WARNING: Spoilers ahead for “No”
Jordan Peele had a twisted treat for those who saw his new movie ‘Nope’ this weekend: the intro to Ricky’s infamous sitcom ‘Skirt’ Park “Gordy’s House!”
In “No”, Steven Yeun portrays Ricky as an adult, running the Santa Clarita amusement park, Jupiter’s Claim, in an effort to capitalize on his fame as a child star of the 90s. Ricky starred in “Gordy’s Home!” a sitcom about a chimpanzee who lives with a family of humans. The show was a hit and was renewed for a second season, but came to a gruesome end after a burst balloon startled one of the chimps playing Gordy during a birthday episode, causing him to savagely attack. the cast, disfiguring Ricky’s co-star.
The grisly flashbacks of the attack on set may not seem to be related to the plot of “No” with its alien attacks around Jupiter’s Claim and the nearby horse ranch where OJ and Emerald Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer ) attempt to get images. of the creature, but “Gordy’s Home!” and its demise are key to the film’s themes of how Hollywood and human society as a whole can degrade both humans and nature in their thirst for spectacle.
The sitcom’s intro even references the harrowing flashback scene where a young Ricky hides under a table on set to avoid the chimp’s savage rampage. The last shot of the intro with boy punching Gordy would seem innocuous but ends up being a key memory for Ricky during the events of “No”.
“No” is now in theaters.