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(Upon seeing the typo in the film's title)

Attack of the the Eye Creatures? What, did Mel Tillis write these titles?

  — Joel


The Movie

Main article: Attack of the the Eye Creatures (film)

Synopsis

Attack of the the Eye Creatures

An alien invasion of a small town in America is thwarted by some plucky teenagers as Air Force Personnel observe remotely.

The Episode

Host Segments

The Rip Taylor Trio!

Prologue: Crow and Tom experience the "best friends" stage of their development, but quickly grow out of it.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom demeans Crow behind his back. The Mads have developed the router Ouija board; now they can contact the spirits of dead woodworkers. Joel and the Bots demonstrate their Funny Gag Fax, a modern variation of the old squirting telephone gag. They demonstrate it on Dr. F.

Segment Two: Inspired by the smoochers in the movie, Tom wants to make out, but he doesn’t know how. Crow, Gypsy, and Magic Voice all turn him down. Finally Joel plants a big ol’ wet one on him!

Funny Gag Fax

Segment Three: Wearing wigs resembling the hairstyle from the girl from the movie, it's Earl Hollimania! Mainly because the kid who plays Stan vaguely resembles Earl Holliman.

Segment Four: The Rip Taylor Trio! The guys gad about like three Rip Taylors, complete with bad toupees, ridiculous moustaches, obvious prop humor, and glittery confetti. They say, "C’mon, laugh! It’s funny!" repeatedly

Segment Five: Joel and the Bots offer proof that filmmaker Larry Buchanan "just didn’t care", and it's rather convincing. "Larry Buchanan" visits Deep 13 and essentially confirms their suspicions.

Stinger: The greasy drifter in the multi-color striped sweater dress

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

Trivia

  • Best Brains has said in The Amazing Colossal Episode Guide that "The guy with the oily face in the knee-length nightdress, lazing about on his grimy sticky sheets." is one of the most disgusting things they've ever seen.

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "Attack of the THE Eye Creatures? Did Mel Tillis write these titles, or wha-aht?"

Mel Tillis is a famous country music singer who suffers from a heavy stutter while speaking (but not while singing).

  • "Next week, we will demonstrate the Lathe of Heaven!"

The Lathe of Heaven is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin about a man with the power to alter reality by dreaming, and was filmed as a made-for-TV movie in 1979.

  • "Take off!" "To the Great White North!"

A reference to "Take Off", a novelty song recorded by Bob and Doug McKenzie in the early 1980s, with guest vocals by Geddy Lee of Rush.

  • "I borrowed a camcorder from Rob Lowe."

In one of the first celebrity sex tape scandals, actor Rob Lowe taped a sexual encounter he had with a 22 year old woman and a 16 year old girl he met at a nightclub while he was in Atlanta for the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

  • "Oh jeez... Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is not as sick as this!"

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was a 1986 film loosely inspired by the confessions of Henry Lee Lucas.

  • "It's Larry, Darryl, and Darryl!"

A reference to a trio of characters (portrayed as rural rubes) from the 1980s sitcom Newhart.

  • "The onion field..."

The Onion Field was a book by Joseph Wambaugh (later a movie), about the kidnapping of two plainclothes LAPD officers by a pair of low-level hoods in 1963.

  • "It's a Cowsill!"

The Cowsills were a pop band from the mid-1960s.

  • "Travis Bickle had a better room than this."

Travis Bickle was the title character in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. His apartment was small and shabby.

  • "Pyle, get in here!"

Reference to Sergeant Carter's common exclamation on the TV series Gomer Pyle, USMC.

  • "It's Phil Silvers!"

​Comic actor Phil Silvers is best known for his role as Sgt. Bilko on his self-titled CBS series in the 1950s.

  • "Joe Garagiola!"

Joe Garagiola is a former baseball pitcher who became a television host after retiring from the sport.

  • "I think we killed the Michelin Man!"

Bibendum, commonly known as the Michelin Man, is the mascot of the Michelin Tire Company. He has a bulky body made of automobile tires.

  • "Calgon, take me away!"

A slogan featured in commercials for Calgon bath & beauty products.

  • "Dr. Treves, would you like to see my cathedral?"

The Elephant Man Joseph Merrick's doctor and biographer was Sir Frederic Treves, and in the biography, Merrick is depicted building a model of a cathedral.

  • "Gotta boogie on my finger, and I can't get it off!"

A reference to the song Gotta Boogie by "Weird Al" Yankovic.

  • "Ignatius P. Reilly had better hygiene than this guy."

Ignatius J. Reilly (Joel has the name slightly wrong) is the slovenly, neurotic central character in John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces.

  • "Hello, Roy!" "Hello, Siegfried!"

Siegfried & Roy were a well-know Las Vegas illusionist and animal act.

  • "Malcolm McDowell... in O Yucky Man!"

O Lucky Man! is a 1973 film starring McDowell.

  • "Weird creatures..."

Joel is quoting Groucho Marx's character Captain Spaulding from the movie Animal Crackers, from one of his "strange interlude" monologues.

  • "If you built it, they will come..."

From the movie Field of Dreams.

  • "He blowed up lame! He blowed up real lame."

A riff on "He blowed up real good," a recurring line from the SCTV sketch "Farm Film Report."

  • "Wherever there's a guy smooching a cop, I'll be there."

A riff on Henry Fonda's climactic monologue from The Grapes of Wrath.

Video releases

A home video release of this episode is not currently forthcoming. However, the host segments are available on the Satellite Dishes disc included in Volume XXXIX.

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