Happy Endings

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (11)

  • Max: (acting as a tour guide with his limo) Welcome to Chicago! Now here's a fun fact. Chicago was originally nicknamed the Window City, but another city had that nickname first, so, thanks a lot, Omaha!
    Tourist: Really? That doesn't sound right.
    Max: aah ...
    Jane: Yes, it is true. We are from Omaha, and that is a true fact. We are called the Window City because of our famous Window Museum. It's a ladder looking right through other parts of the museum.

  • Max: You guys watching Marty's show, Boardwalk Empire?
    Jane: Marty?
    Max: Marty Scorsese.
    Dave: Martin Scorsese. You can't call him that. You're not his buddy.
    Max: I'm sorry, I like to call celebrities by the name they prefer: Bobby De Niro, Sandy Bullock, Eddie Jimmy Olmos

  • Dave: Have you ever felt like the Big Mac wasn't big enough? Or the foot long wasn't feet long enough? Well, have no fear, ladies and gentlemen, and feast your eyes upon (Max removes the cover from the plate) steaktanic! Two pounds of meat.
    Max: Steaktanic.
    Dave: One liter of garlic aeoli.
    Max: Steaktanic.
    Dave: A half a block of smoked Gouda. Three layers of lettuce ... iceberg, dead ahead.
    Jane: Wow, that is disgusting ... and illegal, I think.
    Max: Steaktanic.

  • Penny: <em>(to Jane)</em> I don't even understand what you're raising money for. Animals for Change. Are you trying to genetically modify animals?
    Brad: I want to take up rhino.
    Jane: "Animals for Change" helps to protect endangered species. Except for pandas. They have plenty of money. They are like the breast cancer of animal charities.
    Penny: Okay, so someone else will be crafting your opening remarks.

  • Alex: Woo! I'm so excited. An intervention? It's like having a surprise party for someone that's going to hate you.

  • Alex: Hello filthies. Look who I ran into at my new favourite vegan eatery "CafĂ© Thankful".
    Penny: Avi...
    Avi: Namaste, Penny.
    Alex: Turns out we're both into cleanses.
    Avi: My cleanse is pretty next level. I'm only eating clear foods, and I've given up all sexual intimacies. That's right, y'all. Avi's celibate.
    Penny: Are you sure that's a choice, Avi?
    Avi: Good dig. But jealousy is not a sweat pant that fits you well.
    Max: Bu-bu-burn!
    Alex: (goes for a high five) Oh yeah...
    Avi: Please, don't touch me! I'll explode like a water bottle on a cross country flight to Albuquerque.
    Max: Where's that flight from?
    Avi: JFK.
    Penny: Get out of my bed room!

  • Max: You know what I was thinking about? If Mary Tyler Moore married and then divorced Steven Tyler, then married and divorced Michael Moore, then got into a three-way lesbian marriage with Demi Moore and Mandy Moore, would she go by the name Mary Tyler Moore Tyler Moore Moore Moore? Hm.

  • Jane: (After Brad's suggestion to postpone Christmas in favour of celebrating Janemas) What's Janemas?
    Alex: You're going to do everything you would normally do on your July birthday. I'm going to take you shopping, we're going to get our nails did, and then we're going to throw you the best birthday party ever.
    Jane: Guys, I really appreciate what you're trying to do okay, but you can't shut Christmas out. It's unstoppable.
    Brad: Oh, we're stopping it missy today. Alex is going to keep her weird present opening fetish under wraps, no pun intended.
    Alex: I don't get it anyway.
    Brad: And Max is going to be eggnostic for the day, pun intended.
    Max: I'm not saying there is eggnog, I'm not saying there's not eggnog, what I'm saying is, there's no way to know for sure.
    Alex: I really don't get that one.
    Penny: There is going to be zero evidence of Christmas on your birthday.

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Notes (88)

  • Featured Music: "Closer To Fine" by Indigo Girls "She Moves In Her Own Way" by The Kooks

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: April 13, 2011 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: September 8, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: April 13, 2011 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: September 15, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

  • Guest star Michael Mosley (Malcolm) was Eliza Coupe's (Jane) love interest in Season 9 of Scrubs . He played Drew Suffin and she played Denise Mahoney.

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: April 20, 2011 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: September 29, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: April 20, 2011 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: October 6, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

  • Featured Music: "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance)" by C & C Music Factory "Mambo Italiano" by Dean Martin

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: April 27, 2011 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: October 13, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

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Trivia (4)

  • Max: I totally thought I was gonna be putting the lotion in the basket... Max is referencing a scene in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. Serial killer Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb repeatedly tells captive Catherine Martin to put (or place) "the lotion in the basket" that he has lowered down into the pit where he is keeping her.

  • When Jane mentions that she married Brad because of her vision board, Brad says "Technically, she didn't have me on the board, it was just a picture of one of the guys from In Living Color." In Living Color was an early 90's sketch comedy show that starred the Wayans brothers, including Damon Wayans, Sr., the father of the actor who plays Brad.

  • "The Chicago Way", as immortalized in the famous scene from Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables, is a tactic of using an exaggerated sequence of violent escalations to gain the upper hand on your adversary. "The Kerkovich Way" involves supporting a false story by escalating to more and more desperate heights to keep up the lie. Aside from the many references to the Chicago-based films of John Hughes connected to the scavenger hunt part of the storyline, the baby carriage scene from The Untouchables was clued in the final race stage.

  • The food fight that starts between a few people and ends up involving the whole crowd, is reminiscence of the action in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1.

Allusions (12)

  • Penny: (to Alex) 'Cause maybe your dad is the head of some elite counter terrorist unit and he only has 24 hours to -- I don't know!
    Elisha Cuthbert (Alex) previously played the role of Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer, a member of the elite Counter Terrorist Unit on the Fox television series 24 (2001-2010). In that show, each season depicted 24 hours in which Jack typically had to foil terrorist plots.

  • The episode title, "The Girl with the David Tattoo", is a reference to the popular 2008 book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

  • The episode title, "You've Got Male", and the plot are a reference to the 1998 movie You've Got Mail, where Meg Ryan plays a small business owner who protests the establishment of a large chain store while she dates the owner of the store, played by Tom Hanks. Max mentions this similarity when he finds out that Ian is the owner of Nick's.

  • Max: I need you guys, you're the best improvisers a fake tour guide could ask for. I mean you're my Wayne Brady, Jane. And you're my Greg Proops, Brad.
    Max: You're my Ryan Stiles.
    This is a reference to performers Wayne Brady, Greg Proops, and Ryan Stiles of the improvisational comedy television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The show, produced by Hat Trick Productions and Warner Bros Television, ran on ABC (1998-2004), ABC Family (2005-2007) and brought back on the CW in July 2013.

  • Title: Referencing the 1989 film The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover starring Helen Mirren. The film was written and directed by Peter Greenaway. It won awards for Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Best Director and Best Original Soundtrack at the 1989 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival. The film won a Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) Award in 1991 for Best Foreign Film.

  • Title: Referencing the successful sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond about a successful sports writer and his oddball family. The series ran from 1996 to 2005.

  • Title: Referencing the television series Party of Five named after the five siblings who run their family restaurant after their parents' death. The family themed show aired from 1994 to 2000.

  • Title: Referencing the 1994 British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral which follows a group of friends who wonder if they'll ever find true love and get married. During the course of the film, the friends attend four weddings and one funeral.

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