Michael Cera's boy-wonder lawyer character in First Day of Camp is named Jim Stansel. Not only is this a callback to the first movie (see above), David Wain has named a character Jim Stansel in nearly all of his movies (see below). Asked about it during a Reddit AMA a few years ago, Wain had this to say:
Jim Stansel was the name of a guy who used to work with my dad when I was like 10 years old. We have a super-8 movie of him up in a hot air balloon for a radio station promotion in Dallas, and my dad’s going “That’s Jim Stansel! That’s Jim Stansel!” and the name has always stuck in my head. I just love the name!
The Gang's All Here
Once you belong to Wain's World, you're in for life. He's always bringing comedian friends along for the ride (like eternally underrated The State and Reno 911! alum Kerri Kenney-Silver as the real estate agent in "Auditions"). But for First Day of Camp, the writer/director was so committed to bringing back as many actors as possible from the original movie that the Netflix series is stuffed with blink-and-you'll-miss-'em cameos. Remember the "indoor kids" -- misfits and baby goths -- that worked with David Hyde Pierce's astrophysicist character in the original film? Check out the punks that give Jon Hamm's secret agent a hard time in the liquor store.
IT'S LOUIE, EVERYBODY
If you're not a State fan, this might sound like the dumbest thing -- okay, scratch that, it is the dumbest thing. It's also the best thing. The aforementioned sketch comedy show had a character named Louie, played by Ken Marino, whose catchphrase was "I wanna dip my balls in it!" He said this all the time. It was stupid. The point of the sketch was that it was stupid.
You know what is not stupid? The sheer amount of joy we felt upon hearing Ken Marino yell this catchphrase, briefly, while unseen, in a scene that otherwise has nothing to do with him, in Episode 7, "Staff Party." We can't embed it here for various legal reasons but if you care -- you know exactly how much you care -- it's about four and a half minutes in. Listen for this:
Bonus treat: Listen to Marino talk about how his kids have picked up on his inappropriate catchphrase here.
Well? What are we missing, superfans? If we have to watch it again, well, so be it. WHAS is like an onion, you see: You just keep peeling back layers to see what's inside. And it stings your cheeks and it makes you cry, but it tastes so good on a sandwich.