The episode: “The Chicken of Tomorrow,” the short in front of “The Brute Man,” ep. 702
The riff: Said wryly by Crow as a matronly looking lady slides a huge pallet of chicken eggs into a warm place in their incubator.
The explanation: Crow is referencing one of the most famous scenes of the show “I Love Lucy,” in which Lucy and her neighbor Ethel are working in a candy factory in the episode “Job Switching.” As a conveyor belt speeds out chocolates faster than Lucy and Ethel can wrap them, the two women resort to stuffing the candy pieces into their mouths and hats in a memorable piece of physical comedy.
Novelty factor: Knew it right away. Although I didn’t grow up watching “I Love Lucy” or anything starring Lucille Ball, my parents used to make reference to this bit from the show all the time. I heard about it long before I ever saw the actual scene. Likewise, I think that’s really what Crow is saying here–in an age before the internet, you would say something like “I’ve seen the episode where…”. They’re referencing a pop culture event that couldn’t be re-viewed at any moment just by visiting YouTube–it lived on in people’s memories and descriptions of the scene, and in the occasional re-run.