(Spoiler Warning: This article contains very frank discussion of spoilers from 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 5 and 6 "The Wide Window." Is that not what you want? I didn't realize this was a sad occasion.)
Maybe you'd rather watch "The Littlest Elf."
If you're not one of the many people who'd prefer to be watching the cliche feel-good story of "The Littlest Elf," then you've come to the right place. By now, you must have finished the fifth and sixth episodes of #LemonySnicket's #ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents on #Netflix. You've seen poor Aunt Josephine thrown to her viciously flailing demise, and the poor Baudelaire orphans ignored so blatantly that they voluntarily climbed on the back of a truck to Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. You just know nothing good is going to happen there, but first, let's talk about "The Wide Window."
Here Are 7 Easter Eggs And Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 5 & 6: The Wide Window
1. Lake Lachrymose Is In The Shape Of An Eye
See it now?
2. Vastly Flavorful Desserts
You might have already noticed the shop windows behind Snicket from the trailer, and already had an inkling that there was a V.F.D. hiding there. But now we can see for sure, the windows read: Vastly Flavorful Desserts.
We also see Mother and Father decoding a Very Far Distant telegram, and a woman in the open-air market selling Very Fresh Dill. Then, when Aunt Josephine is finally starting to open up to the Baudelaires out on Lake Lachrymose, she tells them that she and their parents had to make a Vastly Frightening Decision.
3. 'You Never Know What Might Happen In A Small Town'
Violet suggests Aunt Josephine go into town to pick up supplies for Hurricane Herman, and Klaus suggests he and his sisters stay behind. Aunt Josephine is all for the plan saying:
"Good idea. You never know what might happen in a small town. You ever read Thornton Wilder?"
If you have happened to read or see Thornton Wilder's Our Town, then you know it's one of the most meta plays of all time — it's set in the theater where it's being performed, there's a Lemony Snicket-esque stage manager that wanders around breaking the fourth wall and filling in bits of the story, and there are some happy parts but it's also pretty grim. Sound familiar?
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4. A Hidden Warning
There's a little bit of foreshadowing in the name of the shop next door: Momento Morris' Souvenirs. "Momento" should really be "Memento," which is the word for a small keepsake. "Momento," which is often confused with "memento," is actually a Latin word which signifies a warning.
Or, if you've read the books, you know that "Momento Mori" is the motto of Prufrock Prep, and it means: "Remember you will die."
5. Daniel Handler's Cameo
Did you recognize the man selling those roly, poly fish heads? It was none other than the OG Lemony Snicket, Mr. Daniel Handler himself!
6. Heeeeeeeere's Shammy!
Aunt Josephine closes herself in her library while Captain Sham is in the house, menacing her to write a suicide note and kill herself. As she's struggling to come up with a plan, you can hear Captain Sham shout from the hallway: Heeeeeere's Shammy!"
You don't necessarily need to have read or seen The Shining to recognize the allusion to one of the most famous lines in cinema. In the Stanley Kubrick film based on the book by Steven King, Jack Torrance takes a job as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, where he is slowly possessed by evil, demonic forces. As he's busting into the bathroom to try and murder his own wife, much like Sham chases Aunt Jo, he terrifyingly announces, "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!"
7. All The Wrong Questions
When Klaus and Violet are trying to figure out how to get themselves out of their dire predicament, Violet reminds them of what their mother used to say:
"Do the scary thing first, get scared afterwards."
It's a great quote, isn't it? Yeah, Daniel Handler thought so, too, back when he wrote it the first time in his other series, All the Wrong Questions.