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Season 1 Episode 2

Marty's First Date

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Feb 02, 1994 on FOX
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Marty's First Date
Marty invites his dad, Jay, to career day at his school. Marty then develops a crush on a Cuban girl named Carmen. They go on a date, but when Carmen decides to fly back to Cuba, Marty follows her and Jay must get his son back.

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  • Marty's First Date

    This episode was Ok and I enjoyed it, but I really can't get into the Cuba thing, I know very little about it and I kind of think Cuba doesn't really consider itself the way they depict it in this episode. But I do like the good things.

    Like Jay getting married AGAIN, and the international food fight in the U.N. school cafeteria. Kind of reminds me of food fights back when anyone that particapated in one was on detention for a week automatically.

    This was a great story for Marty, because all of us have to go on a first date sometime, even if we are fat nerds. lol.

    I like this episode, but it's not my favourite.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (23)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Jay and Marty pick up Carmen for their date)
      Jay: Now, don't worry, we'll take good care of your daughter.
      Fidel Castro: I am not worried--we have trained her well. She can disable a 200 lb. man using only a Q-tip!
      Jay: Well, I can sink a 50 million-dollar musical using only the word "Crap"!

    • Jay: Son, if there's one thing I know, it's how to read a woman. For example, that woman over there thinks I'm disguisting, and that woman thinks I'm Bigfoot! And that woman is wondering if she should call the cops to have me thrown out of the school...
      (woman uses a payphone to call the police)
      Woman: (to police) I don't think it's a man. I think it's a bear that likes key lime pie!

    • Jay: Hey! Well, if it isn't my favorite neurotic Jewish New York filmmaker.
      Woody Allen: Oh, hi, Jay.
      Jay: You're speaking at Career Day?
      Woody Allen: Career Day? I thought this was the prom!

    • Military General: We can't let that balloon fall into the wrong hands!
      Rogue Steven Segal-Type: I dunno who's more full of hot air, General, that balloon.. or you.
      (General grumbles)

    • French Kid: (after he is hit by food in a food fight) We surrender!

    • Cuban TV Announcer: We'll be back after this word from toilet paper, now in "rough" and "not-so-rough."

    • (to Marty)
      Jay: This is your new mother.
      Cuban Lady: I plan to divorce him and take half his money.
      Jay: She's a lot like your old mother.

    • Hans Gruber: Take one step and the Red Balloon becomes the Dead Balloon. (boy releases the balloon) I could not have forseen that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Opening & Closing Gags
      Phone Call: "Hi, this is Gene Shalit. I'm having a bad hair day. If you don't believe me, look out the window."
      Movie Parody: A man hangs with one arm from the edge of a cliff. With the other arm, he is struggling to hold a women. The women is holding a boy. The boy is holding a dog. The dog is holding a cat. The cat is holding a mouse. And finally, the mouse is holding a piece of cheese. (Parody of the movie Cliffhanger.)
      Response to Usher: "Is the snack bar still open?"

    • This episode, the fourth one to be produced, aired second because ABC thought "Miserable," the real second episode, was too dirty and it needed time for the writers and producers to clean it up.


    • Pac-Man
      The scene where Jay is in a thought bubble, smells fried bananas, and then turns his head in profile while opening and closing his mouth is a reference to the popular arcade game "Pac-Man", which featured a yellow circle "face" in profile, eating dots and fruit in a flat 2-D environment.

    • Movies Criticized on Coming Attractions:
      - A G'day in the Life of Che Guevara (not a parody of any specific movie)
      - The Red Balloon II: The Revenge of the Balloon (parody of The Red Balloon and any number of action movies and action movie sequels, especially Die Hard)
      - F (movie about Malcolm Forbes; parody of Spike Lee's X, about Malcolm X)

    • Fame
      Jay attended a school called the New York School for the Performing Arts. This is a reference to the 1980 musical film Fame.

    • Die Hard
      The gang of theives featured in the "Red Balloon 2" movie are modeled after the terrorists from Die Hard, and who also reappear in the show's only clipshow.

    • Franklin: Just reach in the TV and pull him out. That's how I met the Fonz.
      Franklin is referring to Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli from Happy Days. The Fonz was the king of cool and quickly became a cultural icon.