Alien Nation (1989)

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Quotes (51)

  • Matt: (After telling George off for paying his debt) You're a funny guy, George. George: Do you really think so? I've been trying to improve my sense of humor. Matt: No, no, no, no. What I meant was-- George: Humor is the hardest thing to translate though. I -- I did hear a new joke, though. Matt: (Clearing his throat) Oh, yeah? George: Yes, sir. A man came up to me and asked, "Which way is it to Carnegie Hall?" and I said, "practice." (Laughs) It's a funny joke. (Laughs again) Do you understand? Matt: Yeah, yeah, yeah. George: Practice Matt: It's close, George. It's real close. You know, it might be a smidge more effective if you said: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" George: Oh? Matt: Trust me. Matt and George: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Matt: (Pats George on the shoulder) That's it. Keep workin' it. You'll be ready to take it on the road real soon.

  • Matt: Sorry, I called you a Slag. George: Sorry, about the manure line. Matt: Speaking of manure, where do you want to eat lunch? George: Beats the hell out of me….Actually there is this little place on the east side, I’ve been meaning to try. It serves a really nice rug tail sloth. Matt: Yeah…(Laughs)… That’s good George.

  • Matt: Well, Mr. Purist, you have the right to remain silent, you choose to give up the right everything you say…. George: (Interrupting) Anything, anything you say can.. Matt: Anything. Anything you..Thanks..say..

  • (Susan leaves the office at Emily’s school and enters the restroom and a black woman comes in a minute later) Woman: Can I talk to you a minute? I was just thinking what it used to be with three kinds of restrooms. Susan: Three? Woman: Men’s, Women’s and Colored Susan: Really. Woman: I lived to seen it, but things do change, they really do change, if you want them to badly enough. I remember this old black woman, Ms. Jane Pittman, she used to pass this particular water fountain everyday, a white folks fountain. You know what she did one day? She walked right up to it and took a drink. (Laughs) But lordly all hell broke loose, when she did, ‘a nigger took a drink out of a white fountain, a nigger done this, a nigger done that’. One became mayor of Los Angles; one became mayor of Atlanta, Atlanta; one ran for president and one will be president some day. But it is hard to take that first drink, it takes a lot of courage to be like Miss Jane. Susan: At least they weren’t afraid she would turn into an insect. Woman: Oh Honey, I can show you people today that still think that black people have rabbit blood and Jewish people have horns. But you don’t look like no cockroach to me. Take a drink.

  • Matt: (To George) You're from another damn galaxy and you're telling me how to play the ponies. (Chuckles as he walks away)

  • George: I would think that you could catch more honey with a pound of vinger than a pound of flies.

  • Cathy: Do you think any one was here? Matt: He would have been a real professional. Cathy: Do you smoke cigars? Matt: Uh..no. Cathy: Then somebody was here. Matt: Oh yeah, seasoned professionals always puffs away on a cigar while he’s searching an apartment. Cathy: Smokers get it in their clothes, they don’t ever realize it. Matt: And you can smell it, even after they’re gone? Cathy: Yup! Not much hair, but I got a great nose.

  • Cathy: Down at the medical center where I work, everyone is treated with respect. Human or Newcomer, it doesn’t matter, you’re valued for what is in your head, not the shape of it.

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Notes (23)

  • There were 2 endings filmed for this episode; the one that aired and one where Matt did not solve the Tuggles murder.

  • The set for the police station and Matt’s apartment are old sets from the TV show Cagney and Lacey.

  • Kenneth Johnson narrates the opening sequence through out the entire series.

  • The make up budget on this episode was 400,000 and the total budget was 3.4 million.

  • This episode won the 1990 Emmy for Outstanding Makeup in a series.

  • Although credited, Jeff Doucette (Burns), Ron Fassler (Capt. Bryon Grazier), Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Sergeant Dobbs), Lauren Woodland (Emily Francisco) and Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein) did not appear in this episode.

  • Although they appear in the main credits, Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein), Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Sergeant Dobbs), Jeff Doucette (Burns) and Terri Treas (Cathy Frankel) do not appear in this episode.

  • Although credited, Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein) does not appear in this episode.

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Trivia (20)

  • Tenctonese/Newcomers excessively blink when they have colds.

  • The slang names for the humans are “Terts” and for the Tenctonese are “Slags”.

  • Tenctonese Names: Cathy is Jelana Buck is Finiksa Albert is Linsamonteno

  • When Cathy and Matt are in the warehouse looking at the stolen body, the first line spoken by Matt Sikes is not delivered by Gary Graham but Kenneth Johnson, during the editing process.

  • Matt Sikes seems to be periodically limping throughout the pilot episode. This is because Gary Graham sprained his ankle the day before they began filming the pilot and they choose to ignore it and not write it into the show.

  • Roger Aaron Brown, appears as William Tuggles in footage from Alien Nation, the theatrical release.

  • The Francisco’s live at 11331 Venetia Street in Lake View Terrace.

  • Goof: When Susan Fransisco pulls into the parking lot at the police station to bring her husband some lunch and air freshener, the actress' hair is sticking out from the base of her bald alien head wig at her neck/collar line as she parks, gets out of the car, and runs up the stairs.

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Allusions (17)

  • Named Newcomers in this Episode: Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He is known for his Physics and his Theory of Relativity. Amos ‘n’ Andy was a radio/TV show that began in the 1920’s and ran through the 1950’s. The show followed the adventures of Amos Jones and Andy Brown looking for a better life in the big city. Mort Dakota is a play on words for the state North Dakota.

  • Name Reference: Spock In this episode, George mentions reading books by Mr. Spock about child rearing. Matt then states that Dr. Spock is the author, and that Mr. Spock is one of "you guys." Mr. Spock is a character from Star Trek.

  • Tom and Alva Edison and their lighting store is an obvious reference (and terribly bad pun) to Thomas Alva Edison, who is known best for the light bulb.

  • Named Newcomers in this Episode: Ralph Emerson is a reference to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous author and poet. Alex Bell is a reference to Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish-born scientist and inventor, best known for inventing the telephone (though there is some controversy on the matter). The decibel (and its larger version, the bel) are named after this man. Johnny Appleseed (the guy at the dating service) is a reference to an American orchardist and Christian missionary whose real name was John Chapman. Chapman is called by this name because he planted apple trees in large parts of Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Clara Bow was a silent movie star and one of Hollywood's first film sex symbols. Ted Healy is almost certainly a reference to the American vaudeville performer and actor whose real name was Clarence Earnest Lee Nash. Though he did have a successful career of his own, he's primarily remembered as the original employer of the Three Stooges. Daniel Webster is most probably a reference to the United States politician of the same name, who served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Harrison and John Tyler. The name of Marvin Gardens (spelling taken from DVD subtitles) is likely taken from the same-named space on the board in the game Monopoly. In turn, that is a misspelling of a place, Marven Gardens, which is a place two miles south of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Emma Bovary is the name of a fictional character from the book Madame Bovary. The character, a doctor's wife, has several adulterous affairs, which spurred several attacks for obscenity back when it was originally published, in the last few months of 1856.

  • Named Newcomers in this Episode: Silas Marner is the title character from the 1861 George Eliot novel Silas Marner: The Weaver of Reveloe.

  • Named Newcomers in this Episode: Wyatt Earp was a teamster, buffalo hunter, gambler and saloon-keeper, but he is most famous as an officer of the law, and for participating in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

  • Pop Culture Reference: Spuds Mackenzie Buck compares his father to Spuds Mackenzie. Spuds Mackenzie was an English bull terrier dog that was the canine mascot/ spokes person for Anheuser-Busch Beer Company's Bud Light commercials from 1987-89.

  • Named Newcomers in this Episode: Peter Rabbit is the main character in a series of children's books.

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