Beatles References in "Meet the Beat-Alls"
Compiled by Alan Back (email@example.com)
The references in each category are listed in order of their
first appearance. Facts about the Beatles (including exact lyrics
when necessary) are listed in italics and parentheses.
Meet the Beatles
The episode title is a play on this one.
With the Beatles
After the four villains beat the girls for the first time, the
scene fades to black around them. Their faces are seen half in
shadow and rendered in black and white.
The Beat Alls walk single file along a crosswalk.
Please Please Me
The camera points up at the quartet as they look down over a
A Hard Day’s Night
The WANTED poster shows four rows of pictures of the Beat
Alls, one member per row.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
The policeman who addresses the media introduces himself as
Wedding Album (John Lennon and Yoko Ono) (Contributed
by John Book)
Moko’s white outfit is similar to that worn by Ono, and
Mojo changes into matching clothes to parallel Lennon’s
choice of wardrobe.
“A Hard Day’s Night” (Contributed by James
The guitar chord heard at the start of the documentary is the
same one that opens this song.
“The Long and Winding Road”
Stuart Best: Individually, it had been a long and
“Happiness Is a Warm Gun” (oblique
The first bank hit is the National Trust Bank.
(Exact line: “A soap impression of his wife which he
ate and donated to the National Trust.”)
“Money (That’s What I Want)”
Mojo: Now give me money! That’s what I want!
“I Should Have Known Better”
“Him”: Ah, I should have known better.
“Run for Your Life” (paraphrase)
Mojo: Better run for your lives if you can, little
(Exact line: “You’d better run for your life if
you can, little girl.”)
“I Am the Walrus”
“Him”: Goo goo GOT YOU!
(paraphrase—exact line: “Goo goo
Fuzzy: See how they fly? I’m cryin’!
Princess: You say stop, but I say go, go, GO!
“Him”: Hello! GOODBYE!
“You Can’t Do That”
Fuzzy: I’m gonna let you down and leave you
Professor: Ohhh, you can’t do that!
“Ticket to Ride”
Stuart Best: And the Beat Alls had a ticket to
Sergeant Pepper: Help! We need somebody! Help! Not just
(Exact line: “Help! I need somebody!/Help! Not just
“Tomorrow Never Knows”
Stuart Best: But as they say, tomorrow never knows.
“A Day in the Life”
In the WANTED poster scene of the documentary, the background
music goes through an out-of-tune crescendo and sudden release,
as in the transition to the song’s middle section.
Stuart Best: …and this has been A Day in the
Professor: I read the news today—oh, boy.
The episode ends with a resounding final chord, similar to the
end of the song.
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” (oblique
Blossom: “Beat Alls crash Mr. Kite’s
“Girl” (paraphrase) (Contributed by James
Professor: Ah, girls.
(Exact line: “Ah, girl”—the hook in the
Professor: Yesterday all our troubles seemed so far
away. Now it seems they’re here to stay.
(Exact line: “Yesterday/All my troubles seemed so far
away/Now it looks as though they’re here to
“Eight Days a Week”
Professor: Sitting here eight days a week…
“I’m Only Sleeping”
Professor: …everybody seems to think you’re
lazy. I don’t mind; I think they’re crazy.
(Exact line: “Everybody seems to think I’m
lazy/I don’t mind; I think they’re
Professor: You used to be running everywhere at such a
speed. Now you think there’s no need.
(Exact line: “Running everywhere at such a speed/Till
they find there’s no need.”)
“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”
Professor: What will Townsville do when they look for
the girls with the sun in their eyes and they’re gone?
(Exact line: “Look for the girl with the sun in her
eyes and she’s gone.”)
Professor: Mojo Jojo was a man who thought he was a
loner, but he knew it couldn’t last.
“Him”: Let’s get back to where we
(Paraphrase—exact line: “Get back to where you
“With a Little Help From My Friends”
Professor: He’s just getting by with a little
help from his friends.
(Paraphrase—exact line: “I get by with a little
help from my friends.”)
Professor: Yes. I’m certain that it happens all
“Do You Want to Know a Secret?”
Professor: Listen. Do you want to know a secret?
“Magical Mystery Tour” (paraphrase)
Narrator: Sounds like the Professor has some magical
mystery tricks up his sleeve!
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”
Mojo: I want to hold your cash!
“Got to Get You Into My Life”
Mojo: I’ve got to get you into my life!
“Revolution 9” (oblique reference)
Mojo: It’s called “Annoyance Crime Number
“Imagine” (John Lennon)
Mojo: Imagine all the people…
The Lennon/Ono album Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two
Virgins (Contributed by Matt Huffman)
The screaming duet between Mojo and Moko is a play on the
discordant noises that make up most of this record.
“Let It Be”
Mayor: They just won’t let it be!
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Princess: Sorry, but it’s time to go!
“Cry Baby Cry” (paraphrase)
Fuzzy: Cry, babies, cry!
Blossom: They’re going nowhere, man!
As Mojo and Moko walk along a street, the letters “NNY L
NE” are visible on a sign at the far end behind them.
“Here, There and Everywhere”
Mojo: Here! There! Everywhere!
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
Mojo: I’ve got a feeling, a feeling deep inside,
a feeling I can’t hide.
“I’ll Get You” (Contributed by James
Girls: Oh, yeah!
The inflection they use on this line is the same as that in
the “Oh, yeah” hook of the song.
“Across the Universe”
Mojo: …our evil shall spread across the
Blossom: Hey, Jude!
Moko’s real name is Michelle (French pronunciation,
as in the song).
Judy: Someday monkey won’t play piano song, play
(A syllable-by-syllable rhyme of the French lyrics:
“Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien
ensemble”—“These are words that go together
Blossom: …the love you take is equal
(Full line: “And in the end, the love you take is
equal to the love you make.”)
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Narrator: I don’t really want to stop the show,
but I thought you might like to know…
Throughout the episode, many Beatlesque snippets can be heard
in the background music. Two of the clearest nods are to
“Strawberry Fields Forever” (when the Professor
consoles the girls) and “While My Guitar Gently
Weeps” (when Mojo and Moko first meet in the bank).
Stuart Best: And Fuzzy, the shy one, provides the
(Harrison was often referred to as “the shy
Beatle” by fans and the press.)
Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best
(These were two early members of the Beatles; reporter
Stuart Best’s name is a cross between them.)
(Moko Jono—the parallel is obvious. John Lennon fell
in love with Ono; some people blame her for the group’s
The Beatles themselves
(The villains beat up a band whose members look like them,
and when Mojo and Moko are screaming in the street, four men
covering their ears also bear resemblance to the Fab
John Lennon (Contributed by Raymond Ogilvie)
Professor: Well, first you have to realize the Beat
Alls are just a rock band.
(In the years following the Beatles’ breakup, Lennon
was quoted as saying, “We were just a rock band. A band
that made it very big, that’s all.”)
The naming of the Beatles
“Him”: Oh, we will be known as…the
Silver Beat Alls!
(An early name used by the band was “The Silver
Concert for England’s royal family
Mojo: Will the people in the cheap seats please leave!
And the rest of you, hand over your jewelry!
(During a 1963 show at which British royalty were present,
John Lennon joked, “You people in the cheap seats, clap.
The rest of you just rattle your jewelry.”)
Documentary on the Beatles’ rise to fame
(A Day in the Life is a take-off on a film about the
Beatles’ first visit to the United States in the mid-1960s.
Both feature throngs of screaming young girls in the
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (Contributed by Kathy
(Stuart Best is patterned after Eric Idle’s reporter
character in this spoof of the entire Beatles
The band’s American television debut
(In the United States, this episode premiered on February
9, 2001—37 years to the day after the Beatles’ first
appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.)
Band nickname: “The Fab Four”
The Beat Alls are also known as the “Bad
The 1960s “British Invasion” in pop music
The Beat Alls’ ascension is referred to as the
The Beatles (Contributed by Joseph Tully)
(The Beatles lookalikes in the crashed concert closely
match the character designs in this cartoon series, which ran on
ABC from 1965 to 1969.)
The “Paul is dead” rumor (oblique
reference) (Contributed by Stephen Cobert)
(During Sergeant Pepper’s press conference, a morgue
wagon is seen parked outside the police station, a sideways nod
to this event. In 1969, a Detroit disc jockey concluded that Paul
McCartney had been killed in a car accident in late 1966 or early
1967. He arrived at this decision based on what he thought were
subtle clues hidden by the band in their subsequent album covers
and songs. To keep their popularity going, Gibb claimed, the
British government had hired stand-ins to impersonate
McCartney’s voice and appearance and warned his bandmates
not to reveal the truth. All four Beatles have repeatedly denied
taking any part in the hoax, and as of this writing, McCartney is
still very much alive.)
The meeting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Contributed by James
(Mojo and Moko meet in a fashion that matches this event
almost exactly. In 1966, Ono was exhibiting several works at the
Indica Gallery in London. One of them consisted of a tall
stepladder that led up to a magnifying glass hanging from a frame
on the ceiling. A person who climbed the ladder could use the
glass to read a single word within the frame: “Yes.”
It was at this exhibit that Lennon first met Ono.)
The relationship between Lennon and Ono
(Mojo and Moko parallel this very closely. As stated
earlier, Ono is often blamed for causing the Beatles to split up.
She was (and still is) a very weird
The Lennon/Ono “bed-in” demonstrations
(Contributed by Stephen Cobert)
(The intersection stunt is a take-off on these events. In
1969, Lennon and Ono spent a week apiece in Amsterdam and
Montreal, during which times they never left their hotel bed.
Their goal, they stated, was to advance the cause of world
Yellow Submarine (Contributed by Stephen Cobert
and Bree Barlow)
(Sergeant Pepper is patterned after the appearance of Old
Fred in this animated film, and the caricatures of the Beatles
during the screaming duet resemble the way they appeared here.
Another caricature of Old Fred can be seen in the bank, hanging
on the wall behind Mojo. Furthermore, Fuzzy’s attack from
the rooftop involves one rock after another being produced
seemingly from nowhere, after the fashion of the evil Apple
Bonkers and their apples.)
The “War Is Over” event (Contributed by James
(The “Beat Alls Are Over” signs are a play on
this. In late 1969, Lennon and Ono put up white billboards in 11
cities around the world. Each one bore, in huge black letters,
the message “WAR IS OVER!” Below it, in smaller type,
was the line “(If You Want It).” The idea was that if
everyone wished for peace, it would come to pass.)
The Beatles’ final public appearance
(The Beat Alls’ rooftop havoc is a take-off on a show
the band did on top of a building in London, not long before they
The band’s final recorded words
“Him”: I’d just like to say thank you
on behalf of the group and hope we passed the audition.
(At the end of the rooftop show, John Lennon said,
“I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and
ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.” These words
can be heard at the end of Let It Be, the Beatles’
last studio release.)
The death of George Harrison (Contributed by Stephen
(A rerun of the episode aired on November 30,
2001—the day after Harrison died. Since it was not paired
with “Moral Decay” as it usually is, this was most
likely a special last-minute programming change.)