"It was about that time the Duke boys decided they'd show ol' Boss Hogg just what sidehackin' was all about."
- Crow

The Movie[]

Main article: The Side Hackers (film)

A racer in the motorcycle sport called "sidehacking" goes on a rampage of vengeance when his fiancée is raped and murdered.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


Jerry (R) and Sylvia (L) get the Mads ready

Prologue: It's cleaning day aboard the Satellite of Love, and the Bots are being naughty.

Invention Exchange: The Bots promise to behave, so that they can stay up, for the movie (for some reason). Joel exposes a Slinky to radiation and ultraviolet light and creates Gretchen the Pet Slinky. Dr. Forrester creates a Slinky Body so he can be in two places at once. Joel criticizes the Mads for stealing his ideas again.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots sing the "Sidehacking Song".


The SOL crew sing "Only Love Pads the Film"

Segment Three: The SOL crew wonder where the sidehacking went, and come up with their own color commentary for it.

Segment Four: Everyone has Rommel hats, and JC and Gooch from the planet Fivethehardway drop by the SOL and decide to get Rommel.

Segment Five: The crew sings the stirring "Only Love Pads the Film", which is sad enough to nearly force Frank to land the SOL until Forrester says otherwise. After reading letters, Forrester decides Frank will push the button instead.


Obscure References[]

  • "And the rest!"
Crow quotes a lyric from the first season version of the Gilligan's Island theme song; where Mary Ann and the Professor were simply referred to as "and the rest". The lyrics were later altered to refer to them by name.
  • "Hey! It's Hunter S. Thompson! I didn't know sidehacking was so GONZO!"
Referring to the American journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson, whose writing style was known as "Gonzo journalism ". In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson was sent to cover the Mint 400; which is an off-road desert race somewhat similar to sidehacking.
  • "Jim Hutton"
One of the spectators is wearing a bucket hat similar to that worn by actor Jim Hutton in his role as detective Ellery Queen.
  • "... and bringing up the rear, Beetle Bomb."
From a comedy song by Spike Jones and his orchestra about a horse race. It's a version of the William Tell Overture where Beetle Bomb is in last place early on, but ends up winning. Vocals were performed by Doodles Weaver.
  • "Rommel, you magnificent son of a bitch, I read your book!"
A paraphrase of famous line - originally "you magnificent bastard" - uttered by George C. Scott in the film Patton. Scott, as General George S. Patton, says this line during a battle against Nazi General F.M. Erwin Rommel, whose classic book on military tactics - Infantry Attacks - Patton had indeed read.
  • They took my thumb, Charlie!"
Tom quotes Eric Roberts as the gambler Paulie from The Pope of Greenwich Village.
  • "Thwow him to the gwound, Centuwion."
Crow quotes an instruction from Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate in the film Monty Python's Life of Brian, using the same speech impediment Palin used for the character.
  • "Oh, momma!"
Joel imitates Steve Martin as the sadistic greaser Orin Scrivello, DDS, from the film version of the musical Little Shop of Horrors.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

MST3K Crew[]


  • When the Brains first sat down and watched this movie for their writing sessions, they were shocked to discover a graphic scene of Rommel's fiancee being raped and murdered, triggered as a flashback for Rommel from seeing Luke and Lois' children playfully roughhousing. They edited the scene out of the episode, and decided from then on to always watch movies in their entirety before deciding whether or not to air them. In order to make up for the plot holes this creates in the film, Crow simply points out "For those of you playing at home, Rita is dead." The role of screening the movies they were considering fell to Frank Conniff. He stated that he got the job because he was the only member of the Best Brains crew at that point that wasn't already doing multiple jobs for the show.[1]
  • This episode features a rare piece of comedy from Cambot when he puts an ESPN-style scoreboard up during the movie.
  • This episode is the origin of the often repeated "Chili peppers burn my gut!" callback.
  • In Host Segment Four, J.C.'s reference to the planet Fivethehardway is inspired by the film's alternate title (which remains the title of the opening song).
  • This episode follows the previous in the SOL crew complaining about the show having two straight movies with down-beat endings.


Movie Edits[]

As with most of the riffed films, The Side Hackers was altered by having several scenes trimmed in order to fit within the desired time-slot. Notable changes to this film included:

  • The audio was briefly muted to omit J.C.'s use of a racial slur towards Nero. This is covered up by Joel and the bots shouting angrily at J.C.
  • The flashback sequence depicting Rita's rape and murder was removed, as was the scene where Rommel discovers her half-naked body upon regaining consciousness.
  • Scenes of Cooch joining Rommel's gang and all of them discussing how they're going to attack J.C. were cut. This includes Rommel establishing the "no guns" policy after Crapout suggests mounting a machine gun to a motorcycle.
  • When J.C. shoots Cooch, the bloody footage of him being shot multiple times was removed.


Video releases[]