Cultural References

Battlestar Galactica (TV)

"All your stuff? Frak, that blows."

As Moe, Wallace and Piz's RA, explains, "frak" is a fictional expletive used in the science-fiction TV series Battlestar Galactica. It was also used in an early-1980s game on the BBC Micro called "Frak!" A caveman called Trogg would utter this word in a speech bubble when he was killed. And it's Rob Thomas's way of saying neener-neener-neener to the censorship codes and practices.

3.01 "Welcome Wagon"

"I'd like a boy, a bottle of hooch, and you can fast-track me to the dirty room so I can get the frak out of here."

Don't let that pesky FCC get you down...drop an F-bomb without the fines. "Frak" is among the newest and most popular fictional explicatives. This one is taken from the cult-favorite Battlestar Galactica, which shares both critical acclaim and mediocre ratings with our favorite little teen-detective drama that could. Veronica is clearly an avid viewer as well — or perhaps Keith is?

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"

"So, about the one that got away, she was dressed as a Cylon, and you only knew her as Six, right?"
"Her name is Chelsea, and she was in regular clothes. And, yeah, after the Dave Gibbons thing, I may have drifted into the Battlestar Galactica session. And, yeah, that's where we met. And, okay, we started out talking about how the Cylon raiders on BSG look like Batman's car when it turns into a plane."
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"You get the picture."
"I do. Connection, higher plane. Then you frakked."
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"They gave her the "So Say We All" t-shirt she was wearing."

This episode really should have been called "Veroni-star Mars-lactica," because it was really just a giant shout-out to one of the best shows on television, Battlestar Galactica. This reimagining of the cheesy '70s space adventure show has it all — amazing acting, wonderful writing, and a mythology that just draws you right in. So, let's just break down the basics of these many references, shall we?
1) Cylons are robots, created by man, who later became sentient, rebelled, and attempted to wipe out humanity. They started out as big silver monsters with one glowing red eye, but...they've evolved. They look like us now! Which brings us to...
2) Six. One of the "skinjob" Cylons, Six is the tall, blonde bombshell Cylon who loves to have sex, snap babies' necks, and mess with Gaius Baltar's head. She's effing gorgeous to boot.
3) Raiders are the spaceship species of the Cylons. They also have the glowing red eye, but they're not merely spaceships. No, they're all sticky and organic on the inside. Rumor has it that they look like Batman's car, but I think that's just nerd-talk.
4) "Frakked" — fake swear word originally used in the original series and brought into the new series. You can probably tell from the context which swear word it's meant to replace.
5) In the crazy mythology/religion on the show, after a prayer, everyone says "so say we all," sort of like saying "Amen."
To sum up, Veronica assumed Max met a girl dressed up as Sexy Six at a Battlestar Galactica convention, formed a connection, and then made sweet, sweet love to her. Turns out the girl wasn't dressed up as Six but was merely wearing a show-themed t-shirt given to her by the "friends" of Max that hired her to sleep with Max, who...didn't sleep with her. D'oh!

3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"
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