The Chronicle

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (48)

  • Sal: Hey, I think I got their web site. Tucker: Aliens have a web site? Grace: How do you think the Internet got started--Al Gore?

  • Donald: What do you think - alien? Wes: Yeah, definately ruled out genetic mutant. Donald: Too far from Jersey? Wes: Exactly.

  • Tucker: Are all these people applying for the same job? Woman: Why do you want to know? Who are you with? Were you followed? I was followed.

  • Tucker: One of the richest, most powerful men in the city has disappeared. I mean it's all over the news. And you're telling me you want to ignore that and devote copy space to... to... potato chips? Donald: Potato chips. Tucker, for all we know that salty starch is a sign of impending apocalypse. A strange genetic mutation caused by unseen extraterrestrial bacteria. Or maybe, just maybe it might be the next evolutionary step for a root vegetable hell-bent on taking over the world. Don't dismiss the chips.

  • Wes: (describing an exorcism) C'mon, D. We'll light a few candles, get a little sweaty, and have a beer after. It'll be fun?

  • Sal the Pig Boy: ...and whatever you do, don't ever, ever eat ham. No matter how hard they try to shove it down your throat. That Egg McMuffin you so callously devour could be my uncle!

  • Vera: Grace, the 700-pound man from Kuala Lumpur just called, he's very upset about the picture. Grace: Thanks, Vera. (to Wes) I told you not to use a wide-angle lens.

  • Tucker: Another occult journal article Cooper wrote... Grace: Let me guess--reanimation, life after death, blah blah-blah blah... Tucker: Yup. Wes: Hey, here's an article on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and critiques of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tucker: Jeez, does this guy never sleep?

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Notes (19)

  • A Newsweek editor asks Tucker if he knows reporters "Edison" and "Carter". "Edison Carter" was the name of the reporter on Max Headroom.

  • James Hong plays "David Lo Pan," a Chinatown businessman. Not so coincidentally, he also played a Chinatown businessman and ancient sorcerer named "David Lo Pan" in the cult movie "Big Trouble in Little China."

  • George Takei plays the father of a Chinese girl, in Chinatown, although he is Japanese by birth.

  • This episode is "In Memory of John Reiner", the sound re-recording mixer who worked on the show.

  • Jon Polito does not appear in this episode.

  • Jon Polito is not in this episode.

  • This episode also bears a strong resemblence to Brimstone, with the idea of a supernatural bounty hunter who goes after escapees from Hell.

  • This episode bears a strong resemblence to the Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode "Chopper", which also had a ghostly biker decapitating people.

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Trivia (14)

  • When Tucker Burns walks through the endless corridor in the archives, he looks at strange samples on both sides, put away on shelves. At one point we see a sample on the right side, labeled F-2 but with the writing reversed: obviously a "left side" shot flipped to the right side to make it look like Tucker was looking at both side of the corridor, while they were filming only one.

  • Given that Grace was fully dressed, exactly how did the 1' round STA exit her body so quickly? *ahem*

  • Pig Boy's tracker display shows the target going into "Itchycoo Park", but from other locations on the map (Grand Central Station, Museum of Modern Art, St. Patricks Cathedral), "Itchycoo Park" is located in a non-park area in Manhattan, on the east side, bounded by Lexington Avenue, 46th Street, 1st Avenue, and 57th Street. This fictional park is southeast of the real Central Park.

  • Since Sal (presumably) fried the tracking chip in Monica, how did Elias and his team find her so quickly when they go out for a walk?

  • The Nemecoids seem to have a pretty elaborate set-up on Earth, and are able to try and kill clone-Grace several times. So why didn't they just kill the real Grace themselves: why did they need a clone of her to do so?

  • So what happened to the subplot of Evelyn trying to have Grace committed? She has the requisite three signatures, and the guys can't really explain what's going on with the clone. Why'd she change her mind?

  • If Daniel wants the clone-Grace to be at large so that she can lead them to her alien masters, why does he sign the papers to have her committed?

  • Wes is slightly out of date on his weaknesses: DC ditched Green Lantern's weakness to the color yellow a couple of years ago, at least with the Kyle Rayner version.

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Allusions (12)

  • Tucker: We're gonna need bigger darts! Referring to a line from the monster movie Split Second (1992) where 'Dick Durkin' says, upon seeing the monster for the first time, "We're gonna need bigger guns!". This may itself be an allusion back to Jaws (1975), in which Brody warns Quint, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

  • Vera: Get your filthy paws off of me, you damn dirty ape! Referencing the line spoken by Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes (1968). The original line, "Take your stinking paws off off me, you damn dirty ape!", is spoken by Heston's character after being recaptured and taken back to Ape City.

  • Itchycoo Park Pig Boy's tracker shows the Savage Simian going into a park that is the subject of a song by the same name by Small Faces, released in 1967.

  • Title Referencing M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999). In the movie, which stars Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, Cole Sear (Osment) claims that he can both see and talk to the dead ("I see dead people").

  • Derek: Astro City Comics Shop
    Astro City is a fairly popular and well-reviewed "reality" superhero comic written by Kurt Busiek and published by Image Comics.

  • Wes: That's weak. Aquaman could have done better than that.
    Aquaman, DC Comics' King of the Seven Seas, gets very little respect, primarily due to the fact he was in the Super Friends series but really didn't do much and was overshadowed by the others. He also couldn't stay out of water for more than an hour, his power to control sea life never seemed to inspire much awe, and while he was strong he wasn't anywhere in Wonder Woman's or Superman's league. While he has been hyped up somewhat at the hands of writers like Peter David and Grant Morrison, DC decided to kill him off (at least temporarily) in their "Our World at War" storyarc in summer of '01.

  • Title The title of this episode is an allusion to the '75 movie The Stepford Wives, which featured a town where the men replace their wives with compliant sex robots.

  • Tucker: Great, we have a six million dollar science teacher. A nod to the 70's TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, which featured Lee Majors as an astronaut-turned-spy who had bionic limbs.

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