Season 1 Episode 4

Episode #3

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Unknown on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Lando introduces the mayor, his mouth doesn't move.

    • Steve-Dave and Walt can be seen in the crowd again in this episode.

    • LOOK HARD: The burrito can be seen crawling to life.

    • LISTEN HARD: the Discreeto Burito jingle is a sped up version of "La Cucaracha". Leonardo coincidentally sings La Cucaracha during his state of delirium.

    • For some reason, Dante's boss knows to phone Dante at the Quickstop rather than his own house to tell him he can sleep in.

    • When the fighter pilot is telling Dante that it's not always easy not to be gay, his co-pilot's eyes widen nervously.

    • LOOK HARD: right after Dante & Randal are looking for Jay & Silent Bob, you can see "Clerks Burn In Hell" graffitied on the wall.

    • In the movie, Clerks, we learn that there were 11 living girls who had slept with Dante, and as Dante got laid a year prior to the episode setting, we can assume that he's had at least 12 girlfriends. Most of them must have hated him, as only three showed up to "The Dante's Old Girlfriends Reunion".

    • At the start of Episode 3, Randal and Dante read "letters from viewers." The first letter is signed Jennifer Schwalbach, a reference to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, the wife of series creator Kevin Smith.

    • Despite the fact the Desomnd's burger joint is based off the show, and that the show focused on the Civil War in the North, the guy at the drive-thru is wearing a South uniform.

    • When Dante answers the phone, there's a shelf behind his head. In the next shot it's gone, and then it reappears again in the next shot.

    • The first time Randal waters the Chia-Pet, he takes the watering can in with him. The second time he waters it, the can is back behind the box, and he takes it back in with him again.

  • Quotes

    • Dante: There never was a Motaba virus. It was just a hoax played by an idiot with too much time on his hands.
      Bomber Pilot: Quentin Tarantino?

    • Dante's Father: You give those mole people hell, son.

    • Major Baklava: Okay then. Other than watching you die, there's really nothing left we can do.

    • Dante: What are you going to do with a monkey?
      Jay: Teach it to smoke, Duh.

    • Randal: See, I scared him. He's shaking.
      Dante: No, he's masturbating.
      Randal: Yeah, but it's out of fear.

    • Reporter: Who are you supposed to be?
      Big Mac: I'm Big-Mac! The beloved constable and friend of Ronal McDonald. Now, about the virus...
      Steve-Dave: Will this administration ever bring the Hamburgler to justice?
      Big Mac: No! Er, Yes. Look, does anyone have a question about the deadly vius that could kill us all?
      Guy: Could the virus kill the Grimmace?
      Big Mac: Nothing can kill the Grimmace. Alright, we're done.

    • Dante: I know there's no virus because you think there is. Name me one time you've been right about anything.
      Randal: What about that time I said there's two jobs open down at the block of stores? 'Excellent pay, huge opportunities for advancement. We'll do it for six months, then move on.' Oh my God, you're right! I'm always wrong!

    • Dante: Look, there's no outbreak here. You're victims of an overactive imagination of a pop culture junkie loudmouth.
      Major Baklava: Quentin Tarantino?

    • Dante: Wow. A new Pet Store. Wanna go check out the monkey?
      Randal: I guess we should if we're gonna kill it.
      Dante: What? Kill a monkey? Are you mad?
      Randal: Man, didn't you see Outbreak? One monkey almost wiped out an entire town and Kevin Spacey with the deadly Motaba Virus.
      Dante: Um, that was a movie. This is real life.
      Randal: We said the same thing about Jaws when we were kids.
      Dante: Because you refused to sit on the toilet.
      Randal: Sharks swim in water. There's water in the toilet. I rest my case.
      Dante: Sharks only swim in salt water.
      Randal: I have salt water in my toilet.
      Dante: You're so naive.

  • Notes

    • LOOK HARD: Dante can be seen sleeping at the store.

    • "Gerbils Gerbils Gerbils" is also the name of the pet store featured in the introduction scene of Jay and Silent Bob in Mallrats (1995).

    • Originally scheduled to air on June 14, 2000, but the series was cancelled by ABC. This episode did finally air on December 22, 2002 during a marathon on Comedy Central.

    • Kevin Smith's wife is mentioned during the letter opening sequence. Her name is Jen Schwalbach and is the fan asking about why no women appear on the show.

    • Patrick Swayze agent's decided that it wouldn't be appropriate for Mr. Swayze to voice himself as a character that works in a pet shop. They felt it might say that his career has taken a step down.

    • Full episode title: Leonardo Is Caught In The Grip Of An Outbreak Of Randal's Imagination And Patrick Swayze Either Does Or Doesn't Work In The New Pet Store.

  • Allusions

    • Saturday Night Live

      Dante: (reading from fan mail) How come there are no African-Americans on your show? Aren't there any black people in New Jersey? Signed, Richard Fader, Fort Lee, New Jersey.

      During the Gilda Radner years of SNL, Gilda's character Roseanne Roseanna Danna would answer letters on weekend update. The letters were always from Mr. or Mrs. Richard Fader, Fort Lee, NJ.

    • Star Wars
      Dante: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our new black character, Lando!
      The show's token black character was named after Lando Calrissian, token black character of the Star Wars films. Star Wars references are common throughout Kevin Smith's works.

    • Various Patrick Swayze Movies
      Patrick Swayze calls his horse different names, makes many references to different movies, such as: Point Break (1991), Ghost (1990), and Road House (1989).

    • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
      Jay: (high pitched voice) Me goo! Phone home! Phone home!
      This line is from the famous 1982 film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

    • Dustin Hoffman
      Announcer: Due to the recent lawsuit by Dustin Hoffman over the alleged unauthorized use of his likeness, the face of Dustin Hoffman in Randal's cartoon brain calculation will be played by Al Pacino.
      This was taken right out of a real story where Hoffman sued a magazine for not getting his permission to use his image.

    • Dirty Dancing
      Jay: She's a hottie Silent Bob! I think we're in!
      This dialog along with the music are taken right out of the film Dirty Dancing (1987).

    • The Godfather
      Jay: Get em! (beating up Barkely)
      If you slow this sequence down frame by frame, it matches up perfectly to the same sequence in The Godfather (1972), including the missed punch.

    • The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer
      Visual: Desmond Pfeiffer's Civil War Burgers
      A quick reference to the short lived UPN show The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer.

    • Grimace, Mayor McCheese and Constable Big Mac
      These are all McDonaldland charachters.

    • Smallpox
      Randal: Hey, check it out. Patient Zero!
      A funny reference to what they called the first patient admitted for Smallpox.

    • Outbreak
      Randal: Man, didn't you see Outbreak?
      This episode makes several references to the film Outbreak (1995) and the premise of the film.

    • Planet of the Apes
      Jay: Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!
      Like Jay explains, this is a quote from the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. The line is uttered by George Taylor, played by Charlton Heston and it's the first words ever spoken by a human to the apes in the movie.

    • The Lone Ranger
      Patrick Swayze: (mounts a horse) HI YO ROADHOUSE, AWAY!
      This is a funny twist on the Lone Ranger's catchphrase "Hi Yo Silver, away!"