- Ockham's razor (Ideas and Concepts)
"Have you ever heard of Ockham's razor, Meryl?"
"Is that a space laser? Has it already been invented?"
A philosophical principle based on the teachings of English logician William of Ockham. Don't know why a Middle-easterny sounding name got associated with an Englishman, but so it goes. In short, Ockham's razor (or Occam, as it's also spelled) states that when there are several plausible explanations for a phenomenon, the simplest one is most likely. The other hypotheses are shaved off. Get it? Veronica tries to explain this razor principle to naive Meryl, who refuses to believe her missing boyfriend is revealing his lyin', cheatin' ways. Fortunately, Veronica is wrong, and Meryl and Sully ride off together into Romance Fantasyland, where college boys never, ever cheat on their trusting out-of-town girlfriends. Must be nice.
- 3.07 "Of Vice and Men"