23. “…now a giant cockroach.”

The episode: “Keeping Clean and Neat,” the short in front of “The Sinister Urge,” ep. 613

The riff: Interjected by Crow after the narrator begins to explain young Don’s day, saying “There you are Don, back in bed this morning.”

The explanation: This is a direct reference to Franz Kafka’s famous novella “The Metamorphasis.” The main character of the story, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning in bed to find that he has transformed into a “monstrous insect.” The type of insect is often translated as “cockroach” in English, and this has become the enduring popular image of exactly what Samsa turns into. Crow and the gang are making the assumption that viewers will at least be aware of “The Metamorphasis” even if they’ve never read it.

Novelty factor: I fit exactly in among the audience I just described. I’ve never read “The Metamorphasis,” but I know enough to recognize the direct reference when I hear it.

Don will have a difficlt time Keeping Clean and Neat as an insect that eats decaying organic matter!

Don will have a difficlt time Keeping Clean and Neat as an insect that eats decaying organic matter!

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