Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Showtime (ended 2010)




  • Season 2 Episode 11: The Bible: Fact or Fiction?

  • This episode of Bullsh**! is unique in that it contains primarily only two guest experts and a slew of man-on-the-street type comments.

  • The label on the bottle Teller pours his "wine" into from the opening water to wine gag reads "Bullsh**! Estate Vineyards, 2004 Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, merde du taureau BRUN (French for bullsh**, brown).

  • Season 2 Episode 10: 12-Stepping

  • The things Teller takes out to "improve his conscious contact with God" while acting out the 12 Steps are: a Buddha statue, a chalice with Hebrew lettering, a small cross, a crown of thorns, and a whip with which he beats himself.

  • When Teller acts out the step in 12 Step where he is supposed to make a list of those to whom he has wronged, and make retribution to them, he writes Penn's name quickly on the envelope.

  • Season 2 Episode 9: Death, Inc.

  • When describing the card trick in this episode, Penn says that you should bribe your audience if necessary to get them to see the card trick. When he says this, the woman performing the trick is seen to mouth the words "I'll give you a blowjob".

  • The trick involving the Penn and Teller Cenotaph and the map that they show in this episode can also be found in the duo's book "Penn and Teller's How to Play in Traffic" under the name "The Eternal Card Trick".

  • A variant of Bach' "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" can be heard lightly playing in the background while Penn discusses the history of the "living room".

  • The "Bunny in the Chipper-Shredder" bit in the open of this show is one of Penn and Teller's most famous routines during their live show.

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Fountain of Youth

  • The ingredients on the back of the cosmetics box shown in this episode, in order: Water, denatured alcohol, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, capric triglyceride, silica, butylene glycol, orange fruit extract, tocopheryl acetate, vaccinium myrtillus extract, licorice extract, hydrogenated polyisobutene, padina pavonica extract, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, stearic acid, PEG-100 sterate, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, triclosan, triethanolamine, wild yam root extract, polysorbate 80, yellow 6, yellow 5, ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, lemon extract, xanthan gum, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, isohexadecane, propylparaben, parrafin, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyllaurate copolymer, disodium EDTA, rose centifolia flower extract, cetyl alcohol, methylparaben, hexyldecanol, glyceryl stearate, soybean protein, and fragrance.

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Profanity

  • Things written on the graffiti wall during the episode:
    -"Ginny Means Nothing" -Buddha
    -Jim is a myopic, puny, ignoramus!
    -"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have...The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." -Thomas Jefferson (and an arrow that says No Humbug)
    -"Today we seem to think that the rights of the individual take precedence over the comfort of the majority." -Jim O'Connor (and an arrow that says Provincial, Prissy, Monomaniacal, Self-appointed, Language Czar)
    -Not even the best hairstyle can make an ugly mind pretty.

  • Things O'Connor says you will do if you curb your cursing by his method (as per a sign next to him at his seminar):
    -Sound more intelligent
    -Communicate more clearly
    -Be more pleasant
    -Avoid offending others
    -Show emotional control
    -Earn respect
    -Improve your relationships
    -Avoid conflicts
    -Be a happier person
    -Contribute to a better society

  • Words played on Penn and Teller's checkerboard-come-scrabble game: Bereft, Of (twice), Curse, and Ashcroft.

  • When Penn's voiceover tells Ginny Foster that "they just did" say George Carlin's 7 dirty words, he's referring not only to the cameraman who just said them, but also the fact that each word is said by almost all their experts at some point during the show, thus meaning they'd said the words as a whole multiple times.

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Recycling

  • New recycling rules used in the recycling stunt:
    Beige- colored paper
    White- labeled metal cans
    Purple- plastics that have come in contact with food
    Yellow- wet food items
    Brown- lightly soiled toilet paper
    Red- biohazardous items

  • Season 2 Episode 4: War on Drugs

  • Things written on the eggs in the steamroller demonstration: "Self-determination", "Enterprise", "Choice", "Freedom to Make Mistakes", "Privacy", and "Pursuit of Happiness".

  • Shirt worn by a person in the San Francisco marijuana clinic: "The DEA took my Medical Marijuana away!...and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"

  • The top 5 causes of car accidents from the California DMV (as seen in the episode) are: Unsafe speed, Driving on the wrong side of the road, Improper turns, Violation of right-of-way rules, and Violation of stop signals and signs.

  • List of people seen in Penn and Teller's gallery of drug users and abusers: Charlie Parker, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, and Ted Kennedy.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Business of Love

  • Other than the ones Penn mentions, the rest of John Gray's twenty "genius" turn-on lines (as shown in the episode) are: "You are my dream come true", "I love you so much", "I love sharing my life with you", "You turn me on so much", "Your breasts turn me on", "I love touching your soft skin", "I love holding you in my arms", "I love your breasts", "I love your legs", "Your lips are perfect", "You feel so good", "You feel so hot", "You are so delicious", "I am all yours", "All my love is for you", "I love having sex with you", and "I long for you".

  • Penn's Teller "pitch" is complete in approximately 1 minute 27 seconds. As he said, that's less than half the allotted 3 minutes.

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Comedy, Documentary


observational humor, corruption, cultural phenomenon, drug trafficking, social commentary