Favorite episode-specific running gags?

The “not up to code” running gag as well

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The constant return to the James Bond horn riff in Agent For H.A.R.M.

:notes: :trumpet: Not even my favorite of the spy movies but that bit is still pure gold.

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Between that and the running gag about winning the essay contest, this one is such a standout.

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And the quacking duck painting outside the apartment door.

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One of the many reasons why I Accuse My Parents is my #1 favorite episode is how well they weave the numerous running gags throughout the episode.

Another couple include his birthday is somehow tomorrow every night and how ridiculously naive and oblivious he is about his “odd jobs” from that “Nice” Mr. Blake.

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Space Mutiny’s many names for David Ryder are probably the example that falls easiest to mind (my favorite has always been “Big McLargeHuge”), but the many Biography/Peter Graves references in Parts: The Clonus Horror are always a treat, especially Servo’s capper during the end credits. To this day, I can crack up several of my friends just by saying “James Arness: Ugly and Stupid” in that particular tone of voice…

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In Swamp Diamonds, I love how Servo makes one reference to The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and that prompts Crow to keep needling Servo with out-of-nowhere questions about that movie.

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Riding With Death had some great narratives too.

  • Mellow
  • Patent Papers
  • 70s pop culture references (Billy Beer, Pet Rocks, etc)
  • Responding to said references with a meta “70s?” “Yep, 70s…”
  • The Elusive Robert Denby
  • Driscoll’s glasses
  • Calling Cupcake various other desert names (Profiterole, Bearclaw, etc)
  • Buffalo Bill being such a yokel stereotype
  • Abby’s some gal!

Great stuff! :smiley:

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From Tormented

“Sessions presents…!”

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Three words, courtesy of Escape 2000:

LEAVE THE BRONX!

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Ooh, the Uranus gags from Hercules & The Captive Women.

“Why are they carrying rump roasts?”
“Because today is dedicated to… Well.”

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As we left the clam flowage…

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The clam flowage riffs are hilarious, charming, and left Joel audibly tired of them. I love that!

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Oh, and there’s all the “Lovejoy!” riffs in Code Name Diamond Head. I never watched Lovejoy, but I just loved all the references to it throughout.

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Oh, another one. All the hair riffs for Yuri in Werewolf.

“His hair is completely different.”
“Now, he’s got gray hair!”
“This clown is on his fourth hairdo since the movie started.”
“I’ve gone back to my darker, shorter hair now.”
“Yeah, let’s go with orange Jerry curls.”
“Now he’s got Brian Ferry hair!”
“This is just his secret hair dyeing place.”
“Just wanted to get in one last hair coloring before he died.”

(And yes, I did all those from memory so I might have missed one.)

Edit: Yes, I did miss one. I’ve added it in. I just remembered.

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I was a Roxy Music fan, so that one always cracks me up

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Not meaning to go too off-topic here, but Lovejoy was a lot of fun. Think a mystery show that plays out in the world of auctions and antique dealing.

A great deal of the entertainment came from Ian McShane breaking the fourth wall to express his thoughts to the audience.

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That does sound fun. :slight_smile: Maybe I’ll have to look it up.

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Oh, this might be something I love even more than the hair riffs in Werewolf.

All the lost record riffs in Invasion of the Neptune Men. Every time the head Neptunian shows up, there’s one, culminating in the final riff when the ship is blown up.

“I found my recooooorrd!”

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I delayed posting this believing someone else would beat me to it. The KPORN running commentary during The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962). “Time for Sleaze through the Night, here on KPORN…” “It’s a sleazy morning out there… You’re listening to KPORN, Holmes and Reeves in the morning… sleazy, slutty music all morning long…” The jokes so fit the movie and I can’t think of Brain without thinking of KPORN.

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