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


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Watch and enjoy a wide variety of circus acts - if you dare! The short is a look at the Clyde Beatty circus, 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

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.

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.
  • "From the land of sky-blue waters..."
The jingle from a Hamm's Beer commercial from the 1950s.
  • "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."
  • "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.
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    MST3K 422 Promo

    "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.

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