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"A Series of Unfortunate Events" The Wide Window: Part One (TV Episode 2017) Poster

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In the flashback that shows Aunt Josephine in the market, one of the vendors announces she has "very fresh dill". This is a nod to the secret society V.F.D., of which the Bauldelaire parents are members.
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Isaac "Ike" Anwhistle can whistle while having crackers in his mouth. He is so named because if one says Ike Anwhistle out loud, it sounds like, "I can whistle."
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The Fish Head Salesman is played by Daniel Handler, who wrote the 'Series of Unfortunate Events' book series.
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Hurricane Herman is named after Herman Melville, who wrote Moby Dick.
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The Fish Head Salesperson shouts "fish heads, fish heads, roly-poly fish heads," which is a lyric from the 1980 novelty song "Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes.
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Josephine Anwhistle is named after a mouse named Josephine in "Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk" by Franz Kafka. This is clear in The Reptile Room book, as it mentions a Café Kafka at Damocles Dock.
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A shop in town is named Mementos Morris. The phrase Memento Mori means an object that serves as a warning or reminder of death.
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Count Olaf tells his ex girlfriend Dr. Orwell he hopes to cause "a little death", which the doctor translates into french as "le petit mort", which is an actual french term meaning to orgasm.
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The author's notes for The Bad Beginning state that, in the Victorian art of flower arranging, peppermint symbolizes "cordiality, warmth of feeling." The Baudelaires are allergic to peppermint, and thus lack cordiality and warmth.
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The Lachrymose lake is in shape of the Count Olaf's eye tattoo. It can be seen on the weather map of the town at the beginning of the episode.
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Count Olaf as "Captain Sham" says he's never heard of a "Count Omar." Count Omar is what The Daily Punctilio calls Count Olaf.
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One of the anchors name of the Lachrymose News is Vincent Fig Demetrios. This is a reference to V.F.D.
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The Fish Head Salesman is played by Daniel Handler, who (under the pen name Lemony Snicket) wrote the book series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'. He cries "fish heads, fish heads, roly-poly fish heads," quoting the 1980 novelty song "Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes.
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During the news at the beginning of the episode four clocks can be seen at the background. The signs below the clocks says "Western Time", "Eastern Time", "Standard Time" and "Non-Standard Time".
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The telegram says "Very Far Distant," a V.F.D. reference.
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The store Memento Morris is a reference to the Prufrock Preparatory School motto, "Memento Mori," from The Austere Academy.
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The map of local diners has streets named after the show's crew members - Handler St. (Daniel Handler, author of the books), Sonnenfeld St. (Barry Sonnenfeld, the director), Hermansen Ave. (Dan Hermansen, art director), Welch St. (Bo Welch, director and production designer), Goojha Ave. (Sean Goojha, assistant art director), and Shier St. (Amy Shier, office production assistant).
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Damocles Dock refers to the ancient Greco-Roman tale, "The Sword of Damocles." In it, a king and a common man switch places for a day, but the catch is that a sword hangs above the throne.
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The yellow taxi driving through the gray Damocles Dock might be a reference to Gatsby's yellow car driving through the Valley of the Ashes in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A Series of Unfortunate Events has a lot of Great Gatsby references.
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The show's director, Barry Sonnenfeld, is in the painting of Isaac Anwhistle.
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Olaf using business cards for his fake identity may be a reference to The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
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During the market scene, one of the vendors says "Fresh Dill, Very Fresh Dill" which is a nod to the many acronyms for VFD.
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Multiple allusions to the secret society V.F.D., of which the Bauldelaire parents are members:
  • A vendor in the market cries "very fresh dill".
  • "Vastly Flavorful Desserts" is painted on the window of a store.
  • Vincent Fig Demetrios is one of the anchors of the Lachrymose News.
  • The telegram says "Very Far Distant".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) is standing on the cliff where Josephine's house was, there's a stone next to him where the name "Beatrice" is engraved. Beatrice is the name of Snicket's long lost love whom he keeps referring to and begins episodes with notes addressed to her.
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"Vastly Flavorful Desserts" is painted on the window of a store. This is a reference to the VFD.
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