Well. That settles it. Spankings all around, then.
- Mike as the father

The Short[]

A Date with Your Family


A Date with Your Family

Main article: A Date with Your Family (short)


The short shows how to ensure that a family has a pleasant dinner together.


The Movie[]

Main article: Invasion USA (film)


A group of Americans from a variety of backgrounds are presented with a scenario in which the United States is attacked and invaded by a hostile foreign power.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


Mike builds a robot

Prologue: Channeling his predecessor, Mike builds a robot. Tom and Crow are initially impressed, but the new robot soon reveals that its sole objective is destruction.

Segment One: Mike promises the Bots he won't build anymore robots. Dr. F decides it's science project time, so Crow must choose between a soft, cuddly Dr. F doll or a stark wire robot "mother". After a brief consideration, Crow opts for the latter. TV's Frank is the control group, dressed as a pincushion.


SOL "family date"

Segment Two: Inspired by the short, the SOL crew presents their own stilted and awkward "family date". It devolves into chaos after Gypsy points out how boring things are.

Segment Three: Tom tricks Crow into giving an excessively-detailed lecture, comparing and contrasting the two actresses who played Lois Lane on the 1950’s TV series The Adventures of Superman (as they both appear in the movie).

Segment Four: A game of Jenga is interrupted by a visit from "A. Bomb" on the Hexfield. He’s unhappy about the trend toward nuclear disarmament, but Mike cheers him up and persuades him on a new "career path", which might not be a good thing.


Dr. F Doll

Segment Five: Traumatized by the movie, Tom is convinced that life is but a dream. He insists that Mike hit him with a huge clown hammer to wake up. Mike reads a letter from a little girl who tells them, "You’re not missing much on Earth!". On patrol in Deep 13, Frank asks Dr. F "Who won the World Series?". Dr. F replies, "I did.", which satisfies Frank.

Stinger: "Extra! Paper! America invaded! Read all about it!" (said by a dispassionate newsboy who enters and leaves quickly)

MST3K cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast

Other Notes[]

  • This was the first and only appearance of Mike's Robot (whose real/proper name is unknown, although some MiSties have started referring to him as "Blue" for his color, and as a humorous nod to the children's television animated dog).
  • Mike's robot's use of the word "Destroy" was most likely a play on the Doctor Who aliens known as the Daleks use of the phrase "Exterminate", or possibly just the trope of killer robots in general.
  • Writer/Comedian Mike Dodge, who worked on MST3K during Season 6 and later with Mike, Kevin, and Bill on The Adventures of Edward the Less and The Film Crew makes his only on-screen appearance on the show as "A. Bomb" in Host Segment Four.
  • The segment on the "Two Lois Lanes" could be seen as a satirical comment on the internet debate over "Joel vs. Mike", which was raging at the time.
  • A. Bomb has "MJ-P" and "2-27" on him. "MJ-P" stands for Mary Jo Pehl, and her birthday is February 27.


  • Mike and the Bots incorrectly identify the uncredited actress portraying the First Airline Ticket Agent as Phyllis Coates. During the scene in which the character appears, Servo comments that "Lois Lane got a fro" when the actress is on screen, and during Host Segment Three, the actress's photo is used on the chart comparing the two Lois Lanes. Phyllis Coates (sporting blond hair) appears later in the movie as Mrs. Mulfory.

Obscure References[]

  • "Starring these people AND Chuck Norris!"

Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris starred in an unrelated 1985 feature film entitled Invasion USA.

  • "...And the entire Gotham City council."

Gotham City is the home of the fictional vigilante known as Batman.

  • "The lead singer of The Cure is a screenwriter too! I had no idea..."

Robert Smith, the writer of Invasion USA shares his name with the lead singer of the band The Cure.

  • "Sylvia?"

A reference to poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide by suffocating herself in a gas oven.

  • "There's a rabbit in there!"

A reference to the scene in the film Fatal Attraction where Michael Douglas' character discovers that Glenn Close's character has killed and cooked his daughter's pet rabbit.

  • "Madame Defarge waits in the living room!"

Madame Defarge was a character in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, who was depicted as constantly knitting.

  • "I'm moving to Fire Island, dear!"

Fire Island, New York has long been known as a center of gay culture.

  • "What, me direct?"

The director's name is similar to Alfred E. Neuman, whose catch phrase was "What, me worry?"

  • "Shouldn't he be guarding Oswald?"

The bartender bears a passing resemblance to Jim Leavelle, who was standing nearby when Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

  • "You know, for some reason, I can't help thinking that Bobbie Gentry had something to do with this."

Bobbie Gentry wrote and performed the song "Ode to Billy Joe", which featured the refrain "Billie Joe McCallister jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge."

  • "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..."

A reference to the ending of the film Dr. Strangelove, in which the song "We'll Meet Again" sung by Vera Lynn is played over a montage of nuclear explosions.

  • "...Cruising up and down the coast of Yakutsk..."

Yakutsk is a city in Russia. It doesn't have a "coast", but it is located entirely on the west bank of the Lena River. Yakutsk is a strategic territory in the Asia region of the war-simulation board game Risk.

  • "Hey, Lenny. How 'bout another Manhattan Project? Put it on my tab."

The Manhattan Project was the name given to the United States' project to develop nuclear weapons during World War II. A Manhattan is a mixed alcoholic drink made with whiskey, vermouth, and bitters.

  • "I think I'll go call that weasel Helen Caldicott up..."

Helen Caldicott is an Australian-born physician and author. She became a prominent anti-nuclear weapons activist in the United States during the 1970s and '80s.

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