ANNOUNCER: The Fantastic Four, starring Reed Richards, [sp?] Sue Richards [sp?], Johnny Storm [sp?], Ben Grimm-- [SIREN-LIKE SOUNDS] Reed Richards with his power to stretch! The Thing with the strength of a thousand men! Johnny! Flame on, Torch! And Sue, the invisible girl! The Fantastic Four -- united in their fight against interplanetary evil. [BOILING CAULDRON SOUNDS] Fantastic! [EXPLOSIONS]
ANNOUNCER:As Galacticas hatches a plot to enslave the universe, Ben Grimm, The Thing, stirs from his slumber. He can feel the force of evil vibrating in his granite musculature. And he is getting a message -- from far away.
JEWISH MOTHER: Benny? Benjamin! It's your mother.
BEN GRIMM, THE THING: Impossible! You died when I was a child! I was raised by Uncle Jake and Aunt Petunia!
JEWISH MOTHER: Excuse me. You took a rocket into deep space and got yourself transformed by cosmic radiation into a fakakta [sp?] metamorphic mesomorph, and you don't think your own mother can talk to you from beyond?! And by the way, you look a little jaundiced. Have you been eating leafy vegetables?
BEN GRIMM, THE THING: Ma, I'm a mutant. I'm orange.
JEWISH MOTHER: Listen to the big shot talk to his mother. Mr. Superhero with a shiksa [sp?] girlfriend. To the Mole Man you wouldn't talk this tone. Or Dr. Doom! Who, by the way, has made something of himself. I always told you, podiatry! It's a gold mine.
BEN GRIMM, THE THING: Mmmom-- I gotta go. Galacticus is wreaking havoc on the universe, and it's-- clobbering time!
JEWISH MOTHER: All right, doll. Bundle up! [SUPERHERO BAD GUY CLOBBERING MUSIC]
BOB GARFIELD: That's it for this week's show. On the Media was produced by Janeen Price and Katya Rogers with Sean Landis and Megan Ryan; engineered by Dylan Keefe, Rob Weisberg and George Edwards, and edited-- by Brooke. We had help from Rex Doane and Dan Bobkoff. Our webmaster is Amy Pearl.
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