|“||Your movie for today's experiment makes even me sick—and I liked Morgan Stewart's Coming Home.||”|
|— Dr. Forrester|
Junior Rodeo Daredevils
When old timer Billy Slater finds two children pulling a prank on his horses, he conscripts them to create a "Junior Rodeo". Most of the town shows up and watches children get thrown around by bulls while the narrator advises them that "That ground is awful hard!".
- This short was included on Shorts Vol 1, released by Rhino Entertainment on VHS in July 1998, and on DVD in February 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 2, a 4-DVD set with Cave Dwellers, Pod People and Angels Revenge.
- Main article: The Killer Shrews (film)
A boat captain arrives to resupply a research facility on a remote island. He discovers that the scientists have developed a strain of giant shrews that consume all flesh and secrete a poison. As the ravenous beats become a greater threat, the survivors must use every resource available to them to escape.
Prologue: Joel decides to give the Bots a pick me up and hands out cool gifts. Gypsy gets a Little Mermaid Ariel Bathtime Set, Tom gets a Junior Dragster Indoor Funnycar by Marx, and Crow gets dress slacks from J.C. Penney, perfect for job interviews. Crow is deeply disappointed.
Invention Exchange (Segment One): As Tom tunes his new race car and consoles Crow that he'd rather have a pair of slacks too, down in Deep 13 the Mads prepare to cleave the Earth in two. Only Joel's invention of Jim Henson's Edgar Winter Babies saves the planet.
Segment Two: Joel vapor-locks as he does an aggressively folksy impression of Will Rogers and ends up quoting a wide variety of notable persons. Tom and Crow provide ambience.
Segment Three: The Bots sing the commercial for their new Killer Shrew board game, but the actual game seems like more a chance for them to vent over the shortcomings of the movie.
Segment Four: Joel and the Bots invent the Killer Shrew drink, which is insanely heavy on sugary items. Joel has a small taste, and goes into shock. When they send it down, Frank serves as the test subject, and goes insanely hyper.
Closing (Segment Five): The Bots dressed as shrews attack Joel, who has just enough time to describe his symptoms and read a letter before the poison kills him. Down in Deep 13, Frank is feeling the effects of too much Killer Shrew drink, but nothing a good ipecac won't fix.
Stinger: Dr. Craigis explaining that "Any unusual experiment can produce unusual results."
- 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
- Ipecacs reappear. They had previously been mentioned in episode 315- Teenage Cave Man.
- Crow's sensible brown pants would appear in several subsequent episodes.
- The Killer Shrew drink sketch is similar to the "Alaskan Polar Bear Heater" scene from the 1963 film The Nutty Professor, with similar results regarding what happens when it is drunk.
- The invention segment by the Mads is regarded by the writers and fans as possibly the most ominous ever.
- Tom Servo's hands return to being white, after three episodes as Caucasian flesh-toned (since Experiment #403).
- This episode aired fourth during Turkey Day '94.
- Joel says “we will be-ack” and “MST3 viewers.”
- Crow attributes the saying "It's not over til it's over" to Casey Stengel. It is actually a quote from Yogi Berra.
- "'You know,' he told Bobby and Mike, 'If I like the girl, who cares what I like?'"
- A paraphrase of lyrics present in the pop song "Cool It Now" by New Edition.
- "C'mon, Quaker Oats for you, it's the right thing to do!"
- A reference to a series of Quaker oatmeal commercials featuring Wilford Brimley.
- "Hey kids, you ever read The Ox-Bow Incident?"
- The Ox-Bow Incident is a Western novel in which three innocent men are accused of cattle rustling and lynched. It was adapted as a film in 1943 with a cast that included Mary Beth Hughes and Rondo Hatton.
- "Animals vill be bred und SLAUGHTERED!"
- A line spoken by the title character in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
- "Maybe rodeos are the opiate of the masses!"
- Servo is paraphrasing a Karl Marx quote about religion.
- "Why can't Johnny ride?"
- An allusion to the book Why Johnny Can't Read.
- "Bob Clampett!"
- Warner Bros. animator Bob Clampett was a slender, mustachioed man.
- "Wait 'till I finish my Saratoga!"
- The advertising slogan for Saratoga 120 cigarettes.
- "Meester Fawlty! Polly!"
- An imitation of Andrew Sachs' character Manuel from the British TV comedy series Fawlty Towers.
- "There's a Teddy Roosevelt costume and some graves down here!"
- A reference to the film/play Arsenic and Old Lace.
- "Weasels ripped my flesh."
- Weasels Ripped My Flesh is the name of a Frank Zappa - Mothers of Invention album released in 1970.
- "I thought you said your dog does not bite." "That's not my dog."
- An exchange from the film The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
- "I am sixteen, going on seventeen..."
- Thorne: "I don't want you to let anyone open that door 'til I tell you, you understand?"
- Tom Servo (as Girl's voice, repeating order): "Okay, anyone can open the door when you tell me..."
- A reference to a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which Prince Herbert is trying to escape from his father's tower and a dim-witted guard fails to understand some simple instructions.
- "Tell me about your homework, Usul."
- Chani asks Paul this in Dune, while (from his mother's point of view) she is trying to ingratiate herself with him.
- "Well, we covered the waterfront."
- A reference to the jazz standard "I Cover the Waterfront", but perhaps most famous as the way that Tennessee Williams answered the question when asked if he was gay.
- "'What a dump!' Who said that, George?"
- A reference to a question Martha asks in the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (the answer being Bette Davis, first in the movie Beyond the Forest).
- "Now Phyllis George is going to make them hug."
- In 1985, Cathleen Webb admitted that the rape accusation she had made against Gary Dotson in 1977 was false. It became a national outrage, and Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson commuted the prison sentence that Dotson was serving. Webb and Dotson appeared together on the CBS Morning News, and hostess Phyllis George infamously invited them to hug, which both declined.
- Commerically released on DVD by Rhino in April 2005 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 7, a 4-DVD set with Hercules Unchained, Hercules Against the Moon Men, and Prince of Space.
- The DVD features the contents of the Assignment: Venezuela and Other Shorts VHS tape released by the MST3K Info Club in October 2001 as an extra.
- This DVD also has the most infamous Rhino screw-up, on the original disc about 45 seconds from the opening titles of Killer Shrews was cut, a short bit narration setting up the premise of the movie. Due to fan complaint Rhino eventually offered free replacement discs with the error corrected.
- Re-released on DVD by Shout! Factory in February 2018 as part of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume VII.
|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|