270. “Eh-heh! Eh-heh! Mad dog!”

The episode:Keeping Clean and Neat,” the short in front of “The Sinister Urge,” ep. 613

The riff: Squealed in a high-pitched, manic voice as a boy bares his teeth to examine them in the bathroom mirror.

The explanation: Crow is doing an impression of Pee-wee Herman, specifically a short bit from Herman’s first feature film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” In the scene, during the extended whimsical “Pee-wee at home” segment, he brushes his teeth in the morning, then bares them and yells “mad dog!”, referencing the foam and its similarity to a frothing dog suffering from rabies.

Novelty factor: I have to admit that I have a great fondness for “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” It’s an exceedingly weird movie that has much in common with Tim Burton’s next directorial effort, “Beetlejuice.”


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