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Feels a sense of shaaaaame (shame)

If only they had half a brain

They could attain

A measure of fame

From a film like Shane

But nooooo

To their disdaaaain

The Girl in Lovers Lane


The Movie

Synopsis

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The Girl in Lovers Lane

Danny (Lowell Brown) is a young adult from a wealthy family. He runs away from home because his parents are divorcing. Hopping into a railroad boxcar, Danny meets Bix Dugan (Brett Halsey), a long-time drifter who agrees to "mentor" Danny. Danny's naivete leads him to a variety of precarious situations from which Bix must extract him.

Stopping in small town, Danny and Bix get jobs in a diner. Bix becomes romantically involved with the waitress Carrie (Joyce Meadows) and re-examines his lifestyle. This earns him the ire of Jesse (Jack Elam), a troubled character in the town who is fixated on Carrie.

Information

  • Actor Jack Elam’s characteristic eye was caused by an injury he suffered at age 12. During a Boy Scout meeting, a boy threw a pencil, and it jabbed Jack’s eyeball. Viewers might recognize him as the perverse "doctor" character that accompanied Burt Reynolds and DeLuise in the movie Cannonballl Run.
  • Actor Brett Halsey (who played Bix Dugan) had a tiny part in Experiment 801 Revenge of the Creature. He’s one of the young men who finds the female lead unconscious on the shore, and then promptly gets killed by the creature.

The Episode

Host Segments

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Joel gives the Bots belly buttons

Prologue: Crow and Tom Servo attempt to give themselves belly buttons. Joel is initially against the idea (mostly because of the drill press involved), but finally relents.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom and Crow contemplate their navels. The Mads present evil baseball promotion night ideas, such as Colorless Odorless Toxic Gas Night and Slide Whistle/Brass Knuckle Night. Joel and the Bots have Doc Martens for Don Martin, complete with nutty sound effects.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots sing their own train song, "What a Pleasant Journey" in the style of Boxcar Willie.

Segment Three: The Bots plant some money and a pinball machine on the SOL bridge to try to trick Joel into reenacting the alley fight scene from the movie. Joel doesn't play along, so they accost him anyway.

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Crow's Jack Elam impression

Segment Four: Tom and Joel attempt to do the old trick that sucks an egg into the milk bottle when Crow comes by to do his Jack Elam impression. He only wants to deal with Gypsy. Joel and Tom aren't impressed, so Crow extols Elam's virtues.

Segment Five: Furious about the extremely depressing ending of the movie, the Bots devise new, happier endings. Joel reads some letters as the Bots continue to ponder their new endings. In Deep 13, Frank writes a new ending as Dr. F delivers a moment of pain using a sledgehammer and a railroad spike.

Stinger: The prostitute in the bathtub says, "Are you waiting for a bus?"

Trivia

Callbacks

Running Jokes

  • Joel and the Bots repeatedly refer to Bix Dugan as "Big Stupid".

Obscure References

Genesis II is a 1973 made-for-TV sci-fi movie written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The character did indeed have 2 navels, which was Roddenberry's response to the (nonsensical, he thought) censorship he had experienced on his previous series.

  • "...with a film like Shane..."

Tom Servo refers to the film Shane, a highly-regarded Western. Shane co-starred Emile Meyer, who played Carrie's father Cal in The Girl in Lovers Lane.

  • "Sneak, Von Ryan, sneak!"

A parody of a line from the movie Von Ryan's Express.

  • "Hey, are we bound for glory right now, Mr. Big Stupid?"

A reference to the 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound For Glory. Directed by Hal Ashby and starring David Carradine as Guthrie, it includes several sequences of the folk singer riding the rails. The riff could also refer to the gospel song "This Train (Is Bound for Glory)," which was the inspiration for the title of Guthrie's autobiography and the later film adaption.

  • "Richie Brockelman, the lost episodes..."

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye is a short-lived spin-off of the TV series The Rockford Files. Brockelman was a naive, inexperienced recent college graduate who was attempting to build his reputation as a private investigator. It was cancelled after 6 episodes.

  • "Is it a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford..."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Take It Easy" by the Eagles.

  • "Christina's World!"

An allusion to the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina's World.

  • "It's Larry and Balki's apartment!"

Cousins Larry and Balki are the main characters from the sitcom Perfect Strangers.

  • "Carrie is so very..."

Advertising slogan for Keri hand lotion.

  • "Hey, Mel, kiss my grits!"

A reference to Flo, the sassy Southern waitress, on the TV show Alice, who was later spun off into her own series. "Kiss my grits" was her catchphrase.

  • "They took turns with Big Stupid and there were three of them."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Coward of the County" by Kenny Rogers.

  • "The Color of Danny."

The Color of Money was a 1986 film about pool hustlers.

  • "Frodo is in one of those barrels!"

Crow seems to be confusing Frodo Baggins with Bilbo Baggins, who hid in a barrel alongside his dwarf companions to escape the Wood Elves in The Hobbit.

  • "Green-eyed lady, sexy lady."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Green-Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf.

  • "Ah, stop da music... my eggs are cold! Ha cha cha cha!!"

The diner patron with his back turned bears some resemblance to vintage comedian Jimmy Durante. ("Ha cha cha cha!" was one of his most famous catchphrases.)

  • "Hey! They're in the Land of the Lost!" "Watch out for Sleestacks!!"

Land of the Lost was a Sid and Marty Kroft show featuring a human family living amongst dinosaurs. The aforementioned Sleestacks were lizard-like humanoids that dwelt alongside them.

  • "Gollum! Gollum!!"

Jack Elam's characteristic creeping puts Tom in mind of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings antagonist Gollum.

  • "He's as harmless as a puppy." "Yeah, Cujo."

Cujo is a novel by Stephen King, later adapted into a movie, about a rabid dog that attacks its owners.

Video Release

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