Today, we look at all of the Only Murders in the Building Season 2 opening title Easter Eggs.
In Pop Culture Easter Eggs, I share with you pop culture “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/homage/in-joke that is hidden in works that you are meant to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ’em all out and enjoy!
The excellent Hulu TV series, Only Murders in the Building, created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman and starring Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, has a brilliant opening title sequence produced by Elastic, the same design firm that produced the iconic Game of Thrones opening credits (among many other credit sequences and other awesome design stuff).
The credits also include Easter Eggs hinting as to the plot of the episode in question. I collected all of the easter eggs for Season 1 last year, and now here is all of Season 2’s!
Obviously, SPOILERS AHEAD!
PERSONS OF INTEREST
The first easter egg of Season 2 is the erotic painting of Charles’ father that will obviously be a key part of Season 2, seen in the background of Charles’ apartment…
Bunny, the murder victim in Season 2, had a parrot that will also play a key role, and her she is walking the parrot instead of the dog she is normally walking in the opening credits…
THE LAST DAYS OF BUNNY FOLGER
The easter eggs of this one is the bottle of champagne between Charles and Oliver that Bunny brought to the three main characters on the last day of her life before she was murdered.
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU
The easter egg for this one are the pair of flip flops hanging from a tree outside of the Arconia at the start of the credits…
This is a reference to the song, “Angel in Flip-Flops,” that Charles is singing with his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, Lucy, early in the episode that it turns out was a surprise one-hit wonder for Charles that is huge in Germany (it was off of his album that parodied the way that celebrities from TV shows back in the day always seemed to release albums, like, Richard Chamberlain Sings or David Soul).
The easter egg for this one is the lava lamp in Oliver’s apartment window, referencing the 1970s flashback sequences in the episode…
The easter egg for this one is that the moon is glittery, like the glitter bomb trap that the gang created (which Oliver dubbed “Mariah”) to try to capture the possible killer…
FLIPPIN THE PIECES
The easter egg for this one is that there are jigsaw pieces cut into the building’s exterior as we are introduced to Martin, Short and Gomez. This is a reference to how Mabel’s father would do puzzles with her when she was a little kid. Since it’s a Mabel-specific reference, I’ll use Gomez’s intro for the example (but it’s present in all three of the stars’ intros)…
This one was pretty obvious, as the episode is set in a blackout, and so, too, are the lights in the building turned off midway through the credits. Here are our three heroes standing in front of the blacked out building.
Following up the Easter Egg from earlier in the season where Bunny is now walking her parrot instead of her dog (once we learned that she had a parrot), Bunny is now walking a chicken, in reference to the chicken logo on Detective Kreps’ backpack, which is a reference to the bar where he first met Cinda Canning in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
I KNOW WHO DID IT
This SEEMED like a simple one, jusdt celebratory fireworks for solving their second murder and saving the day, but reader GG pointed out that one of the fireworks blooms into a poppy, and the killer was….Poppy! Awesome! Thanks, GG!
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