Ratings: 3.3 million viewers
The theme song changes slightly for the third season although it is still performed by the Dandy Warhols. The credits are also presented with different fonts and backgrounds.
(Looking at their photos from their trip to New York)
Veronica: Here we are in front of the Empire State Building...
Keith: That's the Chrysler Building.
Veronica: No, it isn't.
Keith: Veronica, there are a few things in life to which you will have to defer to my age and experience, and that, sweet child of mine, is the Chrysler Building.
Veronica: Senility -- that comes with age, too, right?
Keith: I...can't remember.
(Backup is the name of the family dog)
Keith: So, you remember I'm gonna be gone a few days? That bail-jumper I've been tracking?
Veronica: I'll hold down the fort.
Keith: Yeah...yeah, I'm afraid I put Backup in charge while I'm away. And he's been instructed to maul your boyfriend if he's here past midnight.
Veronica: Backup's in charge? What about the bitch he's been seeing?
Piz: (re: Veronica's new van) A Saturn for a Mars.
Veronica: ...in Neptune! Yeah, the planets really aligned for this one. Now, move Uranus: the Mercury is rising.
Joe and Frank Hardy
Keith mentions this pair of fictional detectives in a retort that gently mocks Veronica's belief that he's out of step with modern times. The Hardy Boys detective novels appeared beginning in 1927 and were written (and in some cases revised) until 1979 by a series of authors writing as Franklin W. Dixon. Frank and Joe Hardy were, like Veronica, the children of a successful detective (Fenton Hardy). The books, written for children, focused on their adventures and cases.
In front of Spamalot
Spamalot, currently playing Broadway, is a production based on the work of comic troup Monty Python, in particular their movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), a cult hit.
In 1978, Glen Larson wanted the "space fighter pilots" of his series Battlestar Galactica (1978)
to use coarse language without actually using coarse language. He solved this problem by inventing a portfolio of new epithets, of which frak was one. The recent reinvention of the show, Battlestar Galactica
, kept this tradition.
The "fagin" part of the character's name comes from the character Fagin, a criminal who appears in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Fagin trained children to steal for him, just as Donald Fagin does here. It is possible that the character's first name comes from musician Donald Fagen (spelled differently but pronounced the same way). Fagen is half of rock duet Steely Dan. Veronica and Piz first meet Donald Fagin when he advertises a guitar for sale that Piz believes may be his stolen property.