Good Eats

Season 10 Episode 4

Cubing a Round

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 21, 2006 on Food Network
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Alton examines the history of the cube steak and tries to bring country cooking home again. Recipes featured in this episode: Country Style Steak, Swiss Steak, Chicken Fried Steak.

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      • Food Network (and program guides relying on their information) provides the name of this episode as "Cubing Around," but the onscreen title is "Cubing a Round."

    • ALLUSIONS (7)

      • It will be… it will be…
        In the 1980 film Star Wars V: Return of the Jedi, Yoda countered Luke's boast that he wouldn't be afraid when he entered a place strong with the dark side of the force, saying "You will be...you will be..." Alton uses the same intonation and similar words here to counter anticipated complaints that the cooking liquid for country style steak "isn't a sauce."

      • Until it's the consistency of buttah
        Alton's pronunciation imitates Linda Richman, a character created by Mike Myers for a series of Saturday Night Live sketches about a group of women gathering to discuss one inanity or another. For the character, Myers affected a Yiddish accent and salted his dialogue with Yiddish words of dubious pedigree. The phrase was "like buttah" appeared on a number of occasions, eventually becoming a stock phrase for the character.

      • She hateses us!
        Threatened with "W" the Dungeon Master tells Alton "she hateses us." A similar dark dwelling character, Gollum, speaks this way. In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum held onto the One Ring just a little longer than is wise, and the magic corrupted his body and mind, giving him strange speech patterns and evil habits.

      • The Dungeon Master
        This robed character with his fiendish array of instruments and apparent sadistic streak (barely kept in check by Alton) is likely a spoof of the Crypt Keeper, host of the Showtime series "Tales From The Crypt" (which was itself based on a comic book from the 1950's).

      • Frankensteak
        Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, first published in 1818, tells how Dr. Frankenstein assembled a man from pieces of corpses and brought him to life. The prefex "Franken" or the entire word "Frankenstein" has since entered pop culture as a description of anything made from various parts with the implication that the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

      • Don't Ask, Don't Tell Casserole
        During the administration of President Bill Clinton, the United States adopted a policy entitled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" towards homosexual soldiers. Such soldiers were technically forbidden to serve, but if they kept quiet about their sexual orientation, the military would avoid making an issue of it. The phrase as since entered the vernacular as a general description of any situation where neither party really wishes to discuss the truth.

      • Food Gallery
        Alton's Food Gallery, a spoof of Rod Serling's Night Gallery makes a return appearance. Like its inspiration, the Food Gallery is a darkened hall containing bizarre exhibits, one of which becomes the inspiration for the episode.

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