The mountain headquarters in the third level dream is modelled on the one from OHMSS
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.
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.
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.
Using a machine to connect multiple minds while in a dreaming state to solve a crime was similar to the plot of this movie.
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.
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
After sedative test Cobb washes his face in a sink, which resembles the opening scene of the film, also performed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
movie is reviewed
Jay says the film will make even more money next weekend when people go back to try to understand it
Roeper discusses different interpretations of the movie
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
Mentioned in dialogue
Ellen: "Welcome to the Tomatoes Show, which is still arguing with people about Inception"
Michael comments that he saw "Inception" during the summer, "or dreamt I did."
On the chalkboard, Bart writes, "When I slept in class, it was not to help Leo DiCaprio."
Prof. Bauer discusses "Inception" with a tribe in the Congo.
James wonder if the dream machine in Exorcist 2 was the inspiration for the dream machine in this movie.
Jennifer Todd mentions this movie during interview
Finn says he had no idea what was going on in the film
Appears on the list of DVD releases of November/December.
Referenced by name
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of December/January
Audrey thinks Adam is talking about the film
mentioned and shown in overview on 2010.
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.
"The Situation" says he would have liked to have played Leonardo DiCaprio's role in the film
A poster of the movie seen.
Jim Wise sings a fake theme song for the film to the tune of "All I Have to Do Is Dream"
Mentioned in dialogue
Jack says he doesn't sleep on airplanes because he doesn't want to get "incepted"
Mentioned in dialogue
Conan and Andy perform a scene from the film
Film is Mentioned in Episode
Conan O'Brien (while talking with Andy Ritcher) mentions this movie
Christy mentions that Christopher Nolan directed the film
Cobb make a cameo in "The Buzz Identity" skit.
Jay mentions that people know Ellen Page from the film
Zev and Justin say flying over the Matterhorn glacier fields is "Inception-like"
Mentioned by Otto at the end of the episode
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.
title mentioned in a tweet that is read
"We'll play the Inception music to make it cool."
"What is this, a Matrix parody or an Inception parody?"
Female bank teller tells the Leonardo DiCaprio Imposter that she loved his role in this movie.
Jay mentions that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the film
Mentioned in dialogue.
Title mentioned by Whitney Cummings
Adam mentions the movie by name.
"Time to go back to lameception!
"You're not directing Inception..."
A poster of the movie was shown.
Jimmy mentions this movie when talking to Maw Maw's ghost.
Referenced in the "Convoluted Jerry" digital short
Matt Braunger mentions the movie by name.
Holmes urges the viewers to watch the Inception HISHE
mentioned by Laurie
Barney mentions the movie by name.
Troy says, "I didn't 'get' 'Inception.'"
Answer to question in category The Most Popular Netflix Movies
listed as one of Pelant's Pay Per View movies
McAvoy says he would need the team from Inception to remove an image from his memory.
mentioned as also directed by Christopher Nolan
Zuri mentioned the movie.
"What the hell is this, Inception?"
mentioned in dialogue
Donnie explains to EgoRaptor the meaning of the ending of this movie.
mentioned during tour of prop department
Misspelled title on cinema marquee
Jules and Travis discuss the plot.
Answer to question in They Co-Starred with Leo DiCaprio
Teaser Trailer shown during Trailer Time
the trailer is reviewed
Trailer reviewed by Brett and Ellen in the Anticipatron
Clip shown to introduce today's special guest Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Leonardo DiCaprio's current movie career
Promotional excerpt showed during interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Eames tells Arthur he shouldn't be afraid to dream a little bigger.
Reviewed, clips shown
Reviewed, clips shown
a clip from the film starring Ellen Page is shown
the movie is reviewed
Clips are shown to illustrate Christopher Nolan's portrayal of dreaming
Movie reviewed in this episode.
a clip is shown of the nominee for Favorite Movie
Taking #2 on the user poll of the best movies of 2001-2010
Nominee clips shown.
Clip shown during 'Oscar' segment.
Clips shown during award nominations
Clip shown from Hans Zimmer's latest work.
Clip shown during Mark Kermode's Film review segment.
Panda "forgets about it"
Clips of mistakes shown
Clip included in montage of Marion Cotillard films
Clip included in montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt films
Roeper spins a top and the scene ends before we see if it keeps spinning or falls
A direct spoof of the events in and trailer for the film.
Alternate Ending parody
second half of episode is a parody
Spoof of the ideas/sequences from INCEPTION.
Best Picture parody
Spoofed in Walmart Presents: Inception
The nerd has an "Inception"-like "Knight Rider" dream within a dream.
when the Simpsons go inside dreams
Dubois uses the same song to wake her henchmen as is used in the movie Inception to wake the characters from dreams.
Spoofed in Abed's fantasy segments
One of the main parodies.