3.03 "Wichita Linebacker"

Aired Oct 17, 2006


Cultural References

Wichita Lineman (Music)

Episode Title: Wichita Linebacker

"Witchita Linebacker" [sic] is a play on the song title "Wichita Lineman," which was written by Jimmy Webb in 1968 and first sung by Glen Campbell. It's been covered by such diverse acts as Ray Charles, R.E.M., Urge Overkill, and Homer Simpson. Rolling Stone ranked the song #192 in the top 500 songs of all time. A "lineman" is someone who builds and maintains power lines; a "linebacker" is a football player. Kurt, the linebacker of the title, hails from Kansas, and what's Kansas's largest city? Wichita. Who knows where the extra "t" came from in the official press release for the episode?

Plato (People)

"Instead of skipping meetings, why don't you just quit? Focus on your philosophy full-time. Read your Plato, drink your espresso, eat all the cheese you want."

A Greek philosopher who lived from 427-347 BC. His work was extremely influential and is still studied in modern schools. The coach is more interested in getting results from his team and is none-too-impressed when Kurt skips some meetings to attend lectures. With a coach like that, perhaps Kurt would be better off focusing on Plato's Cave than his forward pass.

Who's Who bio: Plato
Geneva Conventions (Ideas and Concepts)
ASPCA (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Football. The systematic violation of the Geneva Convention made into a sport. I'm surprised the ASPCA doesn't protest."

The Geneva Conventions were held in the early 20th century to determine policies for the treatment of prisoners and victims of war and have now been ratified by 194 countries. The ASPCA is the oldest humane organization in the United States and works to prevents cruelty to animals through awareness, intervention, and shelters. All-around good things, those. The only question that remains is this: What are football players, Veronica? Prisoners or animals?

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Martin Amis (People)

"You mean something interesting, like some fossil wheezing through a novel?"
"First, Martin Amis isn't a fossil; second, yes, it's college. We are supposed to expand our horizons past video games and binge drinking."

Contemporary British author Martin Amis is considered by some to be among the most influential modern writers. He writes both fiction and nonfiction in the form of novels and essays. Honestly, he sounds kind of boring, and you can't blame Logan for not wanting to listen to him drone on for hours. But no valid evidence could be found that he had asthma, so the wheezing comment was probably an exaggeration.

Who's Who bio: Martin Amis
Magician's Doves (Things)

"What are you doing?"
"The guy in the SUV looks like he digs magic, so I'm getting my doves."

And for his next trick, Weevil will make the mean boss disappear! Hate to break it to you, sweetie, but a magician usually pulls doves out of his top hat, not his duffel bag; he's usually wearing a tuxedo, not coveralls; and he taps the edge of the hat delicately with a wand, rather than breaking a vending machine. Still, if you pull some doves out of that bag, the boss might be distracted enough that you can make a run for it.

California Institute for Men (Places)

"Hey! No lip! Work, or it's back to Chino."

The California Institute for Men is a correctional facility in Chino, California, that is often simply called "Chino." It holds over 6,000 inmates at any given time. While Chino, the city, is probably just a fine place to live (although The O.C. would have you believe that it's hell on earth), it's safe to say Weevil probably doesn't want to go back to Chino, the prison.

"Car Wash" (Music)

"And now I'm working at the car wash, which, as it turns out, is not as fun as the song might sound."

*clap* *clap* *clap clapclapclap clap*

(Hey, get your car washed today)
Fill up and you don't have to pay
Come on and give us a play
(Do the wash, right away)

Poor Weevil. Everyone has more fun at car washes than he does. Lilly and Veronica did. Rose Royce, who sang this upbeat, danceable song in 1975, did. The people who go home with shiny, clean cars do. But Weevil? Not so much. He's stuck doing overtime because of an idiotic co-worker, he can't leave because his boss is a tyrant, and to top it all off, he's got to deal with spoiled bitches like... Well, at least he got to see Veronica again. That's a plus, right?

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

"And I'm being called in to see the dean of Hearst College."
"Leopard didn't change her spots, I see."

Like a human fingerprint, a leopard's spots are distinct and unchanging, and the saying usually refers to an undesirable trait that shines through, no matter how the circumstances change. Hmm, people being stubborn? Personality traits staying consistently strong? Bull-headed people taking a long time to change? Continuity?! Nah, doesn't sound like this show at all.

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Cholo (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Hey! You think I'm paying you to harass the ladies? Screw off again, and you're out on your ass, cholo. You got me?"

The boss of Jumbo's Clown Wash is clearly jealous of Weevil's animal magnetism when he throws this racist slur at our favorite bad boy ex-biker. Despite the extra pounds and the rough look — neither a surprise after months in the joint, for prison changes a man — Weevil is no cholo. Where are the chinos? Where's the wifebeater? Where's the hairnet, for goodness sake? Unless they are under those overalls, the man who elected to name his business for one who plays the fool can't even get his insults right. Yes, Weevil's Mexican. Yes, Weevil's an ex-con. But he ain't no gangsta, man.

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Emo (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"I don't want to be one of those mumbly, college-rocker emo guys who just, all they want to do is play their band's demo."

A town in the Republic of Ireland, in County Laios.

What, wrong Emo?

Emo is a state of being, genre of music, style of dress, and all-around indefinable word. The word itself is derived from "emotional," which should give you a hint as to the angst-ridden, tormented, anguished, misunderstood frame of mind (am I describing any teenagers you know?) that it embodies. Not to belittle the challenges of growing up, but it's also completely mockable, which may be why Piz is so careful to reassure Trish that his band isn't. Emo, that is. Or mockable. Or both.

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Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners (Music)

It's obscure. It's punk. Hearst College radio station KRFF shows off its credibility with this poster on its wall. Punks would eschew the thought of having any sort of royalty amongst their ranks, but if not the Queen of Punk, Exene Cervenka would at least be a duchess...or maybe a baroness. She gets the gongs for her band X, one of the best punk bands of the '80s. Like all good punk bands, and bad ones, too, come to think of it, X didn't last forever, and in the '00s, she formed the Original Sinners for some rough and rowdy shouting. Their second album, Sev7en, itself a cultural reference to the dark Morgan Freeman/Brad Pitt 1995 thriller, Se7en, mixes punk, rock, and blues with social commentary and street poetry to a standard obviously appreciated at Hearst.

Jon Stewart (People)
Crossfire (TV)

"So, you're pitching what, exactly?"
"A call-in show. Political affairs, cultural affairs, whatever affairs. Witty, smart, crazy. It's like Jon Stewart meets Crossfire. If Jon Stewart didn't hate Crossfire."

In 2004, Jon Stewart — anchor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a fake news show on Comedy Central — went on Crossfire, a talk show on CNN, and quite justifiably called Tucker Carlson a dick. The famous quote ("You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show") begat a storm of media and internet attention to Jon Stewart, and Stewart's argument against the existence of shows like Crossfire may have had something to do with its later cancellation. Piz may be getting himself in over his head by suggesting a Crossfire-type radio show. While Piz can certainly be funny, he's no Jon Stewart, and we're definitely hoping he turns out to be no Tucker Carlson, either.

Who's Who bio: Jon Stewart
Where's Waldo? (Literature)

"I'm a freshman. I only recently figured out where Waldo was."

Do you see a red-and-white shirt? Are your eyes going buggy trying to find the bespectacled, floppy-haired Waldo among the other red and white stripes, glasses, hats, and floppy hair? Waldo, known in other countries as Wally, Walter, Willy, Valli, Ubaldo, and, inexplicably, Charlie, is the star of a popular set of children's search-and-find books most popular in the late '80s and into the mid-'90s. Veronica shouldn't be so self-deprecating about her ability to find Waldo. It's hard! Until you've gone through and circled him on every page, that is.

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The New York Times (Literature)

"Actually, Dean O'Dell, I think that's covered under…"
"…Protection of sources. Yes, I know. Fine thing for The New York Times, but I want that name, so you can tell me, or I can have you expelled from Hearst College."

The New York Times is a massive newspaper published in New York City and distributed all over the world. The Times ran into some trouble recently when a reporter refused to reveal a source, and her refusal landed her in jail. (But did Robert Novak, the reporter whose column revealed the name of the CIA agent and started the controversy, get in any trouble? Of course not.) The dean figured expulsion was just as good a threat as jail time.

Guitar Hero (Sports, Games and Toys)

"Then I went back to my room, and my friend Pop — Brian Popovich — stopped by to play Guitar Hero."
"Dude, that game rocks!"

Guitar Hero is a video game that comes with a video-game-compatible guitar modeled after the Gibson Flying SG instead of a controller. This game lets wannabe guitarists channel their inner Slash and rock out to popular songs with awesome guitar riffs, or they can use the two-player mode and find out who rocks the hardest. No more air guitar for us, thank you. We'll pretend to use the real thing. Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.

Incidentally, Rob Thomas is a huge fan of the game, and the writers rock out instead of working to relax. We wonder who rocks the hardest.

Pell Grant (Things)

"Kurt, we'll figure out another way. I've got the whole Pell Grant thing figured out, and your grades are great."

This is a federal scholarship that the U.S. government awards to college students based purely on financial need. The amount of the grant varies from a few hundred dollars up to about four thousand dollars, while the average cost for one year of college in 2003 was almost fourteen thousand dollars for a public university and thirty thousand at a private university. It's not fuzzy math, President Bush. College students can't afford college anymore. Trish tries to assure Kurt that the Pell Grant will sustain him if he's kicked off the football team.

For the Love of the Game (Movies)

"Maybe I don't want to get thrown off the team. You know, love of the game and all that."

This writer isn't convinced that Klembom, writing team Phil Klemmer and John Enbom, were even thinking of the movie when they wrote 3.03 "Wichita Linebacker," or that the phrase "for the love of the game" originated with this 1999 soppy Kevin Costner romance. First of all, Klembom admit they know nothing of football and from their comments; it seems likely that it's just as true about baseball. Secondly, they are way too cool to reference Costner in a complimentary way. Phil Klemmer was, after all, one of the writers of 1.12 "Clash of the Tritons," wherein Aaron remarked on Costner's career slide. Thirdly, the origin of the score "love" in tennis is often reported to derive from the expression and tennis has been around a lot longer than Costner. Finally, come on! Even a young, upstanding, decent kid from Kansas on a sports scholarship has money in mind when it comes to college football. However, some think it is reference to the film, so...it's a 1999 soppy Kevin Costner baseball vs. love romance. And that's about the only memorable thing about it. Costner, though nominated for Worst Actor, couldn't even win the Razzie.

Sauce (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Veronica Mars. Modern college girl on the go."
"Dick Casablancas. Neolithic college boy on the sauce."

"The sauce" is a slang term for alcohol, specifically alcohol hard enough to get you drunk. "Hitting the sauce" means to drink heavily. Veronica, who always has the best comeback lines, zings Dick with this fine example of hard-bitten private-eye lingo.

Dwight Frye (People)
"The Ballad of Dwight Fry" (Music)

Dwight Frye (with an e) was an actor from the 1920s and '30s who specialized in playing mentally unbalanced characters. He most notably played the Igor-like (but not actually Igor, as Igor appeared in a later film) hunchbacked assistant Fritz in the original Frankenstein. The rock group Alice Cooper wrote a song based on him called "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" (no e), which was on their 1971 album Love It To Death. Why is the coach named after him? Not quite sure, but it is an interesting bit of movie trivia, isn't it?

Who's Who bio: Coach Dwight Fry
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Hazing (Ideas and Concepts)

"It's a hazing thing. My sorority said I have to break in and steal a jock. The little underwear, not, like kidnap an athlete."

Hazing is a term for all the horrible things that organizations, specifically college Greek ones, supposedly do to their pledges. It can include innocent things like quizzes about the organization's history, a scavenger hunt that must be completed, or having to carry a pledge book or wear a pledge pin. This isn't the hazing that makes the headlines, though. The darker side can include being forced to drink an obscene amount of liquor, having to pretend to be…pleasured by a basketball, or being beaten and verbally humiliated in front of the group. My question is why would you want to be in a group that wants to watch you literally get off on a piece of sporting equipment? Another question: who thought this crap up in the first place?

National Lampoon (Literature)

"It's insulting. You call us for a meeting, and then you strand us there with those Lampoon jackasses?"

Lampoon is a synonym for satire. There have been many humor rags with Lampoon in the title, most notably National Lampoon, which grew out of the Harvard Lampoon. Then for some reason there were all those Chevy Chase movies (like National Lampoon's Vacation) which didn't seem like they had a lot to do with a humor magazine, but maybe I'm just missing the point. Anywho, either the Lampoon jackasses at Hearst, who are lampooning the Hearst Free Press, were doing an homage to National Lampoon, or they're just really uncreative. I mean, they could have called it The Hearst Enslaved Wrinkler! ...Maybe not.

Mel Brooks (People)

"Ooh, nice office. It's good to be the dean."
("It's good to be the king.")

"It's good to be the king" is a line that originally appeared in the 1981 Mel Brooks movie, History of the World, Part 1. Brooks, as Louis XVI, observes to the camera that it's nice being a monarch, especially when beautiful women throw themselves at you. The line became a Brooks catchphrase, popping up again in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and the stage production of The Producers (2001), as well as other non-Brooks-related media, such as an episode of Stargate: SG-1, and the computer game World of Warcraft. The Hearst Lampoon boys apply it to the dean, whose office is large and well appointed, but one would imagine the stress of his job outweighs the benefits of his office.

Lesbians Playing Softball (Ideas and Concepts)

"We didn't do that!"
"I agree. It's impossible. Where would militant feminists get ahold of a softball bat?"

Feminism is often equated with lesbianism, and softball has been declared the (un)official sport of lesbians. Nevermind the out-of-the-closet announcements of world-ranked female tennis players and women's professional basketball players: if she's a lesbian, she probably knows how to hit and catch a softball. Or so says the National Council on Sexuality and Weekend Hobbies and the [I]Lampoon[/I] journalists who assume that the feminists at Hearst college are all lesbians and that they used a baseball bat to vandalize the dean's car. The Council is fictitious, but the obnoxious guys who run the newspaper are not.

Noam Chomsky (People)

"Hey, so you up for something tonight? Maybe Noam Chomsky's reading a Havana phone book somewhere?"
"I'm stuck at work tonight."

He is an American linguist and professor emeritus at M.I.T. who created a complicated language model called generative grammar. But that wouldn't be enough to get the chicks. Our theory is that ol' Chom-Chom has a deep, Barry White voice that drives women wild. Why else would Logan think Veronica would want to listen to him read names from a telephone book?

Who's Who bio: Noam Chomsky
StairMaster (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"Hey, have you seen Mac?"
"She and Parker just left wearing workout stuff. Maybe they're going on the StairMaster."

In the '80s, exercise enthusiasts picked up on what evil coaches had known for years — running up stairs is awesome exercise. The StairMaster gave ordinary people the benefits of running up as many stairs as they wanted without having to buy or build their own stadium. Coach Fry could have made Kurt run on one of these as punishment, but it wouldn't have had the same dramatic effect.

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Muse (Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"Seriously, drop that meathead. You know you're still my muse."

In Greek mythology, the nine muses were goddesses who embodied myth through song and dance. They were also keys to good life, brought prosperity and friendship, and inspired people to do their best. Larry might want to double-check his mythology, though, when he calls Trish his muse. There is no muse for painting, so it's no wonder Larry's work is so… "inspired."

Adolf Hitler (People)

"Look, whoever you are, I'm not a criminal mastermind. I'm just a painter."
"Yeah, well, so was Hitler."

World War II-era German dictator Adolf Hitler is best known for exterminating over 11 million Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and mentally and physically disabled persons, among others. What is not as well-known is that his boyhood ambition was to be a painter. Was he a good artist? Not sure. Does it matter? No. See above re: mass extermination. That kind of cancels out any good things he did. Veronica clearly knows she's losing this argument by comparing Larry to Hitler, but she just can't help herself.

Who's Who bio: Adolf Hitler
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Movies)

This movie, part of the re-emergence of the horror genre in the late ‘90s, starred some of the era's most popular teen actors. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sarah Michelle Gellar, Party of Five's Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddy Prinze Jr., and Ryan Phillippe joined together to tell the story of four teens being stalked by a mystery person after they cover up an accidental death. Despite the fact that even the author of the book it's based on hated this movie, it was popular enough to spawn the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (minus Phillippe and Gellar) and 2006's straight-to-video I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (minus everyone). You know, unless these kids spend every summer killing someone, these titles are kind of misleading.

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Thorstein Veblen (People)

"And last, but by no means least, Thorstein Veblen. Enjoy."

This Norwegian-American economist wrote the classic Theory of the Leisure Class, in which he criticized consumerism way before it was popular to do so. He also helped found the New School. It is probably safe to say the student who needed Veronica's Help Desk help was an economics major. Veronica has apparently become acclimated to the library so quickly, she knows just what he needs.

Blackjack (Sports, Games and Toys)

Blackjack, also known as twenty-one or pontoon, is one of the most popular poker games in the world. The goal is to get cards equaling 21 (number cards worth their face values, face cards worth ten, aces worth one or eleven). It's a game that mixes skill with luck, and experienced players can figure out what cards are still unused by what's been dealt out. Logan's lucky enough to get a "split," as he gets dealt two of the same cards. This means he has double the opportunity to get 21. It comes to naught, however, as he sticks on fairly safe numbers, but the dealer gets 21.

Catbird seat (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"You appear to be in the proverbial catbird seat."

The "catbird seat" is an idiom based on the Australian catbird, which is known for the great time and effort male birds put into building nests to attract mates. The phrase was popularized by the sportscaster Red Barber, who would use it to describe athletes in enviable positions, such as a batter with three balls and no strikes. Mercer, the dorm-room casino head, congratulates Logan on his fortune as Logan appears to have a great blackjack hand. However, the dealer gets 21, and Logan then equates the "catbird seat" with the toilet, which is where he is after losing...and then having his girlfriend walk in.

Spread (Sports, Games and Toys)

"Hey, M-m-mercer, you got a spread on this weekend's game?"

When used in the context of a sporting event, a "spread" (or "point spread") is simply the number of points "given" to equalize the chances of winning a wager. A Vegas-sanctioned handicap, if you will. Larry's stammering partner in crime may be easily mocked, but he'll have the last laugh when he's rolling in the winnings dubiously acquired through a manipulated sports-betting ring.

Big Brother (Characters)
1984 (Literature)

"And while I appreciate your interest, Big Brother, I hope — "
"Wow, a 1984 reference. Did you read that in weightlifting?"
...
"I only have the Cliff Notes. Look, I gotta run, so, uh...to save you the trouble, I'm surfing in Mexico with Dick and Mercer this weekend. I'll fax you the coordinates so you don't incur any more cell tracking charges, and I'll keep a journal of my bad thoughts in case you wanna stick my face in a cage of rats when I get back. ...Sorry, 1984 is the only book I read."

Don't you love it when Logan waxes intellectual? Here he references George Orwell's 1949 novel, 1984, which dissects a dystopia that's stifled by a totalitarian regime, set in the then far-off year of 1984. Oh, yeah. And there's a bit of torture thrown in to keep the peace. In the novel, fictional dictator "Big Brother" keeps a constant eye on the citizens of Oceania, but the character name has evolved into a description of controlling or overly curious government figures (or, you know, girlfriends). Orwell might take a few spins in his grave if he knew the term he coined half a century ago is now associated with a houseful of camera whores.

Cliffs Notes (Literature)

"Which reminds me, can I borrow your copy of 101 Brooding Comments?"
"I only have the Cliff Notes."

A cramming student's best friend, a high school English teacher's worst nightmare, and the scribe of a dope love poem in Clueless (as if!), CliffsNotes are a new definition for little…yellow…better! Designed as study guides to provide outlines, character descriptions, significant quotes, and analysis of classic books, they are frequently used as an outright substitute for the real thing. We'd imagine Logan and Dick's shared hotel pad is replete with several hundred volumes.

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" (Literature)

"That sound in your head, Pop, it is the beating of this hideous heart!"

A short story penned by that jolly paranoid alcoholic Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart is a gothic short story about a man who faces his ultimate undoing at the hands of his own guilt. After killing an elderly defenseless man because of an unsettling facial abnormality, dismembering him, and burying the remains beneath his home's floorboards (as you do), the narrator of the tale descends into madness, thinking he hears the still-beating heart of his victim taunting him. At the climax of the story, he exclaims: "I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!" Now THAT's embarrassing! The short story is among Poe's most famous and has been inspirational throughout the history of pop culture, from Lou Reed to The Simpsons. Here, Veronica uses it as bait to capture a suspected thief who winds up just being a bug-eyed cheater.

Panic! at the Disco (Music)

Seen on a poster at Hearst's college station, Panic! at the Disco is an emo/alternative rock band that catapulted to fame in 2006. A quartet of musicians too young to drink, they are wise beyond their years, singing about things like cuckolded bridegrooms. Reportedly they got their big break by stalking Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz on MySpace. Let this be a lesson to all aspiring emo bands out there (anything that makes Pete Wentz's life a little less desirable is okay by me).

The Big Lebowski (Movies)

"Where's the playbook, Larry?"
"Get off me, you dumb goon!"
"Where's the playbook, Larry? Where's the playbook? You're entering a world of pain, Larry."

Did you see Veronica's lips move when Kurt laid into Larry, the playbook-thieving artist? She knows every line of dialogue; we can't but think that she recognized the scene, albeit football isn't bowling. There have been so many references to this movie on this show, that there remains little more to do than just give you the goods:

The scene: the bowling alley.

The Dude: Walter, ya know, it's Smokey, so his toe slipped over the line a little, big deal. It's just a game, man.

Walter Sobchak: Dude, this is a league game, this determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?

Smokey: Yeah, but I wasn't over. Gimme the marker, Dude, I'm marking it 8.

Walter Sobchak pulls out a gun.

Walter Sobchak: Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain.

The Dude: Walter...

Walter Sobchak: You mark that frame an 8, and you're entering a world of pain.

Smokey: I'm not...

Walter Sobchak: A world of pain.

The Dude: Dude, he's your partner...

Walter Sobchak: Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!

The Dude: They're calling the cops, put the piece away.

Walter Sobchak: Mark it zero!

Walter Sobchak points the gun in Smokey's face.

The Dude: Walter...

Walter Sobchak: You think I'm fucking around here? Mark it zero!

Smokey: All right, it's fucking zero. Are you happy, you crazy fuck?

Walter Sobchak: ...It's a league game, Smokey.

Who's Who bio: Jeffrey Lebowski
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The Transplants (Music)

"Well, I figured with the cool car and the badass tunes, he'd be a cool guy."

I'm not convinced that this is a cultural reference. Really, it's a band. They show a picture of the band's CD in the show. How is that a reference? Well, maybe if they were an Austin, Texas, band and showrunner Rob Thomas was pimping friends of his...nope. As far as I can tell, they're not from Austin. Wait, apparently, Travis Barker from blink-182 is in this band? So, maybe it's a subtle reference to pop-culture marriages like Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler not lasting? Nah, probably not. Maybe they're emo, and it's reference to Piz talking about emo guys from earlier... Okay, I've just listened to a song on their website. Nope. Not emo. Okay, I give up. Somehow I doubt Weevil would really think this band is badass, though.

Lilith (Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"Or, we can drop the whole thing, and I can make your problem with the Lilith House and the Lampoon and the car go away."

Usually she's remembered as the mythical first wife of Adam, and feminists worldwide have claimed her as a symbol. However, she seems to be an appropriate symbol for the Lilith House grrls and their charming ways, since in ancient Jewish literature, she is also identified as a female demon and Satan's paramour. Hmmm, would that make her Dick's mother?

Peace in our time (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"So we'll just put this behind us for now. Yes, goodbye. Peace in our time."

The actual phrase "peace for our time" was spoken by Neville Chamberlain to defend the Munich Agreement in 1938. Britain and its allies agreed to appease Hitler in hopes of curbing his greed for more land. It... didn't really work, and the phrase became a sign of Chamberlain's unfortunate naiïvete. The dean uses it ironically, knowing as he does how short-lived the peace between feminists and satirists must of course be.

American Coins (Things)

"All right, let's flip a coin to see who goes first. And it's the head of a white, slave-owning patriarch, which means we'll go with the gents."

Most coins made by the U.S. Treasury feature the face of a former President. While six of the eight coins in circulation do show a white patriarch's face, only two of those patriarchs owned black slaves. So during Piz's live radio show debate, he must have flipped a nickel or a quarter. The kid is quite witty.

First Amendment (Ideas and Concepts)

"Our inaugural episode is devoted to my personal favorite amendment — rule number one."

Ah, the First Amendment, the addition to America's Constitution that says that citizens are free to worship whichever God(s) they wish, say or print whatever they wish, and peacefully gather wherever they wish. Things aren't quite as simple as our Founding Fathers imagined it to be. How far should this be taken? Can you run into a crowded theater and shout "Fire!" Should the writers of The Lampoon be allowed to say they wish to rape a member of Lilith House? Should atheists' beliefs be allowed to trump non-atheists' and result in the word "God" being taken out of everything related to or run by the government? Should pro-lifers be allowed to "peacefully protest" in front of an abortion clinic and prohibit women from entering? It's been said that one person's rights end where another person's begins, but that's not an easy thing to figure out, either.

Rimshot (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"The problem is simple. Feminists aren't funny."
"Should I wait for the rimshot, or can I respond?"

In this context, a rimshot is a series of three drum beats played at the end of a joke. It is often imitated by those who do not have a drum handy by tapping a hard surface or vocalizing it with "ba-dum chh!" This word also has an, um, more physical meaning, but unless these two groups were planning on making up in a very special way, the above definition is a safe assumption.

Jack London (People)

"Hi, I'm looking into Jack London and mercury poisioning."
"Um, third floor. Aisle nine."

Born in 1876, San Francisco native Jack London was one of the first writers to make a significant amount of money from his craft and is probably best known for his book Call of the Wild. His life and writings were shaped by many colorful experiences, including spending time in jail for vagrancy and being accused several times of plagiarism. As far as death by mercury poisoning, which this Hearst student is investigating, the jury's still out on that one. Officially, London died from acute renal failure, but others believe it could have been suicide or an overdose, among other theories.

Who's Who bio: Jack London
Donkey shows (Things)

"Us bad boys usually love Mexico, but, uh, I was feeling a little reformed. I don't even think Mercer surfs, and I always feel bad about those poor donkeys."

What is it with Veronica's boyfriends having an obsession with donkey shows in Mexico? Is it a prerequisite? First Troy and now Logan insist on talking about those lovely performances in which a woman and a donkey share some intimate moments. At least Logan shows some compassion, but should he really be more worried about the donkeys than the victimized women?! It's an injustice! People should be fighting for their rights! Who, me? Well, I would, but I have a softball game tonight.

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