1. “Would you look at that, Billie Joe McAllister’s down there!”

The episode:Radar Secret Service,” ep. 520

The riff: The line is called out by Tom Servo as two bumbling “radar police” peer over the edge of a small bridge.

The explanation: This riff is a direct reference to a song by singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry, 1967’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” The song is a first-person narrative of a dysfunctional Southern family discussing the day’s events, including the suicide of local neighbor Billie Joe, who leapt to his death off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The song was a #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for Gentry, and was parodied by Bob Dylan’s 1967 song “Clothes Line Saga.”

Novelty factor: Completely new to me, as I’ve never heard of the song in my life.

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