51. “Oh, Mr. Drysdale!”

The episode:Teenage Strangler,” ep. 514

The riff: Blubbered by Crow in a weepy sort of voice as the camera shows a despondent woman receiving some bad news.

The explanation: This is a reference to what I assume is a regular piece of dialogue from Nancy Kulp’s character Miss Jane Hathaway on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Hathaway was the secretary for Mr. Drysdale, the neighbor and banker for the monetarily wealthy but naive Clampett family. It was often left up to her on the show to foil his greedier schemes to take advantage of their vast fortune. There’s also a chance that this voice is supposed to be that of Margaret Drysdale, the banker’s hoighty toighty spouse, but I’m not sure why she would call her own husband “Mr. Drysdale.”

Novelty factor: I honestly didn’t know–“The Beverly Hillbillies” was never a show whose reruns held much interest for me. The MST3k writers seemed to like it, though, as there are references in many other episodes that I’ve also recognized. The “Mr. Drysdale” riff is used in multiple other episodes as well, I believe.

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One thought on “51. “Oh, Mr. Drysdale!”

  1. That certainly is supposed to be his secretary, that was pretty much her tagline. His wife was rather domineering and was more prone to order him than beg him as I recall.

    Some other Beverly Hillbillies references that crop up are “Jethro wants to be a rockstar!” which I believe was in the Unearthly, and of course, “JED! JED!!!!!!” in the end of Leech Woman. Old people References to Irene Ryan who was Granny Clampett. And any references referring to the “CEment pond” that crop up as well, that’s what they called their pool.

    There are a lot of jokes from the “Hooterville Trilogy” of shows, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. All three shows which were considered to be in the same universe and often exchanged character cameos. Jokes about these are bound to show up, as if you grew up in the 60’s and early 70’s these three programs were ubiquitous.

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