Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • "He flounders like a huge conger eel in an ocean of dingy invectives and dismal vituperations." Hal Sterling, proving he can read.

  • Hal: Why would you do this? Help us to kill your own brother? Akin: Seeing all of you. Seeing a family, made me remember the way it was. I love my brother. That's why i want his suffering to end.

  • Akin (explaining why his brother is so driven) : When a man enters the realms of mystery, he walks alone. Sometimes, it's difficult to come back.

Notes (24)

  • Ray Walston plays a "life assignment officer." When the androids are created, they have to be given jobs, homes... life assignments. His character is upset with the Sterling family because he thinks that Fabrique - the android designer - has gone over his quota.

  • Rules of Attraction was the name of a 1984 album Roderick Taylor put out on MCA Records under his pseudonym Rod Falconer. The music video for the accompanying single, "Only So Much Time," contained plugs for the series.

  • I found it is very curious why Ray Walston, known in the Trek world as Boothby, the Starfleet Academy groundskeeper, appeared in this episode in a photo.

  • Brian Thompson (Drill Instructor #2) who played the Alien Bounty Hunter on THE X-FILES.

  • Robert O'Reilly (Drill Instructor) who played Gowron in Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: DS9.

  • Trek fans should recognize Mark Lenard (Commander Peril Setees) who played Spock's father, Sarek.

  • Jonathan Banks (Commander Nuveen Kroll) did not appear in this episode.

  • Seinfeld fans should recognize Ian Abercrombie (Mr. Miro) who played Elaine's eccentric boss, Mr. Pitt.

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Allusions (2)

  • Pictures of A Hard Day's Night-era Beatles feature in the episode--the mug shots of them that flash near the end are all from the cover to that album, for example. Other Beatles references include the first song that the kids play, "I Want To Hold Your Hand," which is a Beatles hit, as well as all four of their names (John, Paul, George, Ringo) being mentioned in the first lines of the song the kids write.

  • Named after the song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" by David Bowie, from the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Another Bowie song, "Modern Love" (from the album Let's Dance) features in the episode.