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”Flight of the Phoenix”
6:54 — When George-Michael asks his dad about ”the most important thing,” he’s talking about privacy, but Michael thinks he’s talking about ”family” (a callback to the pilot where they also establish that breakfast is the most important thing…that you eat).
9:07 — News anchor Beatrix Hebberly-Sneed reports from ”Actual Britain” in a nod to ”Wee Britain” (the British section of Orange County, Calif.).
14:18 (and throughout) — Fox 6 news anchor/To Entrap a Local Predator host John Beard was the news anchor for L.A.’s KTTV from 1993-2007; though he’s relocated to Buffalo, he reprised his role for the new episodes.
15:14 — In the flashback to young Michael’s school play ”The Trial of Captain Hook,” he runs across another ”loose seal” (this time, a giant school insignia) while suspended mid-air.
21:58 — The cover of Attitude magazine (not to be confused with in-flight magazine Altitude) shows the headline ”Boy George George Michael — more than just a name in common” after George-Michael complains about his name’s associations and Michael suggests ”Boy George” as an alternative.
27:27 — Just after he’s kicked out of George-Michael’s dorm, Michael makes a pose of contrition similar to what will soon appear in Altitude’s hatchet job article about the Bluths; as he exits with his head down, the sad music from Charlie Brown plays (an homage to season 2’s ”Good Grief” that Buster repeats in episode 14), and camera pans down to the paper to reveal the word ”Michael” written under the crossed-out ”Da” of Dad (i.e. that was George-Michael’s vote against his father).
27:46 — The ticket agents from whom Michael tries to get a copy of Altitude magazine are cast members of the Comedy Central show Workaholics.
30:15 (shown) — The mural behind Michael at the Phoenix airport is sprinkled with scenes from the previous three seasons, including an image of a Mexican chapel, a banana stand, a shot of Wee Britain, and the Queen Mary sailing away with another loose seal (like the one that mauled Buster) in the foreground.
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