The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

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The plot follows five students at fictional Shermer High School in the fictitious setting of Shermer, Illinois, as they report for Saturday detention on March 24, 1984. Complete strangers, the five teenagers are all from a different clique or social group. 
 
The students pass the hours in a variety of ways: they dance, harass each other, tell stories, fight, smoke marijuana, and speak on a variety of subjects. Gradually they open up to each other and reveal their inner secrets. They also discover that they all have strained relationships with their parents and are afraid of making the same mistakes as the adults around them.  
 
However, despite these developing friendships, the students are afraid that once the detention is over, they will return to their very different cliques and never speak to each other again.

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This Song is referred to by The Breakfast Club
The lyrics to the second verse of this song are used in the opening scene: "And these children that you spit on; As they try to change their worlds; Are immune to your consultations; They're quite aware of what they're going through."

Pop Culture Connections - Incoming

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Bob's Burgers:
Season:  5  / Episode:  16 
The Runaway Club

This Television Episode parodies The Breakfast Club

It is referred to by these television episodes...

The Simpsons:
Season:  23  / Episode:  2 
Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
After agreeing to teach Bart Simpson himself, Superintendent Chalmers has a flashback to the last time he was a teacher. Chalmers walks in to the library of a school and asks if they are 'The Breakfast Club'. The kids tell him he's got it all wrong. They aren't 'The Breakfast Club', but they're the 'Fight Club'.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  7  / Episode:  5 
Field Trip

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
The group listens to Marshall explain his frustration with his new boss over a settlement that he believes is too small. Lily asks Marshall to censor his language, because she's growing a baby in her belly and doesn't want it to hear nasty language. Barney tells Marshall that after listening to his censored version of the story, that it was like watching 'The Breakfast Club' on TBS.

The King of Queens:
Season:  7  / Episode:  14 
Hi, School

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
Doug is making references to his favorite classic '80s movies, and he tells Carrie that he is Emilio Estevez and she is Ally Sheedy. Carrie asks him what he means, and he tells her he's refering to The Breakfast Club. Much to his disbelief, Carrie claims to never have seen the movie.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:
Season:  1  / Episode:  5 
Kimmy Kisses a Boy!

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
When Kimmy is told that she can't enroll in middle school, but that she can sign up for G.E.D. classes, she exclaims, "Look out world! Here comes Kimmy!", then freezes in a pose while the song 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' plays. She then tells the receptionist that it's from 'The Breakfast Club'.

Scrubs:
Season:  3  / Episode:  10 
My Rule of Thumb

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
J.D. thinks of one of his patient's who has a daughter who reminds him of Molly Ringwald. This thought process ends with The Breakfast Club, a movie starring Molly Ringwald.

Community:
Season:  1  / Episode:  1 
Pilot

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
Abed quotes the movie The Breakfast Club - comparing the study group to the group of kids in the film.

Entourage:
Season:  6  / Episode:  9 
Security Briefs

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
Lloyd wants to make sure he is still on track with Ari regarding their deal that if he go through 100 days of hell, he will be made an agent. Lloyd tells Ari, "This is not 'The Breakfast Club' Mr. Gold, this is my life.".

The Big C:
Season:  1  / Episode:  6 
Taking Lumps

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
This movie is included in the bag of VHS tapes Cathy brings into school.

The Office:
Season:  6  / Episode:  17 
The Delivery, Part 1

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
Michael calls an office meeting and asks everyone to help distract Pam from her labor pains. Phyllis' talent consists of being able to apply lipstick like Molly Ringwald did in 'The Breakfast Club'.

Happy Endings:
Season:  2  / Episode:  17 
The Kerkovich Way

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  7  / Episode:  23 
The Magician's Code (Part 1)

This Television Episode refers to The Breakfast Club
While at the bar, the group reminisces about the time they all decided to dress as characters from 'The Breakfast Club', but they didn't specify who would be which character. They all ended up dressing in the same costume.

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Nike+ FuelBand Commercial

This Television Commercial refers to The Breakfast Club
The clip with the two girls (including Molly Ringwald) dancing on the desk is from this classic 80's film.

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