Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (7)

  • [On the phone, talking about a Gabor sisters movie] Arianna Huffington: Yes, I read the Gabor sisters script. You know, I really think I'd make a better Eva, than a Zsa Zsa, 'cause she was the smart one, no?

  • Ruth Katzman: Now Misses Kay, you're gonna go out today. We're gonna have to cut your toenails, so you can get your shoes on.

  • [talking about her new movie] Renée Zellweger: Well, it's a true story about a journalist, who suffered brain damage, while covering the war in Iraq. The injury she gets leaves her with a condition called "chronic narcissistic squint."

  • [after learning her housekeeper's car has broken down] Arianna Huffington: Somebody must have a cleaning blog. Um, what do I Google? [typing into Google] Poor people who have to do their own housework. [looking at the Google results] Ah! It's just people giving head. That's really weird, everything comes back to porn. I can't believe this, I'm trying to find a cleaning blog and all I'm getting is bl*wjobs. It's unbelievable!

  • Andy Rooney: They put a computer on the set and they pretend I'm using it. I don't know how to use a computer, all I know about is what to do with a pencil. Pencils are the best!

  • Ronnie Rooney: Why do they take old people to the theatre, when we just want to die?

  • [holding up a pair of tweezers] Chanel Monticello: You can not take these pilot killers on a plane! You could kill a pilot with these! You could disable a stewardess with these. [the passenger holds up a pair of high heeled shoes] Chanel Monticello: That's okay, that's a shoe. [holding the tweezers up] This could kill someone, that's just a shoe.

Notes (5)

  • Tagline: The Good, The Bad and the Absolutely Ridiculous.

  • Tagline: One Nation. Impersonated.

  • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic).

  • Scott Bakula is listed as a "guest star" for this episode, but he does not appear in it.

  • This episode was nominated for multiple Emmy awards in the following categories "Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series" and "Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special."

Trivia (6)

  • Goof-Continuity: In the bar scene, as Dina Lohan, Tracey's hand is empty, then a shot glass appears and disappears several times through the scene. In one shot she is clearly holding an iPhone, next shot she is holding a shot glass.

  • Tracey portrays the following characters in this episode: -Sindra Mataal (an undocumented worker, who's working as a servant for an elderly woman) -Linda Alvarez (a fictional news anchor for a morning show in Buffalo) -Lacy Harris (a wife of a farmer from North Carolina) -Laurie David (environmental activist) -Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post) -Nancy Pelosi (United States of America's Speaker of the House) -Irma Billings (a mid-America housewife, with a fascination about Ryan Seacrest) -Padma Perkesh (an Indian drugstore pharmacist) -Tony Sirico (best known as "Paulie Walnuts" on The Sopranos) -Gretchen Pincus (wife of a prisoner, who's on death row) -Rita Cosby (investigative journalist) -David Beckham (international soccer star and underwear model) -Campbell Brown (CNN Anchor) -Sally Knox (a fictional investment banker who's having an affair with her boss) -Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan)

  • Tracey portrays the following characters in this episode: -Carmen Valk (a woman getting kicked out of an ambulance) -Linda Alvarez (a fictional news anchor for a morning show in Buffalo) -Chanel Monticello (an airport x-ray screener) -Laurie David (environmental activist) -Sgt. Lisa Penning (a returning soldier from Iraq) -Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post) -Padma Perkesh (an Indian drugstore pharmacist) -Renée Zellweger (Academy Award winning actress) -Irma Billings (a mid-America housewife) -David Beckham (international soccer star) -Campbell Brown (CNN Anchor) -Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan)

  • During the Sandra Stevens segment, the women's basketball league is identified as the WANBA, but they are clearly using a ball from the WNBA.

  • Tracey portrays the following characters in this episode: -Mother Superior Rose Pannatella (Mother Superior from Pennsylvania) -Linda Alvarez (a fictional news anchor for a morning show in Buffalo) -Chandra Perkett (a yoga teacher with a public access television show) -Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post) -Rosa Batista (Arianna Huffington's housekeeper) -Asmaa Qasim (a fictional actress from Malawi) -Laurie David (environmental activist) -Irma Billings (a mid-America housewife) -Padma Perkesh (an Indian drugstore pharmacist) -Sherilynne O'Dale (A Christian who is dressing as a Muslim) -Judi Dench (Academy Award winning actress) -Campbell Brown (CNN Anchor) -Sandra Stevens (a fictional basketball coach for a woman's professional league) -Sally Knox (a fictional investment banker who's having an affair with her boss) -David Beckham (international soccer star) -Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan)

  • Tracey portrays the following characters in this episode: -A woman at a shipping dock -A flight attendant for Jet Blue -Chanel Monticello (an airport x-ray screener) -Mary Ann LeFrank (a 70-year old woman who is pregnant) -Laurie David (enviromental activist) -David Beckham (international soccer star) -Andy Rooney (60 Minutes correspondent) -Cameron Diaz (actress) -Campbell Brown (CNN Anchor) -Annette Thomas (a stage actress returning after two hip replacements) -Ronnie Rooney (brother of Andy Rooney) -Sally Knox (a fictional investment banker who's having an affair with her boss) -Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post)

Allusions (2)

  • Tony Sirico: I wanna show my range and my agent, Vinnie Boombots, called me with this script, I read it, I read it and it blew my f*ckin' mind. Vinnie Boombots is a fictional character, made famous by Rodney Dangerfield in his stand-up act.

  • The song Tracey sings, while playing Annette Thomas, is "Cell Block Tango" from the musical Chicago.