“I think somebody’s forgettin’ who’s holdin’ the pink slip, little lady!”

The Short



The film breaks

Despite being chased and shot at by Moon Men, Ted and Cody successfully transport the lunarium back to their rocket ship. They depart Earth with the Lunarium when...

At this point, the film "breaks" and the Commando Cody short ends.


  • This is the final part of Radar Men on the Moon to air on MST3K. Only 8.5 parts of the 12-part serial ultimately aired and were satirized on the show.

The Movie



In a post-apocalyptic future, the mysterious Neo travels the wasteland with his robot companion. He encounters the daughter of a scientist who has been captured by the Dark One (Doug Warren) and agrees to help her rescue him.

The Dark One, aided by Valaria, torments the scientist and therefore fails to notice an uprising of his Air Slaves. Neo and his new companions are joined by others and eventually defeat the Dark One. 



  • Robot Holocaust was filmed entirely in New York City; despite being set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, landmarks such as the Chrysler Building can be clearly seen in the background.
  • Like all the R-rated movies shown on the show, this film had to have a few scenes that included toplessness and violence trimmed for the airing.
  • Much of the music in Robot Holocaust was lifted from Laserblast, which would become an experiment in Season 7.
  • Released theatrically in Italy.

The Episode

Host Segments


Ski mask of the future

Prologue: Joel makes light of his situation with a blues song, and remarks that he can handle it because he's a "hu-man".

Invention Exchange:

Joel - 'Nitro Burning Funny Pipe'

Mads - Ski mask of the future with articulated eyebrows

Segment Two: Crow and Tom pretend they’re in the “We Zone” and they order Joel to do tricks

Segment Three: Cambot’s sitcom simulator malfunctions, resulting in random bursts from his laugh track

Segment Four: Joel and the bots pretend to be characters from the movie. Tom is totally into it, but Crow and Joel aren’t

Ending Segment: Joel invites viewers to send in name ideas for the avocado scientist guy in the movie, and they read a letter


  • Due to the rights issues with Women of the Prehistoric Planet, this is the first color film in the national show. This follows on a joke from the letters column in the previous episode that stated they hadn't done any color movies up to that point, thus everyone's excitement when the MADs announce this movie was in color.
  • The "We Zone" sketch refers to the "She Zone" scene in the movie, which had not occurred in the movie when this sketch occurs in the episode.


Obscure References

  • "She studied under Buckwheat, I guess."
Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas was an African-American member of the "Our Gang" shorts of the 1930s and 1940s. He spoke with a similar disregard for certain consonants. Eddie Murphy homaged him in early seasons of Saturday Night Live.
  • "She looks like the new Lily Munster."
Lily Munster is a vampiric character on the 1960s TV sitcom "The Munsters". She had long black hair with lighter streaks in it, and heavy eye make-up. In 1988, the show was revived as "The Munsters Today" with Lee Meriwether as Lily.
  • "In this compartment of my ring I fill with a proton super energy pill." "Thank you, Shoeshine. You're humble and skeletal."
Underdog is a cartoon superhero who often speaks in rhyming couplets. His alter ego, Shoeshine Boy, was described as humble and lovable. Underdog would sometimes use a "Super Energy Pill" when his powers were depleted. Proton Energy Pills, however, were the power source of Roger Ramjet, a different animated hero. Joel seems to be combining them.
  • "My favorite food? Cherry Pez, no question about it."
This is a line from the movie Stand by Me, when the kids are sitting around the campfire talking.
  • "Hey, it says, 'Basement to the Alamo'."
A reference to Pee-wee's Big Adventure; Pee-wee is told by a fortune teller he will find his bicycle in the basement of the Alamo, but when he gets there, he finds out the Alamo doesn't have a basement (which is accurate).
  • "Woo-hoo, Cleveland!  Rock and roll!  Let's do it!"
Said multiple times, this is a line from This is Spinal Tap, when the band is wandering around in the service corridors of a stadium, unable to find the stage.
  • "Wouldn't it be funny of they ran into master carpenter Norm Abramson? "Now, what we're doin' here, Bob, is we got this robot problem..."
Norm Abram (not "Abramson") is a well-known carpenter, woodworker, and builder who was a long-time feature of the home-renovation TV shows "This Old House" (with Bob Vila) and "The New Yankee Workshop".

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