When Sierra is arguing with Logan, she rather casually tosses off the idea, "Let's have a referendum," and one is scheduled almost immediately. It's very doubtful that in real life such a referendum could be suggested to a school administration and approved so quickly.
Niki: The brain has no control over the heart. Notice how much deeper I've gotten since I've been studying the '60's?
Alecia: This song sounds like my grandmother's house smells.
In the dialog the girls mention that a new quarter has just begun at school, but there is still at least one more quarter to go after it.
The song Alecia is given to sing, "Hard Times Come Again No More," was written by Stephen Foster (1926-1864), who many consider America's greatest songwriter. Among his most familiar works are "Oh! Susanna," "Old Folks at Home" (better known as "Suwanee River"), "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races." Foster is not mentioned as the song's author, however; it's simply referred to as "a very traditional 19th century song."
One of the students in Alecia's music class is identified as Ty Edwards, which is the name of the production coordinator of All About Us.
You Did Me Wrong by Divine Earth Essence
Shake the Beat by Zivo & Human Beatbox
What Are We Here For? by Russell Simins
Jim's Problem by Russell Simins
This episode was supposed to premiere on Saturday, September 15, 2001, but in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. the previous Tuesday, NBC postponed its new fall programming. A repeat of "The Grass Is Always Pinker" was shown instead. That repeat was some of the first regular programming NBC or any of the major networks had put on the air since Tuesday morning when the attacks occured.
Niki: Oh, FYI, your 'friend' is visiting in three days.
"Your 'friend'" in this context is a euphemism for a woman's menstrual period. This is a phrase that has been around for a long, long time and was widely used in times when menstruation was not considered a proper subject for any kind of conversation, but it's still often used even to this day. (The term "FYI" means "for your information.")
Sean: Niki, can you give peace a chance?
The slogan "Give peace a chance" was popularized by John Lennon in 1969. While still a member of the Beatles, John checked into a ritzy Montreal, Canada hotel with his new wife Yoko Ono and held what they called a "bed-in," a protest against the Vietnam war and a plea for international peace. While in bed on May 31, John and Yoko made a rough recording of a new song of his called "Give Peace a Chance," which was barely more than the title repeated over and over, with the many guests in the hotel room joining in on the vocal. The song was released under the name of the Plastic Ono Band and it reached no. 14 on the U.S. charts that year (#2 in the UK).
Alecia: Cool! I got the new Sarah McLachlan ballad.
Sarah McLachlan is a singer-songwriter from Canada whose folk-pop style proved to be very popular in the late 1990's. She is also very well-known as the creator of the Lilith Fair, a touring performing festival featuring up-and-coming and established female musicians.
Cris: What's with the Mission Impossible bit?
Mission Impossible was originally a TV series that ran from 1966-1973. It was about the adventures of a secret group of U.S. government agents who took on "impossible" espionage tasks, often involving the setting up of elaborate hoaxes, much breaking and entering, explosives, etc. A very succesful film of the same name was released in 1996 starring Tom Cruise. A second TV series of the same name ran from 1988-90 and a sequel to the film was released in 2000.
Alecia: Please, strangle that girl with her love beads.
"Love beads" is a generic term for necklaces of beads worn by so-called hippies in the late 1960's. Though they never were universally popular, they have become a cliche when referring to the hippie lifestyle and manner of dress.
Mr. Miller: Have you heard her (Maria Callas) sing La Traviata?
Maria Callas (1923-1977) was born in New York to Greek parents and moved to Greece when she was 13. During her lifetime she was cionsidered the greatest of all operatic sopranos. La Traviata was written by Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi and premiered in 1853. It has been performed regularly in opera houses around the world ever since.
Alecia: There's no way I can make this Jurassic song my own!
The Jurassic period is a scientific term for the era of earth's history approximately 170 million years ago. The term got into the public consciousness when director Steven Spielberg released his adventure film Jurassic Park, about dinosaurs come back to life in modern times, in 1993. Two sequels followed, in 1997 and 2000.
Sierra: This revolution will not be televised!
Sierra paraphrases the title of a spoken-word song by Gil Scott-Heron, a highly political poet-musician who began recording his jazzy, funky songs and poems in 1970. Released in that year on his album Small Talk at 125th and Lennox, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was his first work to gain major attention. Along with The Last Poets, Scott-Heron is considered one of the early profound influences on rap music.
Niki: It's like facing down the cashier who says you're too old to get the free toy with the kids' meal!
For years McDonald's fast-food restaurants have sold a "Happy Meal" to their youngest customers which includes a child-size meal that comes in packaging that appeals to kids that includes a small toy. Other fast-food chains like Burger King have followed suit with similar kids' meals. Suposedly, they are only available to children under a certain age.