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The Lord of the Rings (Literature, Movies)

Episode Title: Return of the Kane

It is conceivable that this tale of Duncan finding purpose and taking the first steps in assuming the political power to which he is heir is taken from the title of Tolkien's third and last book in his popular opus, The Lord of the Rings. After all, in 2004 one couldn't move for the plaudits that Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of the book garnered. The Return of the King follows Aragorn as he assumes his rightful place as the ruler of Gondor after years in the wilderness. The final chapter, the final film, and Duncan's struggle to emote, all share another quality — you think it's all over, but it just keeps on going.

1.06 "Return of the Kane"

Episode Title: "Lord of the Bling"

Rob Thomas must really be a Tolkien fan, as he uses that man's best-known work for one of his titles again. This time, instead of evil Sauron, master of the rings, we have the not-so-evil Bone, master of the gaudy baubles.

1.13 "Lord of the Bling"
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Gollum (Characters)

"Wow. Somebody parked a diamond Volkswagen on your finger."
"It's ours. We wantsss it."

Maggie's eyes boggle at the size of Heidi's engagement ring. Boggling eyes and rings are inexorably linked to the greedy, obsessed, and ultimately tragic Gollum, from The Lord of the Rings. Maggie didn't even need to sibilate, but effect of the ring's power on the weak-minded is too ssstrong for her and she ssssssstresssssssessssssssss her essssssessssss regardlesssssssssss.

2.15 "The Quick and the Wed"

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