Lorne: . . . Jules Verne meets Leona Helmsley.
Lorne's comment about the decor of the Nahdrah's ship references author Jules Verne (1828-1905) and billionaire Leona Helmsley (1920- ). Verne wrote several novels that relied upon then-undiscovered modes of travel (e.g. space, air, underwater) most famously in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which is undoubtedly what Lorne is referring too. Helmsley married a real estate tycoon and became a symbol for lavishness and excess; she was later convicted of tax evasion and spent 18 months in prison. Her poor treatment of her employees earned her the title "The Queen of Mean."