Laurie tells jokes to Dr. Manhattan
The blue booth Laurie enters offers inquisitive minds the opportunity to leave a message for Dr. Manhattan, who totally gives a shit about humanity and is absolutely listening. Laurie, who dated Dr. Manhattan when she was a young adult, is still pretty hung up on him, and the episode is interspersed with her one-sided conversation. Of course, it's all one long, tongue-in-cheek joke that echoes the tone of Rorschach's infamous "But Doctor… I am Pagliacci" joke.
D.C. Post-Times headline: "Grisham to Retire from the Supreme Court"
A recurring joke in Watchmen is to turn pop-culture figures into government officials. This time, legal-thriller author John Grisham apparently serves on the U.S. Supreme Court. All right. However, the Peteypedia suggests that Grisham has only just been appointed to the Supreme Court, but that's likely a production error.
"Just Revenger, no 'the.'"
Maybe this is nothing and I'm too steeped in the horrible 2019 zeitgeist, but after Joe Keene congratulates Laurie on her capture of "the Revenger" at the bank, she corrects him: "Just Revenger, no 'the.'" It smacks of Joker (2019) energy: it's not The Joker, it's just… Joker. Maybe my brain is just broken. Or maybe this was a really, really funny joke about Joker, the 2019 comic-book movie.
Laurie's pet owl, Who
After Dr. Manhattan, Laurie got together with Dan Dreiberg, the second Nite Owl, in Watchmen. Now, sweet, sweet Dan is apparently in federal prison (Senator Keene hints that he can pardon Dreiberg if he's elected president) and Laurie keeps an owl with a fitting name caged up at home.
Watchmen pop art
While Joe and Laurie are talking shop in her living room, we catch a glimpse of a large art piece featuring Nite Owl II, Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan, and Laurie as Silk Spectre II. While Nite Owl II and Dr. Manhattan's illustrations seem to be drawn in the original style, Ozymandias' face is a bit thinner (and more Jeremy Irons-esque) while Silk Spectre II looks a bit more like a young Jean Smart than the straight-haired Laurie we see in the comic.
Rorschach's journal on Petey's slides
Poor, wonderful Petey. Beautiful, young FBI Agent Dale Petey, who apparently writes memos that no one cares about (see the Peteypedia, HBO's repository for auxiliary Watchmen worldbuilding content) and puts slides of Rorschach's journal in briefing slideshows for context. Here, we see the cover of the published version of Rorschach's journal, which features a butterfly-like formation on the mask with two very unsubtle guns in the ink blots. The journal entries that Petey puts on the projector are from the day following the Comedian's death when Rorschach visited a bar and later Veidt in hopes of finding some answers. No one respects nor appreciates Petey for this, but I do.
"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair"
As Laurie and Petey fly into Tulsa, we finally catch a glimpse of what reclusive trillionaire Lady Trieu has been up to: the Millennium Clock, a monument (device?) that we still don't know all that much about. Petey says to Laurie, "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair," quoting Lady Trieu from the groundbreaking ceremony, a quote from the Percy Bysshe Shelley poem Ozymandias in honor of Adrian Veidt, whose company she bought. But let's backtrack: Trieu bought Veidt's company. She's building a structure called the Millennium Clock in Tulsa for reasons that have yet to be revealed. Trieu invoked the quotation at the groundbreaking for the clock; Moore quotes Shelley at the end of Chapter 11 of the novel, and the full quotation reads, "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Black Freighter Inn & Suites
Laurie and Petey have rooms at the Black Freighter Inn & Suites in Tulsa. The hotel draws its name from the Tales of the Black Freighter comic that features throughout Watchmen.
Pirate flag in the countryside
As Veidt gallavants across green hills on his white steed to the tune of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," he passes a flag that's a dead ringer for the skull and crossbones flag — yellow on tattered black fabric — from Tales of the Black Freighter. This one seems to be mounted on a scythe.
The Game Warden's pirate seal
Veidt's story is already Tales of the Black Freighter-esque in the respect that both feel like supplemental texts that run parallel to the main story. That being said, they're really laying the pirate imagery on thick: the Game Warden, who seems to be Veidt's personal keeper of sorts, seals his letters with a skull and crossbones.
Bucephalus, Veidt's horse
In typical obnoxious style, Veidt has named his horse Bucephalus, after Alexander the Great's steed. The naming convention makes a lot of sense: after all, Veidt's genetically modified lynx of Watchmen was named Bubastis after an ancient Egyptian city that was a center of worship of the cat goddess Bastet. Of course, Veidt's hero name, Ozymandias, comes from the Greek name for Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. Gotta admire that strong of a personal brand!
After writing a positively scathing reply to the Game Warden (to the tune of Carmen), Veidt suits up in his classic Ozymandias costume, gold circlet and all. Presumably he's going hunting in it, or maybe he's just looking to gas himself up a bit.
The Russians' intrinsic field generator
After the funeral incident, a crowd of reporters asks Senator Joe Keene a series of questions to which he gives very diplomatic, politician-like answers, which is to say that he barely answers them at all. One reporter asks him to comment on the Russians building an intrinsic field generator. A botched encounter with an intrinsic field generator was what turned Jon Osterman into Dr. Manhattan; the fact that the Russians are working on one seems to be a clue that they're trying to create their own superman. On a larger scale, it's a nod to potential mounting tensions between the United States and Russia, something that Veidt's squid was supposed to have fixed for good.
"When my dad was murdered they found a secret compartment in his closet, so I always check."
Given that it's the first event in the entire novel, it's kind of hard to forget the Comedian's death. After the police leave, Rorschach investigates Blake's apartment, unearthing a secret compartment in his closet. In it, he finds the Comedian's costume and gear in addition to a picture of the original Minutemen. Laurie knew that Blake was the Comedian before Rorschach did, through her and Dr. Manhattan's government connections, but she only realized that he was her father after Dr. Manhattan took her to Mars and forced her to parse through her memories and put the pieces together.
Laurie's custom dildo
I have so much respect for Laurie for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that she apparently travels with an absolutely massive, shining, blue dildo. The blue is hard to mistake, and if you think about the fact that Dr. Manhattan has the ability to change the size of his body at will (when we first encounter him in Watchmen, he is very tall), it makes a good amount of sense. But also, just… my god.
"Silk Spectre takes Manhattan"
When Laurie opens her... dildo briefcase (truly, I don't know what else to call it), there's a vintage Esquire magazine cover embedded on the inside of a younger Laurie embracing Dr. Manhattan, whose back is to the reader. The headline reads "Silk Spectre takes Manhattan," which is obviously pretty thinly veiled innuendo. It's reminiscent of Laurie's mother — the original Silk Spectre — having a Tijuana Bible (an "eight-page porno comic they did in the '30s and '40s," as Sally describes it) of herself. Laurie initially chided her for it, lamenting that she had kept such a gross gift from a fan, but the Esquire cover has pretty similar vibes.
Rorschach journal and watch
After Petey and Laurie have sex (please note that Petey is, in fact, wearing the mask that Laurie berated him about on the plane), we get a nice shot that shows a copy of Rorschach's journal on the dresser. In his notes published on Peteypedia, we learn that Petey has a whole stash of them at his desk, just in case someone actually reads his memos and decides that they want to read it. It's worth noting that his watch is lying on top of the journal itself — while there doesn't seem to be anything particularly noteworthy about the watch itself, watches are almost always significant in some way.