Push, Nevada
The Letter Of The Law

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That Was Then

Aw, c'mon, ABC…now look what you've gone and done!

Look, America -- and the miniscule parts of Canada blessed with the English language, bless your frozen souls -- I know Push, Nevada wasn't the best show in the world. I know that a show which, on its best day, was Southwestern Exposure, and on its worst was Ben Affleck's Vanity Project Which Was Almost As Bloated And Unwieldy As The Aforementioned Executive Producer Himself, deserves to unemploy its staff, its cast, and me before The In-Laws has a chance to air indefinitely while it "finds its audience." I know Ben and ABC will honor their joint commitment to carry the giant check out of the Push Prize Patrol Van and up to the front door of the lucky winner. Everything's gonna work out in the end. I know, I know, I know.

But see, for me it's a pride thing, and also an opportunity to talk about myself for a while. I've never recapped a show that was cancelled so quickly, and, well, I feel kind of responsible. It's almost violating. And, most importantly, now I've got this backlog of recap-worthy pop-cultural references that I had been waiting to contextualize into an upcoming recap…a recap which will never come. So, in the interest of shedding myself of such ephemera rendered suddenly so useless, I'll just reel off a quick list of Djb-sanctioned words and phrases and moments in time that were to weave themselves elegantly into a Push, Nevada recap sometime between tonight's Episode Five and the lost-in the-ether Episode Twenty-Two.

Herewith, obscure pop-culture references of the '80s, '90s, and today:

  • The "I am your singing telegram" song from the film Clue
  • The "She stole my heart and my cat" spoken-word poem from the film So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • The Spencer-Gifts-esqe store "Over Our Heads" from the lean, waning Leachman years of Facts of Life
  • Big League Chew
  • The fact that, at the very end of the 1986 classic "What Have You Done For Me Lately," Janet Jackson quietly though emphatically whispers the observation, "This is wild. I swear it."
  • The fact that, at the very end of Paula Abdul's "Cold-Hearted Snake" video, the words "The dancers laugh" appear inexplicably on the screen
  • Hart's War
  • "Cake or death?"
  • The Morrissey song "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"

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