, and luck might be a lady tonight."

Well, since Veronica isn't being much of a lady, what with calling Weevil "Dirty Sanchez," it's a good thing that there's something around that's got manners, even if it is a mercurial concept such as luck. Sky Masterson prays in song that his lady-luck behaves herself as the craps dice roll for souls in Guys and Dolls. Get the DVD. Marlon Brando sings!

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If she's a two at ten, she'll be a ten at two (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Don't worry, gang, if she's a two at ten, she'll be a ten at two."

Logan proves his jackass credentials yet again with this sexist garbage adage of unknown origin on how the more a man drinks, the better looking his date becomes. Rarely heard is the lady's reply: the more a woman drinks, the more size really doesn't matter. Even when drunk, a woman knows that if he's a two at ten, he'll still be a two at two. It'll just be funnier.

"I've Had the Time of My Life" (Music)

"When I dreamed of this moment, 'I've Had the Time of My Life' was always playing. Well, what can you do."

Logan's obviously been catching up on the hit movies of the '80s. This Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes duet was a huge hit on the back of its use in Dirty Dancing. Sadly, watching does not a dancer make, and when Veronica pulls Logan onto the dance floor, the only dirty dancing that ensues is in the mind of the viewers.

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Star Trek (TV)

"That baby face looks real pretty for someone who got jumped. So what, you get hit in the head?"
"No, some kind of a..."
"He used the Vulcan death grip?"

Damn, Liam. First you are horrid to Molly and Shirley Temple, and now you mock Mr. Spock? You are so looking for tribbles to eat your innards. Liam challenges Thumper's account of how he lost his drug money by the Vulcan death grip, which doesn't exist. I mean, of course it doesn't exist, but it didn't even exist on Star Trek. The Vulcan nerve pinch could only stun, not kill. Not that I'd know any better than Liam, but that's what geek friends are for.

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