I'm not forgetting YOU, Danny from the last movie...
- Jonah, acknowledging the reappearance of Steve Franken

Avalanche is the 4th episode of the eleventh season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 201st episode overall. It premiered on April 14, 2017.

The Movie[]

Main article: Avalanche (film)

An ambitious land developer ignores safety warnings about his new ski resort and chalet, causing an avalanche. After the avalanche is over, peril plagues the survivors.


  • There is brief female nudity in one scene, which Tom and Crow censor by playing with remote air drones in the theater to obscure the actress' private parts.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Crow and Tom work through their series idea "Mad Bots", a spoof of Mad Men.

Segment One: Jonah does have notes for their idea. Kinga and Max are interrupted by Ardy down in Moon 14, where the video liquids are held. For the Invention Exchange, the 'bots create the Mouth Vacuum, a vacuum cleaner that runs on sucking power from your mouth, negating the need for electricity. It doesn't really work out well for Jonah, as he spits up all of the trash that he vacuums with the Mouth Vacuum. The Mads introduce The Don La Font-aine 3000, which takes any phrase and changes it to a movie title with a corresponding font.

Segment Two: Crow and Tom profess their admiration for actor Rock Hudson's "girl-capturing" abilities, dressing up as his character. Jonah's attempt to talk about 1970s light fixtures is stopped by their hero worship, only for Jonah to tell them that they're worshiping the wrong person.

Segment Three: While Jonah and the Bots are playing Marco Polo, Kinga prepares to meet with her internet boyfriend, magician Neville LaRoy (played by Neil Patrick Harris). After singing "Our Love Is on Wings (You Can't See)", Kinga suggests they meet in person, but he turns her down because he loves her “too much to do that.”

Segment Four: Jonah and the Bots decide to claim various monster/disaster movie names to stop the flow of bad monster movies spawned by Sharknado. Kinga and Max attempt to claim some with Kinga angry that her tech had been hacked.

Segment Five: Gypsy sings "Aloha", a medley of various snow-themed lounge songs, wowing everyone.

Stinger: The police officer wrecks his car, destroying the store front and striking a pedestrian.

Obscure References[]

  • The Don La-Font-aine 3000
The name of The Mads' invention is inspired by Don LaFontaine (1940-2008), a long-time voice-over artist who provided the narration for many, many movie trailers.
  • "Rock Hudson - Down... Down..."
A paraphrase of the song "Rock Lobster" by the musical group The B52s.
  • "Mia Farrow, oh boy, I hope Ol' Blue Eyes doesn't catch her with Rock Hudson or it's lights out for these two ring-a-ding-dings."
Tom is mimicking the vocal style of Frank Sinatra (whose nickname was "Ol' Blue Eyes"), who had been a romantic partner of Mia Farrow. Sinatra was notoriously jealous, and often showed up on the sets of movies she was making to make sure she was staying faithful to him.
  • "Somewhere in these mountains, Roman Polanski is hiding from extradition."
Roman Polanski fled the United States in 1977 to avoid prosecution on charges that he had drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. He has never returned.
  • "Mia Farrow as Mike Nesmith."
Mike Nesmith was one of the original members of the rock band The Monkees. His signature look on the Monkees' TV show included a wool hat that he wore frequently, regardless of the climate.
  • "Go that way, really fast -- and if something gets in your way, turn!"
Jonah is quoting the 1980s teen/ski movie Better Off Dead.
  • "Feels like I'm wearin' nothing at all! Nothing at all! Nothing at all..."
A reference from the tenth season episode of The Simpsons "Little Big Mom", specifically to Ned Flanders talking about his skintight skiing outfit.
  • "Dance your cares away! (clap clap) Worries for another day! Let the music play! (clap clap) Down in Avalanche!"
A slight re-wording of the theme song to the 1980s HBO television series Fraggle Rock, produced by the Jim Henson Company. The opening credits begin with a long tracking shot of the camera following the Fraggle character Gobo into Fraggle Rock.
  • "It's Log, it's Log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood! It's Log, it's Log, it's better than bad, it's good!"
A jingle that plays in a commercial for a fictional toy "Log" which sometimes appears between segments during the first two seasons of The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • "Dear TripAdvisor..."
A reference to the website, where people post reviews of hotels and resorts where they stayed, which often can be fairly nit-picky.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

The Skeleton Crew

Guest Cast

MST3K Crew[]

Main article: List of MST3K Crew#Season 11




Video Releases[]