Nitpick: As is usual with CPR done on TV, when Goren tries to save Bayley, he forgets to give the breaths.
Nitpick: The Australian documents contain dates in the US format (m/d/y) instead of the Australian format (d/m/y). Official Australian documents would have the commonly used date format for Australia.
Nitpick: The name of the composer, Penderecki, is mis-pronounced (though this may be deliberate). All of the characters pronounced it "pen-duh-RECK-ee" instead of the correct "pen-deh-RETS-kee".
Nitpick: It is not true that an alien lawfully admitted to the USA, and who falls out of status, would automatically lose her rights to an attorney, against self-incrimination, etc.
Goof: Goren speaks to the police in Australia and says Elizabeth Hitchens was "President" of a company but the correct term is more likely "Managing Director". Australian companies do not have presidents.
Goofs: The whole fax is very sloppy. The cover sheet reads "FACIMILE" instead of "Facsimile". The numbers of buildings on the roads are far too high for roads in the UK and Australia. Oxford telephone numbers have six digits and such a form would always show the five digit STD code. All Australian telephone numbers are eight digits and would also have a two digit STD code. The form shows all numbers in all cities as being just seven digits and no STD code. There aren't any official forms in Australia which would require a date to be entered in the MMDDYY format. Australian forms would be the international standard of DDMMYY and not the US MMDDYY version. Zip code is also mentioned on the form. Australia (and the UK) have postcodes. Most Australians and UK residents would also enter their postcodes on such forms. There are no postcodes entered here on the forms.
Goren visits his mother once a week and telephones her every day.
Robert Goren was born August 20, 1961. His Social Security number is 845-67-3906.
Nitpick: If Nicole Wallace is Australian, she should know better than to pronounce Melbourne as "Mel-born". Goren correctly pronounces it as "Mel-bun".
Nitpick: Since Australian police forces are state-based, not city-based, the fax Goren received should have read "Victoria Police", not "Melbourne Police". Although Australian media often refer to the police by the station name, rather than the state/territory, the fax should have named the correct department.
Robert Goren: Now you see the problem. You can't expose our trick without exposing your own culpability.
Alex Eames: And you know what that's called, your being an expert on the modern American novel, and all
Nicole Wallace: Yes, well, I never much cared for Heller.
Nicole Wallace: In American literature, the descent into madness is usually preceded by obsession. A consuming obsession. Example, anyone? Alright, I'll get you started. Moby Dick. What characterises Ahab's obsession? Yeah, in the back.
Robert Goren: The dogged unrelenting pursuit of evil.
Nicole Wallace: Interesting. Evil. I always fancied it was man's unrelenting pursuit of his own potency. Alright everyone, I expect you to make a dent in Moby Dick by the end of the week.
Robert Goren: Sometimes a whale is just a whale.
Nicole Wallace: Nothing is ever just something. Not even detectives.
Robert Goren: Or professors. Or graduate students for that matter.
Nicole Wallace: That sounds a bit ominous.
Christine Fellowes: I can't have you here. You're relieved of your duties, as of immediately.
Robert Goren: In that case, you're under arrest.
Nicole Wallace: For what?
Alex Eames: You just got fired. You're in violation of your work visa.
Nicole Wallace: Very good, detective, did you memorize the Oxford tour guide on your way here?
Robert Goren: No. (chuckles) No, I spent a couple of weeks there once… chasing co-eds.
Nicole Wallace: It took you that long to catch one? I'm shocked.
Robert Goren: Well, that's very funny, professor.
Mark Bayley: I didn't tell them about the shoes. It's that big detective; he noticed them.
Nicole Wallace: That 'big detective' is smart.
Christine Fellowes: You know why the battles in academia are so vicious? It's because the stakes are so low.
Alex Eames: (to Goren about Wallace) What'd you think, she'd have scones and a glass of sherry for us?
Robert Goren: Professor Sanders wasn't in that night grading papers, was he?
(Miss Goodman pauses.)
Alex Eames: True or false, Miss Goodman, and we don't give "incompletes".
Robert Goren: When I met you, you wanted me to know who you truly were – how smart, how funny, how charming you were. You wanted me to know you, Nicole Wallace, the sparkling little girl who survived horrible abuse with her wits intact.
This episode marks the debut of Nicole Wallace, who appears in multiple episodes over the rest of the series. Just as Det. Goren was written to be a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, Nicole was written to be his equivalent of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty.
Special billing was given to Phillip Bosco (and) in this episode.
In this episode, Professor Sanders and President Winthrop are the analogues to real-life Harvard Professor West and President Summers (respectively). Sanders is the name of the largest lecture hall on Harvard's campus, while Winthrop is a traditional Boston family name with long ties to the Harvard campus. In the episode, Winthrop quotes a line of dialogue almost identical to a sentence attributed to Summers. According to the professor, the sentence reflects the charges of racism against criticism of the spoken word.
Nicole Wallace: Yes, Well, I never much cared for Heller.
Eames & Wallace are referring to the the novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. The expression refers to a situation where one is a victim regardless of the choice one makes, because of a set of inherently illogical conditions.
The situation where a university president disapproves of a black professor's release of a rap album echoes the public dispute between then-Harvard University President Lawrence Summers and then-Harvard Professor of Afro-American Studies Cornel West, down to such details as West's afro.
The criminal case against Nicole Wallace as an accomplice to her boyfriend, for which she was imprisoned in Thailand, appears ripped from the headlines of the case against Charles Sobraj, who was accused of similar crimes using female accomplices against tourists in southeast Asia. These crimes were documented in a book titled Serpentine written by Thomas Thompson.
Nicole Wallace: Carried away by dingoes. It happens a lot in Australia.
In the early 1980s, Lindy Chamberlain received a life sentence in an Australian court for the murder of her infant daughter Azaria. She was released after serving three years in prison when an inquiry into her conviction supported her claim that a dingo killed Azaria after carrying her out of the family's tent as they camped in the Uluru desert.
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