|“||The story you're about to see is true. No names were changed because no one was innocent.||”|
|— Servo during the first short|
Four children decide to better themselves through posture, with help from their teacher Ms. Martin. Tommy wants to have good health, Jimmy wants to stand straight and tall, Jane wants to grow tall, and Mary wants to look pretty. All four children develop outstanding posture in the end.
Appreciating Our Parents
This is the story of a boy named Tommy, who can't do anything for himself. He rethinks his symbiotic relationship with his parents, and decides to become a "team player". And, he finds out what Mom and Dad do after he goes to bed.
- Main article: The Unearthly (film)
A young woman is brought to a rest home where a villainous doctor experiments on the patients. A private detective arrives under the false identity of a fugitive from the law and attempts to free her.
Prologue: The Satellite of Love crew decides to make an entry for everyone's favorite show, America's Goofiest Home Videos.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Crow, who was char-broiled during the video shoot, is identified by his dental records. The Mads demonstrate some hard pills to swallow, Including a life size Flintstones Vitamin, while Joel and the Bots create a random assortment of celebrity-inspired products, like the Emilio Esta-Pez and the Jackie Mason Jar.
Segment Three: The SOL crew does a tribute, "The Many Faces of Tor Johnson".
Segment Four: The Bots make up their own board game out of the leftovers from other board games, and model it after the twisted house from the film.
Stinger: Tor announces it is "Time for go to bed!"
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- Although there were episodes in the first season that had two episodes of Radar Men from the Moon, this is only the second episode of the series to have two shorts (the first was #315 Teenage Cave Man). It happened once more in season six with The Beast of Yucca Flats.
- The bots make fun of America's Funniest Home Videos, a TV show that both Josh Weinstein and Trace Beaulieu would later write for.
- This episode aired thirteenth during Turkey Day '92.
- During host segment two, numerous old props and Inventions appear on the SOL bridge briefly, including Joel's Big Head (making its third appearance in a row), 3-D Pizza, Judge Wapner, and the cellulite phone.
- "A girl?!" (Viking Women)
- "Trumpy, no!" (Pod People)
Quotes & References
- "Avis Films, we try harder."
- A reference to car rental company Avis and its slogan "We try harder".
- "Hey, it's Whistler's Mother!"
- Whistler's Mother is a painting by James McNeil Whistler and is considered a symbol of Americana
- "It's Imogene Coca!"
- Ms. Martin looks a little like her.
- "The Larch"
- A reference to the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "How to Recognize Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away". The larch, a conifer, was an example that was used repeatedly.
- "...and now Red in the silent spot."
- "The Silent Spot" is a segment that appears in the later episodes of The Red Skelton Show which involved one of Red's pantomime characters.
- "They'll go to Burger King and get crappy hats."
- The Posture Royalty Crown looks like the paper crowns that are given to children at Burger King restaurants.
- "He's got VPL"
- "VPL" is an acronym for "visible panty line"
- "And what gives Jane her worried frown?" "Valium?"
- Valium a.k.a. Diazepam is an anti-depressant.
- "You have got to be kidding me, Pyle!"
- A reference to Andy Griffith show spin-off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C (or perhaps to Stanley Kubrick's film Full Metal Jacket, in which a Marine drill sergeant refers to a particularly incompetent recruit as "Gomer Pyle" -- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman does say "You have got to be kidding me, Pyle!" to Pvt. Pyle when he cannot climb over an obstacle in one scene.
- "A playground where APES EVOLVED FROM MEN!?"
- A parody of the famous line from the film Planet of the Apes.
- "It's Ernest Borgnine! Ughhh!"
- Mary's dad looks like distinguished actor Ernest Borgnine best known by MSTies as the grandpa in Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders.
- Joel [Hums "Funeral March of a Marionette"]
- Crow: "It's Hitchcock!"
- Both are a reference to the anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, in which Alfred Hitchcock appears in silhouette.
- "And who will have a Sealy Posturepedic childhood."
- Sealy Posturepedic is a type of mattress made by the Sealy Corporation.
- "Oh no! Ah, I'm on fire! What a world... what a world."
- A reference to the famous death quote of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Landmark film, The Wizard of Oz.
- "What is this, Dog on a Hot Tin Roof?"
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1955 play by American playwright Tennessee Williams. There were also film adaptations in 1958 and 1984.
- "What's the word? Thunderbird! What's the price? 40 twice."
- A reference to the ad campaign by the fortified wine Thunderbird.
- "The subject was roses."
- The Subject Was Roses is a Pulitzer Prize-winning 1964 play written by Frank D. Gilroy, who also adapted the work in 1968 for a film with the same title.
- "Don't start with me, George."
- A reference to the play and film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in which a married couple, Martha and George, constantly bicker.
- "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign."
- These are lyrics from the song "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band.
- Crow: (as John Wayne) "Never apologize, Mister. It's a sign of weakness."
- "By this time my lungs were aching for air."
- "I've turned her into a Sleestak!"
- "That's not writing, that's typing."
- Narrator: You can see that this boy needs help!
- Joel: He's a loser and the kids let him know it.
- Joel: That's when the Kids came up with a plan to blackmail Mrs. Reedy.
- Narrator: He's leaning backward out of balance, Just like a house about to fall.
- Servo: Just like his Dad on Friday night.
- Joel [Commenting on the nature of the "Posture Pals" system]: Oh, they're gonna take this for a half hour before they end up killing each other...
- Narrator: And Bombo reminds her that when you slump, you look tired and unhappy.
- Servo [Laughingly]: Bombo!?
- Narrator: Don't you agree that these four children deserve to win after trying so hard to improve their posture?
- Joel and the Bots [Unanimously]: NO!
- Joel: They're the posture posse!
- Crow: They're chances of being cool are ruined for life
Appreciating Our Parents
- Narrator: Good night!
- Crow [As Tommy calling out to his parents.]: No! Help! There's an announcer under my bed!
- Narrator: And what about father? What does he do all day? Well he had a particularly hard job today.
- Servo: Dad pulls the lever at "The Big House."
- [Scene showing Tommy's Porky Pig piggy bank.]
- Narrator: Help save money. Remember, someone has to work to earn it.
- Servo: Get Porky some pants!
- Commercially released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in August 1997.
- Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in April 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 3, a 4-DVD set with The Atomic Brain, The Side Hackers and Shorts Volume 2. This set went out of print sometime around 2010.
- Commercially released by Shout! Factory as a DVD single in August 2011.
|preceded by: Season 2||MST3K Season 3||followed by: Season 4|
|1991 - 1992|
|301||Cave Dwellers||1991-06-01||309||The Amazing Colossal Man||1991-08-03||317||The Saga of the Viking Women...||1991-10-26|
|302||Gamera||1991-06-08||310||Fugitive Alien||1991-08-17||318||Star Force: Fugitive Alien II||1991-11-16|
|303||Pod People||1991-06-15||311||It Conquered the World||1991-08-24||319||War of the Colossal Beast||1991-11-30|
|304||Gamera vs Barugon||1991-06-22||312||Gamera vs Guiron||1991-09-07||320||The Unearthly||1991-12-14|
|305||Stranded in Space||1991-06-29||313||Earth vs the Spider||1991-09-14||321||Santa Claus Conquers/Martians||1991-12-21|
|306||Time of the Apes||1991-07-13||314||Mighty Jack||1991-09-21||322||Master Ninja I||1992-01-11|
|307||Daddy-O (episode)||1991-07-20||315||Teenage Cave Man||1991-11-09||323||The Castle of Fu Manchu||1992-01-18|
|308||Gamera vs Gaos||1991-07-27||316||Gamera vs Zigra||1991-10-19||324||Master Ninja II||1992-01-25|