Brian Katcher

13th Nov 2018

General questions

New this month I'm looking for a documentary on the U.S. Constitution that would have come out in the late 80s, when it had its bicentennial. It was comedic and aimed at a junior high/high school audience. I remember that Rhea Perlman and Whoopi Goldberg played waitresses at the Constitutional Convention, though their IMDB pages don't show anything. There was a clip from the 60s Batman TV show where The Penguin runs for office. There was also a sketch about fatigued soldiers in Vietnam staying awake by quizzing each other over the Constitution, and suddenly realizing that at the time, none of them were old enough to vote. Does this ring a bell for anyone?

Brian Katcher

New this month Answer: I think this is "Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville." It used to be available on VHS, maybe it still is.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Marlon mentions having been very sick and hospitalized for a long time when he was a boy. Is this supposed to be when they switched a child actor for someone who was willing to commit to the show indefinitely?

Brian Katcher

Answer: Yes and no. Yes because they could have found someone who looked remarkably similar to the child actor that played him and if he had been "sick" for a long time (depending on the illness he "had") it would have explained why he looked slightly different. No because of him being Truman's best friend. Unless the studio found an actor who did look almost identical to the child actor, Truman would have been able to figure out his best friend was a different person.

Trivia: Lilly's passport lists her place of birth as Area 51, Nevada.

Brian Katcher

The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One - S2-E9

Trivia: When the orphans are disguised as freaks, Olaf and his troupe mock them by chanting 'Not one of us!' This is a homage to the 1932 film 'Freaks', where the freaks chant 'One of us!'.

Brian Katcher

The Austere Academy: Part Two - S2-E2

Trivia: While locked in the freezer, Larry recites the Jack London story, 'To Build a Fire'. Appropriately enough, this is about a man who freezes to death.

Brian Katcher

The Vile Village: Part One - S2-E5

Trivia: Mr. Poe suggests the villagers will draw lots to decide who will take care of the children 'Like in that delightful Shirley Jackson story.' He's referring to 'The Lottery', where the winner of the drawing is unceremoniously stoned to death.

Brian Katcher

The Austere Academy: Part One - S2-E1

Trivia: Mr. Poe rhapsodizes over a saccharine sweet book called 'The Pony Party.' That was the title of the fake book printed on the reverse of the dust jacket of 'Lemony Snicket: An Unauthorized Autobiography.'

Brian Katcher

20th Feb 2018

Monk (2002)

Mr. Monk's 100th Case - S7-E7

Continuity mistake: They interview Jimmy Belmont in prison, who complains how Monk sent him there for killing Randy's uncle in 'Mr. Monk Visits a Farm.' However, in that episode, Monk tricked everyone (including Randy) into believing Randy had solved the murder.

Brian Katcher

8th Feb 2018

Monk (2002)

Mr. Monk and the Leper - S5-E10

Continuity mistake: In the very last scene when Natalie leaves for her date, her flowers go from her hands, to the table, back to her hands, and then she sets them on the table.

Brian Katcher

3rd Dec 2017

Justice League (2017)

Question: Bruce Wayne tells Clark that in order to get back the foreclosed Kent family farm, he bought the bank that owned it. Why didn't he just buy the house directly? It was for sale.

Brian Katcher

Answer: It was partly done as a joke. But it seems less likely that Bruce would just buy his friend a farm. What most likely happened is Bruce bought the bank and then in essence cancelled the foreclosure, turning the Kent farm back to Martha. Then Martha would continue making her mortgage payments to the bank.

New this month Answer: Like all billionaires, Bruce Wayne wants to make more money. It's much more lucrative to buy an entire bank, and the foreclosure would be cancelled at the same time.

New this month Answer: Bruce Wayne is not only rich and powerful, he's also dangerously vindictive. If you cross him or his friends, he'll pull the rug out from under you, at best, and destroy you, at worst. At the end of "Batman vs Superman," Bruce Wayne realises how horribly wrong he was about Superman; he even feels a kinship because both of their mothers were named Martha, and he was finally able to "save Martha" (something that had haunted Bruce Wayne for his entire life). I'm thinking, once Bruce Wayne discovered that Martha Kent's house was foreclosed, he acted to not merely save the farm but to punish the bank that foreclosed it. So he bought the bank and probably ruined a few financial careers in the process, out of sheer vengeance.

Charles Austin Miller

3rd Dec 2017

Justice League (2017)

Question: In the first scene, who was the shadowy man on the roof who asks Batman if this is happening because Superman died? Is it the burglar he was fighting with? If so, why is he chatting with a man he just tried to shoot?

Brian Katcher

Answer: Yes, he is the burglar who was just fighting with Batman. He is chatting because meeting a parademon face to face has caused him to realise that the world is seriously in trouble. He is genuinely curious whether or not Batman can stop this threat.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: After Rory lights the guy on the bar on fire, why does he just casually hang around afterwards? The guy was there with friends.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Would you want to mess with a guy who just casually lit someone on fire without batting an eye?

17th Aug 2017

The Dark Tower (2017)

Continuity mistake: Roland crumbles up Jake's drawing and stuffs it in his jacket, but when he takes it out again, it's neatly folded.

Brian Katcher
Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: He doesn't crumple it up, he folds it. Though he does stuff it roughly into his jacket.

Phixius Premium member

Trivia: When Edward is being fired from the hospital, there's a photo on the wall. It's H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote the original short story.

Brian Katcher

3rd Apr 2017

The Tick (1994)

Coach Fussell's Lament - S2-E5

Trivia: The weird truck drivers who pick up the hitchhiking heroes are the anthropomorphized trees from the episode 'Tick Vs. El Seed.'.

Brian Katcher

30th Mar 2017

The Tick (1994)

Bloomsday - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: The Tick, Arthur, and American Maid are riding in a taxi. The final exterior shot, however, shows a police cruiser.

Brian Katcher

30th Mar 2017

The Tick (1994)

Bloomsday - S2-E6

Trivia: The song playing on the radio when Rosebud breaks in, 'I'd Take a Bite of the Moon For You,' references the episodes 'Alone Together' and 'Tick Vs. Chairface Chippendale.' The song playing when El Seed breaks into the botanical gardens is a jazzy version of the show's theme song.

Brian Katcher

Question: Is cousin Tilly Bailey, the secretary at the Building and Loan, Uncle Billy's daughter?

Brian Katcher

Chosen answer: We know that Tilly (Matilda) Bailey is not Uncle Billy's daughter, because when Billy "loses" the deposit money and rushes back to BBB&L, George tells him that Harry's on the telephone and we hear Tilly say, "Hurry up Uncle Billy, long distance from Washington," so presumably she's George's cousin and Uncle Billy's niece. (When there's the run on the bank we see her desk, and there are a few photographs of men, one of which may be her father).

Super Grover Premium member

9th Sep 2016

Supernatural (2005)

Let It Bleed - S6-E21

Factual error: In the opening, H.P. Lovecraft is calming his nerves with alcohol. In real life, Lovecraft was a complete teetotaler, who even wrote stories about the evils of liquor.

Brian Katcher

Question: When Andy tells the warden how Tommy knows who really murdered his wife, the warden sympathetically says that Tommy made up the story to impress Andy, and he's surprised that Andy believed it. He also says they'd never be able to find that Elmo guy, and even if they did, he'd never confess. Isn't the warden essentially admitting he thinks that Andy is not guilty? Otherwise he'd just say 'I don't believe you, I know you were the one who killed your wife.'.

Brian Katcher

Chosen answer: The warden doesn't care whether Andy is innocent or guilty, only that his money-making schemes continue (with Andy's help).

Jason Hoffman

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