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Question: Before Tom Cruise is ushered into the tunnel in Boston, he tells the army man, "______ is the key." What does he say; what is the key?

Chosen answer: It is actually the army guy who says this, not Tom Cruise. Cruise notices the birds are able to land on the tripod and realizes the shields are down. He points this out to the army guy who yells to his men "The Javelin is the key." The Javelin is the anti-tank weapon they use to take the tripod down.

Question: Why does Herbie have the number 53? Is there a special reason for this number?

Chosen answer: I found this through a short Google search. On the website http://local.aaca.org/junior/starcars/herbie.htm Bill Walsh, producer of "The Love Bug" came up with the number 53 from Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Don Drysdale's uniform. He chose the red, white, and blue racing stripes for a patriotic theme.

moviemogul

Question: Is it true that there are going to be two sequels to 'Fantastic 4'?

Chosen answer: Generally speaking, when setting up a possible franchise situation, the actors will have at least one and often two sequels included as part of their original contract - Ioan Gruffudd has confirmed that this was part of the deal on this film. Whether those sequels eventually occur depends on how well the first film does at the box office - in this case, Gruffudd stated that he has already been informed that the second film will be going ahead, so takings were presumably satisfactory. Whether this will ultimately lead to the option for a third film being taken up remains to be seen.

Tailkinker

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Question: I am looking for the name of an episode. In it, a girl riding a horse finds two dead bodies in a pipe. They were sisters, one of which did nothing but order clothing on-line. It turned out that the other sister killed her, and her boyfriend, an ex-prisoner whose screen name was Apollo, killed the other sister. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: According to the "Guest Appearances" section on the IMDB, the episode you're looking for is Episode 2.12, " "You've Got Male."

Cubs Fan

Question: What was the name of the piano player that played at Porky's club? I have heard audio tapes of him play, but can not recall his name.

Chosen answer: Carl Zittrer. However, you won't find his name in the cast credits as he was uncredited for the role.

Question: I never really understood the point of injecting the needle into your heart if you come into contact with the chemical. Doesn't the chemical eat away at your skin? If so, does the injection somehow instantly stop the gas from eating away at your skin? Or did I just imagine the whole thing about it eating your skin?

Chosen answer: The whole inject-it-into-your-heart thing is crap. Atropine is like super-adrenalin. It sends you into overdrive, forcing your body to stay alive despite the nerve gas. It is normally injected into the buttock. Injecting it directly into your heart would probably kill you faster than the nerve gas, assuming you could even get it into your own heart.

Grumpy Scot

Amok Time - S2-E1

Question: What happened to Stonn's arranged marriage?

Chosen answer: Not every Vulcan male has an arranged marriage. For example Sarek, Spock's father, was not promised and was thus free to marry a human, Amanda. This is part of the reason Spock was so resentful towards his father.

Grumpy Scot

Question: During the course of the film we see the "Tripods" spill out an orange colored liquid. What is that fluid supposed to be?

Chosen answer: The reddish liquid is a defoliant that eradicates indigenous vegetation and reseeds the planet with alien plant life.

raywest

Question: If Minnie Driver sang "Learn to be Lovely" and came out with an album this year, why don't they use her singing voice in the movie?

Chosen answer: Because her voice is ill-equipped for the vocal demands of Carlotta's role.

K.C. Sierra

Question: Who played the Evil Ash?

Chosen answer: Bruce Campbell played Evil Ash, as well as playing both 'Ash' Williams and the mini-Ash.

Hamster

Days of Wine and D'Oh'ses - S11-E18

Question: Why did the writers make Barney sober?

Chosen answer: Probably as something ironic to play with the title of the episode. The title refers to the Jack Lemmon movie "The Days of Wine and Roses" which is a tragic movie about alcoholism and the devastating effects it has on the addict(s) and the people around them. Since Barney is drunk or drinking booze in every episode he's in it added a sense of irony that he was sober in this one.

Tobin OReilly

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Question: In some episodes, they talk about some David Jones. Can anyone tell me who is he?

Chosen answer: I believe you mean Davy Jones as in Davy Jones' Locker. The flying dutchman character frequently uses the reference being that its a common phrase associated with pirates. This site explains some of the origins and meanings of the phrase, Davy Jones' Locker.

Lummie

Papa's Got a Brand New Badge - S13-E22

Question: what is the song playing during the musical montage with big tony and the mafia?

Chosen answer: It's 'Woke Up This Morning' by Alabama 3. It's used in The Sopranos.

lee dellbridge

Question: I'm having trouble working Ted and Mort's confrontation at the gas station into the narrative. Throughout the scene, Ted acts as if he knows all the events that have afflicted Mort vis-a-vis Shooter (he reacts to the dead dog, he says "I admit that most of what has been happening is my fault," etc.). But then it turns out that it was all Mort's doing, that John Shooter didn't exist, and that Ted had absolutely nothing to do with it. The scene, therefore, is decidedly strange. It is not in Mort's imagination, as in a later scene Ted still has an aching hand from punching the car. Anybody have an idea?

Chosen answer: The director explains this scene in the commentary on the DVD. Ted is talking about Amy and the messy divorce and thinks Mort is talking about Amy as well. Mort is talking about Shooter. Ted doesn't understand why Mort mentions his dead dog. But other than looking away puzzled he doesn't address that issue. It's also why Ted gets angry when Mort says "your filthy friend" - Ted thought Mort was talking about Amy.

Nelleke Rietvink

Question: Why did Trisha's mom force her to go to the dance with Napoleon?

Chosen answer: When Uncle Rico is selling stuff to Tricia's mom, he mentions how Napoleon has had a hard life. (I believe he talks about how Napoleon lost his parents or something to that extent, if I remember correctly.) Tricia's mom feels sorry for Napoleon, and makes Tricia go out with him.

Krista

Question: At the end, why does Sarah look to the side of her (somewhat flinching)?

Chosen answer: Because the three evil shadows are near and she is afraid of them seeing her.

EMTurbo

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Question: Why does Kenny only die occasionally in the later seasons, not in every episode?

Chosen answer: Because Trey Parker and Matt Stone got bored with having to find new ways of killing Kenny each episode. Originally they wrote him out completely by killing him in "Kenny dies" but they decided to bring him back but without having to kill him each episode.

Andreas[DK]

Question: Did they give a reason why O'Neill was recalled? Did he have special qualifications that made him the only one capable of carrying out the mission?

Chosen answer: He was known to be suicidal. He was picked because they wanted someone who wouldn't mind getting killed as the gate was blown up on the other side.

Mobrien316

Question: When Sydney and the President are having dinner alone at Sydney's place (I think) around Christmastime, there is a beautiful song playing softly in the background. It is being sung by what sounds like two or three sopranos. Does anyone know the name of this song and its composer?

Chosen answer: The aria is "Viens, Mallika" from "Lakmé", composed by Léo Delibes.

scwilliam

Question: During the final fight Mr. Fantastic makes a remark about hot metal cooling fast, what is this about?

Chosen answer: Ever see Aliens 3? When a metal gets hot, it expands. When it suddenly cools, it doesn't contract evenly and often shatters or pops. It would seem he was made of a tougher metal than we thought, as he's still in one piece, but immobilised (for the moment...).

James King III

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