Queer Eye

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (504)

  • Carson: I was always picked last in dodge ball.

  • Jai: I just broke the wall... and I don't think it matters.

  • Friend: God forbid you drink something at Butch's place. Carson: Come on boys, let's motor! Ted: Cheers queers.

  • Carson: You put a living room where the crack den used to be!

  • Carson: (whispering) I see straight people!

  • Adam (after getting something waxed): OW! Kyan: That was just your ear.

  • Thom(using a child's telephone): It's 1984. They want their decorations back.

  • Thom: My God, it's like a Toys-R-Us crack den.

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Notes (37)

  • Blair Boone appears as the Culture Vulture in this episode.

  • This episode, despite airing as 1.1, was actually the fourth episode filmed. A later episode was chosen to be the premiere because of the major casting change that occured in episode three (when Blair Boone was fired and replaced in the role of Culture Vulture by Jai Rodriguez).

  • Butch's website is www.blschepel.com

  • Due to the incredible ratings success of Queer Eye, starting with this episode, episodes re-aired in a thirty minute form on NBC (NBC owns Bravo), in a high profile primetime slot.

  • Blair Boone was originally hired to be the 'culture vulture' on the show. Producers felt he was not outgoing enough on-camera, so they fired him after he completed filming his second episode, hiring actor Jai Rodriguez, who'd they had seen performing in a one-man cabaret show, to replace him. The first two episodes filmed were aired as the second and third episode, with Blair receiving a guest star credit, so that audiences tuning in to the much-hyped premiere would see the full Fab Five, which included Jai. This led to speculation, when the second episode aired, that Jai had been fired and replaced by Blair, rather than the other way around!

  • Blair Boone was originally hired to be the 'culture vulture' on the show. Producers felt he was not outgoing enough on-camera, so they fired him after he completed filming his second episode, hiring actor Jai Rodriguez, who'd they had seen performing in a one-man cabaret show, to replace him. The first two episodes filmed were aired as the second and third episode, with Blair receiving a guest star credit, so that audiences tuning in to the much-hyped premiere would see the full Fab Five, which included Jai.

  • Unfortunately, despite the successful proposal, John and his fiancee split up the year after this episode aired.

  • This episode was the third episode filmed, and the first episode Jai Rodriguez worked on. He looks noticably different in this episode because his hair is dyed silvery blonde, a memento from his role in the musical 'Zanna, Don't! which he was starring in immediately before joining Queer Eye.

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Trivia (28)

  • Carson Kressley counts this as his favorite episode.

  • This is the episode submitted to the Primetime Emmy Awards panel in 2004 for consideration in the 'Outstanding Reality Program." Queer Eye won!

  • Kyan Douglas counts this as his favorite episode.

  • Thom (and Carson to a lesser extent) suffer from breathing difficulties in Kevin's filthy apartment. This is not just because of the dust and general dirt, but because Kevin has a pet cat and Thom is allergic to cat hair.

  • John Zimmerman was the first pro athlete to be made over for the show. The Red Sox Team appeared on the show as makeover-ees two seasons later.

  • Part of the music video was filmed on the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was shut for several hours, very early in the morning.

  • The mouse that appears in Jai's hiptip at the end of the show is one of Jai's own pets.

  • This is the first time 'Queer Eye' has made over a gay person.

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Allusions (29)

  • Carson: You look like Ben and Jerry Affleck. This is a reference both to the actor Ben Affleck, and to the ice cream company Ben and Jerry's.

  • Ted: Oh look, it's an original Butch. Ted was referring to a piece of art that strongly resembled the work of artist and former Queer Eye 'straight guy' Butch Schepel.

  • Ted quotes from Monty Python ("It's only a flesh wound!") when he cuts his head.

  • Ted compares Alan's behavior to the autistic character from the movie Rain Man.

  • Carson: Take me away, Calgon. When Carson goes into the bathroom, he quotes from a classic TV commercial for Calgon bath products, in which a woman unwinds in the bathroom. Richard: This is like a Cosby moment. Richard compares his own happy family moment to the heartwarming family show, The Cosby Show.

  • Carson: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drag Queen. That is a play off the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an acclaimed Chinese film.

  • Carson: That was Rico... that was Suave! This is a play off of "Rico Suave" by Gerardo, a Latino rap performer. It was a 1991 one hit wonder.

  • Ted: Oh, let's do that fish thing from Seattle! This is a reference to the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.

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