|“||The eeeeentire creeeeeewwww
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
To their disdaaaain
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.
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 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.
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?"
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- This episode aired fifth during Turkey Day '17.
- "Leather coat…" (The Beatniks)
- "Watch out for Sleestacks!" (Eegah)
- "To live like the E-lam…" (Robot Monster)
- The box of "Cap'n Ron" cereal. (Show 502)
- "You’re stuck here!" (Fugitive Alien)
- Joel and the Bots repeatedly refer to Bix Dugan as "Big Stupid".
- "Mariette Hartley had *two* belly buttons in Genesis II!"
Genesis II is a 1973 made-for-TV sci-fi movie written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The character did indeed have two navels, which was Roddenberry's response to the (nonsensical, he thought) censorship he had experienced on his previous series.
- "...with a film like Shane..."
- "Sneak, Von Ryan, sneak!"
A parody of a line from the 1965 World War II adventure film Von Ryan's Express, wherein a group of Allied prisoners of war escape to Switzerland by hijacking a freight train.
- "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 is a naive, inexperienced recent college graduate who is 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..."
- "Christina's World!"
- "It's Larry and Balki's apartment!"
Cousins Larry and Balki are the main characters in the sitcom Perfect Strangers.
- "Carrie is so very..."
- "Hey, Mel, kiss my grits!"
- "They took turns with Big Stupid and there were three of them."
- "The Color of Danny."
The Color of Money is 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."
- "Ah, stop da music... my eggs are cold! Ha cha cha cha!!"
The diner patron with his back turned bears some resemblance to actor, comedian, singer, and pianist Jimmy Durante. "Ha cha cha cha!" was one of Durante's most famous catchphrases.
- "Hey! They're in the Land of the Lost!" "Watch out for Sleestacks!"
- "Gollum! Gollum!!"
Jack Elam's characteristic creeping puts Tom in mind of The Hobbit and The 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.
- "Burlington Northern presents: a film by Casey Jones."'
The Burlington Northern Railroad operated from 1970 to 1996, when it merged into the Santa Fe Railroad to become Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). Casey Jones was a locomotive engineer who was killed when his train rear-ended another in Mississippi on April 30, 1900. The name "Casey Jones" has since entered the popular consciousness as commonly associated with railroad engineers (and a non-train related supporting character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise).
- The episode was released on DVD in the United States on 7 July 2009 as part of Shout! Factory's Volume XV along with episodes The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, Zombie Nightmare, and Racket Girls.
- The DVD includes the special feature Behind the Scenes: MST3K Scrapbook Scraps II.
|preceded by: Season 4||MST3K Season 5||followed by: Season 6|
|1993 - 1994|
|501||Warrior of the Lost World||1993-07-24||509||The Girl in Lovers Lane||1993-09-18||517||Beginning of the End||1993-11-25|
|502||Hercules||1993-07-17||510||The Painted Hills||1993-09-26||518||The Atomic Brain||1993-12-04|
|504||Secret Agent Super Dragon||1993-08-07||512||Mitchell||1993-10-23||520||Radar Secret Service||1993-12-18|
|505||The Magic Voyage of Sinbad||1993-08-14||513||The Brain That Wouldn't Die||1993-10-30||521||Santa Claus||1993-12-24|
|506||Eegah||1993-08-28||514||Teen-Age Strangler||1993-11-07||522||Teen-Age Crime Wave||1994-01-15|
|507||I Accuse My Parents||1993-09-04||515||The Wild Wild World of Batwoman||1993-11-13||523||Village of the Giants||1994-01-22|
|508||Operation Double 007||1993-09-11||516||Alien from L.A.||1993-11-20||524||12 to the Moon||1994-02-05|