Movie in the hole!
  — Ardy's catchphrase

Ardy is a worker at the Moon 13 research base who is responsible for sending the movie to Jonah and the Bots. He is located in Moon 14, which is a level below Moon 13. He has a dog named Bonesy, who is gifted with the power of speech.

Behind the scenes

  • Ardy is played by series creator Joel Hodgson, marking only the second character he portrayed on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • His catchphrase "Movie in the hole!" is a take on the old phrase "Fire in the hole", a warning that an explosive detonation in a confined space is imminent, comically warning the audience how bad the week's experiment will be. (Sadly for Jonah, They all have the same warning.)
  • Ardy pronounces his name phonetically ("R.D."), a reference to "Research & Development", which is a crucial part of any scientific research.
  • Using forced perspective, Ardy is made to look much further away from the tank, as shown in relation to the size of the utility truck parked next to the tank. (See


The Mads
Principal Dr. Clayton ForresterDr. Laurence ErhardtTV's FrankPearl ForresterProfessor BoboBrain GuyKinga ForresterMaxMega-Synthia
Secondary Gerry and SylviaDr. PeanutThe ObserversSynthiaArdySkeleton CrewDr. Donna St. PhibesBonesy
Mirror Universe Mike NelsonCrow T. RobotTom ServoGypsy
Locations Gizmonic InstituteDeep 13Deep ApeThe WidowmakerAncient RomeCastle ForresterMoon 13