- Joel and the Bots

The Movie

Main article: Fugitive Alien (film)


Ken, an alien warrior with superhuman abilities known as a Star Wolf, joins the crew of the starship Bacchus 3 after seeing the cruelty of his own people. He must earn his new comrades' trust as they undertake dangerous missions. He also encounters people from his past who may reveal his secret.

The Episode

Host Segments

Joel starts a farm

Prologue: Joel starts up a farm by dressing up the Bots. They aren't too happy.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel makes a chair/xylophone, and Frank is nearly drowned by the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Dropper. Then Jack Perkins introduces the episode!

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots throw a Fugitive Alien-based hat party that ends up making fun of the Mads.

Jack Perkins visits Deep 13

Segment Three: Joel wants to reenact a scene from the film with himself as a crazed Captain Joe.

Segment Four: Joel uses Syd Field's Screenplay Model to attempt to explain the plot of Fugitive Alien.

Segment Five: Joel explains what all the new buttons on his jumpsuit do, a viewer attempts to guess the "cool thing" from many episodes back, and the Mads prepare Jack Perkins for his final fate.

Stinger: Captain Joe is sensitive to Ken's needs, "’re STUCK HERE!"

MST3K cast

Regular Cast

SOL hat party

Guest Cast


  • Crow and Servo's song "He tried to kill me with a forklift!", sung to the theme music of the film, has since become one of MST3K's most memorable lines. Servo sang it again later in Star Force: Fugitive Alien II.
    • A notable instrumental (actually part of the original Japanese theme for the show, Seishun no Tabidachi and used notably for the Forklift Song) is introduced during the "two Kens" sketch before it's even used in the movie.
  • Reference is made in this episode to the movie Marooned, which became one of the experiments for the following season (under its alternate title of Space Travelers).
  • Escape Velocity: In the 1996 space trading and combat video game from Ambrosia Software, there is an easter egg that allows a player to unlock a sound byte of the forklift song, as well as a special weapon that fires a forklift.
  • This episode aired twefth during Turkey Day '91.
  • The console monitor in Deep 13 changes with this episode, switching from a purple monitor with a bright yellow Gizmonic G on it, to a gray one with an embedded raised Gizmonic G on the back.


Obscure References

  • "Then Joyce Carol Oates will be out to read from her wondrous new work of fiction, her first novel in well over a month."

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates is known for being very prolific for a "literary" writer, publishing over 40 novels and many other short stories and essays.

  • "It's Heckraiser!"

The bald-headed villain of the movie looks rather like the villain of the Hellraiser horror film series (note that the character is actually named "Pinhead," however).

  • "Don't smoke."

A reference to an anti-smoking commercial in which Yul Brynner, who died of lung cancer, urged people to not smoke from beyond the grave. Both the villain and Yul Brynner are bald and have gravelly voices.

  • "He's in more trouble than Hudson Hawk at the box office!"

Hudson Hawk is a 1991 action comedy that under-performed at the box office. It stars Bruce Willis (who also co-wrote). Due to bad reviews and word of mouth, the movie lost a significant amount of money end helped to ensure that the TriStar Pictures sale/merger with Columbia occurred.

  • "It's the Geometric Nucleus!"

The plot of Cave Dwellers revolves around a "Geometric Nucleus".

  • "I know what to do. I'll sneak out of here disguised as Chad Everett."

Chad Everett is best remembered for his role on the CBS drama Medical Center.

  • "I'm sorry, I was thinking of the eighth hole at Torrey Pines."

Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego is considered one of the best and most scenic courses in the country, no mean feat for a city-owned facility.

  • "Monty Python's Flying Circussss!"

Crow makes fun of the background music, which has a similar style to the opening theme song from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The quote is from the opening animation sequence.

  • "Rocky!" "AGAIN?" - Crow T. Robot

Crow says "again" in a high-pitched voice, mimicking Rocky the flying squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

  • "Killdozer! Clint Walker, NO!!!"

Killdozer is a short story by Theodore Sturgeon about a bulldozer that develops a violent mind of its own. In 1974, it was adapted as a made-for-TV movie starring Clint Walker.

  • "He's my mother! He's my sister! He's my mother and my sister!"

A parody of a line from the movie Chinatown.

  • "Tell me spirit, are these shadows of things that must be or which might be?"

Servo quotes Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Scrooge asks this when faced with a vision of his own grave.

  • "It's the twenty-seven 8x10 color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one."

This is a line from popular midwestern folk artist Arlo Guthrie's song, "Alice's Restauraunt". The glossy photos in question were supposedly taken of the "scene of the crime" where Arlo and his friends had dumped a half a ton of garbage, and were "to be used as evidence against [them]."

  • "Everybody run, Tammy's got a gun."

A reference to comic performer Julie Brown's song "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun".

  • "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"

A reference to the film Animal House. in which Kevin Bacon's character is being paddled as part of a fraternity initiation.

  • "Ygor, quit playing that."

The background music is very similar to the eerie music Ygor (Bela Lugosi) plays with his horn in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). Ygor uses the horn to issue murderous commands to Frankenstein's monster from a distance.

  • "Top of the world, ma."

A quote from the end of the James Cagney movie White Heat.

  • "Hey, Chris Walken's playing Russian roulette!"

A reference to a scene in the movie The Deer Hunter.

  • "Rita!" "Meter maid!"

Reference to the song "Lovely Rita" by The Beatles.


MST3K 310 Promo

  • "When I talk to Ken I touch myself."

​A riff on lyrics to the Divinyls' 1991 single "I Touch Myself".

  • "What manner of man are you, who can summon flame without flint or tinder?"

A quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail , asked of Tim the Enchanter.

  • "I can't kill the man I love!" "Then kill the one you're with."

A slight variation on lines from the Stephen Stills song "Love the One You're With"; "If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with."

  • "This ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around."

Joel is quoting the Talking Heads song "Life During Wartime".

  • "Let me introduce myself." "I'm a man of wealth and taste."

A reference to the lyrics in "Template:E" by The Rolling Stones.

Video releases