1.22 "Leave It to Beaver"

Aired May 10, 2005

Cultural References

Leave it to Beaver (TV)

Episode Title: "Leave It to Beaver"

Leave it to Beaver was a popular family comedy that aired in the U.S. from 1957 to 1963. "Beaver" was the nickname for the younger brother, Theodore, who tended to stand in the shadow of his more suave brother, Wally. As such, this is a fitting nickname for Cassidy, because who is more debonair than Dick? The reference is apropos for this particular episode, since "Beaver" exposes the fact that Logan left Mexico early.

Connie Francis (Music)

"It's just funny to me how you always have to have your music match your meal."
"It is called setting a mood."
"Of course."
"Connie Francis is spaghetti bolognaise with a crusty bread and a nice Chianti."

Connie Francis is an Italian-American pop star from the early days of rock and roll. Among the most prolific female songstresses of her time, she surged in popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her first number-one hit was "Who's Sorry Now," released in 1957. Unfortunately, Lianne is not inspired by Francis' music to offer her own mea culpa for her atrocious actions.

Who's Who bio: Connie Francis
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Music)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Music)

"Okay, say we were having hot dogs and Tater Tots?"
"Late '70s southern rock — Skynyrd, maybe Creedence."

With a distinctive bluesy rock-and-roll sound, Lynyrd Skynyrd furthered the genre of "Southern fried rock" and sang about topics ranging from the joys of marijuana ("That Smell") to the evils of Neil Young ("Sweet Home Alabama"). While a plane crash in 1977 tragically ended the lives of three band members, the familiar concert chant "Free Bird!" lives in perpetuity. Led by a pre-grizzled John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival spent much of the '60s and '70s "looking out [their] back door" and asking audiences various questions about precipitation. Also booking big hits with "Proud Mary" and an 11-minute cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," Creedence (or "CCR") is reportedly the American band with the most number-two singles that failed to hit number one. Maybe next year. Both bands have a solid legion of fans in the Confederacy and might be popular on the eight-track players providing the soundtracks for hot-dog and tot-fueled family picnics.

Elvis Presley (People)

"Pork chops."
"Country, old school."
"Unless it's fried, then it's Elvis, the early years."

An icon of American rock and roll, Elvis Presley, or simply "The King," needs hardly any introduction. There are pros and cons for "early" (or "skinny") Elvis and "late" (or "fat") Elvis. The former is admired for his hip swivel, his military service, and his catchy but simplistic rock-and-roll ditties; the latter is appreciated for his impressive comeback and his penchant for fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches, but frowned upon for expiring on a toilet. Ironically, Keith associates the greasy, high-caloric hot mess of fried pork chops with the leaner version of Presley. A nationwide poll asking which Elvis incarnation would appear on a 1993 postage stamp proved once and for all that the svelte Elvis is the public's King of choice.

Garfield (Characters)

"So, anyone read the paper today? Garfield. I mean, will he ever learn? Oh yeah, and there was this other thing. I guess Abel Koontz didn't kill Lilly. Let's open the floor for discussion on that one, what do you say?"

In print since 1978, as of 2006, Garfield was in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. The titular character is an overweight, orange cat whose interests are basically limited to sleeping, gorging himself on lasagna, tormenting his dim-witted pseudo-sibling Odie (a dog), and mocking their owner, Jon.

Who's Who bio: Garfield
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NYPD Blue (TV)

"You said you were in Mexico the day of Lilly's murder. Why?"
"How many episodes of NYPD Blue did you have to watch to get the finger tapping down?"

NYPD Blue is a serial drama that aired on ABC from 1993 through 2005. Brainchild of Steven Bochco, the series follows the day-to-day drama of a Manhattan-based precinct. Once controversial for its envelope-pushing profanity (and gratuitous shots of Dennis Franz's bare nether regions), it became a refuge for erstwhile teen heartthrobs (see Schroder, Rick(y) and Gosselaar, Mark-Paul). Lamb typically attempts Franz's "bad-cop" approach when interrogating various suspects but is too much of a pretty-boy to pull it off with any degree of authenticity.

"Wannabe" (Music)

"Wannabe" was the first single from the pre-fabricated British pop group the Spice Girls. Released in 1996, the song climbed the charts to reach the number-one spot in the U.S., the group's native U.K, and many other countries across the world. The video introduced the carefully calculated "personal" styles of each of the five "Girls," while the catchy song turned "zig-a-zig-ahhh" into a household phrase. The single also demands: "If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends," which is intriguing given Logan's relationship with Veronica in the wake of his former girlfriend's demise.

Access Hollywood (TV)

"Oh, I'm the stupid one? Well, now you can just watch the tapes on Access Hollywood along with the rest of America."

Who's canoodling with who? When does the new Franz Ferdinand CD drop? And why was Lindsey Lohan admitted to the hospital this week? Tune in to nationally syndicated Access Hollywood, which kicked off its 10th season in 2006, for the answer to all of your pop-culture curiosities, as well as possible leaks of illicit tapes showing America's favorite action hero in the throes of passion with an underage pom-pom girl.

The Matrix (Movies)

Your first girlfriend is brutally murdered, your second girlfriend cheats on you (and bears a striking resemblance to Paris Hilton), your mother plunges to her death, and your third girlfriend fancies you a murderer. It's been a rough few months for Logan Echolls, so no one is surprised when he winds up following his mother's footsteps and teetering on a bridge's ledge. With nothing to lose other than the obsessive devotion of a legion of fans outside the fourth wall, Logan gestures to a menacing Weevil in a way reminiscent of Laurence Fishburne (as Morpheus) in The Matrix, a 1999 movie that elevated cinematic fight scenes to an almost ridiculous standard.

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Joan of Arc (People, Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"You wanna know something about Joan of Arc, Veronica? Huh? God didn't really talk to her. Uh-uh. It's true, I saw it on TV. You know, it was one of those historical forensics programs. And they decided she had a brain tumor. Burned alive. What a waste. She thought her death meant something. But all it meant was she was crazy. Think about that, Veronica."

French heroine Joan of Arc was burned at the stake on charges of heresy and sorcery in Rouen, France, in 1431 at the age of 19. As an adolescent, Joan was driven by religious visions to lead the French resistance that ultimately ended England's siege of Orléans in 1429. Canonized in 1920 in the Roman Catholic Church, she is the patron saint of a number of causes, including France, martyrs, prisons, soldiers, victims of rape, and the Women's Army Corps, which Joan probably didn't know about at the time. Like Veronica, Joan showed smarts and courage well beyond her young years. While there have been many theories as to the cause of her visions, including epilepsy and tuberculosis, nothing has been proven conclusively. Also? Aaron's a sociopathic asshole.

Who's Who bio: Joan of Arc
Who's your daddy (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Hey, who's your daddy, huh?"
"I hate it when you say that."

"Who's your daddy?" is a phrase that, no matter how you slice it, is typically laced with disturbing undertones. Exclaimed during the heat of the moment by cocky lotharios, belted out by Toby Keith, or used as a rallying cry by annoying reality-television contestants, "Who's your daddy?" is rarely said by anyone worthy of respect. Keith's exclamation this time around, which is mumbled from a stretcher, nicely bookends a similar conversation with his daughter from the pilot.

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