The Boy Next Door

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (14)

  • ALF: I have powers that you can only dream about. Jake: Like what? ALF: (thinks for a moment) I can watch television for ten hours straight and not get up to go the bathroom.

  • ALF: The only good cat is a stir-fried cat.

  • Jake: My dad could fix everything, especially horse races.

  • ALF: That Jake really grows on you, doesn't he? Brian: Not on me. Lynn: Don't you think he's a little rude? ALF (burps): Not particularly.

  • Jake: My motto is: if I can't fix it, it ain't broken. ALF: My motto is: I broke it. Jake: My Dad's motto is: I broke into it.

  • ALF: On Melmac we only had one guy who could fix things. We put him on display in a zoo, but the door to the cage was broken, so he just walked away.

  • Trevor: Hey Willie, can we borrow some of your tools? Willie: Sure, they're in your garage.

  • Kate: Children can be difficult but at least they don't shed in the milk. Raquel: I haven't heard that old cliche in years.

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Notes (1)

  • In the episodes order this is the first apperance of Jake Ockmonek.

Trivia (2)

  • When ALF enters the garage, he's singing part of the chorus from a Michael Jackson song, Billie Jean.

  • Trevor Ochmonek has a Masters degree in art history.

Allusions (7)

  • When Lynn and Willie need to say which comedian was in the tape, they say "Jay Leno." This alludes to Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show.

  • At the end of charade, ALF reveals that the movie he was hinting at was The Man Who Would Be King. The 1975 movie based on a short story by the same name is about two former British soldiers who wind up as kings in Kafiristan.

  • During charades, ALF points at himself as a hint for a movie, which evokes guesses of Hair, and The Brother from Another Planet. - Hair is a 1967 musical-turned-movie about a young man who goes to New York City and joins a group of hippies, then is later drafted. - The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 movie which tells the story of an alien who crashes on Earth and tries to adjust himself.

  • When ALF pretends to be the television, he first announces Monday Night Football. When reminded that it's a saturday, starts to announce Saturday Night Live. Monday Night Football, running since the 1970's is a live broadcast of the National Football league. Saturday Night Live, also airing since the 70's, is a comedy show.

  • When Willie tells him "to run and hide, or else" in a threatening tone, ALF asks if that wasn't a Chuck Norris movie. Chuck Norris is a martial arts champion, who has acquired a reputation of being a tough, no-nonsense type guy.

  • When ALF is calling Scotland on the radio, he starts the conversation by saying: "Hey, Scotty, beam me up." This alludes to one of the most famous phrases from the original Star Trek series.

  • The title is derived from a song with the same name from the Broadway musical, Meet Me in St. Louis.