“Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled”

YAKKO: Ah, this Thomas Bros. map is ridiculous! You see, we should have made a left in Cucamonga, and a right in Azusa!

Another local joke. The Thomas Guides, published by Thomas Bros. Maps since 1915, were a local icon in Southern California for decades, with many companies including the Thomas Guide map grid info for their locations in Yellow Pages listings and other advertisements.

Bonus fact: The second part of the line goes beyond a simple Bugs Bunny “wrong turn at Albuquerque” reference: Azusa and Cucamonga were silly-sounding California town names Mel Blanc would regularly use (along with Anaheim) as the voice of a train station announcer on The Jack Benny Show. Go to 7:27 here for a listen.


“Skullhead Boneyhands”

This segment is a spin on Edward Scissorhands (1990), the film which cemented the reputations of director Tim Burton and leading man Johnny Depp. Just as in the original, Edward/Skullhead is found in a gothic catle located incongruously alongside normal suburbia by an Avon (here “Alon”) saleslady who takes him into her home.

“Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled”

YAKKO: Wakko, anything in your gag bag that can handle this?
WAKKO: Well, Yakko…
YAKKO: Dot: comments, analysis?
DOT: Nothing, Yakko.
YAKKO: Bones?
BONES: Darnit, Yakko, I’m a doctor, not a magician!

Say hello to Star Trek’s own Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy and one of his two famous catchphrases, in one of the very best gags of the series’ entire run. Even the setup is great, with Yakko speaking in a Shatnerian staccato and the ST theme pulling duty as a musical cue.

“Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled”

WAKKO: Do you know Siegfried & Roy?

The German-born Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn formed a popular Las Vegas double act consisting of magic tricks, animal tricks, and magic animal tricks. The show ran from 1990 until 2003, when Roy was accidentally mangled by one of their signature white tigers. We’ll be hearing more about them later on.

“Moon Over Minerva”

The use of the music from one of Claude Debussy’s Deux arabesques (1888–1891) in the intro is itself an obscure and obtuse ref to Debussy’s best-known composition, "Clair de Lune" (“Moonlight” in French…), the third movement of the Suite bergamasque (1905). The piece itself is used whenever the moon appears.