1.19 "Hot Dogs"

Aired Apr 19, 2005


Cultural References

Forever (Literature)

Judy Blume's teen novel has made her one of the most banned authors in history. Apparently, writing about first love and first sex is the work of the devil. If Mandy's reading it, then she must be an evil, promiscuous slut, right?

Who's Who bio: Judy Blume
411 (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Breaking news. Record this date in history. First time Wallace Fennel got the 4-1-1 before the little birdie got it to you."

Like Kleenex, Tampax, and Coke, some branded products are so ubiquitous that their commercial name comes to be used for the thing itself. This can also extend to services, like directory inquiries or directory information. For many years, 411 was the number used throughout most of the United States for getting phone numbers, to the point where "getting the 4-1-1" came to mean getting information on anything. Thus Wallace brags that he's obtained a juicy piece of knowledge before Veronica. Or that he made a call. But on balance, we reckon the former.

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Siddhartha (Literature)
Phil Jackson (People)

"Research for your next role?"
"No, Phil Jackson gave me this. He said it would change my perspective."
"Maybe you could option it."

Aaron is reading Hermann Hesse's allegorical novel Siddhartha. It's about a man's spiritual journey at the time of Buddha. Although published in the 1920s, it gained popularity in the 1960s along with other such revived hippie hits as The Prophet, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Lord of the Rings. One of the messages is that oneness is all and all is one, a philosophy that has stood Phil Jackson, coach of the L.A. Lakers, in good stead. Another message is that each man must find his own way to understanding and salvation. Somehow, we're not sure that sitting on a leopard-skin clad couch in the lap of luxury and reading a book is exactly the sort of spiritual journey the author or his characters had in mind.

Who's Who bio: Phil Jackson
Yoda (Characters)

"Push in on our hero. Natural light frames his handsome, weathered face as he passes sage advice to his doting daughter. The music swells. Important your family is. Hm, hm."

Is it the lines on Aaron's face that inspire Logan? Or perhaps it is the whiny twang of Trina's pleading. Whatever it is, Logan can't help but imitate the high-voiced, wizened puppet Jedi master of Star Wars as he gets to the punchline. Hm. Punchline. As Yoda might wisely comment, "Words in past and future reflected may be."

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Snausage (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Shut up! If I want you to speak, I'll wave a snausage over your nose. If you use Mandy again to try to convince yourself that you're not a loser, I will ruin your life — got it? You got it?"

Now, it is fair to say that the snausage that Veronica is referring to is the dog treats available in supermarkets around the globe. But come on! After the passion of this speech, Lenny's manhood may never be the same again. It can't be a mere coincidence that the word "snausage" is also slang for a shrivelled penis, can it?

PDA (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I walked in on 'em making out on the couch last night. She was sittin' on his lap."
"Hey, hey, hey! No discussing parental PDA at lunch! It's your rule!"
"A'ight, sorry. I can't be the only one with that image burned in my brain. I had to share."

There are societies that frown upon or even ban any "public display of affection" or PDA. There are academic papers discussions on the inherent exhibitionism and voyeurism of PDA. Veronica and Wallace have both been known to take part in their own fair share of PDA. Are they being hypocrites? Hardly. There is something very deep in the psyche of every teenager that makes them heave at even the thought of parents having sex. It's just natural.

101 Dalmatians (Movies)

"So I guess when Mandy and I came looking for Chester, you realized you screwed up, dognapped from a poor girl. So you just cut your losses and threw him to the side of the road."
"Actually, I rounded up a hundred and one of them. Some crazy lady's makin' a coat. Now get out of my van, you lunatic."

Cruella Deville, Cruella Deville, if she doesn't hit you, no pop ref. e'er will. It's like an old friend giving you a thrill. Cruella, Cruella Deville. Ah, memories of puppies, spots, and multi-colored hair crowd as Hans tries to avoid Veronica's accusations by mocking them. What he fails to appreciate is that our Veronica is a serious dog-lover who has no doubt seen 101 Dalmatians more often than she saw her mother sober. So, a few times anyway. And it looks like Veronica took the story of Cruella's attempts to slaughter a lot of Dalmation puppies to make a fur coat pretty seriously, because she's so not laughing.

Monopoly (Sports, Games and Toys)

"How many get-out-of-jail-free cards do you have up your sleeve, anyway?"
"Pretty sure that was my last, so you might keep your felonies to a bare minimum."

Monopoly has a long and storied history as the most popular board game of all time, involving progressing around a board, buying property, and building upon it, but all you really need to know is this — as you make your way around the board, you may occasionally land in jail during which time you languish, unable to make money. It can be something of an effort to get out, thus it is very useful to have a get-out-of-jail-free card. Then again, it is just as often helpful not to use it, particularly if your dad has Broadway/Mayfair/[insert country variation of choice for those properties just before "Go"] sewn up with hotels. Me bitter? You bet your utilities I am.

A leopard can't change its spots (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I am what I am, Vee. Leopard, spots, you know what they say."

Please understand, it was a different age, a less sensitive time. Nobody in this day and age would allege that Ethiopians are evil. And the Bible was written by men, imperfect transcribers of the word of God. How else to explain Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil"? Did Ethiopians run over Jeremiah's dog or something? Nevertheless, the adage holds true for leopards and, according to Weevil, to PCH bikers — their innate nature is unchangeable.

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Pulp Fiction (Movies)

"This is a career defining moment you're passing up. I mean, hello, Travolta, Pulp Fiction."
"Really. It's that good?"
"It's better than that good."

Trina leaves out something very important as she tries to persuade Aaron to do her scabby boyfriend's flick. The thing about Travolta is this. He has really lousy taste in film role choices. Having got his big break in two classics of the late '70s, he proceeded to piss it all away with turkeys like Perfect and Two of a Kind. Then, miracle of miracles, with his career in richly deserved doldrums for being such a fool as to not hire somebody with a modicum of taste to advise him, he was offered a part in Quentin Tarantino's second movie, a superb time-twisting, intertwining set of tales about a couple of hitmen, a burned-out boxer, a gangster's wife and a couple of bandits. Travolta, as one of the hitmen, was great in it. It revived his career, and he resumed his leading man and star status. Then he did Battlefield Earth. Anyone sensing a pattern?

Who's Who bio: John Travolta
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CAA (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Hi, I'm calling from Todd Russell's office at CAA. He read your script, Escaping Your Past, and he went nuts over it. Have you sold it yet?"
...
"Is there really a agent named Todd Russell at CAA?"
"There could be, maybe."

Veronica impresses Logan with her telephone forgery. Having given ICM a shout-out in 1.13 "Lord of the Bling," the writers were hedging their bets and their futures by giving equal time to one of the other leading Hollywood agencies, CAA a.k.a. Creative Artists Agency. Look out for a reference to the last of the big three, William Morris, soon.

Father Knows Best (TV)

"Wow."
"Father knows best."

Father Knows Best was a popular radio and TV show in the 1950s, starring the man who would go on to be the doctor who knew best, Marcus Welby M.D. On the radio show, the title ended with a question mark, but the punctuation was dropped for the white-bread, non-contentious, family-fare television of the time. Logan doesn't really think Aaron knows best, but this time, watching the violently punished Dylan hightail it out of Dodge, Logan approves.

Drive Me Crazy (Movies)

"Maybe we should just keep it to ourselves for a while and see what happens."
"Meet in mop closets? Pass each other secret notes in the hallway?"

Just as Veronica and Logan plan their next tryst, Melissa Joan Hart and Adam Grenier apparently met in a mop closet in high school in this 1999 turkey. So...yeah. That's a cultural reference all right. Or a coincidence shared with fifty-eight thousand other films and TV shows. Yeah, but...but...how many of those other films and TV show had a screenwriter called Rob Thomas, huh, smartass?


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