(A scorpion slowly crawls on Kawajiri as he maniacally celebrates the opal's discovery)

"Death, where is thy sting? We're waiting."

  — Servo


The movie

Main article: Gamera vs Barugon (film)

The giant opal a treasure hunter brings back to Japan turns out to be an egg which hatches out the kaiju Barugon, and only the newly returned Gamera can defeat it.

The episode

Host segments

Mac (Servo) vs PC (Crow)

Prologue: The Bots continue the age-old debate: PC or Mac? Joel prefers his Amiga.

Invention Exchange: Joel presents an animatronic soda can for public service announcements, while the Mads boogie down with the Disco Cumber-Bubble-Bund.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots have a blast with the 5000-piece Fightin' Men & Monster Set! Tom goes too fast in his announcement and is muffled by Joel before he can go off the rails.

Segment Three: Crow and Tom are mid-western monster women having dinner at T.G.I. Tokyo's.

Crow and Tom eat at T.G.I. Tokyo's

Segment Four: Joel talks about going to the Drive-In, identifies the "famous" faces in Gamera vs Barugon and vapor locks yet again.

Segment Five: The Bots lament the lack of Gamera, Joel informs them of the behind-the-scenes books on the film, and a letter is read.

Stinger: Kawajiri giggles with delight over discovering the "opal".

Obscure references

  • "Has anyone seen the mouse for my Amiga?"
Amiga was a line of computers made by the now-defunct Commodore company, which still have a devoted following to this day despite never being as popular as PCs or Macs.
  • "Oh yeah, what about System Seven?"
A reference to Mac OS 7. Ironically, though Crow mocks the fact it was delayed, it had been released by the time this episode first aired: it was released on May 13, 1991, and this episode first aired on June 8, 1991.
  • "Shaken not stirred, please."
A quoting of the fictional character James Bond, who often orders a vodka martini in this manner.
  • "Saigon... I can't believe I'm still in Saigon..."
A line from Apocalypse Now.
  • "Hey! Jake and Elwood!"
Jake and Elwood Blues from the Blues Brothers (due to their matching hats and glasses).
  • "Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit..."
A line sung by Elmer Fudd to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries" in the 1957 cartoon What's Opera, Doc?.
  • "You mean like Chuck Mangione?"
Chuck Mangione is a flugelhorn player best known for his 1978 jazz-pop single "Feels So Good".
  • "Get the KC Masterpiece sauce!"
KC Masterpiece is a brand of barbecue sauce.
  • "I can't believe Gamera ate the whole thing."
A parody of the, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing", quote from a 1970s Alka-Seltzer commercial.
  • "He had a contract with Wham-O."
Wham-O is a toy company whose many renowned products include the Frisbee.
  • "And now, back to our film: 'Sky King: The Motion Picture'."
Sky King is a radio and television show about a aircraft pilot ranch owner.
  • "Come on, play it like you feel it, Mister Eddie's Father!"
An imitation of Mrs. Livingston, the Japanese housekeeper from The Courtship of Eddie's Father, who always addressed Tom Corbett as "Mister Eddie's Father".
  • "And now, it's Pink Lady Unplugged!"
Pink Lady is a Japanese pop music duo from the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were the stars of a (very) short-lived TV variety series called Pink Lady and Jeff, widely considered one of the worst TV shows of all time.
  • "Don't mention the war!"
A quote from the Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans".
  • "With Crutch Cargo!"
Clutch Cargo is a limited animation television serial that originally ran 1959-1960, which is particularly known for superimposing human lips on characters when they were speaking.
  • "For God's sake, don't bungle!" "In the jungle!"
A reference to the Jethro Tull song "Bungle in the Jungle".
  • "Remember to take plenty of black market dollars with you." "Make sure they have Art Linkletter's picture on them"
Art Linkletter was a TV host who endorsed the Milton Bradley board game The Game of Life, which featured Linkletter's picture on the game's $100,000 bills for a number of years.
  • "Be careful of the scorpions!" "And Whitesnake!"
Scorpions and Whitesnake are heavy metal bands.
  • "What, did somebody drop a Coke bottle all of a sudden?"
A reference to the 1981 movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which a primitive African tribe is thrown into chaos as the result of a Coca-Cola bottle being dropped from an airplane.
  • "I've gotta get this t-shirt back to Henry Chinaski!"
Henry Chinaski is the name of Mickey Rourke's character in the movie Barfly. The character of Chinaski is a semi-autobiographical portrait of author and poet Charles Bukowski (who wrote the screenplay).
  • "Love is kind of crazy with a spooky little girl like her."
Lyrics from the song 'Spooky' by The Zombies .
  • "Pat Morita, Denture Wearer!"
Actor Pat Morita is best remembered for his roles as Arnold on Happy Days and Mr. Miyagi in the {[w|The Karate Kid|Karate Kid}} movies.
  • "Andolini? No, you're now Corleone."
A reference to the movie The Godfather Part II, in which an immigration official at Ellis Island misunderstands when someone tells him a boy who has just come over from Italy is "Vito Andolini, from Corleone", and writes his name down as Vito Corleone.
  • "Marion! Don't look at the light, Marion! Look away!"
A line from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Behind the scenes

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

MST3K crew

Production

  • Crow can be seen reading Byte magazine in the opening host segment.
  • The desk on the SOL was removed in order to shoot the photos for segment 1 and again for segment 3.
  • The Mads' Disco Bubble Cummerbund is nearly identical to Joel's Bubble Cummerbund from back in Robot Monster. Joel doesn't protest this time around about their stealing one of his inventions, though he does note that it seems rather familiar.
  • The "fire breathing lizard" from the Mads' Invention Exchange in The Mad Monster is used as part of the "Fightin' Men and Monster" commercial.
  • Joel imitates Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton while using an air filter for a VISOR. Frank did the same thing in Godzilla vs. Megalon.
  • Joel declares an official ban on the “By this time…” riff in this episode.
  • This episode was ranked #90 among backers of the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter in the Top 100 Poll.

Goofs

  • Crow's arm detaches during the invention exchange and Joel throws it away.
  • Several of the bubbles during the Mads' Invention Exchange can be seen originating from off-camera.

Callbacks

Movie Edits

Video releases

MST3K DVD Cover

Gallery

References


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