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Quotes (9)

  • Greg: Looking back, it was pretty amazing how we all stuck by each other... Even Alison took one for the team... Well, we spent the whole day pretending to be a family. And the biggest surprise of the night was that we already were one.

  • Warren: Why the hell are you wearing a dress? Jack: Hmm? Oh, this. Yeah, huh, funny story there. Hank Thompson -- guy at my gun club -- starts shooting way better than he usually does. So I ask him what his secret is. Ladies underpants, he says. It relaxes him, slows his heartbeat, which steadies his aim. So I tried it, and I started shooting a lot better. So I added skirt, wig, makeup, some pumps -- next thing you know, I'm top marksman at my gun club. Oh, and you know what else? Works for bowling, too. Greg: That's weird. They never let me wear my own shoes when I'm bowling. Gil: Yeah. That's the weird part. Alison: Jack, the woman from TV Guide is here. Jack: Oh, no, you're kidding. This is so embarrassing... Look at this place -- it's a mess! Warren: Yes, well, perhaps you'd like to slip into a French maid's outfit and tidy up a bit.

  • Alison: Laura, have you interviewed Count Blah yet? He is such a talent, and so professional. Warren: Oh, yes, if by professional, you mean stealing his entire act from a Sesame Street character. Blah: That's a filthy lie! That son-of-a-bitch stole my bit, blah! Alison: Blah and the--and the Count from Sesame Street have this, like, playful rivalry. I love when you do that. It's totally fake. Blah: Fake, just like his accent. I'm from Romania. He's from New Jersey. And I'll tell you another thing about him. Yeah, he once showed up in an emergency room with 1, 2, 3 -- 3 gerbils!

  • Warren: "...if you get caught between the moon and New York City..." Dottie: You know, the distance between the moon and New York City actually varies due to the moon's elliptical orbit. Warren: Oh, elliptical. Well, my, my -- they must be using some awfully big words on the Cartoon Network. Dottie: Actually, Laura, I studied astronomy in college. In fact, I graduated with a perfect G.P.A. Whereas the only 4.0 Warren ever got was on a breathalyzer test.

  • Gil: Boy, you actually brought a synthesizer. Warren: Yes, well, nothing but the best for Blah's birthday. Gil: It's Jack's birthday. Warren: Yeah, whatever. Come on, shove aside, Bender -- the reporter can't see me.

  • Alison: Warren, Warren, we have exactly three hours to plan a surprise party for Jack, okay? Spread the word. Warren: Oh, good God, this isn't going to be like the time you threw me a party and then cleaned out my liquor cabinet, is it? Alison: That wasn't a party; that was an intervention.

  • Alison: Oh, hey! Yay! Look who's here! Everybody, this is Laura Carlson from TV Guide. Jimmy: Oh, wow. I hope she's as easy as their crossword puzzles. Greg: No kidding. I would like to see a magician try to pull me out of her.

  • Alison: Yeah, the whole angle is going to be how, even behind the scenes, we're one, big, happy family. Jack: Yeah, right. Alison: Yeah, right, and if we do this right, we could wind up on the cover, which would do incredible things for me. Us. The show. Warren: This could be perfect. I could plug my CD entitled, "It's Delightful, It's Delicious, It's Demontague." Alison: As much as I would love you to go plug yourself, Warren, this is not the time.

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Notes (4)

  • The outtakes tag for this episode was not broadcast by FOX. It was replaced with a promo. In this show, four outtakes are shown during the closing credits: Eugene Levy doing an improptu dance after apparently forgetting his line; Count Blah doing an improptu dance between takes; Seth Green imitating Michael McDonald's Stuart character from Mad TV while in the men's room with Greg; Warren declaring, "We'll figure that out in the editing room" and walking away from his keyboard.

  • Laura Carlson was very likely named after puppeteer Kevin Carlson, who worked on "The Singing Mailman."

  • Lee Shallat-Chemel is credited as Lee Shallat Chemel.

  • Music: "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield; "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross), performed by Warren "Professor Ape" Demontague

Allusions (2)

  • Jimmy: I really loved that article you wrote about Elmo's battle with depression. Another Sesame Street reference about the furry red puppet Elmo.

  • Warren: Oh yes, if by professional you mean stealing his entire act from a Sesame Street character. The Sesame Street character Warren is referring to is The Count, the vampire who helps out with simple mathematic concepts.