Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Aug 16, 2005 on Comedy Central
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The guys are inspired by a popular author to write a novel of their own.

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    Kate Goehring

    Kate Goehring

    Bookstore Manager

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    Mather Zickel

    Mather Zickel

    Hairy Chest

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    Laura Schwenninger

    Laura Schwenninger

    Lady with Baby Carriage

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    Heidi Neurauter

    Heidi Neurauter


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    Andrea Rosen

    Andrea Rosen


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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Michael Ian Black: I don't think I'm overstating anything when I say that I'm really mad at Jane Burroughs.

      • David: We can just make another copy.
        Black: Oh, no you don't. You start doing that, the next thing you know you got Chinese bootleggers selling these things on the streets of Chow Ming for a nickel and a corn dog.
        Showalter: That's what I was about to say.

      • David: What's the first thing you see when you open a book?
        Showalter: The inscription.
        David: Yes! How about "To Marcus"?
        Black: Yeah, yeah. "To Marcus".
        Showalter: Who's Marcus? Guys, who the hell is Marcus?
        Black: I know, I don't know.

      • Black: You'll never get away with this Jane. What happens when we tell everyone what you've done.
        Jane: Do not make me laugh. I am Jane Burroughs, the darling of the literary establishment. And who are you? Three buffoons.
        Showalter: Oh yeah? Well this balloon is going to kick your ass, right now.

      • David Wain: Maybe we should take it to Jane Burroughs. She would be so proud of us!
        All three guys: Yay!
        Michael Ian Black: But what if she hates it?
        All three guys: Booo!
        Michael Showalter: But what if she loves it?
        All three guys: Yay!

      • Showalter: Have you ever read The Plains of Midnight?
        Black: Read it? I devoured it.
        David: I deflowered it.
        Black: What does that mean?
        David: It means I humped it.

      • Jane: I'm afraid I have bad news.
        David: Don't tell me you have crabs.
        Jane: No.
        David: You will.

      • Jane: David?
        David: Yes, Jane?
        Jane: Please, call me Jane.

      • David Wain: Stupid question but, what is a book?

    • NOTES (1)

      • We learn that David wears the star of David under his suit, enforcing the notion that he is Jewish, first brought up in Meeting Girls.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Michael Ian Black: What is that thing Joan Didion said?

        Michael Showalter: Oh, Joan... who cares?

        This is a reference to the author Joan Didion, a writer of both fiction and non-fiction famous for drawing from the experiences of living in California as well as her depiction of conspiracy theorists, paranoiacs, and sociopaths.

      • In the scene in which David performs a striptease for Jane, he pulls down a stocking with Jane watching in the background under the leg. The focus eventually sharpens Jane's previously blurry image. This emulates and alludes to the most famous shot in the Dustin Hoffman film The Graduate, in which "Mrs. Robinson" is trying to seduce Hoffman's character.

      • Michael Showalter: So where do you get your ideas? You must smoke mad doobage.

        Showalter is speaking to Jane Burroughs who is played by Janeane Garofalo. In the 1998 film Half Baked, Garofalo plays a type of stoner who can only feel inspired when high on pot.