My Quest to “Get that Reference”

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I’ve been on a quest for some time now – a quest to, “Get that Reference.” Everyday, people everywhere have conversations and in those conversations people make references. From here, there are three branches in which a conversation can deviate. In the first world, the reciprocator understands the reference and retorts with yet another reference, leading to a spiral of references. In the second, the reciprocator pretends to understand the reference; they nod, smile, giggle, twitch a little, then excuse themselves for the bathroom. The third scenario – the bane of my existence – occurs when the reciprocator asks what the reference was about then immediately blocks their ears screaming, “SPOILERS!” And because I don’t like to be “that guy” mentioned in the third scenario, I’ve made it my quest to “Get that Reference.”

This past year, I managed to watch the entirety of the Emmy nominated dramas – Breaking BadDownton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men. That makes me cool, right? I know all those references now! But, alas, my quest continues. 

This weekend, I reviewed my Netflix Instant Queue (now called “My List,” but I don’t like that name) to see what shows I should pick up. I tried three episodes of the critically-acclaimed comedy Louie and I elicited no reaction…aside from cringing at the unnecessary sex scenes. Thinking it was just a fluke, I moved on to the first two episodes of the cult comedy Freaks and Geeks. Again, no reaction. “This can’t be, I should try watching The IT Crowd,” thought Rob. Nope. Nothing. What is going on? How am I supposed to understand the constant references to these shows? I guess I’ll have to resort to the uncomfortable giggling, twitching, and frantic fits to the bathroom.

Check out this amazingly accurate Portlandia sketch about spoilers:

Wisdom Teeth

In a little under an hour I will be heavily sedated, under the knife. When the procedure is completed, I will be four wisdom teeth lighter and will return home with pain meds on pain meds on pain meds. Because of this, there are two equally likely outcomes. One, that I will not blog about the many shows I will be watching on bed rest. Or two, that there will be an abundance of incoherent rants posted in the coming days. Again, equally likely outcomes.

My television goals for my four day post-op recovery are:

-to finish the fourth season of Netflix’s Arrested Development 

-to finish season one of FX’s The Americans

-to start and finish the short-lived high school comedy Freaks and Geeks on Netflix

-and if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll throw in some of HBO’s The Newsroom.

Also, I finished Game of Thrones season 3 just the other day, so I’d like to share my thoughts on those as well.