Cultural References

Oliver Twist (Characters)

"I'm prepared to admit that these Moon Calves probably don't merit the full ATF fire-bombing treatment. I mean, my guess is they're just a bunch of tie-dyed Oliver Twists who scam naïve kids to pay the bills."

If Keith Mars had investigated David Koresh's Branch Davidians, maybe that incident wouldn't have merited the full ATF fire-bombing treatment either, but in 1993, the decision was taken by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to raid the Waco compound to obtain evidence of weapons violations. The raid ended in the deaths of four ATF agents and five Branch Davidians. There then ensued a siege by the FBI that lasted 51 days and ended in controversy and the death of another 83 people, including children. Wow, Keith. Glad you have some sense of proportion. But Oliver Twist wasn't really a scammer either, mate. Oliver was an innocent who fell into the hands of a band of pickpockets and was forced into the trade temporarily, in Dickens' classic tale of Victorian London.

1.09 "Drinking the Kool-Aid"

"His name is Donald Fagan."

Donald Fagin was the ringleader of a band of street urchin pickpockets in Dicken's Oliver Twist. In the show, Fagan is the ringleader of three juvenile deliquent thieves. And in reality, Donald Fagen was the vocalist for Steely Dan. Okay, that last part probably wasn't part of the reference, but we can't help putting it in.

3.01 "Welcome Wagon"
Who's Who bio: Oliver Twist

Cultural References