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Cupid: Left of the Dial

Trevor attempts to unite a radio shock jock with one of his listeners, and Claire becomes involved with a statistics specialist from a dating bank.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Tuesday May 12th, 2009



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Guest Stars
Alexie Gilmore
As Sarah "Sweet Jane" Porter
Chloe Cmarada
As Ditzy Redhead
Kathy Deitch
As D-Line(Clerk)
Kim Shaw
As Pop Star
Lucian Maisel
As Adam Porter
Mather Zickel
As Jack Kozkowski
Michael J. Burg
As Scott Sussman
Robert Harrison
As Himself
Sean-Michael Bowles
As Aaron the PA
Spencer Fox
As Music Geek
Tobias Campbell
As Ben Porter
Will Chase
As Peter
Main Cast
Bobby Cannavale
As Trevor Pierce/Cupid
Rick Gomez
As Felix Arroyo
Camille Guaty
As Lita Arroyo
Sarah Paulson
As Dr. Claire Allen
Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Future Clouds And RadarBuild HavanaAs Jack goes off-shift


Episode Quotes
Jack: I've played Lou Reed, Jimmy Reed, even Jerry Reed, REM, PIL, XTC, and now... they're Paving Paradise.

(Trevor grabs the "to-go" food out of her hand)
Claire: Trevor! That's my mole!
Trevor: Get her anything she wants. On me. I've got a match to make.
Felix: Hnnngh.... Guess I'll just cover his shift.... And feed his psychiatrist.

Jack: This is how I thought my day would go... Get shot down by my dream girl on the radio, and bring some strange dude back to my apartment to binge on Mexican food... (referring to Felix's exceptionally delicious mole sauce) That's apparently laced with crack.



Episode Goofs
Otis Redding, "You Left the Water Running" was, in fact, released postumously, in 1976. However, while all the legitimate posthumous releases from Redding did come under the Atco label, "You Left The Water Running", taken from a ten year old demo tape, was released by Stone Records without permission. The 45 should not have been inside of an Atco sleeve at all, and this would have lowered its value and collectibility significantly. Since both Jack and "Jane" are music history purists, this would matter a lot to them, and they'd both be aware of the Stone, not Atco, connection.

When Jack and Trevor go to the record store with the 45, you see the 45 in the owner's hands, visible for a flash. The 45, however, is clearly not You Left The Water Running, but A Lovers' Question, which was a legitimate posthumous Atco release of Redding's. This isn't the B-side of You Left The Water Running, either -- the flipside of YLTWR was an instrumental called "The Otis Jam"



Cultural References
Jack: I've played Lou Reed, Jimmy Reed, even Jerry Reed, REM, PIL, XTC, and now... they're Paving Paradise.

A virtual laundry list of notable musicians and groups:

Lou Reed is the lead singer and songwriter of The Velvet Underground, a group noted for its influence on rock's movers and shakers in the 60s and 70s, moreso than its mainstream pop appeal. Reed went on to a moderately successful solo career in the 70s, and is still a significant force in modern music.

Jimmy Reed was an influential blues musician, notable for his pioneering work in electric blues during the 50s and 60s.

Jerry Reed was a very popular country music star with cross-over pop hits as well as a notable movie career including the semi-driver Cletus Snow in Smokey and The Bandit and its two sequels.

REM is the phenomenally successful Athens, Ga. band (one of several bands that established Athens' college music scene in the 80s, much as Nirvana, et. al., established Seattle in the 90s) and was a key focal point for the development of alternative music in the 80s and 90s.

PIL -- Public Image, Ltd. rose from the ashes of Punk music's quinessential band, The Sex Pistols.

XTC is an important 80s British Punk, then later New Wave band, which featured a unique blend of pop, reggae, ska, punk, and art rock. They also released music under pseudonyms, such as The Dukes of Stratosphear, the idea being that the style played under the pseudonym (for Dukes, this is a mildly comic parody/homage to 60s psychedelic rock) is so radically different from that of XTC that they would not want fans to obtain it and go "What the heck?"

Paving Paradise is not a band but a clear reference to Joni Mitchell's signature 1970 song Big Yellow Taxi, with its key refrain "They've paved paradise, and put up a parking lot". The bubbly, light hearted "but serious" song has since been covered by dozens of other artists, and, with its environmental warning and anti-corporate message continues to have mainstream appeal even forty years later.

Jack: Oh, and look at that. Call on the Batphone

In the campy 60s Batman TV series, Commissioner Gordon called Batman on the Batphone, a large red colored phone that he kept, shrine-like, under a glass cover.

'Sweet' Jane: Build Havana, by Future Clouds and Radar

Future Clouds and Radar
is a critically acclaimed band created by Robert Harrison as the follow-up to his band Cotton Mather. Build Havana is a song from their eponymous first album, released in 2007.

Jack: Not just any 45. Otis Redding, "You Left the Water Running". Released posthumously.

45s were the primary form of music distribution for single songs, prior to the development of CDs. They were named 45s for the fact that they spun on the turntable at 45 RPM, as opposed to the 33RPM typical of albums, and the older format of 78 RPM which was prevalent until the 33 was released in 1931, and the 45 in 1949. 33 and 45 RPM records eventually completely supplanted the 78 RPM format by the 60s.

Otis Redding was a singer who became known as the "King of Soul", despite the fact that he died in a plane crash in 1967 at the age of only 26. His most popular song, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, was recorded only three days before he died. As suggested in the episode, the song was taken from a demo tape recorded in 1966, released, inadvertently without permission, in 1976.

Trevor: Did Samson and Delilah need a computer? Did Brad and Jen? Did your parents?
Claire: Are you sure these are the examples you want to use?

Samson and Delilah is a classic meme of betrayal of a male by a female... Samson was a legendary strong man and warrior whose strength came from his unshorn hair. Delilah seduced him, then, while he slept, cut his hair, rendering him weak and easy prey for his enemies, the Philistines, who blind him. Samson is subsequently enslaved by the Philistines. Eventually, the blind Samson is led to the temple to be sacrificed, where, with his hair grown back, he prays to God for his strength, which he uses to tear down the temple, killing the assembled masses there for the sacrifice as well as himself.

Brad and Jen is a clear reference to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston, a popular couple whose relationship ended in 2005 after a 5-year marriage.

Since Claire's parents are also broken up, the three relationships Trever refers to are all unsuccessful, and thus poor choices to use to argue against Claire's computer matching idea.



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