Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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Quotes (377)

  • Penn: Before we bust up this party, and...goddamn it, we're gonna bust it up, we have to be very clear where our hearts are. We have nothing but empathy for the people who are experiencing the loss and grief of the death of a loved one. That guy who lost his mom...rips my heart out. I'm a momma's boy whose mom died a couple years ago and I'll...I'll never get over it. My dad died at around the same time, and I was very close to both of them. I loved them so much, there isn't a moment that goes by that I don't miss them. Houdini didn't REALLY go nuts busting these mediums until he lost his mom. Once you've felt that pure grief, seeing it exploited can...take away your sense of humor. Once a loved one has died, all we have is our memories of them. There's nothing more precious to me than my memories of my mom and dad. We don't give a rat's a** about the money these b*stards are taking from the grief-stricken. What we do care about, deeply, is the desecration of memories. These...performance artists...are, in a very real sense, mother*******. That poor guy's grieving memories of his mother are now all f*cked up by somebody else's images. All he will ever have left of his mom are memories and this pig has p*ssed on those for a buck and a little unearned fame. I'm sure these lame f*cks tell themselves that they're easing the grief, but skits for money cannot replace loving memories. How low do you have to be to exploit someone's true grief to sell some bullsh** book?

  • John Edward: You know, some of the misses that people think are misses, are not misses. You know, and I'm the first person to say, I am not 100% accurate. I'll come out and I say it all the time, I'll be like, "This is how I get it; I see it hear it feel it, I'm gonna do my best job I possibly can to interpret it for you. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it wrong. But, I get it." Penn: Oh yeah, we get it. When it seems like you're wrong, it's because you're right and the grieving are too stupid to figure it out!

  • Penn: You don't heal a broken heart by pretending it's not broken.

  • Penn (introducing the series): I'm Penn, this is my partner, Teller, and this is "Bullshit!". That's the name of our show. We're gonna hunt down as many purveyors of bullshit as we can. Sure, we lie, cheat and swindle--we've been known to deal a bit of bullshit ourselves, so some of you may ask "Why pee on someone else's parade?" One important difference--we tell you we're lying. You'll notice more obscenity than we usually use. That's not just because it's on Showtime and we wanna get attention. It's also a legal matter. If one calls people "liars" and "quacks", one can be sued and lose a lot of one's money. But "motherfuckers" and "assholes"--it's pretty safe. If we said it's all scams, we could also be in trouble. But "bullshit", oddly, is safe. So forgive all the bullshit language. We're trying to talk about the truth without spending the rest of our lives in court because of litigious motherfuckers.

  • Penn: And why do chiropractors continue to give regular adjustments, week in and week out, to perfectly healthy people? Devall: So the chiropractor can buy a Porsche.

  • Brinkerhoff: [to a patient] Can you say Hallelujah? HALLELUJAH Penn: A lot of real scientists make you say 'Hallelujah'.

  • Brinkerhoff: [to a patient] Just close your eyes, and see if you can feel your ovary twitching. Do you? Penn: Did he just say 'See if you can feel your ovary twitching'???

  • Philpott: At this stage...we can't...officially...scientifically claim we can cure anything. [record skip] At this stage...we can't...officially...scientifically claim we can cure anything. [record skip] At this stage... Penn: HEY BILL! TATTOO THAT LAST SENTENCE BACKWARDS ON YOUR A** SO YOU CAN READ IT IN THE MIRROR!

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Notes (33)

  • This episode features a rare occurrence: Teller (apparently) speaks.

  • James Randi a outspoken critic of those in the paranormal or psychic world made a appearance on today's episode.

  • It's interesting and very important to note that Penn later had to retract many points they made in this episode. There is not just ONE study about secondhand smoke harming people. They retracted thier statements in an on-stage interview after the second season, and apparently made a comment in a prelude to a 3rd season show.
    Editor's Note: It should be noted that during Penn's retraction at a convention, he said they still stood by one of their main points of this episode: that legislation banning smoking in public places is bull****.

  • On the Season One dvd, this episode is preceded by a disclaimer screen that states "This program contains explicit content that is intended for an adult audience. Viewer discretion is advised." This is the only episode in this season with such a screen.

  • This episode is used as a "Promo" for the Showtime Sampler for Digital Cable.

  • It should be noted that, in 2005, Jeff Selman, via the ACLU, challenged the right of the creationists and the school board of Marietta to place the stickers in the textbooks. A federal judge would agree on the grounds of it being an intrusion by organized religion on the public school system of Georgia.

  • This episode marks Dr. William Cone's second appearance on the show, the first being in the Alien Abductions episode.

  • James Randi makes his second appearance on the show.

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Trivia (59)

  • Deleted Scenes from this episode featured on the first season dvd include further interviews with Earlene Carr and Shurleane Wallace, one of the abduction group therapy members, and the blurred man from the convention (unblurred in the deleted scene).

  • Two further pieces of James Randi's Nostradamus interview are shown in the deleted scenes on the first season dvd.

  • A deleted scene with Ron Jeremy can be seen on the first season dvd as well as a deleted hidden camera gag involving a waiter with a rubber penis in a restaurant.

  • Written on a small glass paperweight behind one of the penis test volunteers: "Vasectomy is never having to say you're sorry."

  • Number of times the "fairy rings the bell" during the survey segment: 9, not counting the repeated bell at the end.

  • Two deleted scenes of Milan hawking feng shui merchandise can be seen on the First Season dvd.

  • The description on the water list for 4.75 per bottle L'eau Du Robinet: "Pure, brisk, and unmistakably French, this running water is bottled directly from the source, while its natural minerals and nutrients are still at their most potent. Its aggressive flavor and brash attitude make it a perfect complement to meats and poultry."

  • The description in the water list for 4.75 per bottle Mt. Fuji: "From the highest reaches of Japan, this refreshing water is known throughout the Far East for its clean and bracing flavor as well as its restorative powers as a natural diuretic and anti-toxin."

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Allusions (4)

  • Penn: John Edward -- the biggest douche in the universe! Penn references the episode of South Park "The Biggest Douche in the Universe," in which John Edward woos South Park with his cold readings, and at the end of the episode wins an award for Biggest Douche of the Universe--even defeating a giant alien douche. In fact, on the mini-commentary for that South Park episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone mention that Penn sent them a letter shortly after seeing the episode telling them how much he loved it and that it was his favorite episode.

  • The Sounds of Silence
    "The Sounds of Silence" is a single by Simon and Garfunkel originally found on their album "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M."
    When Penn jokes that "Sounds of the Uterus" might've been Simon and Garfunkel, this is the song he's referring to.

  • The episode title is a reference to the 1984 movie of the same name starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd about a group of paranormal investigators and eliminators in New York.

  • The woman strapped into a chair and hooked up to a polygraph is dressed as Wonder Woman. One of the psychiatrists who helped develop the polygraph was William Moulton Marston, who also created Wonder Woman.