Yeah, true to form, there are some riffs one whose provenance one just doesn’t know.
“Carrie, you’re so very!” (I think it’s from the Jack Elam, Big Stupid classic, and I do know the actress’s name, who was in at least one other movie aside from Girl in Lovers’ Lane). But I’m curious about this one, since I abuse this poor woman at work almost daily with this.
I suspect it’s an “I thought you were Dale” case of confabulation on the part of one or more of the writers, but I’d like to know the origin of this.
And, while I’m at it: “A secretary is not a toy…” (WTH did that little riff come from? No, I don’t remember the experiment’s name, but I’m sure you remember this: like, season three or thereabouts). It could have been a reference to something, or it could have been pure TV’s Frank’s imagination. Not sure.
“I Though You Were Dale” made its debut during the Crawling Hand - Hands, because the Best Brainers got the line mixed up with an advert for Ivory dishwashing liquid, which touted that using it gave older women, young looking hands.
The original commercial was for Grape Nuts, I grew up with this, so I remember it well.
Carrie is so very, comes from another commercial, from the 80s, for Keri (BTW, much of this stuff can be found at the Annotated MST3K or Mst3k.fandom.com pages. So if your curious about a riff, they’re a good resource.)
The problem with the “Carrie, you’re so very” riff is that Carrie and very don’t rhyme, so for me it’s a bit of a reach. It hurts my ears a little when I hear that riff.
That’s still one of my favorite episodes, though.
Yeah, usually. And I don’t think I’m alone. For example, if we examine this classic trailer for the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie:
We can hear that it’s mostly pronounced as “care” + “ee”. Now, about the fifth time it’s said, the announcer does seem to put just the slightest “ah” in it, like a light hint of “cahr” + ee. But almost every pronunciation would work as a rhyme for “very”.
I don’t mean that the first syllable in Carrie sounds like the word “car” like an automobile, it’s an “a” sound like in “at”. In the end, though, this may be impossible to resolve in writing, and I think we’re dealing with regional pronunciations.
But the riff isn’t about the rhyme, it’s about the reference.
Aside from that, I’m going by my old rhyming dictionary (you had to have one when you lived in Nashville, lol), and “very” is included as a word that rhymes with Carrie. The pointed EE sound at the end, CarEE with VarEE, cements it.