If you think you know what a sampo is, write it down on a piece of paper, throw it away and try not to think about it. You'll be glad you did.
- Tom

The Short[]


Herecomes the circus

A variety of acts from the Clyde Beatty circus are presented, featuring famous clown Emmett Kelly.


The Movie[]

Main article: The Day the Earth Froze (film)


A witch extorts a village and torments its heroes.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


SOL family portrait

Prologue: It's family portrait time on the SOL, and Crow and Tom just aren't cooperating.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Bots continue to misbehave. Joel and the Bots show off Snack-tion, treats based on various ninja weapons, such as ninja throwing cookies and the Five Ladyfingers of Death. The Mads have invested Frank's retirement money in Unhappy Meals, fast food meals that contain unfortunate surprises. Alas, they haven't sold as quickly as Dr. F had hoped.

Segment Two: Inspired by the short, Crow and Tom discuss putting together their own twisted clown act, which turns out to be extremely deranged. However, Joel gets the last laugh.

Unhappy meals

Unhappy Meals

Segment Three: Joel and the Bots discuss what a Sampo might really be. They come to the conclusion they shouldn't worry too much about it. Finnish viewers, all five of them, quietly crack up as Sampo's nature is genuinely unknown and the film's version is just the popular misconception.

Gypsy Rose Me Song

Gypsy Rose Me

Segment Four: Gypsy performs her amazing one-woman show: "Gypsy Rose... Me!"

Segment Five: Crow and Tom pretend to be imprisoned wind in bags similar to the movie while Joel reads a letter. Joel reads a letter and leaves them in their not-so-nice smelling bags. In Deep 13, Frank puts himself in a bag to sulk about his money, and Dr. F cuts him loose.

Stinger: "What’s going to become of us now?!"

MST3K Cast[]




  • Dr. Forrester erroneously identifies the film as Swedish in origin in his introduction. It's actually a Finnish/Soviet co-production.

Obscure References[]

  • "Nobody's gonna tell a Navy man when he's had enough to drink..."
A reference to a stand-up comedy bit by Dana Gould. Possibly also a reference to Henry Wilcoxon's line from Caddyshack: "Never ask a Navy man if he'll have another drink, because it's nobody's Goddamn business how much he's had to drink already!"
  • "From the land of sky-blue waters..."
The jingle from a Hamm's Beer commercial from the 1950s.
  • "I dust myself off, I start the day over again."
A line from the film Swing Time.
  • "The Secret Storm!"
The Secret Storm was a soap opera that aired from 1954 to 1974.
  • "BLIND Lemminkäinen."
Referring to blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson.
  • "The Adventures of Fjord Fairlane!"
A reference to The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, a movie starring Andrew Dice Clay.
  • "My name is Annikki" "Annikki in the UK?!"
Pun on the Sex Pistols song "Anarchy in the U.K."
  • "Lemminkäinen, very pretty..."
Servo is paraphrasing the song "Lemon Tree," best known for the version recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary.
  • "It's Body Wars!"
Body Wars is a ride at Disney's Epcot Center.
  • "Kind of a goofy Scandinavian Double Dare!"
Double Dare was a game show that aired on Nickelodeon during the late 1980s and early '90s. Reference to the bizarre physical stunts contestants performed for points in addition to trivia questions. It was later revived.
  • "Mark VII! Mark VII! Mark VII, dammit!"
Mark VII Productions, which produced TV series such as Dragnet, had a logo that depicted the words "MARK VII" being stamped into a metal sheet.
  • "Sorry, Sampo's off."
In the "Gourmet Night" episode of Fawlty Towers, circumstances forced the main character (a hotel/restaurant owner) to tell his guests that several items on the menu were not available. He then had to drive frantically around town trying to obtain a duck dinner for them. When he unveiled what he thought would be duck but turned out to be a cake, there was an awkward silence before he quickly said, "Duck's off, sorry."
  • "It's an exciting new fragrance by Prince Matchabelli."
Prince Matchabelli is a perfume line designed by Georgian perfumer Georges V. Matchabelli who emigrated to the US after the 1921 Soviet invasion of Georgia.
  • "Aguirre, the Wrath of God!"
Aguirre, the Wrath of God was a 1972 film about a Spanish conquistador in 16th-century South America.
  • "Hey look, it's Skylab!"
In 1979, the abandoned NASA space station Skylab re-entered Earth's atmosphere, and much of the debris landed in western Australia.
  • "We'll call her Trudy."
A reference to Local Hero, in which a rabbit is injured and named by protagonist Mac after an ex-girlfriend.
  • "Don't look at it Marion!"
Line shouted from Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood avoid eye contact with the face melting apparitions released from The Ark of the Covenant. This classic adventure film from 1981 was later one of the first films spoofed by RiffTrax.
  • "It's the man who mistook his wife for a hat!"
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a collection of case histories written by neurologist Oliver Sacks (the man of the title wasn't a circus performer; he suffered from visual agnosia).
  • "Do you get wafers with it?" "No you don't get bleeding wafers with it!"
Crow and Servo reference Monty Python's Albatross sketch.
  • "Nobody asked for the goose, you take that right away."
A frequent reference, this is a paraphrase of a line of dialogue from the 1930 Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers. At one point, Harpo mishears the line "Three cheers for Captain Spaulding!" and brings in three chairs, prompting Margaret Dumont to shoo him away.

Memorable Quotes[]

Dr. Forrester: Push the button, Frank.
TV's Frank: No, I want my money back.
Dr. Forrester: Forceps, Frank. Pain.
TV's Frank: I don't care; I want my money!
Dr. Forrester: Electro-shock, Frank.
TV's Frank: No!
Dr. Forrester: Push the button!
TV's Frank: No!
Dr. Forrester: The box, Frank!
TV's Frank: Pushing the button.
Gypsy: You know, we're all traveling; You, me, that little gold guy over there. We're traveling on the big trip of life, and sometimes it turns out we haven't packed the right clothes for our personal journey. "I've been struggling to make ends meet. The social worker stops by today", but we'll get by, somehow...
Gypsy: "I'm sick of fighting with you, boyfriend! But I'm not going to walk out that door; No sir, I'm going to run out that door!"
Gypsy: Hey, is my act interfering with your conversation, buddy? [Crow, Joel and Tom laugh heartily] You three guys together, huh? What, some sort of love connection screwup?
Gypsy: What a night, everybody! But before I go, I want to tell you a little story; A story about a gal who ran the higher functions of a little satellite in a synchronous orbit. A gal that everyone thought was perhaps, a little slow, a little naïve, a little... simple. But let me tell you something about that girl. She had Spirit, she had guts! and most of all, she had a huge heart. That gal was on her journey and when her luggage ended up on another planet, that gal picked herself up, dusted herself off and wore the same outfit 2 days in a row. That plucky little gal, is... me!
Joel: You know Gypsy, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your one-woman show earlier, You know, it was so confessional there were times I actually felt kinda uncomfortable.
Gypsy: Oh great, You know, if you hadn't, I would've thought I failed. Well, I gotta go rinse some things.

Here Comes the Circus (short)[]

Servo: Whuh... oh no, no, no, they're doing it clown style, no!
Crow: And Madonna thinks she's innovative!
Joel:  Oh, please tell me this isn't happening!
Crow: "More, more; I'm a bad clown"!
Servo: Yes, children's windows of perception are open for only a second only to take in the horror that is the circus!

The Day the Earth Froze (movie)[]

Louhi: That terrible music will kill us all!
Joel [as one of Louhi's troops): Yeah, well, we put up with your Kenny G.
Servo: And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. Butch Thompson's gonna come out with the band, they're gonna do a medley of songs about cats; then Jim Ed Poole will do some cat sounds and then another episode of Watching Paint Dry, then Claudia Schmidt'll come out and try to fill the gap in her teeth, and Pat Donohue and Peter Ostroushko are going to favor us with the story of "The Swede Who Didn't Like Meatballs.

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