304. “It’s the cast from ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair.'”

The episode:Kitten with a Whip,” ep. 615

The riff: Snarked by Crow as a group of young whippersnappers impose on a middle-aged guy and barge their way into his house.

The explanation:Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is the title of a short story by “Gatsby” scribe F. Scott Fitzgerald, first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1920. It’s the story of a young girl learning to be more of a “modern woman” to attract the men of the time, and as such I believe Crow is comparing these kids to her hip new friends. He might also be referring to the 1976 TV adaptation of the story that was shown on PBS.

Novelty factor: It’s probably pretty safe to say that few people my age have read any Fitzgerald besides “The Great Gatsby” in school, and as such I had never heard of this before.


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