I fear that the day will never come when I will be able to get through one of these without saying, "I bet that was a goddamn tvtropes.org reference," looking it up, and finding that it was, indeed, a goddamn tvtropes.org reference.
I don't even know which line you're referring to. ^^; I think it's just a part of my common vernacular, because the only tvtropes.org reference I can remember making is the "Exactly What It Says on the Tin" line from episode one.
"...who Christian has adopted as his Author Avatar."
See, now, I don't think of that as a TV Tropes reference. I don't think I've even read that page. It's probably impossible to discuss craft without saying something that's on TV Tropes, but I picked up the term "Author Avatar" while discussing Art Speigleman and "Maus" in a college classroom.