Mandi Bierly
November 04, 2010 AT 09:55 PM EDT

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If you’re still laughing at Cougar Town‘s episode-ending finger gunfight (and Ellie resurrecting herself from the dead to drink some wine), odds are you will wet yourself when you watch the scenes from Spaced, the British series starring Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Nick Frost, to which it’s paying homage. (You can hear Cougar Town‘s Travis say “I love Spaced” as he falls, but it’s co-creators Kevin Biegel and Bill Lawrence you need to thank: In a joint statement to EW, they admit, “We are both self-proclaimed TV nerds and Spaced is such an awesome show that we wanted to give it a ‘shout-out.’ Plus, it was easier than writing our own joke.”) Watch the Cougar Town and Spaced scenes below. Cougar Town isn’t the first show to whip out the finger guns on American TV — The Office and Psych come to mind — but it was a nice surprise. After Jules’ therapist (Jennifer Aniston) cured her of the nervous tick, we feared they were gone for good. Instead, everyone’s packin’, and the fire is no longer friendly. UPDATE: Pegg has tweeted his approval: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That was always our motto.”

And on an unrelated note, just because I found the length of the clip showing Bobby finally mastering the neti pot on last night’s Cougar Town almost as wonderfully uncomfortable as watching Jimmy and Timmy’s extended battle sequence in the South Park episode “Cripple Fight”…

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Read more: Annie Barrett recaps last night’s Cougar Town

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