Center of the Universe

Season 1 Episode 10

The New Neighbors

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jan 19, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Jump cuts can be seen in at least three scenes: John standing up at the rave; Tommy spilling his guts to Lily; Art talking about Lipitor at Lily's apartment.

  • Quotes

    • Marge: It's a beautiful birdhouse.
      Lily: Oh, look, a bird's moving right in.
      Art: Did you bang down the nails on the inside before you put on the roof?
      Tommy: Dad...
      Marge: Art, please. Can't we just enjoy that beautiful bird moving into that beautiful birdhouse? Oh, look, look. He's poking his head in.
      (The bird falls to the ground dead)
      Marge: That poor bird.
      Tommy: I'm gonna... take the roof off, hammer down those nails.

    • Kate: Why didn't you just tell us?
      Miles: I thought you'd get mad at me.
      John: Why would we get mad at you?
      Miles: Well, I know how important it was for you to be friends with his parents.
      Kate: Honey, we don't care about his parents.
      Miles: Really? 'Cause you don't have a lot of friends.

    • Tommy: Dad, doesn't it bother you that we never finished anything together? That every time we sat down to do something, it always ended in an argument?
      Art: Because I wanted you to do things the right way.
      Tommy: You wanted me to do things your way.
      Art: Which was the right way.

    • John: I can't believe they think we're old. I tell you one thing -- if that music is on one minute past 10 o'clock, I'm calling the law!
      Kate: I'll wake you up so you can do that.

    • Tommy: You know, the father bird -- he gathers leaves and twigs and... makes a comfortable nest, but by the time the eggs hatch, he's gone. Basically, the tiny, little, innocent baby birds -- they don't know their daddy. I wish I was a bird. Ah, just as well the father doesn't hang around. If he did, he'd probably end up criticizing the little birds chirping and pecking and flying.
      Lily: Yeah. Or the little bird's choice of a mate. And then say "I told you so" when it flies off with a big-breasted robin.

    • Lily: Tommy, when I let you live here, I gave you a list of ten rules to abide by. Number 1, pick up after yourself. Numbers 2 through 10, always wear pants.

    • Jewel: Yeah, and you know what? I heard their guitar player grew up around the corner from me in Kenilworth.
      Kate: Kenilworth? Are you kidding me?! Oh, my gosh! I grew up in Kenilworth! What is your maiden name?
      Jewel: Zappola.
      Kate: Wow, this is really funny, because I went to school with a Carol Zappola, I mean, until we were juniors, and then she had to leave because she got... Oh, my God.
      Jewel: Yeah, she got knocked up! And here I am!

    • Jewel: You know who's really into music? Waylon. For his sixth birthday, we took him to see Godsmack.
      Kate: Oh, that is incredible. We love Godspell.
      John: No, honey, she said Godsmack. It's a band.
      Kate: Oh. Oh. Well, you know what? The next time Godsnack's in town...
      John: Smack!

    • Miles: Hey, we're going over to Waylon's to skateboard. He's got a launch ramp.
      Kate: Really? Hey, honey, did you hear that? Miles is going to skateboard off a launch ramp.
      John: Hey, maniac, you might want to put on a cup before you launch. You know, to protect the future of the space program.

    • Jewel: Oh, my God, this whole thing is so trippy! It's our first house, our first neighbors...
      Lex: They brought us our first neighbor cake.
      Jewel: Oh, my God, that is so sweet. As soon as I unpack my kitchen, I am going to bake you a chocolate cake that will kick your ass!
      Kate: Never got it kicked by a cake before.

    • Kate: John, if he does have a cool friend, wouldn't it make junior high so much easier for him?
      John: I know. It's better than two nerd friends and one imaginary friend.
      Kate: Gordon isn't imaginary. Miles created that character on his computer. And Kwame and Jeffrey are not nerds.
      John: Honey, if nerds were a juice, they'd be concentrate.

    • Miles: He plays hockey, he had his own band, and he taught me how to do a flip on his trampoline.
      John: You did a flip?
      Miles: Most of one.

    • Kate: (going through John's childhood things) Um, a, uh... Farrah Fawcett poster.
      John: When I was young, every kid had one of those.
      Kate: Three more Farrah Fawcett posters.
      John: That's not Farrah Fawcett. That's crime-fighting angel, Jill Munroe.

  • Notes

    • Showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum had two shows on CBS during 2004-2005, and both featured this episode title that season. The other was Yes, Dear -- which took over this show's time slot four weeks later.

  • Allusions

    • John: We didn't come to start no trouble. We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.
      "The Super Bowl Shuffle" was a horrific rap single "sung" by members of the Chicago Bears in 1985, to promote their playing in Super Bowl XIX. Credited to The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew and featuring the quoted line as a chorus, the song was backed by a video (which was seemingly made for about 2 or 3 bucks), in which the 9 participating players do the shuffle that John mimics. Although the Bears won that Super Bowl, there were no winners as far as music was concerned.

    • John: I mean, eventually, all we are is dust in the wind. Kansas.
      Kansas were an AOR band from, appropriately enough, Kansas (Topeka, to be exact), who scored their biggest hit, "Dust in the Wind" (a song about death), in 1978. It peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    • Jewel: For his sixth birthday, we took him to see Godsmack. Kate: Oh, that is incredible. We love Godspell.
      Godsmack are an alt metal group from Boston, who've had a string of modern rock hits from 1998 on. Godspell is a musical about Jesus Christ, which spawned its own hit, "Day by Day," in 1972. It peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    • John: That's not Farrah Fawcett. That's crime-fighting angel, Jill Munroe.
      Jill Munroe was the character Farrah Fawcett played on Charlie's Angels.

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