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"Baby, you're the greatest!" - Heartfelt expression of affection heard at end of each episode of THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56 uttered by Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason), a loudmouth Gotham City bus driver with a heart of gold. The object of his affection was his droll wife Alice, (Audrey Meadows) who put up with all of Ralph's crazy ways, because she simply loved the big lug. Before the end of each episode Ralph would have said: "Oh, you're a regular riot, Alice!"; or "Har-de-har-har!" (his sarcastic laugh); "Homina, Homina, Homina" (his stammering when he was caught in the act); "Will you cut that out!" (usually exasperated at his friend, Norton); and "I got a b-i-i-i-g mouth! (when he was humbled). See also "One of these days, Alice..."

"Bam!" - Explosive comment spoken by cable TV chef Emeril Lagasse when he puts the magic touch to his food preparations on his series EMERIL LIVE and THE ESSENCE OF EMERIL on the Food Network. Emeril carried his act to NBC in the fall of 2001 when he starred on the short-lived series EMERIL, a fictionalized sitcom of Emeril's life as he starred on his own cable culinary series and interacted with the staff of the program. TRIVIA NOTE: Bamm Bamm is the name of Barney Rubbles powerful adopted young son on the animated cartoon THE FLINTSTONES/ABC/1960-66. Bamm Bamm carried a large club. When he hit something with it, he cried "Bam!"

"Be careful, Matt" - Often repeated warning given by Miss Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), the owner of the Long Branch Saloon to the towering Dodge City Marshal, Matt Dillon (James Arness) on the 1880s western adventure GUNSMOKE/CBS/1955-75. The town's deputy Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver) was often heard piping "Mister Dillon!"

"Beam me up, Scotty" - Popular bumper sticker phrase ("Beam Me Up Scotty, No Signs of Intelligent Life Down Here.") inspired by the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69. The "Beam Me Up" phrase referred to a futuristic molecular scrambler/descrambler device onboard the starship USS Enterprise. When Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and other Federation personnel wanted to be transported off the surface of a planet or other object, they instructed transport control to "beam" them to and from their destinations. Scotty, of course, referred to Montgomery Scott (James Doohan), the chief engineer who controlled the ship's matter transporter device. The crew of the USS Enterprise Kirk never actually spoke the line "Beam me up, Scotty" in the original series but "Beam us up Scotty" was used on the 1970s cartoon series version of STAR TREK. TRIVIA NOTE: In the sci-fi film Armageddon (1998) when an oil rig driller is asked to volunteer for a space flight to plant a nuclear device on an approaching asteroid, he accepts the assignment saying "Beam me up, Scotty."

"Beep! Beep!" - The enthusiastic (and only) expression of the Road Runner (voice of Mel Blanc), a desert bird constantly pursued by a hungry Wile E. Coyote on a variety of cartoons produced by Warner Brothers.

"Bless your pea-pickin' hearts" - The signature signoff of singer comedian Ernie Ford who hosted the musical variety THE FORD SHOW/NBC/1956-61. He was fond of ending his program with traditional religious songs which he called the "finest love songs of all". Born Ernest Jennings Ford in 1919 in the town of Bristol, Tennessee, "Tennessee" Ernie Ford was the first country singer to appear at the Paladium in London in 1953. His homespun humor and corny country ways were evident in such phrases like "Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" and "Feels like I've been rode hard and put away wet". Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990, Ernie Ford died of complications due to liver ailments on October 17, 1991. His most popular song was "Sixteen Tons" written by Merle Travis in 1947.

"Book 'em, Danno! (...Murder One...Two Counts)" - Steve McGarrett's (Jack Lord) favorite saying to his top assistant detective Danny "Danno" Williams (James MacArthur) when he caught a criminal on the conclusion of each episode of the police drama HAWAII FIVE-O/CBS/1968-80. DANGER THEATRE/FOX/1993 spoofed McGarrett's signature catchphrase on a segment called TROPICAL PUNCH by having the bumbling Captain Mike Morgan (Adam West) say "Tom, cuff 'em, book 'em!" to dwarfish Detective Tom McCormick (Bill Morrissette).

"By George, one of these days I gotta straighten out that closet!" - Popular catchphrase of Fibber McGee (Bob Sweeney) on the sitcom FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY/NBC/1959-60. The series which ran on radio from 1935-57 featured a gimmick where Fibber opened up his overcrowded hall closet with the expected result: an avalanche of clutter falling to the floor.
 

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