"You know, as in tune as Bert I. Gordon was with the Fifties, he just didn't get the Sixties."
- Tom Servo

The Movie[]

Main article: Village of the Giants (film)


A suburban child prodigy develops a substance that makes living things grow to massive size. Some rambunctious youths who are passing through town learn about the discovery and use it on themselves. The giants torment the citizenry until a method of reversing the process is developed.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


Frank gets fired

Prologue: Mike and the Bots do their annual workout. As Mike says, "If you can't take 30 minutes out of every year, you don't deserve a hot date!"

Segment One: Mike and the Bots put a wide variety of items into a juicer before contacting the Mads. Dr. Forrester makes the announcement that they're making cutbacks down in Deep 13, and orders TV's Frank to fire... TV's Frank!


Dr. F interviews Torgo

Segment Two: After being fired, Frank lounges around Deep 13 in his underwear, watching TV. Meanwhile, Dr. Forrester interviews then hires Torgo.

Segment Three: Frank's taken up refuge in the storage closet in Deep 13 to keep Dr. F from kicking him out. Mike and the Bots pretend to interview Frank so he’ll be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Segment Four: Frank's got his stuff packed and ready to go, but not before saying goodbye to Mike & the Bots. The SOL crew sings "The Greatest Frank of All" (over a montage of clips of Frank put together by Cambot). The song energizes Frank, who begins his plans to oust Torgo.

Segment Five: As Mike and the Bots go through letters supporting Frank, Frank talks to Torgo and gives him some advice that will "make Dr. Forrester really happy". Frank's underhanded scheme gets Torgo ejected, and Frank gets his job back. Still, Dr. Forrester is going to have to kill him.

Village of the Giants; Frank Zappa Memorial

The SOL crew's tribute to another Frank.

Stinger: A tribute to the late Frank Zappa.

MST3K cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast



Obscure References[]

  • "They're dancing near a collapsed star!"

A star may shrink from a (roughly, as an example) 900,000-mile diameter to as small as (say) twenty miles across when it collapses. If its mass is great enough, it may become a black hole. As one approaches any mass the gravitational field intensifies, and, to an outside observer, clocks slow down as gravity increases; therefore, the dancers would appear to move slower. The effect is greatly intensified for greatly compacted bodies.

  • Dr. Forrester's parting gift for Frank is an action figure from the Coneheads movie.
  • "The extra E is for extra Levine!"

There was a famous TV ad campaign on New York City cable during the '80s for a phone sex line featuring "watersports". The number was 970-PEEE; their slogan was "The extra 'E' is for extra PEE!"

  • "Mr. Mojo RISING!"

Excerpt from the song "L.A. Woman" by The Doors.

  • "You could learn a lot from a dummy."

During the 1990s, a series of public-service announcements promoting the use of seat belts featured the comical misadventures of a pair of living crash-test dummies, and used the slogan "You could learn a lot from a dummy".

  • "Unused footage from The Piano."

The Piano is a 1993 film about a mute woman living in 19th-century New Zealand.

  • "I hope that blows up in his face so I don't have to see Willow!"

Willow is a 1988 fantasy movie directed by Ron Howard. It received mixed reviews and was not considered a box-office success, but has developed a following in subsequent years. A follow-up novel entitled Shadow Moon was published in 1995, and it would later be featured on 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back.

  • "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!"

A line spoken by the title character in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It is the last spoken line of the movie.

  • "Hey, Thomasina!"

A reference to the live-action Disney movie The Three Lives of Thomasina.

  • "The Million Dollar Ducks!!"

A reference to the live-action Disney movie The Million Dollar Duck.

  • "Or Jim J. Bullock?"

Actor Jim J. Bullock is best known for playing Monroe Ficus on the 1980s sitcom Too Close for Comfort.

  • "Frank, you haven't been off that couch since Vicki!"

Vicki was a short-lived 1993 daytime talk show hosted by actress Vicki Lawrence.

  • "What sin could a duck commit in a single lifetime..."

Paraphrases a line spoken by the title character in The Amazing Colossal Man.

  • "Lucas McCain, tha-at's his kid..."

Lucas McCain was the hero of the Western TV series The Rifleman. Johnny Crawford played his son on the show.

  • "Howard the Duck, Behind the Green Door!"

Howard the Duck is a Marvel Comics character who became the subject of a notoriously poorly-received movie in 1986. Behind the Green Door was a pornographic film originally released in 1972.

  • "...on Acapulco H.E.A.T.!"

Acapulco H.E.A.T. is an action TV series that aired in first-run syndication during the 1990s. It featured Fabio.

  • "Hmmm, what to do about Clint..."

Ron Howard's brother Clint is a prolific B-movie actor, and occasionally appears in films directed by Ron.

  • "Darkboy!"

Darkman is a 1990 movie about a disfigured scientist who becomes a superhero who fights crime using hyper-realistic masks. When not in disguise, Darkman wears a large black coat and hat.

  • "Charlie, they took my thumbs..."

A quote from the 1984 film The Pope of Greenwich Village.

  • "Back, and to the left."

A quote from Oliver Stone's film JFK about the movement of President John F. Kennedy's head when he was assassinated.

  • "Ziggy Stardust!"

A reference to the David Bowie album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars".

  • "C'mon, surrender the pink!"

Surrender the Pink is a novel written by Carrie Fisher.

  • "Tonight, right here on our stage, a really big show, a big big big big show."

Crow is imitating the popular television variety host Ed Sullivan, who was known for announcing to his viewing audience that he had a "really big show" prepared.

  • "We'll probably get drafted by the Cavs."

"Cavs" is the nickname for the Cleveland, OH professional basketball team, the Cavaliers.

  • "We hate you Conrad, oh yes we do..."

A re-purposing of a line from the Conrad Birdie fan club song from the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

  • Beau Bridges: "What is happening?"

Mike then sings part of the theme tune from the 1970s TV sitcom What's Happening?.

  • "Hey, Cthulhu!"

Cthulhu is a fictional evil god that originated in the writings of H. P. Lovecraft.

  • "It's going into Charles Bukowski's sink!"

American writer Charles Bukowski had a reputation as a heavy drinker.

  • "Hey, an article by William Safire!"

William Safire was a presidential speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and is a longtime New York Times columnist.

  • "We'll get us a hostage of our own!" "Terry Anderson!"

Terry Anderson was one of several Americans held hostage by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon beginning in 1985.

  • "Giant steps are what you take..."

A line from the Police song "Walking on the Moon".

  • "Oh look, Ed Gein's the driver!"

Ed Gein, a serial killer arrested in Minnesota in 1957, became infamous for making clothing and furniture from his victims' remains.

  • "Eldridge Cleavage!"

A punning reference to former black militant Eldridge Cleaver.

  • "Etc., etc., etc..."

Famous line uttered by Yul Brynner's portrayal of the King of Siam from The King And I.

  • "By this time my son's lungs were aching for air!"

A reference to Sea Hunt, in which Beau Bridges' father Lloyd was a deep-sea diver. This is a frequently used line on the show.

  • "That's funny... That kid's dusting crops where there ain't no crops!"

Line from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest which precedes one of the film's most famous sequences.

  • "The shamed cast of Terror of Tiny Town..."

The Terror of Tiny Town is a 1938 Western movie directed by Sam Newfield with an all-little person cast.

  • "Its like waking up, rolling over and seeing Jim Varney!"

Comic actor Jim Varney was best known for playing the dim-witted character Ernest P. Worrell.

Video releases[]


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