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TV Easter Eggs: Our Favorite Fan Shout-Outs From Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:00AM
TV Easter eggs are so much better than real ones -- no mess, no smell, no creepy rabbit delivering them. Which is why we're celebrating this holiday with our favorite hidden gems from TV shows past and present.

(And some Peeps. C'mon, we're only human.)

We each chose a nod to the fans that we loved, from the numbers on 'Lost' and the secret things hidden in the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet to the end of "555" phone numbers and more.

Did we forget your favorite superfan surprise? Share your own eagle-eyed discoveries in the comments ... and try not to overdose on Cadbury Eggs while doing it.

'Supernatural'Easter egg: Self-deprecating inside jokes
'Supernatural' is chock full of inside jokes, and its writers never miss a chance to make fun of themselves. In 'Hollywood Babylon,' Dean compliments an actress on her performance in 'Boogeyman,' but she complains about the movie's terrible script. 'Boogeyman' was written by 'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke.
-- Mo Ryan, Lead Critic, AOL TV

Easter egg: Cross-show love
'Veronica Mars' was known for its occasional fun little winks at fans, but this one made my TV-lovin' heart swoon: when Veronica reveals the message Duncan gave her in her fortune cookie, the "lucky numbers" were Hurley's from 'Lost'!
-- Chris Harnick, Assistant Editor, AOL TV

Easter egg: Mentioning real phone numbers
Eschewing the standard (fake) 555 prefix, shows like 'Cougar Town,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Vampire Diaries' have all mentioned real, working phone numbers (and in some cases, websites) that viewers could call and get in-character recordings from their favorite stars. In 'Cougar Town''s case, the stars actually answered the phone during this week's penny can episode.
-- Jean Bentley, Associate Editor, AOL TV

'Lost'Easter egg: Running gags
The 'Lost' numbers started cropping up all over the place (see Chris' 'VM' example above), but nowhere more frequently than on the show itself. Hurley's lucky/unlucky numbers popped up on the hatch, on the Swan computer every 108 minutes, as the mileage on Hurley's car, on an LAPD police car and on that crazy lighthouse dial, among other places. Some examples were more obvious, but some were nice and hidden for truly eagle-eyed fans.
-- Maggie Furlong, West Coast Editor, AOL TV

Easter egg: Geek crossovers
If you look carefully at the fleet shots during 'Battlestar Galactica,' you can occasionally spot the 'Firefly' ship Serenity. This is like sci-fi fan heaven -- as if the stars aligned and combined our favorite science-fiction into one sexy space package.
-- Christopher Jancelewicz, AOL TV Canada

'How I Met Your Mother'Easter egg: Winking inside jokes
Just this week on 'How I Met Your Mother,' Barney's dad, played by John Lithgow, is in "wild Jerry" mode and directly references his character from 'Footloose.'
-- Joel Keller, Editor, AOL TV

Easter egg: More self-deprecating jokes
During a 'Breakfast Club' homage episode from 'Dawson's Creek' season 1, Dawson mentions the stalled careers of most of the Brat Packers. Pacey, played by Joshua Jackson, chimes in with a defense of Emilio Estevez, saying "No way -- he was in those duck movies, remember? Those were classics. So funny." Yep, Estevez was Jackson's costar in all three 'Mighty Ducks' movies.
-- Jean Bentley, Associate Editor, AOL TV

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A favorite Easter Egg on Star Trek is the appearance--from the future's "Office of Temporal Investigations"--are two agents who investigate events that potentially contaminated the time line. (apparently Captain James T Kirk was the all-time champion of such events. "Seventeen separate temporal violations; the biggest file on record". "The man was a menace") The agents are "always on time."

In the Star Trek: Deep Space 9, episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations" the USS Defiant is thrown back into the past to meet up with Star Trek' The Original Episode's Enterprise. DS9 officers are interjected into the original episode's episode "The Trouble with Tribbles, replacing characters and trying to prevent a possible change to the time line by an undercover Klingon agent, from the original series. This DS9 episode names these two agents. They are: Dulmer and Lucsly, scrambled versions of the names of the two agents in the X-Files series (Mulder, and Scully).
PR Chris

April 24 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite was the star trek episode about Tribbles...

when he says "the trouble with tribbles.......I always giggle because their trouble is that they multiply like crazy!~
That always cracks me up!

April 24 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite was in a Halloween episode of "Castle", when Castle, played by Nathan Fillion comes out dressed as a "space cowboy" aka, his character, Capt. Mal Reynolds from "Firefly" and "Serenity".

April 24 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

in an episode of ncis, i think it was kate who asked gibbs what ducky looked like when he was younger. gibbs thought a moment & then said, "Illya Kuryakin." That was the name of the character david mc callum (ducky) played in the tv series "the man from u.n.c.l.e."

April 24 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

On an episode of NCIS , Ducky was asked what he looked like when he was young. His answer.."Illya Kuryakin". For you yongsters out there it was the role David McCallam played on The Man from U.N.C.L.E

April 24 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to share my favorite: Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) of Stargate SG-1's shoutout to The Kid's In The Hall's character "Headcrusher", while he is watching Vala on a monitor in the episode Prometheus Unbound. " I crush your head", the words weren't even needed, his gesture said it all.

April 24 2011 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg Marshall

How far back will you go? St Elsewhere in the 80's. A guy in the psych ward thinks he is Mary Richards. There are two bald guys on the show he starts calling Murry and Lou. Then he walks past Betty White (who was playing a nurse on St. Elsewhere) and yells Sue Ann!

April 24 2011 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually one of my favorites when on "How I Met Your Mother'' there were numbers in the back in most cases and sometimes spoken by the actors themselves- a counting game of sorts- Not so noticable at first but soon you were looking for them- ---counting down from 50 --

April 24 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On Deep Space Nine, Capt Cisco and his son, Jake, were on a modern version of the ancient Bajoran space traveling ships. Jake asked his dad about the beds in which they'd be sleeping. His dad said they'd be sleeping in hammocks. When it came time to set them up, Cisco says, "It is time to set the hammocks up." Jake quickly blurts out, "Hammock time!" This, of course, being a reference to the popular song at the time by MC Hammer.

April 24 2011 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My old favorite was on Fraiser when his first wife, Nanette, a children's character performer "Nanny G" visits Fraiser. She complains to Fraiser how much she is tired of her job. She asks Fraiser in an exasperated tone "Do you have any idea what its like to play the same character for 20 years?" The season this episode premiered marked the 20th anniversary of Kelsey Grammar playing as Fraiser Crane.

April 24 2011 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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