TV fans are a passionate bunch. Case in point: every time Nathan Fillion makes a reference to his previous role on "Firefly" during a new episode of "Castle," the fans go nuts. But Nathan Fillion isn't the only actor who makes clever allusions to his past TV roles. Here are some clever TV moments where shows referenced the past roles of their stars.
Over the years, "The Office" has done a number of subtle allusions to the other projects of actors who work on the show. One very subtle moment was when Michael searched Dwight for a wire, thinking that Dwight had betrayed him to Charles. Fans of Idris Elba will know that before he played Charles on "The Office," he was best known as Stringer Bell on "The Wire."
In a different episode, Creed tells the camera that whenever he gets into a bad money situation, he sets up his alter ego, "William Charles Schneider," as the fall guy. Creed Bratton's birth name is actually William Charles Schneider.
In the episode "The Christmas Invasion," David Tennant's Doctor is seen rummaging through his collection of clothes in search of a new outfit to match his new face. If you pause the episode, you can see a wide assortment of clothing items that reference previous seasons of "Doctor Who." Moreover, there is a shirt that looks like one worn by Tennant in the "Casanova" miniseries, as well as a Hogwarts-style uniform, referencing Tennant's minor role in the "Harry Potter" series.
In one episode, attorney Bob Loblaw tells the Bluth clan, "Look, this is not the first time I've been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, I skew younger. With juries and so forth."
This dialogue references the fact that Scott Baio, who played Loblaw, had previously been brought in to replace Henry Winkler (Barry Zuckerkorn) on another TV show. Baio was brought on to play Chachi on "Happy Days," after producers decided that Henry "The Fonz" Winkler was getting a little long in the teeth.
On "The West Wing," the recovering alcoholic Vice President John Hoynes is played by Tim Matheson. In Season 3, it is revealed that Hoynes quit drinking at age 22, after some "experiences in college." Many fans believe this is a sly reference to Matheson's role as ladies man Eric "Otter" Stratton in "Animal House."
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