342. “…or Jim J. Bullock?”

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.

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One thought on “342. “…or Jim J. Bullock?”

  1. Just watched the short Design for Dreaming (off the Mr B’s Lost Shorts comp) and heard another reference to Jim J Bullock. Toward the end of the short, while the characters are driving on the Highway of Tomorrow, Mike says “That’s where President Barbi Benton lives with Prime Minister Jim J Bullock.” That was pretty random.

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