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- Main article: Wild Rebels (film)
A former stock car racer is recruited by the police to infiltrate an outlaw biker gang.
Invention Exchange: Gypsy finishes her talk with Joel so he can breathe again, but he's a little out of it from the lack of oxygen. The Mads demonstrate their Hobby Hogs for children who look up to bikers. Joel creates 3-D Pizza, based on 3-D chess from Star Trek.
Segment Two: Joel and the Bots talk about the intellectuals who rode motorcycles and started gangs. The Algonquin Round Table was known as Satan's Sardonics.
Segment Three: The SOL crew makes a commercial for Wild Rebels cereal.
Segment Five: Joel is surprisingly chipper after the movie's dour ending. He cheers the Bots up by helping them make more fun of the movie, resulting in a party. The Mads are confused until Frank figures it out.
- "What's the extra E for?" -Joel, after William Grefe's name comes up in the credits. "The extra E is for extra--" "Uh-mm, ixnay!"
- There was an infamous TV ad campaign on New York City cable during the 1980s for a phone sex line featuring "watersports". The number was 970-PEEE; their slogan was "The extra 'E' is for extra PEE!"
- "Silly rabbi. Kicks are for Trids!"
- This phrase is the punchline to an old joke. There are a few different versions, all of which lead to a variation of the Trix cereal advertising slogan "Silly rabbit. Trix are for kids!"
- "Why don't you let the shotgun sing a song?"
- Paraphrases a lyric from the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who.
- "They gotta go past the LaBianca place."
- Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their house by Charles Manson and his "family" on the second night of their infamous killing spree.
- "We're booking you for impersonating Trini Lopez."
- Trini Lopez is a singer and guitarist; Rod vaguely resembles him.
- "It's Joe Namath!"
- A famous commercial starring Joe Namath starts with a slow pan up his legs.
- "What's this? Zack Norman is Sammy in Chief Zabu?"
- A reference to a long-running ad in Variety.
- "Very interesting." "Hogan!"
- Refers to two 1960s-era shows featuring characters in a Nazi helmet: Laugh-In and Hogan's Heroes (though Colonel Klink, the character whose catchphrase was "Hogan!", did not wear a helmet).
Behind the scenes
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- Tom Servo’s regular head returns. No explanation is given.
- This episode is very Gypsy-centric, partly being Joel wanted to give her character more depth, as she came off as a useless sometimes even buffoonish type. Her being in control if the higher functions of the ship gave her more purpose and also made the series less of "a boy's club".
- Doctor Forrester's motorcycle helmet is topped with the skull from a Masters of the Universe "Battle Bones" toy, still painted orange from when it was previously part of a Demon Dog.
- Joel twice calls the theater the “Mystery Science Theater” – the first and last time he would do that.
- Gypsy’s second appearance in the theater; about ten minutes into the movie when somebody mentions “Voyage to the Bottom of Sea”.
- This episode was ranked #100 among backers of the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter in the Top 100 Poll.
- “The driver is either missing or he’s gone.” (The Phantom Creeps)
- “How fortunate! Thees will seemplify everything!” (The Phantom Creeps)
- "Are we watching Catalina Caper again?"
- Released on DVD by Rhino Entertainment in May 2006 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 9, a 4-DVD set with Women of the Prehistoric Planet, The Sinister Urge, and The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. The set quickly went out of print within weeks when it was pulled due to right issues.
- Re-released on DVD by Shout Factory in January 2019 as part of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume IX.
- Digitally available through Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, and VHX.
|preceded by: Season 1||MST3K Season 2||followed by: Season 3|
|1990 - 1991|
|201||Rocketship X-M||1990-09-22||206||Ring of Terror||1990-11-03||211||First Spaceship on Venus||1990-12-29|
|202||The Side Hackers||1990-09-29||207||Wild Rebels||1990-11-17||212||Godzilla vs. Megalon||1991-01-19|
|203||Jungle Goddess||1990-10-06||208||Lost Continent||1990-11-24||213||Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster||1991-02-02|
|204||Catalina Caper||1990-10-13||209||The Hellcats||1990-12-08|
|205||Rocket Attack U.S.A.||1990-10-27||210||King Dinosaur||1990-12-22|