Dirty Jobs

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Quotes (640)

  • Mike: That stinks a little. Renee: You sure it's not you? Mike: At this point, no.

  • Mike: When I said hello I told you all I knew about cleaning fish.

  • Mike: This is what you did with your back room. And you could have gone with a computer office or a library...you've got a bat cage. Barbara: Yeah, I've decided to go with the fruit bat motif.

  • Mike: (with his leg stuck in bat guano) What a stupid way to die.

  • Mike: There's really not a lot of difference between an octopus and like a giant pile of snot.

  • Mike: Are we walking in sand or guano? Jim: That's powdered bat guano. Mike: Holy sh*t. Jim: I don't know if it's holy, but it's definitely sh*t.

  • John: Worms are low maintenance, real easy to take care of. They basically do three things: they eat, they poop, and have sex. Mike: Man, that's a great life.

  • Mike: You know they throw poop at each other over at that other ranch. Just so you know. Chris: We're a little bit cleaner facility.

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Notes (91)

  • This episode was dedicated to producer Ari Jerrold Gottfried.

  • In the credits, special thanks was given to Jim Kennedy & Barbara French, Bat Conservation International, Jim Bintliff/The Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team, Pacific Coast Seafood, Bio-Oregon Fishery and CEDC Fishery.

  • In the credits, special thanks was given to Jerry Rider, Don Brewer, Monster Cat Guide Service, Madison WI Metropolitan Sewage District, Les Swanson "Honey Wagon", John Rowles/CRM Worm Ranch and Chris Quattlebaum/Critters and Crawlers.

  • In the credits, special thanks was given to Medford Auto Wrecking, Rodney Sloup, The Albarano Family, Metro Wrecking & Excavation Inc., Kurt Pagliai, The Wesley Hotel, Peter Martell and Martha's Vineyard & Nantucky Reservations.

  • Video of the pigeon segment can be seen at http://bellbirdcontrol.com/site/public/.

  • Photos of Mike working with the GumBusters crew can be seen at http://www.gumbustersny.com.

  • In the credits, special thanks was given to Robert Barber, Jack London, Nancy Hadley and the Kedron Valley Inn.

  • We learn that day old chicks do not need food or water for the first 72 hours of life. Also when buying chicks by mail you need to get 25 or more so they do not get cold and die.

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Trivia (52)

  • Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher, Dan Plesac, was mistaken referred to in the narration as Jim Plesac.

  • Each year over a million baseballs are thrown and each one of them is rubbed with mud.

  • Each night the Mexican free tail bat flies 100-150 miles per night to feed. During winter they fly 1000-1500 to reach their winter feeding grounds.

  • The bat colony Mike visited during the show eat over 200 tons of insects per night.

  • According to Mike, the people of San Francisco recycle over 63% of all their trash.

  • Mike mentioned during the show that on an average trip collecting garbage, they haul 2 & 1/2 tons of trash.

  • In this episode, in the fishing part, Mike is vomiting over the side of the boat. The vomit is censored, but a little bit of it shows through.

  • The song used in the promos leading up to this premiere episode was Faith No More's "We Care A Lot", featuring the line used in the commercial: "Well, it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it".

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Allusions (30)

  • Mike: Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a stench it is. Mike is changing the lyrics to a long running Alka-Seltzer commercial.

  • Mike: A dolly. Hello, dolly. Mike is making a pun reference to Hello, Dolly which was a broadway musical and title song in 1964. It later became a movie in 1969 starring Barbra Streisand.

  • Mike refers to one of the ostriches as making moves like Gale Sayers. Gale Sayers played football with the Chicago Bears from 1965-1971. His friendship with Brian Piccolo became the basis for the movie Brian's Song.

  • Mike comments that he found a gymnast crayfish that he calls Nadia Com├úneci. Nadia Com├úneci is a Romanian gymnast. She is the winner of five Olympic gold medals. In 1976 at the age of 14, she became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event for her routine on the uneven bars.

  • Mike: What do I look like, Gumby? Gumby is a dark-green claymation figure that was the subject of a 1950s American tv series which ran for 35 years. The show also featured Pokey, a red-orange clay pony.

  • Mike: I found Nemo. [Tries to fling fish] Nemo's free. Well, he will be.. Mike is referring to the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo.

  • Mike is disappointed that chimney sweeping in reality has no top hats or kids singing and dancing. (He is given a top hat at the end.) This is in reference to the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins in which Dick Van Dyke plays a singing and dancing chimney sweep that frolics with the kids.

  • Mike calls Kirt Struemph a modern day Prometheus. In Greek mythology, Prometheus is known for stealing fire from Zeus and giving it to mortals.

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