261. “Use the doors please, when you don’t use the doors the next thing you know you’re beating up Gordon Jump.”

The episode:What About Juvenile Delinquency?”, the short in front of “The Atomic Brain,” ep. 518

The riff: Spoken in a nagging tone by Servo as a gang of kids jumps out of their car. Earlier in the short they exited the same way to menace a middle-aged man whose car was blocking their path.

The explanation: The guy they threatened earlier in the short looks exactly like Gordon Jump, the American actor best known for playing station manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson on “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The resemblance was so close I had to look up the short’s cast to make sure it wasn’t him. Jump was also widely recognized as the character of the “Maytag Repairman” from 1989-2003.

Novelty factor: I’ve never really watched WKRP (despite much urging), so I didn’t know of Jump off-hand. I do remember the Maytag ads, though.

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3 thoughts on “261. “Use the doors please, when you don’t use the doors the next thing you know you’re beating up Gordon Jump.”

  1. You probably already know that it took FOREVER to release DVDs of “WKRP” due to copyright issues with the music heard throughout the show. I’ve heard from people who got them that they’re “okay” but just not the same with alternative music inserted. There are so many classic episodes and likeable, distinct characters. Here’s a scene where the, to me, classic line “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

    • I absolutely knew that someone was going to post something from the turkey episode, because that’s the only episode of the show I’m familiar with.

      • You’re welcome? Obviously there are other episodes, but like a good ensemble cast show, it’s more the interaction among the characters.

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