Cultural References

The Wizard of Oz (Literature, Movies)

"All right, one week. After that, we come for you, your boy, and your little dog, too."

In the book and film of the same name, the heroine, Dorothy, and her small dog, Toto, are stranded in the wonderous land of Oz after a tornado. They were transported there in the house in which they were sheltering, which, to the delight of most of the local population, landed right on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. This incurs the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West who threatens Dorothy: "I'll get you, my pretty! And your little dog too!" Perhaps Lamb's obvious references have made us sensitive, but Weevil does seem to be channelling the same source material when he allows Veronica a little time to get Wallace off the hook.

1.01 "Pilot"

"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?

1.21 "A Trip to the Dentist"

"You didn't see squat. Motor, Munchkins."

We represent the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild,
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild,
We wish to welcome you to Munchkinland

Munchkins were the little inhabitants of the world of Oz. Seeing Ferret Boy and Rat Boy in short pants while bobbing up and down and singing the Munchkin song would have been awesome, but sadly, all they did was give Veronica false information and act very irritating.

3.01 "Welcome Wagon"

"I've been trying to find someone who could get inside Theta Beta during Rush Week, do a 'Behind the Greek Curtain' expose."

Rush week (or, in some cases, rush month) is standard practice at all universities with a "Greek" system of sororities and fraternities. Traditions may vary from campus to campus, but the process always involves young hopefuls dressing to impress and established sorority sisters or fraternity brothers wielding their most judgmental collective eye as they look to form a new class of pledges. The idea of looking "behind the curtain" has been around for decades, ever since we learned (through L. Frank Baum and then through Judy Garland and friends) that the great and powerful Wizard of Oz was the product of a diminutive (though oddly megalomaniac) simple Midwestern man. In the mid-1980s, headbangers were taken Behind the Iron Curtain with an Iron Maiden live-performance video. Oddly enough, this had nothing to do with the symbolic European divide that defined the cold war. The editor of Hearst's student newspaper, who may or may not have unknown ulterior motives, wants Veronica to pay plenty of attention to the women behind the Greek curtain when she sends her undercover into the Theta Beta house.

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"

"If at any time you want the experiment to end and to just go home, all you have to do is tell one of the guards this information."
"Or click your heels three times."

Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Logan is looking for ways to return to his lost innocence and get out of the bizarre backwards fairy tale that his life has turned into as he takes part in Dr Kinny's prisoner-guard sociology experiment. Or maybe he's just trying to get on Dr. Kinny's good side from the beginning of the semester. Or maybe, despite the new and improved, more sensitive Logan, there's still a bit of that psychotic jackass underneath. But if he's going to try and go home by clicking his heels, we just need to know: Are Logan's shoes red?

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"

"Yeah, you told me to go see the Wizard and ask him for some guts."
"Well, did you?"
"Yeah. He said to let you know you're the only sheriff in America who he considers a true friend of Dorothy."

Ah, The Wizard of Oz — a movie whose witches and flying monkeys scared the pants off of generations of children. In this 1939 musical that was considered to be the height of special effects at the time, Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, is transported to a magical land by a wicked tornado. She joins forces with three Oz locals, and they travel to see the all-powerful Wizard for help — a trip Lamb suggested Wallace makes for some chutzpah. Throughout the journey, the foursome grow closer, and the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion all become friends of Dorothy.

However, "Friend of Dorothy" can have multiple meanings. In addition to being a friend of Dorothy like Wallace is a friend of Veronica, the phrase refers to a group of men who stereotypically like musicals. While living on Stereotype Island, said man watches movies starring Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, decorates his tastefully furnished hut, and shops for bargains at Banana Republic. Meanwhile, his female neighbor changes the oil in her Subaru, TiVos Ellen, and shops for flannel shirts with tastefully ripped sleeves. A bone to pick, though, Wallace/Wizard — statistics show that Lamb probably isn't the only Sheriff Garland in the States. One in 10, W/W! One in 10!

3.14 "Mars, Bars"

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The Wizard of Oz (Characters)

"You need to go see the wizard. Ask him for some guts."
"I'll tell you what, Veronica Mars, why don't you go see the wizard? Ask for a little backbone."

From a children's book and the movie that followed, the titular character was a small man who used trickery to appear awesome and in a position to grant supplicants what they most desired. Sheriff Lamb is a small man who uses bullying tactics to appear awesome and is in a position to be a right ass. Lamb snidely infers that Wallace is the coward when Wallace baulks at identifying a couple of thieving bikers in front of the whole gang. Lamb gives the just-raped Veronica the same advice on her reaction to his refusal to investigate the crime. If ever, if ever a dick there was, the sheriff of Neptune is one because, because, because, because...because of the miserable things he does.

1.01 "Pilot"

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