The episode: “Teen-Age Crime Wave,” ep. 522
The riff: Exclaimed by Mike as a sheriff investigates a home where a couple is being held hostage and notices a plethora of cigarette butts all scattered around the ground.
The explanation: Rod Serling is of course well-remembered as the creator and narrator of “The Twilight Zone,” and those who remember him are also likely to remember his heavy smoking. A survivor of World War II, he got hooked on cigarettes in the army and smoked like a chimney for the rest of his life. Almost every publicity shot he ever took was with a cigarette or cigar. They eventually led to his death of a heart attack while already undergoing heart surgery, in 1975. He was only 50 years old.
Novelty factor: I was slightly confused for just a moment but then it occurred to me that Serling had been smoking in just about every “Twilight Zone” introduction.