Eerie, Indiana

Season 1 Episode 18

Reality Takes a Holiday

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Apr 11, 1992 on NBC
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Reality Takes a Holiday
Marshall finds a script in the mailbox and starts reading. Suddenly he finds himself on the set of a TV series where everybody refers to him as Omri.

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    Julius Harris

    Julius Harris

    Prop Man

    Guest Star

    Sachi Parker

    Sachi Parker


    Guest Star

    Leland Orser

    Leland Orser

    Assistant Director

    Guest Star

    John Astin

    John Astin


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The car that the screenwriter and Dash X pull up in near the episode's end is a Delorean, recognizable from the Back To The Future movies.

      • When Marshall enters the script-writer's office, the Elvis lamp from the previous episode can be seen on an end table.

      • After the final confrontation between Jason Marsden and Marshall, Justin Shenkarow yells "Hey Dash. People Magazine's on the phone for you." Shouldn't Justin have called him Jason? But then again, Jason calls Marshall by the former charcter's last name Taylor, so there's some confusion if the charcters being played is Dash-X or Jason Marsden.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Syndi: (encouraging Marshall to go see a movie) The Wilson twins give it two fingers up.
        Simon: Which fingers?

      • Marshall: My name is Marshall Teller, and I've learned an important lesson about reality: In this life, you can either follow the script they gave you or demand a rewrite. But in Eerie, Indiana, Weirdness Central, USA, you've gotta be ready to improvise.

      • Marshall: Every kid dreams of being the star of their own TV show, well take it from me: It's a living hell.

      • Marshall: Wh-What do you mean wh-when you say dead?
        Script Writer: I mean offed.
        Dash: Snuffed.
        Script Writer: Kick the bucket.
        Dash X: Pushing up daisies.
        Script Writer: Bought the farm.
        Dash X: Did I mention... rigor mortis? (Laughs sinisterly)

      • Edgar: (as himself, Francis Guinan) Really Omri, these lines aren't that hard to memorize. It isn't as if we're doing (laughs) Chekov here.
        Marshall: What's Star Trek have to do with this?

      • Marshall: (In reference to his world being turned into a TV Show) I don't have a dog named Toto, but if I did, right about now I'd be telling him: "Toto, I don't think we're in Indiana anymore."

      • Marshall: (during his opening monologue) Eerie, Indiana, day zero. When you're thirteen, going on family outings is about as cool as getting caught still sleeping with Mr. Blanky.

      • Scriptwriter: Our little teen-aged has-been needs a reality check. If he's not back before the final shot, the network is going to cancel all of us!

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (10)

      • Care Bears:

        Simon: (as Justin Shenkarow) Guru Yogi Scwarma helped me work through my Care Bear fiasco.

        Care Bears was a sickingly sweet childrens television show of the mid to late 1980s.

      • Syndi: The Wilson twins give it two fingers up.

        Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert critiqued movies as either "thumbs up" (good) or "thumbs down" (bad) in their syndicated movie review show Siskel and Ebert at the Movies and its variations.

      • Anton Chekov: A 17th century playwright who greatly influenced the art of drama.

      • Shirley Temple: Francis Guinan references Shirley Temple Black as an example of someone who's gotten past childhood stardom

        Shirley Temple was an extremely popluar child star during the 1930's (even surpassing the box office of adult stars such as Clark Gable and Gary Cooper). She later became the United States ambassador to other countries including Ghana and Czechoslovakia while known by her married name Shirley Temple Black

      • Jake and the Fatman: Mary-Margaret Humes (Marshall's mother) references Jake and the Fatman a show which she herself has appeared on.

      • Star Trek: Francis Guinan(Edgar Teller) references Anton Chekov, whom Marshall mistakes for Lt. Pavel Chekov from Star Trek

      • Wizard of Oz:
        Marshall makes a reference to not having a dog named Toto, this is a take on The Wizard of Oz, a classic children's movie.

      • Ron Howard: Francis Guinan references former child star Ron Howard's as an example of someone who's gotten past childhood stardom.

        Ron Howard played the character Opie Taylor in the CBS series "The Andy Griffith Show" as a young boy, and later became known as one of Hollywood's foremost directors.

      • Francis Guinan: Really, Omri. It's not as if we're doing Chekov here.
        Marshall: What's Star Trek got to do with it?

        Anton Chekov was a russian author who lived from Jan. 1860 to July 1904. He is probably most well known for his plays, which included "The Seagull", "Uncle Vanya", and "The Cherry Orchard." Walter Koenig played ensign Pavel Chekov on the original NBC series "Star Trek."

      • Marshall: ...Toto, I don't think were in Indiana anymore.
        This is a paraphrase of the line said by Dorothy in the 1939 MGM musical "The Wizard of OZ", when Dorothy and her little dog Toto first appear in Oz.