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"Right in the middle of the Steinman-Hopsburg wedding reception!"
  — Mike


Design for Dreaming

Synopsis

The short "Design for Dreaming"

In this musical short, a woman dreams of a mysterious masked man who takes her to see the future... as represented by the 1956 General Motors Motorama.

Information

The Movie

Main article: 12 to the Moon (film)

Synopsis

An international team of scientists and explorers mount an expedition to the moon. Complications arise.

The Episode

Host Segments

Gypsy's tea party

Prologue: Crow and Tom Servo make fun of Mike for being forced to attend Gypsy's tea party. He inadvertently reveals that he knows less about Designing Women than Gypsy thinks he does.

Segment One: Frank hosts a roast to Dr. F until his "jokes" begin to fall flat, and Dr. F retaliates with repeated blows to the stomach. On the SOL, the crew has its first ever Celebrity Open. When Gypsy calls him out of bounds, Tom has a tennis tantrum a la John McEnroe.

Frank roasts Dr. F

Segment Two: The gang is in the middle of playing international astronauts when Nuveena pops in on the SOL. Her singing and dancing is greeted with fear and trepidation.

Segment Three: The crew packs to leave with Nuveena. The Bots observe she sings and dances a lot. Gypsy is not entirely optimistic about moving, while Tom wants to blow the SOL up when they leave.

Nuveena on the SOL

Segment Four: Nuveena makes Crow into a blender, Gypsy into an oven, and Tom into a pressure cooker. In her world, robots are nothing more than slaves and appliances, and so Mike chooses the Bots over her and tells her to leave.

Segment Five: Mike consoles himself over the loss of Nuveena with cookie dough and reads some letters to make himself feel better. In Deep 13, Nuveena makes one last appearance to dance with Frank.

Stinger: Heinrich says, "Ahh, ridiculous!"

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

Trivia

  • A list of the tough guy names given to Captain Anderson. None of these were duplicated in Space Mutiny. See also the 'rules' for tough guy names in host segment 3 of Hercules Against the Moon Men.
    • Cliff Beefpile
    • Sledge Riprock
    • Tank Concrete
    • Bronc Drywall
    • Stump Hugelarge
    • Chunk Pylon
    • Chunk Manmusk
    • Ron Codpiece
    • Sledge Fisthammer
    • Clint Stompheader
    • Chuck Hardslab
    • Chunk Ironchest
  • Nuveena is the first human female to make an appearance on the Satellite of Love bridge.

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "...Merchant and Ivory are calling!"

A reference to Merchant Ivory Productions.

  • "You're out of order! She's out of order! The whole damn court's out of order!"

Servo is paraphrasing Al Pacino in the 1979 movie ...And Justice for All.

  • "Just call me 'Bobo', Frank."

Dr. Forrester is referring to the 1990 film and novel The Grifters. The crime boss called Bobo (played by Pat Hingle) would beat his unsuccessful subordinates with oranges wrapped in a towel. This method of punishment was extremely painful for the victim but did not leave any telltale marks on them. There is no apparent connection to Professor Bobo.

  • "Janine Turner!"

Actress Janine Turner was well-known at the time for her role on the popular TV series Northern Exposure. She had short dark hair similar to the dancer here.

Another reference to the theme song from the TV series Baretta.

  • "...It seems that Jerry has already dickie-birded into the cheese factory, sir!"

From Monty Python's Flying Circus RAF Banter sketch.

  • "This is a rebuttal to Roger & Me!"

Roger & Me was a 1989 documentary in which Michael Moore assailed General Motors for closing its plant in Flint, Michigan.

  • "It's Deal-A-Meal!"

Deal-A-Meal was a diet plan promoted by Richard Simmons that involved using a set of cards to plan meals.

  • "Looks like her Mother's Little Helpers kicked in."

A reference to "Mother's Little Helper", a Rolling Stones song about a pill-abusing housewife.

  • "Happy Birthday, Wanda June!"

"Happy Birthday, Wanda June" is a play written by Kurt Vonnegut.

  • "Oooh-oooh, Black Diamond..."

The chorus from the Kiss song "Black Diamond".

  • "This is what happens when you go to a car show with Michael Crawford."

Michael Crawford played the title role in the Broadway musical version of The Phantom of the Opera.

  • "Stockard Channing IS Peter Pan."

Stockard Channing played Rizzo in the film version of the musical Grease. She had short, dark hair. Stage productions of Peter Pan often have performers appearing to fly by being attached to wires suspended from the rafters.

  • "Atomic batteries to power..."

This was part of the checklist that would often be made on the 1960s Batman TV series when Batman and Robin prepared the Batmobile for action.

  • "With my sword and magic helmet!"

The implements Elmer Fudd plans to use to "kill the wabbit" in the cartoon What's Opera, Doc? (though he had a spear, not a sword).

  • "...I'd like to welcome you on board People's Express Flight 201 to the moon!"

People Express was a low-cost American airline that operated during the 1980s.

  • "Looks like Thierry Mugler designed these suits, huh?"

Thierry Mugler is a French fashion designer.

  • "Again with the finger!"

A quote from from the movie version of writer Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys.

  • "We are out of Colombian coffee!"

A reference to a series of commercials from the 1990s, in which a cruise ship or Orient Express-type train would turn around after the chef announced that the supply of Colombian coffee had run out.

  • "Oh, Vince Coleman is here! Look out!"

Vince Coleman is a now-retired baseball player who had infamously thrown a lit firecracker at a crowd of autograph seekers outside of Dodger Stadium during the 1993 season.

  • "Sentimental hygiene..."

"Sentimental Hygiene" is a song by Warren Zevon.

  • "My guest tonight via satellite, the Earth."

Crow is imitating Ted Koppel, former host of the ABC news show Nightline, as the background music in the final scene of the film sounds familiar to the Nigthtline theme.

  • "Looks like a NORML meeting."

Referring to the vast quantities of steam; NORML is the National Organization for the Reform of Marjuana Laws.

Video releases

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