Parker Lewis Can't Lose

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • Fight not, oh warring brothers; Turn away to live for the day When brave soldiers, returned to their mothers, Alive, unharmed, To watch the children play. Remember the love, embrace the joy As your golden hair turns to gray. Build bridges of friendship, rather than destroy Them, and always, always, Watch the children play.

  • Dr. Norman Pankow: Discipline is the altar upon which educational sacrifice is rendered. Ms. Grace Musso: Oh please! (applauds sarcastically) Inspired. I'm going to have that embroidered ... on a seat cushion!

  • Kohler: I'm the Goodyear Blimp with bad manners.

Notes (9)

  • Mary Ellen Trainor appears as Parker's mom. She was replaced by Anne Bloom for the remainder of the 1st season, but returned for seasons 2 and 3.

  • Corin Nemec and Joel Swetow would later be reunited in the "Stargate SG-1" episode, "Shadow Play."

  • Abraham Benrubi and Penny Johnson Jerald would work together again on ER.

  • The plot involving Shelly was listed in TV Guide, but was not in the episode.

  • Remmel is Lemmer spelled backwards.

  • Brian Bonsall appears as his Family Ties character.

  • While it's not revealed whether or not Lucinda is actually a vampire, Juliet Landau's character is not too far from the vampire she would play in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • This is the first episode in which Melanie Chartoff does not appear.

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Trivia (15)

  • At the end of the closing credits, Jerry's voice can be heard from inside a closed locker saying, "Mr. Lewis? Mr. Randall? Mr. Phillips? Hello!?" This is a reference to show producer, Clyde Phillips, whose company graphic is shown immediately after the credits.

  • Shelly tells Dr. Pankow her last name is 'Nemec' in order to avoid association with Parker. This, of course, is the same last name as the show's star, Corin Nemec.

  • Mr. Lewis tells his friends to synchronize their Bulovas, exactly like Parker tells the buds to synchronize their Swatches (complete with arm-triangle).

  • While Kubiac is sitting on the floor, he tells Parker, "There's always room for Jell-O." This is a slogan used in advertising for Jell-O brand desserts.

  • Music: "The Doctor" by The Doobie Brothers

  • The name 'Diane' is written on the door to the English classroom. Diane English is a writer/director/producer known for creating strong female characters, not unlike the teacher featured in this episode.

  • Frank the vampire: Frank has the ability to appear and disappear at will, similar to that of Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel.

  • Jerry dreams that he is fighting inside the game, Altered Beast. Later, he can be seen playing the same game on a Sega Genesis. Also, a line from this game--"Welcome to your doom!"--can be heard throughout the episode.

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Allusions (56)

  • David Faustino makes an appearance in detention hall wearing a 'Polk High' t-shirt. This is a reference to his character, Bud Bundy, from Married With Children. Both shows ran on Fox during the early '90s.

  • When the time capsule from 1970 is opened, the music played is the same six note tune played during the Columbia Television Distribution logo. Columbia Television produced the series.

  • The episode title is a reference to Radio Free Europe, which provide uncensored news to countries which don't have free media.

  • When Kubiac turns on his potato flashlight, it makes the same sound as a lightsaber from Star Wars.

  • The show references itself when a t-shirt printed with the 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose' graphic is uncovered in Shelly's pile of shirts.

  • After Mikey discredits Ozzy Osbourne's music, Ozzy says, "Hey, you don't have to bite my head off." This a self-reference to the famous incident in which Ozzy bit the head off a real bat onstage, thinking it was a toy.

  • Mikey calls Kubiac 'Dirty Larry'. A reference to Clint Eastwood's famous Dirty Harry character, another ruthless crime-fighter.

  • Before commencing Kubiac's weight loss program, Parker mentions that the liquid diet worked for Dierdorf and Lasorda, but not Oprah. This references Dan Dierdorf and Tommy Lasorda, both of whom worked as spokesmen for Slim-Fast. Oprah lost weight on a liquid diet, but quickly gained it all back.

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