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Monday, January 11, 2010
Last week's episode of ABC's Modern Family (on Wednesday nights) hilariously brought Brian De Palma into prime time sitcom. In the episode, titled "Up All Night," a gay couple are fighting over the best way to get their daughter, Lily, to learn to sleep. Mitchell is trying to "Ferberize" the baby by allowing her to cry herself to sleep, but Cameron cannot stand to hear her endless cries in the middle of the night. Mitchell confronts Cameron, who is holding Lily in his lap in front of the TV. Cameron gives Mitchell an excuse for why he is holding Lily in the middle of the night, and the following exchange ensues:

Mitchell: No, no, you got up to comfort her, but that only teaches her that every time she cries her daddy will come in and cuddle her and put on her fave—[turns to the TV with shock on his face] What are we watching?!?

Cameron: Brian De Palma’s controversial masterpiece Scarface.

Mitchell: For the baby?!?

Cameron: She happens to like it. I don’t know if it’s the colors, or the sounds… Oh here comes the nightclub massacre, she loves it. Watch her little eyelids, it’s so cute, they get so heavy.

Posted by Geoff at 2:34 PM CST
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Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 4:33 PM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"

HAHAHAHAH  That almost reads like a scene from a John Waters movie!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 5:19 PM CST

Name: "Steve W"

I also caught an even more off-the-wall and obscure De Palma reference in episode 6 (I believe) of this season's DOLLHOUSE, a sci-fi series from Joss Whedon. I won't spell out the show's convoluted premise, but suffice it say that the episode featured an extremely attractive but crazy and evil scientist with her arm in a sling. She even specifies that the arm is "dead," setting up a comment by the show's resident wiseguy-and-also-crazy scientist that "She's like John Cassevetes in "The Fury," if he were a hot chick--a scenario I've fantasized about many times in the past!" I'm paraphrasing from memory, but you get the idea.  You don't see many "The Fury" references in pop culture these days, to put it mildly. Whedon must be fan.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:05 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Yeah, what an odd reference-- thanks, Steve!

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