Season 1 Episode 1

A World Full of Strangers

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 2010 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Marti has her robe and towel stolen in the shower, she peeks out the door to see if there are any towels on the rack. The close up shot shows no towel on the shelf, but the longer shot clearly shows at least one on the shelf above, which would clearly have been in her view. This towel was also there when she took one into the shower with her.

  • Quotes

    • Marti: Oh hey, I'm one of the new girls, Marti.
      Alice: I know who you are. I voted against you. I was overruled. Democracy's a bitch.
      Marti: Apparently, so are you.

    • Dan: Hey, you are mighty. You are Bat Girl.
      Marti: You are blindly optimistic.

    • Savannah: (about cheerleaders) We are an internationally recognized competitive sport. We spend twenty hours a week practicing. We bench press twice our body weight and run a seven minute mile. We compete with broken thumbs and twisted ankles, smiling through the pain. We are athletes.
      Marti: Back in Dollywood, maybe.

    • Marti: You know, I don't trust any culture that builds pyramids. Human or otherwise. You know, Egyptians enslaved the Jews.
      Dan: Aztecs, human sacrifices.
      Marti: Freemasons put pyramids on money giving us (pauses) Dan Brown.
      Dan: They've earned their spot in hell.
      Marti: Right next to the cheerleaders.

    • Dan: Plenty of time to ponder the imponderable.
      Marti: Today's topic?
      Dan: Okay, what makes a person decide to become a cheerleader?
      Marti: Science. You know, over time all that pep builds up pressure.
      Dan: So, they have to vent.
      Marti: Otherwise their heads explode.

  • Notes

    • Before the pilot was taped, there were many character name changes. According to the original casting call, and mentioned later in the original stars' casting announcements, the character names were as follows in order of casting:

      - Marty Berger, played by Aly Michalka
      - Wanda Berger, played by Gail O'Grady
      - Sierra Sloan, played by Ashley Tisdale
      - Dan Patch, played by Matt Barr
      - Luis Famosa, played by Robbie Jones
      - Alice Vandermark, played by Heather Hemmens
      - Vanessa Hodge, played by Sharon Leal
      - Patty "the Wedge" Wedgerman, played by Elena Esovolova
      - Red Irvine, played by Ben Browder

    • Featured Music:
      "Broken Heels" by Alexandra Burke
      "Ghost Town" by Shiny Toy Guns
      "Hey Soul Sister" by Train
      "I Like to Dance" by Hot Chelle Rae
      "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow Razed In Black Remix
      "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
      "Nobody" by Kate Earl
      "Pump It" by Black Eyed Peas Travis Barker Remix
      "Popstar" by Pretty Little Problem
      "The Perfect Mistake" by Cartel
      "Till I Get To You" by Nikka Costa
      "We Are Golden" by Mika
      "1901" by Phoenix

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 on A
      Australia: Monday, September 13, 2010 on GO!
      Philippines: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 on ETC
      United Kingdom: Thursday, March 10, 2011 on MTV
      Norway: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 on FEM
      Slovakia: Sunday, March 4, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: Saturday, October 20, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Fans first learned that Ashley Tisdale would star in the series when she revealed on her Twitter account that she was rehearsing for the pilot in March 2010.

    • The first two actresses cast for the series were Alyson Michalka (Marti Perkins) and Gail O'Grady (Wanda Perkins).

    • Creator Kevin Murphy based the series on journalist Kate Torgovnick's book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. He was halfway through reading it when the idea for the show came to him. While it was in development, the series was known as Cheer.

    • The role of Patty "The Wedge" Wedgerman was originally going to be played by
      Sofia Vassilieva
      , but she was replaced by Elena Esovolova before the pilot was filmed.

    • The CW promotions for the pilot episode featured the song "My First Kiss" by 3Oh!3 featuring Ke$ha.

    • The pilot presentation was filmed between April 13 and April 21, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. However, the pilot was reshot starting July 14, 2010, due to the recast of character Red Raymond and the addition of character Derrick Altman.

  • Allusions

    • Marti: (to Dan) Freemasons put pyramids on money, giving us (pauses) Dan Brown.

      Marti states a pervading myth that the "eye in the pyramid" (The Great Seal of the United States) on back of the dollar bill is a Freemason symbol. She connects this to the author of the best selling book The Lost Symbol published in September, 2009. Written by Dan Brown as a sequel to his best seller The Da Vinci Code, the book delves into the world of Freemasonry and involves a mystery with a pyramid at its core.

    • Marti: Save the cheerleaders, save the scholarship.

      This is a reference to the tagline for the TV series show Heroes: "Save the cheerleader, save the world."

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