(David comes home to find his TV is on and his living room is a mess; the sounds of a Looney Tunes cartoon blare from the TV)

"Oh, that's right, I rented the spare room to Elmer Fudd."

  — Mike (as David)


The Movie

Synopsis

Ann-Margaret in Kitten with a Whip

Straight-laced politician David Stratton (John Forsythe) arrives at his home in San Diego and is shocked to discover Jody - a beautiful young woman who he does not know - has taken up residence. Stratton's wife is away visiting relatives in San Francisco, and he agrees to help Jody after she tells him about the hardship in her life.

After giving Jody some money, buying her new clothes, and sending her on her way, David is shocked to learn that she is a recent escapee from a juvenile detention home, where she stabbed a matron and started a fire. Jody returns to David's home, where she is soon joined by two young male associates, Ron and Buck. They torment David, who is afraid of a public scandal that could end his career.

Jody and her friends enjoy a wild party. They later begin to quarrel, resulting in Ron being seriously wounded with a straight razor. They drive across the Mexico border to seek medical attention, taking David along.

Jody and David elude Ron and Buck and hide themselves in a Tijuana motel. When Ron and Buck find them, David and Jody flee in a car, and a high-speed chase ensues. Ron and Buck's car crashes and they are both killed. Jody is seriously injured, and she absolves David of any wrongdoing before she dies.

Information

Kitten with a Whip

  • In her autobiography Ann-Margret, My Story Ann-Margret says that her "gritty and intense" performance in this movie tarnished her image with fans who wanted her to remain an innocent sweetheart. Despite "atrocious reviews," the movie did well at the box office and also impressed director Mike Nichols, who cast Ann-Margret in his film Carnal Knowledge several years later.
  • The interior of the Mexican motel is the same set as the Bates Motel from Psycho.
  • This film recycles portions of Henry Mancini's music from Touch of Evil (1958).
  • The cartoon playing on the TV when David discovers that Jody has returned to his home is the 1951 Warner Brothers short Canned Feud directed by Friz Freleng.

The Episode

Host Segments

Dr. F

Prologue: Mike and Tom prepare Crow for a dangerous mission through the Umbilicus by greasing him up.

Segment One: Crow is sent down the Umbilicus into Deep 13 to try and find the "bring down the Satellite of Love" button. It ends abruptly in failure when he runs into Dr. F, who promptly has Frank put a giant moustrap baited with a Nutrageous at the entrance to the Umbiliport.

Kitten with a Whip (played by Kevin Murphy) visits

Segment Two: Because Richard Anderson, Oscar Goldman from TV’s Six Million Dollar Man, is in the movie, Mike gives Crow and Tom bionic sound effects. It doesn't take long to enthrall the Bots and annoy Mike.

Segment Three: As Crow discovers one of his bionic noises isn't quite gone yet, a kitten with a whip visits on the Hexfield. Whatever message he has doesn't get out due to his feline tendencies.

Segment Four: The SOL crosses the equator, so Mike hazes himself before the Bots can by dressing in drag, piercing his nose, and drinking witch hazel. Except the Bots hadn’t planned to haze him.

Mike hazes himself

Segment Five: Mike and the Bots have a Mexican festival on the SOL with a Dr. F piñata. It's full of letters, so they read one, except Mike thinks it's too cute to be real and beats it with his piñata stick. Back in Deep 13, Dr. F has a Frank piñata made of Frank.

Stinger: "I’ll be a celebrity! And so will you!"

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

Trivia

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "Put a NutRageous in this..."
NutRageous was a candy bar marketed by the Hershey company during the 1990s.
  • "Anatomy of a Murder!"
Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 film whose cast includes Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott.
  • "I thought it was Ann-Margrock."
Reference to Ann-Margret's guest appearance on The Flintstones.
  • "Russ Meyer's Goldilocks!"
Russ Meyer was a film director who rose to prominence during the 1960s and '70s. He was notorious for casting women with large breasts in his movies.
  • "We can rebuild you, John. You'll be faster, stronger..."
A parody of the opening narration from The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • "Has Lieutenant Woodman come in yet?" "He's with Mr. Kotter, sir."
A reference to Mr. Woodman, the principal from Welcome Back, Kotter.
  • "Then Barney stumbled into my room..." "Baby Bop, too!"
Baby Bop is a character from Barney & Friends.
  • "I'm gonna turn you into Shields and Yarnell!"
Shields and Yarnell were a mime duo who had their own variety TV show during the 1970s.
  • "She looked a little like..." "...Dee Snider."
Dee Snider is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.
  • "Carl Stalling's in his house!"
Carl Stalling was a music composer best known for scoring Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • "There's a rabbit boiling on the stove for you!"
A reference to a scene in Fatal Attraction.
  • "You need Joel Hyatt!"
A reference to lawyer Joel Hyatt's commercials for his legal-services company.
  • "The Young Gladys Kravitz Chronicles!"
A reference to the 1990s TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and to Gladys Kravitz, the nosy neighbor from Bewitched.
  • "Nurse Ratched!"
Nurse Ratched was the officious nurse in the mental health facility from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • "You guys are about as intimidating as Chad and Jeremy!"
Chad and Jeremy were a British folk-rock duo from the mid-1960s.
  • "Oh no, Edith Prickley's nude!"
Edith Prickley was a character from SCTV.
  • "Is she rolfing herself?"
Rolfing is a type of massage promoted as "alternative medicine".
  • "We must pray to Vaal!"
The actor saying this resembles the bewigged and entoweled inhabitants of a statue-worshipping culture in the episode "The Apple" from Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • "Payne Stewart, Holy Man!"
Payne Stewart was a professional golfer who died in a plane crash in 1999.
  • "Will Durant, J.D."
Will Durant was an American philosopher and historian.

Video releases

MST3K DVD Cover


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