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The New Neighbors

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 1/19/05
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  • Episode Description
  • For Miles' sake, John and Kate spend time with their new neighbors -- whom they have nothing in common with -- because Miles and their son seem to like each other. Meanwhile, Tommy's anger towards Art reaches a boiling point.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Goodman

    John Barnett

  • Diedrich Bader

    Tommy Barnett

  • Jean Smart

    Kate Barnett

  • Edward Asner

    Art Barnett

  • Melinda McGraw

    Lily Barnett Manning

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Marge: It's a beautiful birdhouse. Lily: Oh, look, a bird's moving right in. Art: Did you bang down the nails on the inside before you put on the roof? Tommy: Dad... Marge: Art, please. Can't we just enjoy that beautiful bird moving into that beautiful birdhouse? Oh, look, look. He's poking his head in. (The bird falls to the ground dead) Marge: That poor bird. Tommy: I'm gonna... take the roof off, hammer down those nails.

    • Kate: Why didn't you just tell us? Miles: I thought you'd get mad at me. John: Why would we get mad at you? Miles: Well, I know how important it was for you to be friends with his parents. Kate: Honey, we don't care about his parents. Miles: Really? 'Cause you don't have a lot of friends.

    • Tommy: Dad, doesn't it bother you that we never finished anything together? That every time we sat down to do something, it always ended in an argument? Art: Because I wanted you to do things the right way. Tommy: You wanted me to do things your way. Art: Which was the right way.

    • John: I can't believe they think we're old. I tell you one thing -- if that music is on one minute past 10 o'clock, I'm calling the law! Kate: I'll wake you up so you can do that.

    • Tommy: You know, the father bird -- he gathers leaves and twigs and... makes a comfortable nest, but by the time the eggs hatch, he's gone. Basically, the tiny, little, innocent baby birds -- they don't know their daddy. I wish I was a bird. Ah, just as well the father doesn't hang around. If he did, he'd probably end up criticizing the little birds chirping and pecking and flying. Lily: Yeah. Or the little bird's choice of a mate. And then say "I told you so" when it flies off with a big-breasted robin.

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    Notes (1)

    • Showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum had two shows on CBS during 2004-2005, and both featured this episode title that season. The other was Yes, Dear -- which took over this show's time slot four weeks later.

    Trivia (1)

    • Jump cuts can be seen in at least three scenes: John standing up at the rave; Tommy spilling his guts to Lily; Art talking about Lipitor at Lily's apartment.

    Allusions (4)

    • John: We didn't come to start no trouble. We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.
      "The Super Bowl Shuffle" was a horrific rap single "sung" by members of the Chicago Bears in 1985, to promote their playing in Super Bowl XIX. Credited to The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew and featuring the quoted line as a chorus, the song was backed by a video (which was seemingly made for about 2 or 3 bucks), in which the 9 participating players do the shuffle that John mimics. Although the Bears won that Super Bowl, there were no winners as far as music was concerned.

    • John: I mean, eventually, all we are is dust in the wind. Kansas.
      Kansas were an AOR band from, appropriately enough, Kansas (Topeka, to be exact), who scored their biggest hit, "Dust in the Wind" (a song about death), in 1978. It peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    • Jewel: For his sixth birthday, we took him to see Godsmack. Kate: Oh, that is incredible. We love Godspell.
      Godsmack are an alt metal group from Boston, who've had a string of modern rock hits from 1998 on. Godspell is a musical about Jesus Christ, which spawned its own hit, "Day by Day," in 1972. It peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    • John: That's not Farrah Fawcett. That's crime-fighting angel, Jill Munroe.
      Jill Munroe was the character Farrah Fawcett played on Charlie's Angels.

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