The episode: “Operation Double 007,” ep. 508
The riff: Observed by Crow as the hero (Sean Connery’s secret agent brother) talks to a woman in a ridiculously huge pink afro wig.
The explanation: It’s the hairstyle they’re drawing the reference from, referring to Bernie, a character from the 1969-1974 ABC series “Room 222.” The show was about the workings of an American high school, where the American history course was taught by a black professor played by Lloyd Hanes. Episodes revolved around the student’s lives and touched on race relations and topical subjects. “Bernie” was a fairly minor student in the class who was notable for his gigantic afro of curly white boy hair. He was played by actor David Jolliffe.
Novelty factor: I’ve definitely never heard of this show before, let alone Bernie himself. I always wonder with a riff like this, what made them think of Bernie in particular and not any other person with an afro? Note: In the below clip, Bernie can be briefly seen at 8 seconds in.