The episode: “The Starfighters,” ep. 612
The riff: Insisted by Servo during the movie’s opening credits, as jets fly in formation and lilting string music fills the air.
The explanation: “My Little Margie” was an American sitcom that ran from 1952-1955 on CBS and NBC, originally beginning as a summer fill-in for “I Love Lucy,” which it attempted to emulate with moderate success. It told the story of a young woman living in the city with her widowed father. As for the riff, I’m pretty sure that Tom is comparing the opening music of this film with the “My Little Margie” theme by the prolific Alexander Laszlo. They’re both rather perky and heavy on the strings.
Novelty factor: If this is the kind of thing that you expect me to know, then you haven’t been following this blog very closely. Regardless, this is the sort of riff that makes me wonder what kind of references they would be making if the show was still airing today. What shows would they be using as comparisons for film music?