The episode: “The Creeping Terror,” ep. 606
The riff: Observed by Crow during the credits’ weird squiggly lines segment, described moments earlier as “When spiders drink too much!”
The explanation: I feel fairly certain they’re referring to British character actor Robert Morley with this one. A veteran of more than 100 films in five decades, the portly actor had a look that was considered perfect for playing stuffy, aristocrat-types. Leonard Maltin described him as “recognizable by his ungainly bulk, bushy eyebrows, thick lips and double chin, particularly effective when cast as a pompous windbag.” With this said, I really wonder what in particular it was about Morley of all actors that inspired this reference. It’s clear they wanted to do “a nose hair joke,” but why Morley? Wasn’t there someone more clearly associated with nose hair?
Novelty factor: Shamefully, of all of his films, I believe the only one I’ve ever seen is “The Great Muppet Caper,” in which he has a cameo. Indirectly, this is also an admission that I have never seen “The African Queen.”