From this episode on, people say Rayn burned down the Model Home. But he was pushed by Luke. which actually makes it Luke's fault.
Goof: As Jimmy and Julie are watching the basketball game on ESPN Classics, when he refers to the particular game, there is a really bad voice over. His voice says "1986," yet his mouth says "1988."
Goof: There were a lot of set changes that appeared in this episode versus the Pilot. This is likely because the Pilot was shot on actual locations, while the rest of the episodes were shot in a closed studio. Some of the noticeable differences were:
- Seth has totally different stuff on his walls. There is no way a person makes so many changes to his walls in a day while all those things were going on.
- The decor of the pool house was completely changed. And the backyard didn't have steps in the pilot, but does starting with this episode.
- The layout of the Cohens' house is different as well. The countertop on the kitchen island was black in the pilot and light colored later. The kitchen table chairs are different. - The mailboxes are different.
According to this episode, Summer's birthday is August 13th.
Episode punch count: 5
Goof: Seth refers to the book 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac when he talks about the "pancake tour of America." However, it was apple pie and ice cream that Sal, the book's narrator, consumed as he traveled around America.
Goof: When Kirsten and Jimmy drive up to the model home, it's suprising they didn't get tipped off to the kids' presence by seeing Marissa's car and Ryan's bike somewhere outside.
It is likely that Marissa, or at least Ryan, would have seen Luke and his friends sitting in their truck outside the model home before the fight and fire. Sure, they were pre-occupied, but not likely enough to miss a truck right beside the house.
Goof: The Lakers/Pistons game was 1988, not 1986, which was the Lakers/Celtics. So, the closed captioning would be correct, but the dub is incorrect. Maybe they took creative license with the date, but if it was just a goof on Jimmy's part and he got the date wrong when talking to Julie, then that would make Marissa 15 throughout the first season of the show.
Seth: (to Marissa) Did you seriously bring a loofa?
Ryan: What's a loofa?
Ryan: (looking at a miniature model home on the table) What's that?
Kirsten: It's a model home. I build them. Well, the real ones, not this one.
Ryan: Could you build me one? ... Sorry, bad joke. (Ryan, Seth, Sandy and Kirsten sit down to eat)
Sandy: So, last supper, huh? ... Sorry, bad joke.
Luke: You're okay.
Marissa (driving): Why won't you tell me where we're going? This is pretty far away.
Seth: Oh, wow. (Complaining.) That's very interesting considering nobody invited you.
Marissa: Before I came along you were on a skateboard.
Marissa: I mean, what did I ever do to you?
Seth: Nothing, Marissa. I've lived next door to you forever and you've never done or said anything to me.
Marissa: Oh, my God, you're the one who never talks to me. You think you're so much better than everyone.
Seth: I do? Well, if you're talking about Luke, then, yes, because that guy shaves his chest!
Seth: You know what I like about rich kids? Bam, nothing. Hey, Ryan, you wouldn't consider me rich, would you? I'd be more upper middle class?
Marissa: You like them?
Ryan: Yeah, I guess.
Marissa: Well, what do you like?
Ryan: Everything. I don't really listen to music.
Seth: Dude, that's kind of weird.
Ryan: We're from different worlds.
Marissa: That's not true.
Seth: You remember the meatloaf incident of '98?
Kirsten: That was brisket.
Seth: Yeah, that's my point exactly.
Sandy: There's no need for sarcasm.
Seth: I'm not being sarcastic.
Sandy: Well, it's hard to tell sometimes.
(Talking to Kirsten about Ryan)
Sandy: I was this kid. If someone hadn't helped me, I wouldn't be here.
Marissa: (talking to Summer on the phone) Seth Cohen says 'Happy Birthday'.
Marissa: (turning to Seth) She says 'Thanks'.
Ryan: So, you listen to punk, huh?
Marissa: I'm angry.
Ryan: What kind of music do you listen to?
Marissa: Right now, punk.
Seth: Yeah, I'm sorry, but Avril Lavigne doesn't count as punk.
Marissa: Oh yeah? Well, what about The Cramps? Stiff Little Fingers? The Clash? Sex Pistols?
Seth: I listen to the same music as Marissa Cooper? I think I have to kill myself.
Sandy: The minute you were born I knew ... that I would never take another easy breath again without knowing you were safe.
Seth: So, I'm like asthma?
Luke: Shut up, queer.
Seth: (quietly) Well, at least I don't shave my chest.
Luke: What'd you say?
Marissa: Luke, come on.
Seth: I just said, you look nice in a sweater vest. It was a compliment.
Marissa: You guys are up to something.
Seth: Dude, what'd you tell her?
Ryan: I didn't tell her anything. Maybe the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.
Seth: Ok, I was going for stealth. And also, it's slimming.
Ryan: (to Luke) You know what I like about rich kids? (Ryan then jacks him across the jaw) Nothin'.
Seth: That was awesome!
This episode is the first reference to a Shark IMAX movie, which is a common "almost" hang out for the group throughout the season.
When Marissa, Ryan, and Seth are driving to the Model Home in Marissa's car, they are listening to the song 'I'm a Terrible Person' by 'Rooney'.
The band re-appears in Season 1, Episode 15 "The Third Wheel", when the gang is going to a Rooney concert.
During the filming of the Ryan/Luke fight scene in the model home, Ben McKenzie was supposed to fake trip, but he actually tripped and ended up falling through a real window. Luckily, because of the leather jacket Ben was wearing for the scene, he was unhurt by the broken glass.
"California" by Rufus Wainwright
"I'm A Terrible Person" by Rooney
"Caught By The River" by The Doves
"In Your Eyes" by Aaron D
"Do It With Madonna" by The Androids
"Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
"We're Going Out Tonight" by Shady Lady
When Seth is skating around in the pool of the model home it's a allusion to "Grind", in which Adam Brody also stars. In "Grind" a group of skateboarding-teenagers clean out a pool for a manager so they can stay the night and then skateboard in it.
The story of the episode, especially the kids hiding in the Model Home, is very much inspired by the James Dean classic "Rebel Without a Cause": The main characters also hide in an old, deserted house with an empty swimming pool.
Also, a lot of aspects of Ryan's character have been influenced by this movie: Jim Stark (James Dean) is moving to a new town, he is not talking much, honest and straight guy, makes friends with an outsider boy called Plato (-> Seth) and falls in love with the girl next door, Julie (-> Marissa).
Ryan: He moved away, to Austin.
Marissa: In Texas?
Ryan: He said if I were ever out there look him up.
Austin, Texas is where Benjamin McKenzie, the actor who plays Ryan, grew up.
Luke: You know, you're a little far from 8 Mile!
White rap superstar Eminem starred in a semi-autobiographical movie titled 8 Mile, based on his rise to stardom from his trailer park upbringing. His big fashion statement at the time was wearing a hood and a cap at the same time.