After sedative test Cobb washes his face in a sink, which resembles the opening scene of the film, also performed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Using a machine to connect multiple minds while in a dreaming state to solve a crime was similar to the plot of this movie.
In one of the dream sequences, Ariadne (Ellen Page) references blowing up a hospital, a nod to The Dark Knight, which was also directed by Christopher Nolan
The use of the Édith Piaf song "Non, je ne regrette rien" is used as a plot device. Marion Cotillard had played Piaf. Christopher Nolan has stated that this is "pure coincidence". After Cotillard was cast, Nolan intended to change the song to eliminate speculation on the subject, but composer Hans Zimmer persuaded him to keep it.
When the dream collapses at the beginning of the movie, Saito is crushed by falling ceiling. This is the same way his character dies in Batman Begins, also directed by Christopher Nolan.
As Matthew realizes the dream of an experience in Paris is over at the end of the movie, "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" plays into the end credits. This is the same song used to signal the 'kicks' in Inception.
Leonardo Di Caprio's character tells Michael Caine in his visit to his classroom in Paris that "extradition procedures from France to the USA" are difficult. Leonardo Di Caprio's character in "Catch me if you can" was captured in France and extradited to the US.
Ariadne the labyrinth designer is named for the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Queen Pasiphaë. She aided Theseus in overcoming the Minotaur by giving him a ball of red fleece thread to find his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. The name is also a reference this opera which is a play within a play, just as the movie is a dream within a dream.
The name of Leonardo DiCaprio's character is the same as that of Alex Haw's character. Both characters are thieves as well as architects.
The mountain headquarters in the third level dream is modelled on the one from OHMSS
Joel Harlow's makeup on Ken Watanabe in Inception is shown onscreen.
Mentioned by Mike.
Mentioned by Ben.
Travis says that what happened in "Inception" is true. Jaren then says "Yeah, but that was just...in a dream!"
Answer to question in They Co-Starred with Leo DiCaprio
Donnie explains to EgoRaptor the meaning of the ending of this movie.
mentioned during tour of prop department
Jules and Travis discuss the plot.
mentioned in dialogue
Answer to question in category The Most Popular Netflix Movies
listed as one of Pelant's Pay Per View movies
Barney mentions the movie by name.
"What the hell is this, Inception?"
McAvoy says he would need the team from Inception to remove an image from his memory.
mentioned as also directed by Christopher Nolan
Roeper discusses different interpretations of the movie
Holmes urges the viewers to watch the Inception HISHE
Alan tries to buy a ticket for Inception over the phone.
Zuri mentioned the movie.
Matt Braunger mentions the movie by name.
Troy says, "I didn't 'get' 'Inception.'"
Referenced in the "Convoluted Jerry" digital short
A poster of the movie was shown.
Title mentioned by Whitney Cummings
Jimmy mentions this movie when talking to Maw Maw's ghost.
mentioned by Laurie
"You're not directing Inception..."
Adam mentions the movie by name.
Jay mentions that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the film
"Time to go back to lameception!
Female bank teller tells the Leonardo DiCaprio Imposter that she loved his role in this movie.
"What is this, a Matrix parody or an Inception parody?"
Mentioned in dialogue
Mentioned in dialogue.
"We'll play the Inception music to make it cool."
title mentioned in a tweet that is read
Film is Mentioned in Episode
Jay mentions that people know Ellen Page from the film
Zev and Justin say flying over the Matterhorn glacier fields is "Inception-like"
Cobb make a cameo in "The Buzz Identity" skit.
Referenced by name
Conan O'Brien (while talking with Andy Ritcher) mentions this movie
Conan and Andy perform a scene from the film
Christy mentions that Christopher Nolan directed the film
Mentioned in dialogue
Jim Wise sings a fake theme song for the film to the tune of "All I Have to Do Is Dream"
mentioned and shown in overview on 2010.
"The Situation" says he would have liked to have played Leonardo DiCaprio's role in the film
movie is reviewed
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of December/January
Appears on the list of DVD releases of November/December.
Audrey thinks Adam is talking about the film
Jennifer Todd mentions this movie during interview
James wonder if the dream machine in Exorcist 2 was the inspiration for the dream machine in this movie.
A poster of the movie seen.
Ellen: "Welcome to the Tomatoes Show, which is still arguing with people about Inception"
Mentioned in dialogue
Ellen: "Brett, Inception is just a movie." Brett: "Ahh, that's just what my self-concious would say."
a fake headline says audiences are going back to the film to figure out what happens in it
Jay says the film will make even more money next weekend when people go back to try to understand it
Michael comments that he saw "Inception" during the summer, "or dreamt I did."
Prof. Bauer discusses "Inception" with a tribe in the Congo.
Jack says he doesn't sleep on airplanes because he doesn't want to get "incepted"
Mentioned by Otto at the end of the episode
On the chalkboard, Bart writes, "When I slept in class, it was not to help Leo DiCaprio."
Finn says he had no idea what was going on in the film
Misspelled title on cinema marquee
SPOILER: When Arthur (Jason Statham) first receives the contract to kill Harry, he calls a number in response to the 'Ad'. The operator on the other line greets him with "Cobol Engineering". The company name is the same as used in the movie Inception (2010), wherein it hires Cobb and Arthur to extract information from Saito's mind.
In Duke's Strip Club while he's dreaming, in the Employees Only room near the start, there's an endlessly spinning top on the table next to the surveillance monitor.
The lobby of the hotel in this webseries was used in this film.
a clip is shown in a montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt films
Clip included in montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt films
Clip included in montage of Marion Cotillard films
Reviewed, clips shown
Clips of mistakes shown
Panda "forgets about it"
Clip shown during Mark Kermode's Film review segment.
Clip shown from Hans Zimmer's latest work.
the trailer is reviewed
Clips shown during award nominations
the movie is reviewed
Taking #2 on the user poll of the best movies of 2001-2010
Clips are shown to illustrate Christopher Nolan's portrayal of dreaming
Clip shown during 'Oscar' segment.
Nominee clips shown.
a clip is shown of the nominee for Favorite Movie
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Reviewed, clips shown
Leonardo DiCaprio's current movie career
a clip from the film starring Ellen Page is shown
Promotional excerpt showed during interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Eames tells Arthur he shouldn't be afraid to dream a little bigger.
Clip shown to introduce today's special guest Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Trailer reviewed by Brett and Ellen in the Anticipatron
Teaser Trailer shown during Trailer Time
Spoofed in Abed's fantasy segments
Spoofs the ending
Roeper spins a top and the scene ends before we see if it keeps spinning or falls
when the Simpsons go inside dreams
Alternate Ending parody
Best Picture parody
The nerd has an "Inception"-like "Knight Rider" dream within a dream.
Spoofed in Walmart Presents: Inception
Dreaming session/when Fry falls backwards slowly in his chair
Spoof of the ideas/sequences from INCEPTION.
A direct spoof of the events in and trailer for the film.
second half of episode is a parody
Dubois uses the same song to wake her henchmen as is used in the movie Inception to wake the characters from dreams.
One of the main parodies.