(Spoiler Warning: If you haven't finished watching Season 1 of 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events,' then look away, loooook awayyyyyyyyyy!)
After an inordinate waiting period, we've finally reached the end of #ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents on #Netflix. The final two episodes were perhaps the best, most unfortunate, most tear-jerking, most beautiful part of the entire season — from the heartbreaking fake-out that revealed that "Mother" and "Father" were actually the Quagmire parents, to the haunting ballad that closed out Episode 8.
Whatever your thoughts on the series, though, there's no denying that it was chock full of clever Easter Eggs. Here are the best we could find:
7 Easter Eggs In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 7 & 8: The Miserable Mill
Don't forget to catch up on all the other Easter Eggs you might have missed:
- 7 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 1 & 2: A Bad Beginning
- 5 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 3 & 4: The Reptile Room
- 7 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 5 & 6: The Wide Window
1. The Most Meta Moment Yet
Right in the beginning, Mr. Poe is shouting frantically about the missing Baudelaires.
"It's a catastrophe! It's unprecedented! It's off-book! It's unfortunate! The Baudelaires are lost and unsupervised, do you know what that means!?"
The man he's shouting these questions at? It's the real Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler, following up his cameo from the last episode. And that off-book line? The Baudelaires don't actually run away to Lucky Smells in the books, Mr. Poe sends them there, meaning the movie is literally going "off-book."
2. Norma Rae
When the Baudelaires ask the Lucky Smells workers if any of them actually knew Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire, Jimmy suggests they ask Norma Rae (Loretta Walsh). Norma Rae is a 1979 movie starring Sally Fields, who plays a worker in a textile factor that starts to become active in the labor union in order to stand up for workers' health in the factory.
3. Lucky Logo
The Lucky Smells logo might not ring any bells with children, unless of course those children happen to live and work in a Lucky Strike cigarette factory.
4. Catherine O'Hara Crosses Over To The Dark Side
The Canadian actress first joined the cast of A Series of Unfortunate Events 13 years ago... as Justice Strauss. That's right, Catherine O'Hara played the well-meaning, childless judge in the original 2004 movie. So far, she's the only actor to have appeared in both the movie and the show.
This makes her line about assuming a new identity in a far away town all the more ironic.
5. 2004 Eye
Catherine O'Hara isn't the only nod to 2004 in "The Miserable Mill." Did you notice anything familiar about the eyeglasses hanging outside Dr. Orwell's office?
That spiky eye insignia is definitely a throwback to the 2004 movie:
6. Jacquelyn Is Acting In Yet Another Film
Unlike Count Olaf, it would appear that Mr. Poe's former assistant Jacquelyn — who thus far appears to be on the Baudelaire's side — is involved in more movies that just Gustav Sebald's Zombie's in the Snow. Here she is playing Dolores in the hypnotic thriller Lemony Snicket is watching. No doubt there are coded messages lurking in that movie, too.
7. How Many VFDs Did You See?
First, there was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it VFD Easter Egg at the beginning of the episode:
The orphans make use of the Verified Functional Dictionary:
The citizens of Paltryville weren't able to mount a Vigorous Fire Defense, and of course, there's the tragic duplicate of the Very Fancy Door: