main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Fridge: Airplane!

  • The first time I saw Airplane!, I was confused why Joey found a basketball in the cockpit, and thought it was to spoof the "young boy innocence" aspect. When watching again, I realized it was yet another reference to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar being the co-pilot. - Westing1992
  • The "spear" gag is a hard one. McCrosky says Ted was a hotshot pilot "a long time ago". The spear means that "The War" where Ted flew really was that long ago.
    • I thought it was a Call Back from when Kramer was being chased by Indians on the drive over.
  • McCrosky is addicted to smoking, drinking, amphetamines and glue. Remember he is an air traffic controller.
    • Was addicted. He decided to go cold turkey on everything at once, which actually does make a certain amount of sense in terms of willpower, even if it is, when you think about it, an absolute nightmare of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Fridge Horror: That poor girl awaiting a heart transplant, just to end up in an ambulance accident on the runway...

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy