My So-Called Life

Season 1 Episode 4

Father Figures

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 15, 1994 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Graham: You still awake?
      Patty: Just my brain. (about her IRS audit) I'm so ashamed. I feel like I've been bad. The government's gonna ground me.

    • Rayanne: He's nice. You just have a really nice dad. He's really... nice.
      Angela (voice over): When someone compliments your parents, there's, like, nothing to say. It's like a stun gun to your brain.
      Rickie: Plus, his stubble is the perfect length.
      Angela: He doesn't have a stubble! He ran out of disposable razors that morning. He was all disturbed about it.
      Rayanne: Aw, In-Touch-With-His-Emotions Dad.
      Angela: Shut up!

    • Rickie (on meeting Angela's dad): Oh, so when I was leaving, he was there and I was, like, "Well, hi" and he was, like, "Well, hi" and I was, like, "Well, bye" and he was, like, "Well, bye."

    • Rayanne: So, not to shock you, but your dad's attractive.
      Angela: Oh, I'm sure.
      Rayanne: Not that I'd attack him or anything, but I wouldn't leave me alone with him either.

    • Angela (voice over): When you're not sure you trust a person anymore, say a person you really trusted, say your father, you start wishing they'd do something, like, really wrong. Just so you could be right about them.

    • Graham (reading): 'Your federal income tax return has been selected for examination.' (to Patty) Oh, this is really scary. They must get Stephen King to write these.

    • Angela: You know how sometimes the last sentence you said, like, echoes in your brain? And it just keeps sounding stupider? And you have to say something else, just to make it stop?

    • Rayanne (about the Grateful Dead concert): My mom knows this guy who knows the drummer from Vietnam. He's in a wheelchair, got a best friend in the band. Got a sexy upper bod, too.

  • Notes

    • German episode title: "Zwei Überväter" (Two Super-Dads)
      French episode title: "A la recherche du père idéal" (Searching the perfect father)

    • Music: "Palomine" by Bettie Serveert; "Althea" by The Grateful Dead.

    • Winnie Holzman, who guest-stars as Mrs. Cathy Krzyzanowski in this episode and in "Resolutions", happens to be the creator of My So-Called Life and the writer of six of its episodes, including this one.
      Paul Dooley, who plays Patty Chase's father Chuck Wood in this episode and in "Self-Esteem", is Winnie Holzman's husband.

    • This episode was originally titled: "Fathers and Daughters".

    • Angela tells Rayanne that she saw her dad talking to a younger woman in the middle of the night, referring back to the last 20 minutes of 'Pilot', in which she walks home with Brian Crackow.

    • Who knew that 8 years later, Kaley Cuoco would have her own hit show on ABC called "8 Simple Rules."

  • Allusions

    • Graham: Well, what do you like listening to these days?
      Angela: I dunno. Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Porno for Pyros.
      Graham: Oh, oh yeah, I love their Christmas album.
      Angela : Stone Temple Pilots, uh, I like Billie Holliday.

      Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band formed in 1988. Although they broke up from 2000 until 2006, they are together now.
      Rage Against the Machine is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band formed in 1991. Although they broke up from 2000 until 2007, they are together now.
      Porno for Pyros was an alternative rock band from 1992 until 1998.
      Stone Temple Pilots was a Grammy Award-winning American rock band from 1990 until 2002.
      Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer who died from cirrhosis of the liver in 1959.

    • Patty: So, it seems that the breakup of the Beatles had less to do with Yoko Ono, and more to do with the fact that Paul wanted Linda's father to be their new business manager.

      Yoko Ono, a Japanese-American artist and musician, married John Lennon of the Beatles a year before the famous band broke up. Many historians attribute the break up to Yoko.

    • Krzyzanowski: Okay, I'm gonna pair you off, and you are going to write three sentences on the movie, Alive.

      Alive, a 1993 film based on Piers Paul Read's book, is about the true story of the survivors of a plane crash who turned to cannibalism to survive.

    • Patty: I felt for Johnny, married to all those Joanne's.

      Graham and Patty were watching The Tonight Show which Jay Leno took over as host three years prior. Before Leno the show was hosted by Johnny Carson, an American comedian, actor, and writer, for thirty years. Throughout his life Johnny was married four times, three of which were to women named Joanne.

    • Patty: Well, of course, Rayanne's mother is going, and Heidi Fleiss is probably meeting her there.

      Heidi Fleiss, also known as the "Hollywood Madam", spent two months in jail for running a prostitution ring for famous clients.

    • In this episode Graham gives Angela and Rayanne tickets to a Grateful Dead concert. The Grateful Dead was an American rock and roll band formed in 1965. Although their lineup changed, the Grateful Dead remained together until 1995 led by guitarist Jerry Garcia. The Dead, known for their unique jam style, gathered many dedicated fans known as Dead Heads.

    • Graham: Oh, this is really scary. They must get Stephen King to write these.

      Reference is made here to best-selling American author Stephen King who is known for his popular horror novels, many of which have been adapted for cinema and televison. Graham jokes in this quote that the letter he's just received from the IRS sounds so frightening that it must have been written by the King of Horror himself.

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