Eeny Teeny Maya Moe - Cultural References

Cultural References

The title is a parody of the children's rhyme, "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe". Kearney's son banging the three bottles together on his fingers is reference to the 1979 film The Warriors. A play on a theme from one of Philip Glass's scores is heard during the commercial about "leaving your kids unguarded". Moe references people that live in trees, particularly Tarzan and The Berenstain Bears. Also, upon learning that Maya finds him attractive, Moe joyfully utters the nonsense phrase "Oh, frabjulous day, calloo callay!" which is a reference to a similar line in the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky". When Moe turns on the television in Maya's house, it is showing a scene from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory featuring the Oompa Loompas singing. Maya tells Moe that the photo of herself she shared with Moe over the internet was taken at Legoland. The plot is also similar to the Boston Legal episode "New Kids on the Block" when Denny Crane meets Bethany Horowitz for the first time and their relationship throughout the series. When Moe meets Maya in person he tears down an advertisement for dwarf tossing and throws out a copy of Little Women. Shortly afterwards, he asks Maya "So, have you always been this size, or is this, like, a Benjamin Button deal?". There is also a Moe self-reference from the fourth season, episode 9F01 Homer the Heretic; in that scene, Moe says "I was born a Snake Handler, and I'll die a Snake Handler." This gag was reprised for a second sketch in "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe", after sixteen years.

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