Season 4 Episode 3

The Public Domain

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Oct 28, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dave: Why does every solution to every problem around here involve some covert plan?
      Joe: It's a secret.

    • Jimmy: These guys, they've done documentaries about all the heavy hitters. Talking about, Ted Turner, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Bruce Wayne...
      Dave: Sir. Bruce Wayne is Batman.
      Jimmy: Shhh!

  • Notes

    • Instead of the usual opening, the credits run over a scene of Joe removing Matthew from the building and depositing him in a garbage can.

    • Khandi Alexander doesn't appear in this episode. Her name also doesn't appear in the opening credits.

  • Allusions

    • Jimmy: I think Mr. DeVille is ready for my close-up or whatever the hell I'm saying.

      Jimmy mangles a quotation from Billy Wilder's movie classic Sunset Boulevard (1950). The correct quotation, as delivered by Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, is "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille". The Mr. DeMille referred to is Cecil B. DeMille, the legendary director whose career stretched back into silent movie days. In fact he is credited as the first movie director to shoot a movie in Hollywood. Today he is best known as the director of Biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments (1956).