A reference is made to the death of John Bonham the legendary drummer of Led Zepplin. He died on September 25, 1980 so the approximate date of this episode is a week later around October 2 or so.
Harold made a wisecrack about the Sex Pistols which made it sound like the band was still active. The episode was supposed to be set in 1980, but the Sex Pistols had already broken up in early 1978.
How can Cindy be a designated driver? She is in the same grade as Sam, so she couldn't be older than 15.
Millie: No thank you. I prefer to get high on life.
Ken: What do you think we are... hippies?
Daniel: Designated driver is pretty hot. I'd like to get her drunk.
Bill: You're in love with Lindsay.
Neal: Am not!
(Bill is passed out on the floor)
Lindsay: Hey, Bill. Get up. That's how the drummer from Led Zeppelin died.
Neal: I'm Jewish. That's no cakewalk either. Last year I was elected school treasurer. I didn't even run!
Neal: (to Lindsay) Friday night. Always a good time for some Sabbath. (pause) 'Cause, you know...Friday...is the Sabbath...for the Jews.
Lindsay: We're all unhappy. That's the thing about life.
Neal: Bill, Dallas sucks.
Bill: You suck! Dallas rules!
Sam: Keg of beer, please.
Liquor Store Clerk: Yeah, that's not gonna happen.
Daniel: I love being told not to drink by a pot-head hippie guidance counselor.
Nick: Anyone want to go see The Wall with me this weekend. I'm going to try an experiment. I'm going to see it straight for once.
Ken: Don't do it man! Don't do it! you'll regret it. I'm serious.
Lindsay: All my new friends think I'm a goody-two-shoes and all my old friends think I'm throwing my life away. What am I supposed to do?
Lindsay: Well, my house is so boring looking...so I just wanted to make it look more party-like.
Ken: Well I'll tell you how to make it look more party-like. Point me to the keg.
Nick: Oh yeah.
Lindsay: In the corner.
Ken: Then I am in the corner.
Harold: Elvis didn't expectorate on his fans.
Sam: No. But he died on the toilet.
Harold: Well, that's paradise compared to where the Sex Pistols are gonna end up.
In a funny overreaction on Neil's part, he attempts to scare Bill about the dangers of a suburban keg party by comparing it to the shocking 1978 Oscar winning prison film "Scared Straight".
Currently, Martin Starr and Lizzy Caplan (guest star Sara) are starring together in the comedy series "Party Down".
"Hush" by Deep Purple;
"Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" by Rick Derringer;
"No One to Depend On" by Santana;
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" by Van Halen; "Maybe" by Janis Joplin; "
Do You Love Me?" by Kiss
The clerk at the liquor store mentions tells the geeks that "we don't have any Pop Rocks" when they come to the counter to ask about buying the non-alcoholic keg. Pop Rocks were a popular candy at the time, a package of small, pebble like pieces that, when put into your mouth, would react with saliva and explode or "pop" in your mouth, kind of like Rice Krispies.