|“||"What's a giant eye going to do, pick you up and wink you to death?"||”|
- Main article: The Crawling Eye (film)
A Swiss village in the Alps is terrorized by giant eyes from outer space.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel explains the show and demonstrates the Electric Bagpipes. The Mad Scientists are introduced. Dr. Forrester injects Dr. Erhardt with an antiperspirant developed from dogs. It has some unexpected side effects.
Segment Two: Joel explains to the bots why it's a big deal for a human to lose a head.
Segment Three: Gypsy uncoils herself.
Segment Four: The bots are more horrified by Forrest Tucker than the giant eye. Joel explains why giant eyes are scary.
Ending Segment: Joel makes RAM chips, and will give the bots one only if they can tell him a good thing and a bad thing about the movie. Gypsy, of course, didn't see the movie, so Joel asks her what 2+2 equals. Gypsy answers Richard Basehart, but Joel gives her the whole bowl of RAM chips anyway because she answered.
- "Come in Joley Poley Pudding 'n' Pie."
Dr. Forester's nickname for Joel this episode is a reference to The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding a children's book that was originally published in 1908.
- The songs that Joel plays on his electric bagpipe are "Amazing Grace" (one of the most well known English hymns written by poet John Newton, first published in 1779) and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", released as a single in May 1969. It was the first track on their second album Led Zeppelin II, released in October '69.
- "Sail on silver bird!"
- "The serum rushes through the bloodstream like a Porsche Targa 911.."
The Porsche 911 was first manufactured by the Porsche motor vehicle company in 1963. Variations of the model have been made throughout the years to present.
- "Someday you'll be ready for the Nobel Prize." "Maybe for fiction."
The Nobel Prize is an annual international award that gives recognition to various fields in scientific and cultural fields. It was first awarded in 1901 and named after Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.
- "I had to clean a Flubber spill once there."
- "... And worst of all it stars Forrest Tucker."
- "This must be a Paramount Picture."
- "It's a bad Cary Grant up there isn't it?"
- "Oh, he got that hat from Mike Nesmith."
- "Oh Forrest Tucker, he's from F-Troop!"
F-Troop was a sitcom that aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967. It followed the misadventures of the soldiers at Fort Courage, Kansas during the days of the American Frontier. Forrest Tucker played the role of Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke.
- "Duncan Sutherland. Duncan... What a yo-yo!"
The Duncan Toys Company founded in 1929 is best known for their line of yo-yos.
- "Lets see... Gemini, you'll be attracted to a crawling eye. Leo figures prominently."
- "I am mount Svengali... you will do as I say."
Svengali is a fictional character featured in George du Maurier's 1895 novel Trilby. The character was a hypnotist.
- "You're Sergeant O'Rourke from F-Troop."
One of the many references in this episode pertaining to Tucker's role in F-Troop.
- "It's red dye number 7."
Tom is likely referencing Amaranth aka Red Dye #5, a dye that is used in food products and cosmetics. There is no such thing as Red Dye #7.
- "We're going to Geneva." "That's a big convention town isn't it?"
The Geneva Conventions were treaties and protocols that established international law for the humanitarian treatment of war. Originally set out by the United Nations in 1949 following the end of World War II.
- "It's Mister Haney!"
- "I bet she could eat corn through a picket fence."
An insult dating back to the days of the American Frontier, usually referring to someone who has buck teeth. Crow says this about actress Jennifer Jayne (1931-2006) who plays the role of psychic Sarah Pilgrim.
- "Was he on F-Troop?"
Another Forrest Tucker F-Troop reference.
- "Who's the tomato?"
In this context, "tomato" is a slang term referring to a beautiful young woman. It was commonly used in the 1920s.
- "It was a trick knot."
Trick knots are used in magic tricks, jokes and puzzles. They appear to be stable knots but can become undone easily.
- "Look, the all-weather channel."
The Weather Channel was founded in 1982. It is an all weather network that provides regional and global weather forecasts as well as weather related programming.
- "I figured it would have a Julie Andrews quality."
- "You mean like Edna St. Vincent Millay?" "What a body!"
- "What about head games?" "And head trips." "And what about head cheese?"
Head Games is a euphemism referring to deluding someone or attempting to disrupt their connection to reality. Head Trips is a euphemism for being high. Head Cheese is a European cold cut made out of the head of cow, pig, or sheep.
- "Hey it's F-Troop. *whistling*"
Another F-Troop reference. This time Joel also whistles the theme song.
- "Meanwhile, back at Daniel Boone's house..."
Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a frontiersman during the days of the American Frontier. His travels and exploits has made him a folk hero in American culture.
- "I'll call Weight Watchers."
Rosebud was the sled owned by Charles Foster Kane in the 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. In the film, Kane says "Rosebud" just before dying. He then drops a snow globe to the ground, not unlike the one seen in this scene of The Crawling Eye.
- "It was a bizarre dream and you were all there. Fannie Flagg, and Groucho and Carl Sagan and it was a Dick Cavett PBS special."
Joel is referencing the final scene of the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz where the character Dorothy Gale (played by Judy Garland) woke up to find her family gathered all around her. Fannie Flagg, born Patricia Neal, is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known for her long-running appearances on the TV show Match Game from 1973 to 1982, and her 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Groucho Marx (1890-1977) was an American comedian and actor. He was known for performing with his brothers, and later for hosting the comic game show You Bet Your Life. Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. Dick Cavett is an American talk-show host. He had his own show on the Public Broadcast Service from 1977 to 1982. He often made reference to his friendship with Groucho Marx.
- "He prescribed those for Elvis."
Behind the scenes
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- J. Elvis Weinstein - Tom Servo / Dr. Laurence Erhardt
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- The Shout! Factory DVD & digital release of this episode lacks added sound effects on the first host segment, including Dr Erhardt playing music on the organ and the Movie Sign klaxon.
As with most of the riffed movies, The Crawling Eye was altered to fit the television format and had many scenes cut or trimmed to reduce the overall film length to fit within the desired time-slot. Footage cut from this film includes:
- A scene in which Crevett discusses Anne's visions with Sarah and encourages her to take Anne and leave. During the scene, Alan notices Phillip eavesdropping from the top of the stairs.
- The lab calling Crevett to inform him that the cloud has moved to the hut where Dewhurst and Brett are staying.
- The first shot of Dewhurst's headless body being pulled from under the bed, leaving a trail of blood.
- A scene revealing that the phone line to the hut had been severed, with Alan explaining it could be due to extreme cold. This is referred to later in the film when the phone lines in the village are also cut, and again in the lab when Alan determines that the creatures need the cold to survive.
- The scene in which Anne sneaks out of the hotel heading for the cloud.
- A scene where Alan and Crevett tell Phillip about a psychic in the Andes being killed by a zombified man during the past incident, explaining why Brett and Hans try to kill Anne in a similar fashion.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout! Factory in March 2010 as part of Volume XVII, a 4-disc set along with The Beatniks, The Final Sacrifice, and Blood Waters of Dr. Z. The set has been out of print since 2017. The episode was subsequently reissued in September 2018 as part of The Lost and Found Collection.
- The DVD in both sets includes an introduction by Joel Hodgson and a theatrical trailer.
- Digitally available through Shout's official Youtube channel (with annotations), Shoutfactorytv.com, Youtube, Amazon Instant Video, RiffTrax, iTunes, Vudu, and VHX.
|preceded by: Season K||MST3K Season 1||followed by: Season 2|
|1989 - 1990|
|101||The Crawling Eye||1989-11-28||106||The Crawling Hand||1989-12-26||111||Moon Zero Two||1990-01-30|
|102||The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy||1989-12-05||107||Robot Monster||1990-01-02||112||Untamed Youth||1990-02-06|
|103||The Mad Monster||1989-12-12||108||The Slime People||1990-01-09||113||The Black Scorpion||1990-02-13|
|104||Women of the Prehistoric Planet||1990-02-20||109||Project Moon Base||1990-01-16|
|105||The Corpse Vanishes||1989-12-19||110||Robot Holocaust||1990-01-23|