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.

194. “A Bass-Oreno.”

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

The riff: A bit of a mysterious riff here. Tom says it right after the heroine asks about a curious, elongated purple and white stone in Merlin’s shop. Merlin’s wife calls it “very special” and then says it is something that is tough to make out, but sounds like “a laurel.” Tom then adds something that sounds like “a bassarino.”

The explanation: I am guessing that what he was actually saying was “Bass-Oreno,” a reference to a long-running fishing lure for catching, you guessed it, bass. The three-hooked jig was manufactured for almost a century. I suspect this is the reference because the MST3k crew has made plenty of fishing references before, likely due to the fact that they all seemed to grow up in the rural Midwest. The stone also is similar-looking to a Bass-Oreno lure.

Novelty factor: Definitely never heard of this lure. I doubt I could name any brand-name fishing lure, so that’s probably a bit of a gap in my knowledge.

Completely irresistible to both small and largemouths.

Completely irresistible to both small and largemouths.