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Goof: Although it doesn't exactly say the amount of time Jonas had to stuff the many animals that are shown, it doesn't seem like that much time had passed for him to complete all those animals. It takes a few weeks to months to complete one animal and the amount he had done, it would have taken him years to stuff and mount them by himself.
In this episode, the following products and their logos can be seen:
Alpo Snaps: A liver flavored box of the popular dog treats can be seen on the windowsill when Jonas is telling the crow, "Beat it! You Freeloader"!
Realistic: Jonas' alarm clock is a Realistic brand, a now defunct brand from Radio Shack.
AMT/ERTL models: One of the models that Roy gives Jonas is an AMT manufactured McDonnell Douglas A-4E/F SKYHAWK model kit.
Monogram models: Another model Roy gives Jonas is a Monogram manufactured B-1B Strategic Bomber. A third model kit appears but it is appears to be unidentifiable.
Comet: A can of the well known clening product can be seen behind Anita when she's telling her problems to the cat.
Running gag: When Jonas is relaxing watching TV, everytime he turns the channel, it switches to something animal themed, such as the Elvis reincarneted as a doberman blurb, the cougars feeding on the homeless blurb, and a scene from the intro to Lassie.
DVD Goof: On the Tales From The Crypt: The Complete First Season DVD set released in 2005, with the DVD subtitles on for this episode, right before Anita gives Skippy the dog the steak, she can clearly be heard saying "Skippy", yet the subtitles read, "Gabby". Later when Skippy appears again, she can still be heard clearly saying the right name but this time, the subtitles correctly list the dog as "Skippy". Most subtitles will take liberties in abbreviations and word structure but this was kind of way off.
The Crypt Keeper's pet is named, Peeves.
Running Time: [excluding opening title sequence] 27 minutes 18 seconds.
Music: Composed by Nicholas Pike.
Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper, while sitting on a large broken statue head is with his pet peeves and is wearing his tradional robe with the hood up. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is wearing his tradional robe with the hood down.
Anita: I don't know how it got there! The cats know that is your chair.
Anita: Let's go back to the way we used to. I'll scratch your tummy and you can lick my hand.
[Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper sitting on a large broken statue head along with his pet, peeves.]
The Crypt Keeper: Before I give you tonight's terror tale, I'd like to introduce you to my pet, Peeves. He has a terror tale of his own. [laughs] Tonight's skin-pimpling story is about a couple with their own pet peeves. I call this chunk of chilling charnal chatter, "Collection Completed".
[Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper standing and peeking around a corner, with his pet, peeves in the foreground.]
The Crypt Keeper: I guess Jonas learned that a hobby can be very self-fulfilling as long as you're not too stuffy about it. [laughs] So until next time I want all of you to sit, stay, play dead. [laughs] Good boy.
Cast connection: This is the first of two episodes in a row to feature a cast member from the 1979 Three's Company spin-off, The Ropers. Audra Lindley appears in this episode, and Jeffrey Tambor appears in the next episode, "Dead Right".
1980 Academy Award nominated film about the life of Joseph Merrick, a 19th Century man with a facial disfigurement disease. The film was directed by David Lynch and starred John Hurt. Throughout the years, the film has been noted for it's artistic choice of being filmed in black and white and for it's well known and often quoted tagline and movie quote, "I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man"!
In this episode, after Anita gives Jonas the aspirin in the brownie, which is a well known trick people do to give medicine to animals, he expresses his disdain of being treated like an animal by telling her, "I am not an animal, I am a human being"!, a reference to the line from The Elephant Man.
In this episode, when Jonas is relaxing watching TV, on one of the programs he's watching, the announcer can be heard saying, "The spirit of Elvis is in the body of her doberman pinscher claims Annie Weebler of Northern Iowa". This refers to the fact that many fans throughout the years refused to believe that Elvis had really died or that he may have died but his spirit was so strong that he had been reincarnated in several different forms, in this case, a doberman pinscher dog. This is also another way to continue the animal aspect of the episode and to drive Jonas more nuts.
Popular family favorite and beloved canine collie character featured in nearly every form of media since the 1930's. Lassie first appeared in a short story by Eric Knight, then later in several feature films, a radio show, and in the 1950's in a popular tv series that is most associated with the character. In all forms of media the basic formula is the same, that of a collie saving and helping various people in times of trouble, with most characters understanding the dog even though she would mostly just comminicate and warn of trouble through barking and whimpering. It was very common for a character to know exactly what and where the trouble was just by a few head nodges and barks from Lassie. This dog speak aspect of the character has been parodied several times in many tv series and movies as it is very identifiable and can still generate a laugh after all these years due to the ridiculous nature of it. There have been several male dogs throughout the years that have played the female Lassie, all of which are descendants from the original onscreen Lassie, "Pal". The Lassie collie image is widely trademarked but it is very common for families to name their dog, "Lassie" and when most people see a collie, they identify the dog as "Lassie".
In this episode, when Jonas is clicking the channels and every channel he lands on is playing something animal related, one of the shows he turns it to is Lassie. Also, [Spoiler warning] in the last scene, when Anita and the "stuffed" Jonas are "watching" TV, she turns the channel to Lassie.
In this episode, when Roy the neighbour visits Jonas and his nosing around about Jonas' retirement, Jonas says, "Sounds like you've been doing a lot of thinking about this. Better run to the newspapers, inquiring minds will want to know". This is a reference to the early 80's National Enquirer ads in which the slogan, "Enquiring minds want to know" originated.
A professional or amateur skill in the art of mounting, preserving and displaying animals for research (such as museums) and personal display (such as Hunting trophies). An intensive study of anatomy, animal dissection and modeling skills is clearly needed in practicing this artform. It could be a profitable business or career if one was to become a skilled taxidermist as hunters and fishermen pay large amounts of money to have their prizes mounted for display. However, some people just learn taxidermy as a hobby somewhat like model making, as it is a self rewarding and fulfilling pass time, as it combines collecting with skill.
In this episode, Jonas takes up taxidermy when he becomes fed up with his wife's constant love for animals.
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