Biff See - "Lord of the Idiots"
Big Bad, The - The nickname of vampire William the Bloody a.k.a. "Spike"
(James Marsters) on the occult adventure BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAVER/WB/UPN/1997-2003.
During one episode just before Spike is attacked by demon hunters known as the
Initiative, Spike who is spying on Buffy mutters to himself "Watch your mouth,
little girl. You should know better than to tempt the fates that way. 'Cause the
big bad is back, and this time, it's... [Suddenly he's electrocuted by
Initiative commandos] Urrgh! Aaaahhh!" After the Initiative implants a violence
inhibiting chip into Spikes head, he escapes. When the Scooby Gang discovers
Spike's condition Xander says "Your'e not the 'Big Bad' anymore. You're not even
the 'kind of naughty'." To which Spike says "I'm bad! It's just I can't bite
anymore, thanks to you wankers." On another episode Spike has a robotics expert
create an identical, fully functioning replicant of Buffy "The Slayer" Summers
(Sarah Michelle Gellar) because he is smitten by her charms. Later in the
cemetery, the fake Buffy is seen sitting atop Spike writhing in sexual ecstasy
and shouting "Oh
Spike, you're the Big Bad, You're the Big Bad!" The
term "Big Bad" is a reference to the "Big Bad Wolf" in classic children's
Big Guy - The radio station personnel on the sitcom WKRP IN
CINCINNATI/CBS/1978-82 referred to their pudgy, station manager, Arthur Carlson
(Gordon Jump) as the "Big Guy." His nickname was more of an ego booster
reaffirming that he actually was in charge of the rock and roll station rather
than just an inept, momma's boy appointed by his strong willed mother, Lillian
Carlson (Carol Bruce), the station owner. Once Arthur Carlson ran for city
council with the slogan: "A Big Guy For a Big Job." His son, Arthur Jr.
(Lightfoot Lewis) known as "Little Big Guy" surfaced on the syndicated revival
of the series in 1991. On the sitcom MR BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90, the portly family
servant, Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) was often called "Big Guy" by George
Owens (Bob Uecker), his employer. "Big Guy" was also the term of endearment used
by Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) to describe Carl Winslow (Reginald Veljohnson),
the portly Chicago police officer on the sitcom FAMILY MATTERS/ABC/1988-98. And
"Big Guy" was what Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse) called his teenage son, Brandon
(Jason Priestley) on the drama BEVERLY HILLS 90210/FOX/1990-99. See also
ROBOTS- "Big Guy & Rusty"
Big Jack - The nickname of bail bonds woman Samantha Jack (Jo Ann Pflug)
who sent Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers (Lee Majors) after bail jumpers on the
adventure series THE FALL GUY/ABC/1981-86. She was also called "Soapie" because
her lifestyle was often that of a soap opera.
Big Ragoo, The - Nickname of short, muscular Italian-American, Carmine
Ragusa (Eddie Mekka) on the sitcom LAVERNE & SHIRLEY/ABC/1976-83. Carmine was an
aspiring singer and dancer, who worked as a singing messenger. His moniker was
stitched onto the back of his blue jacket. See also -
Big Red Cheese, The See - "Captain Marvel"
Bigfoot - The local nickname of a mythical Bigfoot-like creature that
roamed the woods outside the town of Cicely, Alaska on the quirky rural drama
NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-96. In reality, the "creature" was a woodsman named
Adam (Adam Arkin) whose talents included gourmet cooking, writing, and
possessing knowledge of covert government operations. While working as an
anonymous contributor to the Cicely News and World Telegram Adam wrote articles
on talking trees, and botanical espionage by the government. Adam first appeared
on the episode "Aurora Borealis" (8/30/90) and later married a woman named Eve
on the episode "Our Wedding" (5-11-92). See also -
Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA, The See -
DOGS: "White Fang"
Bilko - Comedian Phil Silvers was forever linked to the name of "Bilko"
when he starred as the hustler/con artist Sergeant Ernie Bilko on the military
comedy THE PHIL SILVER SHOW/CBS/1955-59 based at Fort Baxter in Roseville,
Kansas. The Bilko character name was inspired by the name of a minor-league
baseball player named Steve Bilko, whose batting streak of some fifty-five home
runs caught the attention of Phil Silvers and Nat Hiken while they were
developing the series. The choice of Bilko for a last name was perfect scripting
considering that his character constantly tried to cheat ("bilk") people out of
Binky - The nickname of Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a female
private investigator who owned the Remington Steele Detective Agency on the
detective drama REMINGTON STEELE/NBC/1982-86. On the sitcom MADMAN OF THE
PEOPLE/NBC/1994-95 outspoken columnist Jack Bruckner (Dabney Coleman) was given
the nickname Binky by his wife, Delia (Concetta Tomei). When someone said "He
doesn't look like a Binky?" His wife retorts "Oh, he's a Binky!" As a child,
Katherine Papadopolis (Susan Clark) on the sitcom WEBSTER/ABC/SYN/1983-88 had a
horse named Mortimer, but she called it "Binky."
Bird Legs - The childhood nickname of Lucy (MacGillicuddy) Ricardo on the
classic situation comedy I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1951-1961. Lucy received her nickname
while attending grade school. It was revealed on the 1954 episode "Lucy's
Mother-in-Law" when Ricky's Cuban mamacita visits American and Lucy hires a mind
reader (who uses an electronic eavesdropping device) to convince her
mother-in-law she could speak Spanish. Lucy also revealed that she was born on
August 6th. She refused to give the year. We also learn that Fred Mertz's mother
lives in Indiana.
Biscuit, The - High school nickname of John Cage (Peter MacNicol), the
eccentric senior partner in Cage/Fish & Associates on the legal dramedy ALLY
McBEAL/FOX/1997-2002. John's fellow students "poked and prodded" him because he
bore a resemblance to the Pillsbury Dough Boy. The lawyers in his firm also
called John "The Biscuit" or "The Little Biscuit." When John gets upset or
nervous his voice trails up, his lip twitches and he makes funny noises through
his nose. See also - FROGS:
Black Falcon, The - Alias of Prince Baccarratti (Bela Kovacs), an evil
genius from Planet X who battled Commander Buzz Corry (Ed Kemmer) on the
children's sci-fi series SPACE PATROL/ABC/1951-52. The Black Falcon was fond of
transporting the Space Patrollers to Earth's past leaving them to face death
from wild Indians or atomic bomb explosions. Other villains to challenge Buzz
were Mr. Proteus (Marvin Miller), Captain Dagger (Glenn Strange), Raymo (Larry
Dobkin), the Wild Men of Procyon, and a mechanical man called Five.
Black Widow, The - On episode No.89/90 (aired 3/15/67 & 3/16/67) of the
fantasy series BATMAN/ABC/1966-68, veteran movie actress Tallulah Bankhead
starred as Mrs. Max Black, widow (a.k.a. "The Black Widow"), a criminal who
arrived in Gotham City to commit a series of bank robberies using a paralyzing
spray derived from spider venom. She caught crime fighters Batman and the Boy
Wonder in a giant spider web filled with two giant black widow spiders. Black
Widow was also the nickname of Pauline Spencer (Ruta Lee), a beautiful woman
living in the Dunes Retirement Resort in Arizona on the sitcom COMING OF
AGE/CBS/1988-89. She earned the title for having married and then lost (through
death) many husbands. See also - AUTOMOBILES:" The Widow Maker"
Blackie See -"Negro"
Bleedin' Gums Murphy See -MUSIC
& MUSICIANS - Solo Performers
Blips See - "Mundanes"
Blond Blintz - Radio/CB call sign adopted by police detective Ken
Hutchinson (David Soul) on the police drama STARSKY AND HUTCH/ABC/1975-79. His
partner Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) CB handle was the "Puce Goose." Both
drove in a 1974 red and white Ford Torino. Their police mobile radio code was
Blowfish - Street name of detective Sal "Blowfish" Banducci (Sal Jenco)
who appeared during the 1988-90 seasons of the detective drama 21 JUMP
Blue Light - Code name of a secret group of eighteen WWII Allied
counterspies working to infiltrate Germany's "Third Reich" on the spy drama BLUE
LIGHT/ABC/1966. David March (Robert Goulet), the group's lone survivor (17
killed by German counterintelligence), continued his mission of passing along
vital secrets to the Allies, while posing as a foreign correspondent who had
renounced his allegiance to America. The series was filmed in Germany and other
Blues Brothers, The See - MUSIC & MUSICIANS - Vocal
Groups (Pop & Rock)
Bombastic Bushkin - Real-life investment broker of Johnny Carson who was
routinely lampooned on NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW during the 1970s and 1980s.
According to Carson's comic monologues, some of Bushkin's (alleged) investment
strategies included, a Club Med in Beirut, tattoo parlor in the Vatican and a
doggie-bag factory in Bangladesh. Mr. Bushkin met Carson in the 1960s and
followed him to Los Angeles in the early 1970s when THE TONIGHT SHOW moved from
New York to Burbank, California. However, Bushkin had a falling out with Johnny
Carson in the 1980s over some bad investments including a $500,000 investment in
the DeLorean Automobile Corporation (which went bankrupt) and they soon went
their separate ways.
Bon Bon - Nickname that California Highway Patrol Officer Frank "Ponch"
Poncherello (Erik Estrada) gave fellow Officer Bonnie Clark (Randi Oakes), a
member of the Deaf Liaison program on the police drama CHIPS/NBC/1977-83.
Boner - The nickname of Richard Stabone (Josh Andrew Koenig), the best
friend of psychiatrist's son Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) on the sitcom GROWING
PAINS/ABC/1985-92. Boner's character was fun-loving but awkward. He was very
fond of the Seaver family especially Mike's sister Carol (Tracey Gold) on whom
he had a crush. When Mike Seaver first met Richard at the school bus stop as a
child he dubbed him "Boner" (distilled from Stabone). Upon hearing his new name
Richard objected saying "But all the name tags in my underwear say "Dicky." When
Richard graduated his diploma read "Boner Stabone." His friend Mike quipped "You
got Boner on your Diploma?" "Yeah," said Richard, "It cost extra." Soon after
leaving high school, Boner joined the Marines and effectively left the series.
Bones - A term used affectionately by Captain James T. Kirk (William
Shatner) when addressing his starship's senior surgeon, Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest
Kelley) on the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69. The nickname was short for
"sawbones," a traditional title for a doctor who up to the 19th century was
noted for "sawing" off limbs.
Bones(2) - Comedy writer Robert Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) from the sitcom
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66 was also nicknamed "Bones" during his hitch
in the US Army. Bones was also what Mary Richard's (Mary Tyler Moore) parents
called their daughter on the sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW/CBS/1970-77. See
also - "Stringbean"
Bones(3) - On the crime drama BONES/FOX/2005+ Emily Deschanel plays
Temperance Brennan, a headstrong forensic anthropologist and part-time crime
novelist based in the Washington DC area. Because Temperance works with skeletal
remains, she earned the unwanted nickname "Bones" which she hates ("Don't call
me Bones!") She also dislikes being called "Squints" - a moniker given to brainy
researchers (science geeks) by the FBI Agents. whom Temperance collaborates with
during criminal investigations.
Bonny Maid, The - Eighteen year old actress Anne Francis appeared as the
Bonny Maid, the commercial spokesperson (1949-50) for Bonny Maid floor cover
products on the variety program VERSATILE VARIETIES/NBC/CBS/ABC/1949-51. Miss
Francis was assisted by two other Bonny Maids and a team called "Wear & Tear."
In 1965, Anne Francis starred in the detective drama HONEY WEST/ABC/1965-66
where she portrayed Honey West, a sexy, karate chopping private eye (TVs first
Booty - The personal nickname of actress Holly Robinson Peete given to
her by husband Rodney Peete. When asked "What does the name mean?" Holly just
says "I don't want to expand on it." Her nickname was revealed on a 1997
Valentine's Day "Girlfriends" segment of the syndicated talk show THE OPRAH
WINFREY SHOW/SYN/1986+. Holly Robinson Peete was the costar of the police drama
21 JUMP STREET/FOX/SYN/1987-91 and the sitcom HANGIN' WITH MR.
COOPER/ABC/1992-97 Holly and her singer girlfriend Terry Ellis (from the female
singing group En Vogue) nicknamed each other Stupid and Dumb. "I'm Stupid. She's
Dumb. She's Stupid. I'm Dumb," they laughingly interjected.
Born Again Virgins See -
Boston Blackie - Private eye on the detective drama BOSTON BLACKIE/SYN/1951-53.
Boston Blackie (Kent Taylor) was a reformed criminal-turned-private eye living
in Los Angeles. His credo: "Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to
those who have no friend." Blackie's TV sidekick was Mary Wesley (Lois Collier).
Their dog was called Whitey. The character was based on the writings of Jack
Boyle whose early stories ran in Cosmopolitan and Redbook magazines at the
Boy Wonder, The - Robin, the Boy Wonder (Burt Ward) was the crime
fighting partner of Batman on the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. When not
fighting crime, The Boy Wonder returned to his role of teenage ward Dick
Grayson, an orphan under the care of millionaire Bruce Wayne (Adam West) a.k.a.
"Batman." Dick's parents (a high-wire circus act billed as "The Flying Graysons")
were killed my mobster Bess Zucco. Batman & Robin were based on the comic-strip
characters created by Bob Kane in the 1940s. Robin debuted in Detective Comics
No.38, June 1940.
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