“What is this? Spain?” - Spain has been portrayed as a pretty racist country in the international spotlight. They’ve jeered not only black footballers, but black F1 Drivers and their national men’s basketball team for the 2008 Summer Olympics took a photograph where they pulled their eyes to mock Asians.
“What is this? Spain? I mean, the 30s?” - When Pam says that “ritzy joints like this have keep their reservation numbers on the ‘qt’”, she is using some slang that was very popular in that era. Especially the use of 'qt’ which means quiet or in today’s vernacular “the down-low”.
[Ref: “H. L. Mencken, in The American Language, 1921, comments on the American fondness for abbreviations. like OK, PDQ, COD, as well QT. He suggests they helped non-English speaking immigrants to communicate.”]
“What is this? Spain in the 30s?” - During Spain’s 1930’s Depression, much of their wine exports dwindled because the fields were not being used. Spain suffered a huge wine shortage because of the depression and the lack of wine production.
Thanks, Sam L, I really couldn’t find more anything more specific on it, so your info is super helpful! Thanks for the submissions! :3
Casteau: So no screw-ups. Now get to work. I’m talking to you, Gavid Nevin
Basically a moustache joke. David Nevin was happy-go-lucky author and actor who said quaint and adorable things like:
“I’ve been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a best-seller—my other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only way that’s going to happen is if I paint a dirty one on the wall of the gentlemen’s lavatory”
“It really is amazing. Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing games? It’s like being Peter Pan"
and after a streaker interrupted the Academy Awards "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen. But isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings.”