364. “I’m taking the flashlight and the Longaberger basket, that’s all I need.”

The episode:Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders,” ep. 1003

The riff: Spoken as dialog by Tom as the film’s Julie Haggerty lookalike tells her husband “you’re scaring me,” picks up the aforementioned items, and leaves.

The explanation: This is a dual riff. “I’m taking the ___, that’s all I need,” is part of a hilarious running joke from the 1979 Steve Martin comedy “The Jerk.” As he walks out on his wife, he keeps insisting he doesn’t need anything, but then stops to pick up random objects like a paddle game, a lamp and a chair. A “Longaberger basket,” on the other hand, is made by The Longaberger Company, a longtime manufacturer of a wooden lattice baskets. Even their corporate headquarters is shaped like a giant basket.

Novelty factor: I love this bit from “The Jerk,” but I had no idea what a Longaberger basket was.

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2 thoughts on “364. “I’m taking the flashlight and the Longaberger basket, that’s all I need.”

  1. I wanted to thank you for doing this project. I have enjoyed it more than you can possibly imagine. It was both fun and informative. Jan

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