Caroline in the City

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (245)

  • Caroline: Thanks for answering my ad, Mr. Monroe. Monroe: It's just 'Monroe'. One word, like 'Picasso' ... or 'Cher' ... or 'Satan'!

  • Caroline: (about Del) You could try being nicer to him. Richard: Yeah, and I could watch Tori Spelling play Medea. But life is too short.

  • (Caroline and Del are kissing on the sofa) Richard: I see you've moved on from the kitchen table.

  • Annie: Check out the guys. Gay, gay, way gay, gay, who cares, straight...ooh! See ya. (she walks away) Caroline: Leave it to Annie to find the needle in the haystack.

  • Caroline: What do you mean, gay? Charlie: Well, when two people of the same sex...

  • Richard: Hey Charlie. One of my paintings is going to be in a show.(he exits) Charlie: On Broadway? Caroline: Charlie, how could a painting be in a show on Broadway? Charlie: It all starts with a dream

  • Caroline: You know I'm no good at dumping people. I couldn't even bring myself to switch drycleaners 'til my old one died.

  • Caroline: Del, I got my hair done! Del: Get outta here! Caroline: I did! Didn't you notice the highlights? Del: It looks exactly the same. Who's going to notice that? (Annie enters) Annie: Oh my god, your hair looks amazing.

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Notes (60)

  • In the UK edition of the DVD this episode is in the special features menu.

  • In Brazil, Caroline in The City received the name "Tudo Por Um Gato" (Everything For a Cat).

  • International Airdates: Germany: June 14, 2002 on RTL

  • Guest Ladman returns later in the recurring role of "Elevator Lady. "

  • Guest star Dan Butler is an openly gay actor and playwright best known for his recurring role as the obnoxious heterosexual sportscaster "Bulldog" on Frasier. He reprises his role as Kenneth Arabian in episode 40, "Caroline and the Dearly Departed." Interestingly, series star Eric Lutes made two appearances on Frasier as the new, gay manager of the radio station. Also Richard spends this episode pretending to be gay so his paintings will be in the gallery. In real life Malcolm Gets, who plays Richard, is also gay.

  • Jane Leeves (Daphne Moon) and David Hyde-Pierce (Niles Crane) cross over in their characters from Frasier. David would later appear in series 2 as an auditor who bribes Annie for an audition in Cats

  • Matthew Perry and Jonathan Silverman cross over in their characters from Friends and The Single Guy, respectively. In the same week, Lea Thompson crossed over as Caroline in a cameo appearance on Friends.

  • Guest star Jean Stapleton, famous as Edith Bunker in All in the Family, is the first in a series of previous-generation sitcom stars to guest on Caroline.

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Trivia (9)

  • This is the first mention of Julia, the love of Richard's life who broke his heart. Julia would later return at the end of series 2 and throughout series 3. It's also the first mention of "Sincere Amore" the love you never have to question, which would crop up again on a few occasions. It could be considered an early indication of a connection between Caroline and Richard that Richard mentions Sincere Amore to Caroline and then she uses that as a reason not to be with Del only a few minutes later.

  • Richard tells the story of his jacket being stolen while his sister watched. The sister is not given a name and is never mentioned again, not even in any of the episodes where Richard's parents appear.

  • According to many cross-overs, the universes of "Caroline In The City" and "Cheers" are the same. However, Keene Curtis's characters in both shows are different.

  • This episode sees the second mention or "Sincere Amore" - the love you never have to question. Caroline and Richard both realize that Stella and Vick have that kind of love.

  • The name of the cereal company is Dartland Foods (referring to Caroline and the City writer Dottie Dartland).

  • According to many cross-overs, the "Caroline In The City" universe is the same that the "Cheers" universe. However, John Ratzenberger's characters in both shows are different.

  • "Caroline In The City" and "Cheers" are in a very long line of cross-overs, so their universes are the same. However, Mandy Ingber's characters in both shows are different.

  • Goof: During the scene when Caroline is taped to the chair, the height of the tape on her body varies each time the scene cuts back to Caroline.

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Allusions (20)

  • When Annie asks about Richard's mugger he exclaims that he was mugged by a member of the Lollipop Guild. The Lollipop Guild was one of the groups of little people met by Dorothy when she arrives in Oz in the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939).

  • When Del hands Caroline his Blockbuster card Caroline asks if he thinks he's going to go nuts and rent "Howard the Duck", to which Del replies that the movie was underrated. Howard the Duck is a movie made in 1986 starring Lea Thompson, who plays Caroline, and Tim Robbins. It's about another planet where ducks rules the world rather than humans and Howard is transported to Earth. It was made by George Lucas who was already in debt and replying on a hit to stay in the black. The movie bombed leading Lucas to sell of many assets and is generally thought of as one of the worst movies ever made.

  • Annie: Quick, quick - Liza Minelli's birthday. This is a reference to the Oscar winning actress Liza Minnelli

  • Kenneth: Didn't Thelma and Louise come with you? This is a reference to the 1991 movie: "Thelma & Louise", with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

  • Richard: Where are you going? Caroline: Up to the tower to ring some bells. This is a reference to Quasimodo, the main character from the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by the french author Vicor Hugo. Quasimodo was born with physical deformities (for example the infamous hump).

  • Del: Welcome to Mars Del says this is response to Richard's lie about being allergic to his girlfriend's dog. Presumably this is a reference to the relationship self help book "Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus" by John Gray, first published in 1992.

  • Annie: So, we got this new dancer in Cats This is a reference to the famous Broadway show from Andrew Loyd Webber.

  • Richard: 'Tag along', who do I look like, Huck Finn? This is a reference to the book written by Mark twain called "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

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