The episode: “Village of the Giants,” ep. 523
The riff: Slipped in as a third suggestion after the teens overlook the effects of their new growth serum on ducks and remark “Can you imagine if you fed this to cattle or chickens?”
The explanation: Jim J. Bullock is a comedian and actor who is best remembered for co-starring on the ABC sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” in the mid-1980s as the ambiguously gay neighbor Monroe Ficus. In one famously weird episode, Monroe gets kidnapped by a group of women and raped, which is played for laughs. Gay in real life, he was diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1980s and has successfully fought the disease ever since. This is one of those riffs where I have absolutely no idea why they chose that name at random to include. He’s not even a short guy. Anyone have a clue?
Novelty factor: The name didn’t mean anything to me when I heard it. I didn’t think I’ve ever even heard of “Too Close for Comfort” before, until I found the rape scene, which I’d seen discussed before.