LUKE: Doesn’t even resemble clever [Kirk’s heckling].
KIRK: I’m dumbing it down for you, Alfalfa.

Alfalfa was a character from the Hal Roach’s Rascals short comedy films, made from 1922 to 1944, popularly known as the Our Gang films, after the first short in the series. The stories are about a group of poor children, and their adventures around their neighbourhood. The films were notable for showing children acting naturally, and ground-beaking for showing black and white children playing together as equals.

Alfalfa, played by Carl Switzer, was one of the most popular characters from the 1935-1940 era, eventually going from sidekick to lead character. His romance with a cute spunky little girl named Darla, played by Darla Hood, was an an ongoing source of comedy in the films. Kirk may identify Luke with Alfalfa because of his obvious romantic interest in Lorelai.

Packaged as The Little Rascals, the shorts were syndicated to television in the 1950s, shown on cable in the 1980s, and from 2001-2003 were on the American Movie Classics network. During the 1980s, The Little Rascals became an animated television show that was part of the Saturday morning cartoon line-up with Julie McWhirter voicing Alfalfa.

In 1994, a feature film of The Little Rascals was released, directed by Penelope Spheeris, and with Bug Hall in the role of Alfalfa Switzer. The movie has a heavy focus on Alfalfa’s romance with Darla (Brittany Ashton Holmes).

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