Location: Mojave Wasteland, South of Goodsprings
From the town of Goodsprings make your way to the southeast along the road. As you’re going you will see a refrigerator lying a short ways off of the road, noticeable by the white of the device on the browns of the Wasteland. Head on over to investigate the icebox where you will find a unique hat, the Suave Gambler Hat, alongside a curled up skeleton that was once an intrepid adventurer.
For those who are blissfully unaware, this is a reference to the infamous refrigerator scene where Indiana Jones hides inside of a lead-lined refrigerator to escape a nuclear bomb. As one of the silliest stunts in all of Hollywood history (or at least in a non-straight-to-DVD movie) this is more than likely what would have actually occurred had our good doctor tried pulling such a silly stunt in real life.
While out wandering the Mojave Wasteland you can eventually speak to Rex to start up this little quest. Whether it is available or not has little to do with how long you’ve had your companion but it more related to how long you’ve played the game. Regardless when you talk to the Cyborg puppy he will respond with a somewhat confused “Aroo?” instead of his usual barks which leads into a rather humorous exchange.
Once you actually figure out what the problem is, namely that dumbass Jimmy being stuck in a well, a map marker is placed near the northeastern part of the map. Making your way over there you will find a well, appropriately named Jimmy’s Well, in front of Field’s Shack. Climb down inside to find a mole rat and dead Jimmy. The main reward here is the Abilene LE BB Gun and a good laugh at this old reference.
Location: New Vegas Freeside
For one of the most random, and amusing, of the Wild Wasteland encounters you’re going to really have to go out of your way. This encounter only happens in Freeside, the exterior part of New Vegas, when you’re coming out of a building here. You have to find Cerulean Robotics, a large grey building that houses a bunch of stuff for you to loot and nothing more. Upon entering and then leaving the building you will meet these ladies.
Other than laugh factor, and to be totally goddamn random, there’s no benefit to this encounter. The three ladies are weak, die rather easily and don’t give you too much for the little bit of trouble they cause.
Location: New Vegas, Ultra-Lux
This is a fairly minor Wild Wasteland event, simply changing the appearance of one of the dead bodies you can find during the “Behind the Beef” quest in New Vegas’ Ultra-Lux casino. During the course of completing this quest you will be sent to look at the Ultra-Lux Hotel room of an investigator who was looking into the disappearance of a guest of the Ultra-Lux. Marjorie tells you to speak to Mortimer at the front desk about the investigator who should still be at the hotel room.
Above: Well I guess he’s… off the case.
After speaking to Mortimer and getting the key to the room head on up there to find the dead man lying in front of the bed. The investigator, named Crusoe, is very obviously a reference to the CSI front man David Caruso. The red hair, the suit and the cheesy glasses all paint the picture that our friend fared no better in the video game world than he did in the world of television.
Time for another rather random movie reference. Make your way to the destroyed town of Nipton and head for the eastern entrance to the town. From the Nipton sign right near the burning pile of debris head to your north, past the first house to find a pair of bodies lying on the ground that have been scorched to the bone.
If you haven’t already gotten it this is a reference to Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. The two relatives get sizzled by some Imperial Stormtroopers who are on Tatooine looking for R2-D2 and C-3P0.
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