- Jonah, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot, whenever someone says "Speak!"

The Loves of Hercules is the 8th episode of the eleventh season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 205th episode overall. It premiered on April 14, 2017.

The Movie[]

Main article: The Loves of Hercules (film)

Hercules' wife is killed by a scheming villain. Hercules then finds himself torn between the virtuous queen that the villain seeks to replace and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Jonah and the Bots are binge watching the 1990s sitcom Wings. Crow is mildly confused.

Segment One: The Invention Exchange. Tom presents the Fried Turkey Dunk Tank for some Thanksgiving fun, but Jonah finds the way it anthropomorphizes the turkey to be unsettling. Kinga shows off the Mexican Bean Bag Chair, but Max kills the moth larvae by cooking the beans in the microwave and renders the invention useless.

Segment Two: The Bots recreate Hercules' axe-throwing performance by strapping Jonah to a wooden board and launching unpleasant objects at him as punishment for his crimes, such as having an unfair advantage over them when playing Jenga, badly impersonating singer Tom Jones, and not wanting cold noodles to be launched at him.

Segment Three: Jonah works on his spacesuit some more while Tom and Crow debate the morality of monster-hunting.

Segment Four: Dressed as Grecian women, Jonah and the Bots are enjoying some gossip when a new robot named M. Waverly appears to join in the revelry with them. Crow and Tom take immediate offense at Jonah's attempt to introduce a hip new character and proceed to assault Waverly.

Segment Five: Everybody sings at the top of their lungs to echo the film's dramatic closing music. Kinga manages to bellow a "Push the Button" order to Max to end the show.

Stinger: The three-headed hydra nudges Hercules, who dramatically spins around until he collapses on the ground.


  • The Mexican Jumping Bean Bag Chair appeared in a previous invention exchange where it was likewise ruined.
  • In the prologue, Jonah is seen eating "Ram Chips". In the early seasons, Joel would give the Bots RAM Chips at the end of the movie for declaring one good and bad thing about the movie.

Obscure References[]

  • "...We just started the Amy Yasbeck years." "And she is NO Farrah Forke, that's for sure." "So when does Paul McCartney come in?"
Wings is a TV sitcom that ran on NBC from 1990 to 1997. Amy Yasbeck joined the cast in 1994. She replaced Farrah Forke, who had had a recurring role from 1992 to 1994. Fans of the show will sometimes argue over who was better (similar to the Joel vs. Mike debate). Longtime Wings cast member Crystal Bernard appeared in the first half of Experiment #324 Master Ninja II. "Wings" was also the name of the music group that Paul McCartney fronted after The Beatles broke up (hence Crow's confusion).
  • "It's Helena Bonham Carter!... Eh, more like Amy Sedaris."
Helena Bonham Carter is a British actress who is well-known to American audiences for her appearances in many films directed by Kenneth Branagh and Tim Burton (both to whom she has been romantically linked). She's traditionally attractive, but often plays eccentric or exotic-looking characters. Amy Sedaris is an American comic actress who starred on the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. She often plays awkward, unusual-looking characters.
  • "Russ Meyer presents Ferdinand the Bull as you've never seen him!"
Russ Meyer was an American filmmaker who was known for using voluptuous women in his movies. Ferdinand the Bull is the main character in a popular children's book (which was referenced in The Unearthly when two inmates tell the story to Lobo to distract him before an escape attempt). It is now also an animated feature film.
  • "Eat more chicken."
The slogan of the Chick-fil-A fast-food franchise, in which cows spread their badly-spelled message to "Eat Mor Chikin".
  • "So I wake up in the mornin' and I step outside, an' I take a deep breath an' I get real high, an' I scream from the top of my lungs 'what's goin' on?' And I say heey-yeah!"
Lyrics from the song "What's Up", sung by the band Four Non Blondes. It was used in a YouTube video set to footage from the 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe as a way of making fun of the perceived homoerotic character designs.
  • "What has become of him?" "He's livin' on the air in Cincinnati."
Quoting the theme song from the TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
  • "Herc's walkin' on sunshine, whoa-oh-ooh! And don't it feel Herc!"
Paraphrasing the song "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.
  • "Swipe left! Swipe left!"
On the dating app Tinder, swiping left means that the user does not want to meet or be matched with the person shown.
  • "Don't lie to me!" "Argentina!"
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is the signature song from the musical Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • "An all-new season of ABC's Wipeout! coming this spring!"
Wipeout is a game show that involves contestants traversing an elevated obstacle course. They lose if they fall into the water below them.
  • "It's the throne that I want! Ooo-hoo-hoo, honey..."
Sung to the tune of the song "You're the One That I Want" from the musical film Grease.
  • "911 IS a joke. Flavor Flavius was right."
The 1990 hip-hop song "911 Is a Joke" by the group Public Enemy criticizes the emergency response phone number for not serving poor and majority-black communities (though it targets paramedics more than police). Flavor Flav is the front man of the group and co-wrote the song.
  • "Are we on Endor now?" "Hey, Princess Leia! Speeder bike must be in the shop..."
The forest moon of Endor is a location in the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. While on Endor, the heroes (including Princess Leia Organa) encounter Imperial troops using speeder bikes for transportation.
  • "She gave me back the joy of life." "Oh, Paxil."
Paxil is a prescription anti-depressant.
  • "Which one of these has Nicolas Cage in it again?"
In the 2006 film The Wicker Man, Nicolas Cage's character is captured by a cult and placed in a man-shaped cage filled with bees as a human sacrifice.
  • "I'm getting too old for this crap!"
In the Lethal Weapon film franchise, aging police detective Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover) frequently complains "I'm getting too old for this sh*t..." when confronted with a situation that is frustrating or that requires strenuous physical activity.
  • "The screaming tree was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court. In a moment, the results of that trial."
On the police procedural TV show Dragnet, a similar phrase would announce to the the viewers that they would soon learn the fate of the criminals in the story they had just seen.
  • "Worst Burning Man ever."
Burning Man is a music and arts festival held in the Nevada desert. Its name is derived from the large human-shaped effigy that is erected and then burned at the festival's conclusion. It has a reputation for its attendees engaging in hedonistic behavior.
  • "Of course Paris Hilton there gets to ride in the cart. Figures..."
Paris Hilton is an heiress to the Hilton hotel chain fortune. She is also a well-known socialite, actor, and reality TV personality. Her public persona is shallow and spoiled, but she has sometimes claimed that she exaggerates these traits and is actually more grounded.
  • "They're storming the Shire!"
The Shire is the pastoral home of the Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien's tales of Middle-earth.
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean?"
In the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney theme parks, riders see animatronic figures of prisoners trying to escape from a small jail cell.
  • "Filmed on location inside a Castle Grayskull playset."
Castle Grayskull is an important location in the mythos of Masters of the Universe. The toy version has several play features, including multiple levels and a trap door.
  • "Mouse Trap: Hercules Edition."
Mouse Trap is a popular board game in which players construct an elaborate device to trap a mouse. Many older board games have released specially-themed editions in order to generate interest (i.e. Monopoly: Star Wars Edition).
  • "Geese and ducks and chicks better care-it. When I take you out in my charit. When I take you out in my charit with no fringe on top."
A paraphrase of the song "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from the musical Oklahoma!.
  • "Herc-lahoma, where the wind comes..."
Paraphrasing the theme song from the aforementioned Oklahoma!.
  • "Oh, it's the Edema Ruh."
A Romani-esque group in the fantasy book series The Kingkiller Chronicles. Its author Patrick Rothruss was a writer on this season.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

MST3K Crew[]

Main article: List of MST3K Crew#Season 11




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