JPod

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Colony Collapse Disorder

    Aired 4/4/08

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Steve Leaves

    Aired 3/28/08

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Senseless Prom Death

    Aired 3/28/08

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Betty and Veronica Syndrome

    Aired 3/14/08

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Fine China

    Aired 3/7/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alan Thicke

    Jim Jarlewski

  • Colin Cunningham

    Steve Lefkowitz

  • Sherry Miller

    Carol Jarlewski

  • David Kopp

    Ethan Jarlewski

  • Benjamin Ayres

    Casper "Cowboy" Jesperson

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  • show Description
  • Douglas Coupland's bestselling novel is adapted for the small screen by two top Canadian writers. Set in 2005, the show revolves around a group of video game programmers whose last names all begin with "J". They live and work in a development "pod", which they refer to as the "JPod", within a company that resembles Electronic Arts, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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  • Quotes (22)

    • Carol: Well finally, something wholesome! Honestly, Steven, we didn't raise him with restricted television privileges just so he could develop a disturbing interest in carnage.

    • Cowboy: Alright, Steven Lefkowitz. Dude, check this out, this guys a hugger! John Doe: What? Cowboy: Look at this, he's on the board of a cuddling club. John Doe: Man, that is sick! Cowboy: I thought I recognized him... John Doe: What do you mean you recognized him? Cowboy: I ju-just knew I'd seen before...

    • Steve: Gang, gang, gang, all this negative talk is killing my creative spark, so heres the deal. My son Connor loves turtles, therefore my first Neutronic Arts release will have a lovable shelled reptile on the cover.

    • Carol: Meet "The Dude." I named it after Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. Shaggy. Gruff. Loveable. And not for sale. It's the crowning glory of my genetic theories.

    • Ethan: Hi, I'm Ethan Jarlewski. I work here in the jPod as the Gore Specialist. Basically I find new ways of inserting carnage and violence in video games while conforming to quality codes. Cowboy: Dude that's so boring. Talk about your love life. Ethan: I'm not talking about my love life. My favorite room temperature is... This is pretty good. Cowboy where are we at now? Cowboy: 21.7 degrees Celsius. Ethan: Make that 71 degrees Fahrenheit. I hate metric. I don't want to talk about it. Cowboy: Talk about your love life. Ethan: Okay, my love life. I've had my heart broken twice and lately I've been wondering if there is even such a thing as "The One" and that scares me. And that's enough of that.

    • Kam Fong: And look, what do we have here? Its an expensive ceramic replica of a Tang dynasty dragon. Dozens of young children sacrificed an elementary education to work in factories so that you could enjoy the beauty and magnificence of my ancient culture. And yet, it leaves you cold?

    • (One of the immigrants points at Ethan's lamp and talks excitedly in Chinese.) Greg: He says thats his lamp. Ethan: I bought that on sale at Pottery Plantation! (Immigrant continues in Chinese pointing at lamp.) Greg: Uh, I mean he actually made it in his factory south of Beijing.

    • Ethan: Greg's trafficking in humans, this doesn't bother you? Carol: Ethan, you're a grown man, don't be a nark, no one likes a nark.

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    Notes (23)

    • The exterior of Neutronic Arts is Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    • Featured Music: "Celly Cue" by Fndmntl "Flamenco" by The Tragically Hip "Walking With A Ghost" by Tegan and Sara "Noctuary" by Bonobo "What The Snowman Learned About Love" by Stars

    • Featured Music: "Tenderoni" by Chromeo "The Sidewalk Cruise" by Cassette Won't Listen "Noctuary" by Bonobo "Fashionable People" by Joel Plaskett "Cha Cha" by Linda Martinez "Ketto" by Bonobo "High Society Social" by Linda Martinez "Dance And Swing" by Thaddeus Hillary "Blackpool Roll" by Mr. Scruff "Food For My Soul" by The Dragons

    • Featured Music: "Wayward Bob" by Bonobo "Fa-Fa-Fa" by Datarock "Ketto" by Bonobo "Black Is The Night" by DJ Vadim "The Plug" by Bonobo - "Spank Pod" by Sorce and Smoxz "Life Through One Speaker" by Young & Sexy "Lay Me Down" by Robert Cote Jr. "It's Over" by Milosh

    • Featured Music: "Flashlight" by Elliot Lipp "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" by Datarock "Transmission 94" by Bonobo "Listen To Your Own" by Panurge

    • This was the first episode to air in the Friday 9:30pm time slot. Prior to this episode it was airing on Tuesdays at 9:30pm.

    • At the end of the credits, this message appeared: "Copyright to "Happy Birthday to you" is owned by Warner Chapel Music (and not by the fictional character Lila Theron)"

    • After the show and before the credits, a page read: "No copyrights to to the song "Happy Birthday to You" were damaged or violated in the making of this program"

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    Trivia (20)

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Male mall cop kicks skateboarder.

    • Goof: During Kaitlin's testimonial on the internet for the Underground Diet she says "254 pounds of self-loathing". When talking to Ethan in his apartment near the end of the episode she says she lost 150 pounds making her 104 which is borderline anorexic.

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Woman character kicks turtle

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Turtle kicks male mall cop

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Woman mall cop kicks male skateboarder

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Woman character kicks male mall cop

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Bruised woman kicks woman mall cop dressed in red leather

    • Opening sequence groin kick: Female turtle kicks male turtle

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    Allusions (21)

    • Electronic Arts: Neotronic Arts, the gaming company for which the podsters work, is a spoof of Electronic Arts (EA) in real life. EA are famous for making games, many of which sport related, from consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive to the new generation consoles.

    • Madden: Kaitlin asks to be transfered to the "football franchise" of Neutronic Arts. This is a reference to Electronic Arts NFL franchise Madden.

    • Subway: The whole concept of Kaitlin having been an "Underground Loser" is an allusion to the Subway sandwich campaign that was called the Subway Diet. They had success stories and endorsements similar to the one Kaitlin gave on their website.

    • Carol: Meet "The Dude." I named it after Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. Shaggy. Gruff. Loveable. And not for sale. It's the crowning glory of my genetic theories. Carol names her prize Cannabis plant "The Dude" after Jeff Bridges character in the 1998 Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski.

    • 99 Red Balloons: When Ethan's father asks Kam Fong if he has a good German accent, and Kam Fong replies, "Neun und neunzich luftballons", this is actually a song title. Its by Nena, and the English version's title is "99 Red Balloons".

    • The Gum Thief: In the restaurant, the book the goth girl was reading was Glove Pond. Glove Pond is the novella that Roger is writing in Douglas Coupland's newest book The Gum Thief.

    • Bree: This is so Reservoir Dogs. This is a reference to the 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    • Ethan: Crotches and hot coffee only mean one thing to me. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Hos, blow and insane stunt bonuses. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a video game released by Rockstar North in 2004.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Jpod=cult classic Sadly for some reason CBC refuses to see this is a great show/product when most of the stuff they make is boring trash. www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2008/03/07/cbc-renewals.html voices the peoples outrage for the show being cut

    By BrainiacMM, Jun 21, 2008

  • A boat carrying a pile of money just left CBC's harbor and set sale for obscurity. Good job Ceeb.

    By alp1981, Jun 13, 2008

  • JPod follows a group of game programmers whose all last names begin with the letter "J" and the way they live their lives in the pod as well as out.

    By kam760, Apr 08, 2008

  • A bunch of programmers whose surnames start with the letter "J" are put into the "jpod" group to design games at whatever the name of the game company.

    By Crowy, Mar 20, 2008

  • Set in 2005, the show revolves around a group of video game programmers whose last names all begin with "J". They live and work in a development "pod", which they refer to as the "JPod", within a company that resembles Electronic Arts.

    By twopratt, Feb 03, 2008

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