The episode: “It Lives by Night,” ep. 1010
The riff: Blurted out by Crow during a quick close-up of a screeching bat’s face during the movie’s opening credits. We get plenty more of these shots, as this movie is all about bats and the prospect of men turning into bats.
The explanation: “Stellaluna,” as it turns out, is both the title and name of a character in a 1993 children’s book by author Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is a young fruit bat who is separated from her mother as a baby during a sudden and vicious owl attack. The young bat is then raised by a friendly bird alongside a small group of bird brethren. When she becomes old enough, Stellaluna adventures out and finds her mother again, learning various lessons about embracing differences in friendships along the way. It was featured in an episode of the classic PBS show “Reading Rainbow.”
Novelty factor: NO CLUE, YA’LL! I was probably just slightly too old for it at the time, but this book was never prescribed reading for me. Also, which of the writers was making the references to children’s fiction?