"Now back to Code Name: Diamond Head, starring... that one guy."
  — Crow


The Short

A Day at the Fair

Synopsis

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A farming family prepares for their yearly trip to the Indiana State Fair, both to show off their wares enjoy the offerings of the 3-H Club.

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Obscure References

  • "Grazin' in the grass is a gas baby. can you dig it?"

A quote from the song "Grazing in the Grass" covered by The Friends of Distinction.

The Movie

Synopsis

The hero of Code Name: Diamond Head

Johnny Paul (Thinnes) arrives in Oahu disguised as a flashy gambler and ladies' man. However, he is actually on a mission to stop the theft of a deadly new gas, which has the potential to cause instant death upon contact. The substance was being secretly created by a top battalion of Marines at the request of a Pentagon official. However, a double agent had infiltrated the unit, killed the executive, and assumed his identity. Paul uses his image to get close to the double agent, who is known by the pseudonym "Tree". However, once his cover is blown, it's a race against time to stop Tree from selling the secrets to an unnamed foreign power.

Ian McShane as Tree

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The Episode

Host Segments

Mike & the Bots in their filth

Prologue: Mike and the Bots marvel over how dirty others' lifestyles are as they are living in their own filth. They ponder an unknown smell.

Segment One: The Bots look for the source of the mystery odor. The Mads are grossed out by the SOL crew and end up trying to top each other in cleanliness. Mike and the Bots clean up the SOL.

SOL luau

Segment Two: Tom and Crow think Mike is too nice, so Magic Voice shows them what it would be like if Mike weren’t so nice. Mike spoofs Robert De Niro's character from the movie This Boy's Life.

Segment Three: Crow and Tom want to play, but Mike is too busy. Their complaints allow Magic Voice to show them what it would be like to live with a Crash Test Dummy.

Segment Four: Tom and Crow complain about Mike's cooking, and so Magic Voice shows Crow and Tom what it would be like to live with the Frugal Gourmet.

Episode bumpers

Segment Five: Mike and the bots have a luau on the SOL to celebrate the end of the movie. Tom dances the hula, interpreting a letter. The Mads are still obsessing about cleanliness.

Stinger: "Aaaahhh! Johnny! Down there!"

MST3K cast

Trivia

  • "Controller" Tim Johnson appears for the first time in the credits and would remain for the rest of the series.

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • The running gag about the crew not placing Tree's henchman.

The actor none of the crew can place is Eric Braeden, best known for appearing on The Rat Patrol and charismatic villain Victor Newman on The Young And The Restless. However, when he appeared on The Rat Patrol he was still using the name "Hans Gudegast", further adding to the crew's confusion over his identity.

  • "Well hello, in nomine Patris."

"In nomine Patris" is Latin for "In the name of the Father."

  • "He raises Dead End Kids!"

The Dead End Kids, later known by such names as the Little Tough Guys and the Bowery Boys, appeared in a series of comedy films beginning in the 1930s.

  • "Tell 'em what they've won, Johnny Olson."

Johnny Olson was the announcer on many game shows, including Match Game and The Price is Right.

  • "Later, these moths turn up in the mouths of Bob's victims!"

A reference to the fictional serial killer Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs, who placed a Death's-Head hawkmoth pupa in his victims' throats as his calling card.

  • "Hi, I'm Jeanie at DeVry!"

A reference to a commercial for the DeVry Institute, a nationwide chain of adult-education centers, now known as DeVry University.

  • "Come back to AT&T. Where're you're 'Friends & Family' now?"

A reference to a long distance sales campaign launched by Sprint during the 1980s known as the 'Friends & Family' plan which directly targeted dissatisfied AT&T customers. This plan allowed a Sprint customer to make phone calls to any other registered 'Friend & Family' member for a discounted rate, and gave a bonus to any customer who recommended a new user to change to Sprint.

  • "Vatican II: The Final Reckoning!"

The Second Vatican Council (also known as "Vatican II") was held from 1962–65 and resulted in significant modernization of many of the Catholic Church's doctrines and rituals.

  • "Mr. Woodman!" "Look, Kotter, I don't like your kids!"

Mike and Crow are commenting on an actor's resemblance to Mr. Woodman, the assistant principal from the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

  • "Heh! That Loudon Wainwright..."

Spoken by Crow at the beginning of Host Segment Two as he is reading a Life magazine issue about rock and roll. Loudon Wainwright III is a folk singer-songwriter whose music has a witty, self-mocking style. His father, Loudon Wainwright Jr., was a writer and editor for Life magazine.

  • "Turn it off! Turn it off!"

Crow is imitating George C. Scott (as a father watching his daughter's appearance in a pornographic film) in the 1979 movie Hardcore.

  • (singing) "Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheep cheep cheep..."

"Pick a Little, Talk a Little" is a song from The Music Man in which a group of small-town busybodies gossip in such a manner that they sound like a brood of cackling hens.

  • "...going as John Waters!"

John Waters is a filmmaker who made a name for himself with intentionally offensive movies such as Pink Flamingos. One of his defining physical characteristics is his thin, well-groomed mustache.

  • "The Eiger Sanction had more Hawaiian locations that this movie!"

The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 thriller film starring Clint Eastwood as an assassin ordered to kill a mountain climber in the Swiss Alps.

  • "Rope had more Hawaiian locations than this movie."

Rope is a 1948 Hitchcock psychological crime thriller set entirely in an apartment.

  • "I'm here for the Daniel Inouye fundraiser."

Daniel Inouye was a long-serving U.S. Senator from Hawaii.

  • "He's gonna have a Montclair Moment any minute now."

A reference to an old advertising campaign for Montclair cigarettes.

  • "Ted Turner in Frenzy!"

Ted Turner is a media mogul known for his distinctive mustache. Frenzy is a 1972 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock about a serial killer who tries to frame his friend for the murders.

  • Patch me through to Yarnell! "And Shields!"

Shields and Yarnell were a mime duo who had their own variety TV show during the 1970s.

  • "We got a lot of money here, Mitchell!"

A line from Martin Balsam's character at the end of Experiment #512, Mitchell.

  • "Shirley Hemphill!"

Shirley Hemphill played the sassy waitress Shirley in the sitcom What's Happening!!.

  • "Captain Stubing!" "Merrill."

Merrill Stubing is the captain of the titular ship in The Love Boat.

  • "Okay, let's flip it over to Hec Ramsey."

Hec Ramsey is a short-lived Western TV series that aired on NBC in the 1970s, starring Richard Boone.

Video releases

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