Everything mentioned from 2008 to 2009 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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The years 2008 and 2009 really weren’t that long ago. So it seems a bit odd to reflect on Breaking Bad—it just wrapped its final season in September and is an Emmys hopeful this year—or Lady Gaga when they are still relevant today. “Remember when” just doesn’t carry as much meaning here as it does with the earlier episodes in VH1’s I Love the 2000s series.

That being said, the show’s brilliant talking heads brought the last two installments in the series to life. (I certainly wasn’t sorry I spent my Saturday night watching them, and I found myself laughing out loud often.) Bust out your Snuggies, people, and walk down memory lane with this comprehensive list of everything mentioned in the show’s final two episodes. Until the 2010’s…

THE YEAR 2008

TV
Deal or No Deal 
Beijing Summer Olympics
Friday Night Lights  (“Clear eyes, full hearts, low ratings.” — Colton & Abound)
Breaking Bad (“People say TV isn’t educational but that’s not true. Without Breaking Bad, tons of kids wouldn’t know how to make meth.” — Kevin McCaffrey)

MOVIES
Twilight (Team Edward, duh)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight (“The Dark Knight? They’ve got to have a black man in the lead right? Nope. Christian Bale, that son of a b-tch.”  — Sherrod Small)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

MUSIC
“Paper Planes” by M.I.A. (“That song was so hot, she gets residual swagger points.” — Nika Williams)
“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock
“I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry

CELEBRITIES
Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson dated
The death of actor Heath Ledger

MISC.
Slap Chop
Facebook (“Facebook is just like acid. At first, it was just for college kids, but now it’s for everyone.” – Michelle Buteau)
Barack Obama elected president
Rickrolling
Thomas Beatie became the first man to get pregnant

George Takei’s Oh My of 2008: David Duchovny starred in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, won a Golden Globe for his performance in Californication, and checked himself into rehab for sex addiction

Nelly’s Hotties of 2008: Danica Patrick (“Indie car winning hottie”), Hope Solo (“Olympic goalkeeper hottie”), Adriana Lima (“Victoria’s Secret hottie”)

The Year in Spears: Launched the comeback of the century; appeared on How I Met Your Mother; Womanizer was nominated for a Grammy; won for Piece of Me at the VMAs

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2008: Mary Louise-Parker as Nancy Botwin in Weeds

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasures of 2008: Celebrity Rehab, the Snuggie (I may or may not own two), To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen

THE YEAR 2009

TV
Jersey Shore (GTL, baby)
Susan Boyle performed “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent
Glee

MOVIES
Precious (“…Based on the novel Push by Sapphire; that was hammered into my skull.” — Jordan Carlos)
Taken (Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills)
Avatar

MUSIC
“Tik Tok” by Ke$ha (You know, when her name still had the dollar sign in it)
Lady Gaga launched onto the scene, Little Monsters quickly followed suit
“Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus

CELEBRITIES
Tiger Woods cheating scandal (“Come on, you’re Tiger Woods! Who couldn’t bang a waitress at Denny’s? Even I can bang a waitress at Denny’s.” — Steve Schirripa)

MISC.
Balloon Boy
David After Dentist
Miracle on the Hudson; Captain Sully saved lives of all 155 passengers
Shake Weight (Get your mind out of the gutter)
Octomom
Barack Obama inaugurated; Aretha Franklin wore a giant hat

George Takei’s Oh My of 2009: David Letterman had sex with one of his interns

Nelly’s Hotties of 2009: Zoe Saldana (“Starship Enterprise hottie”), Olivia Wilde (“House’s Doctor 13 hottie”), Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind hottie”)

The Year in Spears: Released greatest hits album; had another No. 1 hit; won at the Teen Choice Awards; launched the Circus tour

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2009: Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasures of 2009: Hoarders, Pitbull, Angry Birds

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