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Sherlock Holmes (Characters)

"No duh, Sherlock."

Wallace reminds Veronica that she's not channeling the 19th century super-sleuth when she tells him he doesn't do drugs, something he kinda knows already. Give her a break, Wallace — she hasn't been doing the teen girl-detective thing all summer. Wallace uses the clean version of this popular expression — the "adult" version substitutes another word for "duh." Were the writers worried about the censors? How ironic that these same censors allowed The Shocker on camera with no question.

2.01 "Normal Is the Watchword"
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The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (Literature)

"The game is afoot."
"Nice house."

"The game is afoot" is a phrase uttered by Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional British detective, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1904 short story "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange." Veronica spit-shines and raises her detective antennae when she and Meg enter the party at Caz's house. They're on the lookout for Meg's secret admirer, and Veronica spouts the early 20th-century equivalent of "Game On."

1.15 "Ruskie Business"
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Elementary, my dear Watson (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Do you know how long I've wanted to go to Stanford?"
"Since middle school."
"Elementary, my dear Wallace."

Like "come up and see me some time" and "I jeest vant to be ahlone," the phrase "elementary, my dear Watson" is a popular misquote. It never actually appeared in any of the tales of the seminal fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, as "recorded" by his companion and biographer, Dr. John Watson. Wallace has been playing Watson to Veronica's Holmes for so long now that it's understandable that Veronica seized the opportunity to make the comparison, even if she got it wrong. Keep studying, girl. Author Conan Doyle (hee) is turning in his grave.

2.21 "Happy Go Lucky"
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