|“||This is a song that I wrote at a time in my life when I was very, very, very sad. Breakfast, actually. It's called "Hairdresser in a Coma": I cried last night, I died a million deaths. Thinking of your sweet face, and the way you sing. I cried inside, we lied and died. And then I cried again. I must have wept for hours as I...||”|
|“||"City Limits? Sounds like a clothing store for high school girls."||”|
- Main article: City Limits (film)
In a post-apocalyptic dystopia, rival gangs of youths fight for dominance.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom Servo's head is full of ping-pong balls, and he has somehow acquired Crow's eyes. Joel shows off his Mr. Meat & Potato Head toys. The Mads demo Pop Star Tupperware - currently featuring "Morrissey".
Segment Two: Deeply smitten, Crow sings an ode to Kim Cattrall, appropriately titled "Oh, Kim Cattrall!". With the help of Joel, Tom Servo, and Gypsy, Crow them attempts to re-enact a sequence from Cattrall's 1987 film Mannequin, with predictably shambolic results.
Segment Three: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent comic book superheroes.
Segment Four: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent even more superheroes.
Segment Five: Joel and the bots try to play the City Limits trivia game, but they can’t remember anything about the movie. They read some letters instead. In Deep 13, the Mads have had enough of "Morrissey".
Stinger: Remote-controlled airplane attack!
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- Alexandra Carr - Magic Voice
- Michael J. Nelson - "Morrissey"
- The AV Club did a piece on this episode for their "A Very Special Episode" feature. It can be found here.
- When Kim Cattrall appeared at ConventioCon ExpoFest-A-Rama 2: Electric Boogaloo in 1996, she shared this story: "I was in my hotel room and was channel surfing. And what do I hear but my own name being sung by a small golden man. And it just went on like that. I yelled for my boyfriend to come in and see this. We were just in shock. A few minutes later, one of my lesser accomplishments came on: City Limits. I called my publicity agent and asked him if Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a real show. He said yes. I called my florist and had an odd request: to send a bouquet of flowers to a Crow T. Robot." 
- Production person Ellen "Ellie" McDonough joins the show with this episode.
- Dr. F’s name is still spelled "Forrestor" in the credits.
- Though this is the first episode without a "Turn Down Your Lights (Where Applicable)" screen before the opening credits, it's not the first to regularly feature a title slate instead. The title slate did air for it at least once on a later repeat, and is featured on the DVD release, but the vast majority of airings of this episode cut straight to the opening.
- Tom Servo's hands aren't painted white (they're Caucasian flesh-tone) from this episode through Attack of the Giant Leeches.
- This episode aired fifth during Turkey Day '92.
- "Morrissey" quotes a line from a real song- "Is it wrong not to always be glad?" is from the song "Sheila Take a Bow" by the Smiths. The made-up song "Hairdresser in a Coma" would seem to be a combination of the Smiths song "Girlfriend in a Coma", and a song Morrissey recorded as a solo artist called "Hairdresser on Fire".
- At one point Joel stands up with an umbrella which he uses to block a female actress' nudity.
- "I sing whenever I sing" (The Giant Gila Monster)
- "Help me!" (Rocket Attack U.S.A.)
- "Hi, I'm Max Keller." (Master Ninja I)
- "...After the Robot Holocaust." (Robot Holocaust)
- "My own FLESH I don't love better!" (The Side Hackers)
- "I'm a Grimault warrior!" (Viking Women)
- "I feel like a happy king!" (Mr. B Natural)
- "Not allowed" (The Crawling Hand)
- "The geometric nucleus." (Cave Dwellers)
- "I've got Crow T. Robot eyes."
- "...Get on with the invention exchange, Crocodile Kangaroo."
Dr. Forrester may be referring to The Monkees episode "Captain Crocodile", in which the band met an amoral children's TV show host who was a parody of the wholesome Captain Kangaroo. It might also be a reference to Uncle Croc's Block, a comedic Captain Kangaroo parody starring Charles Nelson as a cynical and acerbic kid's show host.
- "Meat is murder, Frank."
- "Is it wrong not to always be glad?"
The only actual line from a song written by Morrissey in the Invention Exchange, from the song "Sheila Take a Bow" (there's a Smiths song called "Girlfriend in a Coma" and a Morrissey solo song called "Hairdresser on Fire", but no Smiths or Morrissey song called "Hairdresser in a Coma").
- "So like, do you think you could get your dad to sign my Big Bambu album?"
- "Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series T.H.E. Cat.
- "...I'm Charlton Heston for ConTel..."
- "Burger Chef! He's incrediburgible!"
- "It's the BART system!"
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the official name of the San Francisco subway system.
- "I'm dead now!"
A reference to an anti-smoking PSA that actor Yul Brynner filmed shortly before his death from lung cancer and had aired posthumously, in which he said "I'm dead now. Don't smoke."
- "I don't care what you do. Just take me with you!"
Tom is roughly quoting the Prince song "Take Me With U".
- "It's the New Power Generation!"
The New Power Generation was the name of Prince's backup band in the early 1990s.
- "Gary Busey sold it to me."
Actor Gary Busey suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident in the late 1980s.
- "Then Came Boredom!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series Then Came Bronson.
- "Now it's American Hot Wax!"
- "Look Smithers, I'm Davey Crockett!"
- "Hey! Sonny Corleone's final destination!"
- "Sing it! It worked for Mel Tillis."
Mel Tillis was a famous country singer who spoke with a stutter due to a case of malaria he caught when he was sixteen.
- "He is a master of the universe no less than the trees."
Said of the logo seen on the back of a gang member's jacket. This is a parody of a line from "Desiderata": "You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars." Masters of the Universe was a popular toy line and children's cartoon (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) in the 1980s.
- "When I grew up and went to school, there were certain teachers who would shoot the children..."
- "If God's in heaven, he's driving a red Cadillac."
Reference to Marc Cohn's 1991 song, "Silver Thunderbird": "If there's a God in heaven / He's got a silver Thunderbird."
- "Stalag 90210"
Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film about a group of allied POWs trapped in a German prison camp. Beverly Hills, 90210 was a television drama which aired on the FOX Network from 1990 to 2000 about high schoolers in an affluent California city.
- "Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!"
- "He's humming the Roger Ramjet song!"
Roger Ramjet was a 1960s Saturday-morning satirical cartoon about a comedic superhero. The Roger Ramjet theme is set to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
- At about 10:54 minutes into the episode the sound of a page being turned can be heard. Probably one of the cast; Joel, Trace, or Kevin turning a page of their script. Likely Trace, as Crow's Joke was the next one following the sound.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout! Factory in July 2016 as part of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVI, a 4-DVD set along with Stranded in Space, The Incredible Melting Man, and Riding with Death.
- The DVD includes the Ballyhoo Motion Pictures feature City Limits: Actress Rae Dawn Chong Looks Back.
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-04||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-26||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|