Season two, episode four, "Photo Finish". As a child, Robert Englund, who was anxious to watch a Western, wound up watching The Bad Seed (1956) due to a mix-up at the television station. He's been quoted as saying, "For years I was frightened of girls with pigtails." In this episode, he got to face-off with the now grown-up girl that terrified him, Patty McCormack.
Season one, episode seven, "Sister's Keeper", picking up where the story left off in season one, episode one, "No More Mr. Nice Guy", which was a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the events in this episode should take place before the first film. However, in addition to late '80s hairstyles and clothing, hanging in the bedroom of the Blocker twins is a poster for Madonna's "True Blue" album, which was released in 1986, two years after the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), which can be dated to 1984 by Nancy's viewing of The Evil Dead (1981), and a poster on her wall of the band The Police. Also, a "Smoking Stinks" poster seen on the wall at the Blocker's school is a PSA poster that circulated sometime in the late '80s.
There are several Star Trek references: The psychologist is named Dr. Picard, like Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). When Johnny disintegrates, his last words are "Beam me up, Scotty". During Dr. Picard's daydream, when he's infected, he shouts "Captain, the dilithium crystals are gone!". Tim Russ, who played Dr. Picard, went on to star in Star Trek: Voyager (1995) as Commander Tuvok.
Season one, episode twelve, "The End of the World" is a treat for James Bond fans, as it features George Lazenby and Walter Gotell in supporting roles. Eva LaRue was featured in an episode about a girl struggling with her diet.
Keep circulating the tapes: In 2003, Volume 1 (the first three episodes) was released on Region 2 DVD in Ireland and the UK, by Warner Home Video. Volume 2 was also planned for release later that year, however, sales were so poor, that Warner cancelled the release of Volume 2.
Season one, episode two, "It's a Miserable Life", in the hospital, there's a poster in view that reads "Mom and Dad, I use drugs!" This is the first time this poster was seen in the series, but it became a regular staple of the set dressing in subsequent episodes.
Rick mentions that the Beefy Boy is closing early, and the owner never comes in since "the shooting". This is a reference to season one, episode two, "It's a Miserable Life", in which the employee (who is the owner's son) is shot at the drive-thru during his nightmare.
Season two, episode ten, "Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?", near the end, when Patti is closing the double doors, a cameraman's shadow is visible on the wall when the shot pulls back. Edit Share+ Judging by Patti's toys in season two, episode eight, "Bloodlines", one would assume that the episode takes place in the '80s, but posters of Jon Bon Jovi are prominently featured in this episode, leading to some reasonable doubt about the timeline (since this is supposed to be more than a decade later).
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Season one, episode one, "No More Mr. Nice Guy". There's more than a few inconsistencies between this episode and the established story from the films. In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), it was stated that Freddy was released because "somebody forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place." Here he was released, because the arresting officer didn't read him his Miranda rights. Lieutenant Blocker is never mentioned in the films, and the Thompsons from the first movie, who were part of the mob, aren't mentioned here. Marge Thompson said of Krueger's death that the parents left a trail of gasoline through the boiler room and out the door, lit a match and watched it burn. Here, however, Lieutenant Blocker douses Krueger himself with gas and lights the match. In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), the mob is seen throwing a Molotov cocktail into Krueger's lair, which is also inconsistent with his death here. In that film, he's merely surrounded by flames when the dream demons arrive to offer him immortality, he's not actually on fire. In the first film, Marge Thompson revealed that she took Freddy's glove as a souvenir after they murdered him. No reference is made to anyone doing this here. In this episode, it's officer Gene Stratton who hides Krueger's remains, but in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Donald Thompson was revealed to be the only one who knew where Krueger's corpse was hidden. There's been some speculation as to whether or not Stratton was supposed to be Thompson, but Stratton wasn't present when Krueger was murdered, as Thompson was alluded to have been. Additionally, the time period, in which No More Mr. Nice Guy takes place, throws the rest of the Elm Street timeline completely askew. In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Nancy watched The Evil Dead (1981) on her television, and has a poster of the band The Police on her wall, which establishes the film taking place in 1983 or 1984. Since Nancy and her friends were unaware of Freddy (and a deleted scene reveals the kids who were being terrorized in the first film each had siblings who were murdered by Krueger), Freddy's death would have been in the late '60s or early '70s. No More Mr. Nice Guy is supposed to be a prequel to the first film, however, the look is very late '80s and (in addition to the vehicles) Lieutenant Blocker winds up wearing a Walkman style of headphones that weren't around in the '60s and '70s. The timeline is thrown into further disarray by the sequel to this episode, Sister's Keeper, where a poster for Madonna's "True Blue" adorns the wall of the Blocker girls' bedroom. "True Blue" was released in 1986, five years after The Evil Dead (1981). That sets the events of these episodes after the first film.