Nate: Okay, okay, it's not what it looks like.
Hammett: Looks like Morris Beck's been murdered. You're left holding the bag for it.
Nate: Maybe it is what it looks like.
Parker: I've never been to a costume party.
Sophie: Now that is just heartbreaking.
Beck: Only two kinds in the world, only two. Cattle... and the people who like a really good steak.
Parker: No safe. Just a giant pantry with a switch box and Beck's sweaty daughter in it. Next.
Hardison: Wait, wait, what the hell's going on down there? Nate killed somebody.
Eliot: No, Nate didn't kill somebody. You didn't, did you?
Nate: Of course not.
Parker: You'd tell us, though, wouldn't you?
Nate: Yes, Parker, I'd tell you if I'd murdered the mark.
Hardison: Damn blackout, prehistoric wiring, Nate killing people. I did not sign up for this.
Parker: Nate didn't kill anyone. He said.
Sophie: All right, it's your bar. Think. It's what you do.
Nate: Yeah, thanks, yeah.
Sophie: But while you're thinking, think about this. Are you climbing into that bottle because of what you think we see when we look at you, or because of what you see in the mirror?
Canada: December 1, 2011 on Super Channel 2
UK: June 5, 2012 on FX
Turkey: September 19, 2012 on CNBC-e
Injoke: Judy says that she formerly worked for the law firm of "McGann, McCoy and Baker." As in previous episodes, the writers are referencing three (or four) of the actors who have played the Doctor on the British science fiction series Doctor Who: Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, and either/or Tom Baker and Colin Baker.
Injoke: Timothy Hutton's character, Nate, portrays Ellery Queen at the Murder Mystery Masquerade. Hutton's real-life father, Jim Hutton, played the title role in the 1975–76 television detective series Ellery Queen.
"Ten Little Indians" is a children's rhyme that was the basis for Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None, in which ten people are trapped on an island and killed off one by one. Various movies have been made based on Agatha Christie's book, usually with the title Ten Little Indians.
Potter: I'm, uh, Mannix.
Referencing the CBS detective series Mannix (1967-1975), with Joe Mannix as a former soldier and mercenary, and current-day private eye. Considered the most violent show of its time, the series often featured Mannix being shot or beaten, although typically he gave as good as he got.
Case: Bucket. Inspector Bucket.
Referencing Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House (serial published March 1852 to September 1853). Bucket is one of the first detectives in English fiction, and arguably the most famous. He is commissioned to find Lady Dedlock as part of the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case, only to discover that she has died of exposure, unaware that she has been cleared of the murder of which she was accused.
Eliot: Why'd you have to dress me up like Howdy Doody?
Referencing the children's TV series (1947-1960) featuring a freckle-faced boy marionette dressed as a cowboy and his "owner," Buffalo Bob Smith. Other human characters on the show included Clarabelle the Clown, J. Corny Cobb, and Chief Thunderthud. The show also introduced the Peanut Gallery and the catch-phrase "Say kids, what time is it? It's Howdy Doody time!"
Hardison: Why in the world would I pick Encyclopedia Brown as my character?
Referencing the classic children's mystery series by Donald J. Sobol. Each book contains several short stories ending with a mystery for the reader to solve along with Boy Detective Encyclopedia Brown and his partner Sally Kimball.
Sophie: You're the Hardy Boys and Parker is Nancy Drew.
Referencing Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (Frank and Joe), teenage detectives in popular detective novels, which have been updated occasionally for modern audiences. Nancy Drew was created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name "Carolyn Keene" and the Hardy Boys by Leslie McFarlane under the pen name of "Franklin W. Dixon." The characters are probably known best under their TV incarnations in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries from 1977.
Sophie: Irene Adler. Only woman smarter than Sherlock Holmes.
Referencing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" (July 1891). Irene is an American adventurer who becomes romantically involved with the married King of Bohemia, Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein. She outwits Holmes, who is hired to retrieve an incriminating photo from her, but turns the photo over to him anyway. She is mentioned briefly in other Holmes stories, typically when the Great Detective acknowledges her superior talents. Irene has appeared in many derivative works, and featured in a series of mystery novels written by Carole Nelson Douglas.
Nate: Ellery Queen. World's greatest detective.
Referencing the fictional detective as well as the pseudonym of Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky, who created the detective. Ellery Queen is a mystery writer who also solves crimes, often aiding his father Inspector Richard Queen of the NYPD. The character, at one time America's most famous detective, has appeared in radio, TV, comic books, and movies. The novels are perhaps best known for their "Challenge to the Reader," when either the writer or character himself in the TV series and elsewhere, challenges the reader to solve the mystery based on the clues presented.