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.

Ardy survives the destruction of Moon 13 and continues in his role at Moon 1.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Ardy is played by series creator Joel Hodgson, marking the second character he has 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.
  • Ardy pronounces his name phonetically ("R.D."), a reference to "Research & Development".
  • ArdyMoon1

    Ardy (far right) communicates with Moon 1

    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.


The Mads
Principal Dr. Clayton ForresterDr. Laurence ErhardtTV's FrankPearl ForresterProfessor BoboBrain GuyKinga ForresterMax
Secondary Gerry and SylviaDr. PeanutThe ObserversSynthia ForresterArdySkeleton CrewDr. Donna St. PhibesBonesyMega-SynthiaDr. KabahlM. WaverlyGrowler
Mirror Universe Mike NelsonCrow T. RobotTom ServoGypsy
Locations Gizmonic InstituteDeep 13Deep ApeThe WidowmakerObserver homeworldCamping PlanetAncient RomeCastle ForresterMoon 13Moon 1Deep Hurting