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Finally, someone Jim Varney can feel superior to!
  — Mike


The Movie

Main article: Angels Revenge (film)

Synopsis

A high school teacher recruits a diverse group of woman to dismantle a local narcotics ring.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Crow proclaims that he has amnesia, yet evidence and his near perfect recall points to the contrary. Turns out it was Ambrosia.

Segment One: The Mads are dressed as their favorite 1970's relief pitchers Tug McGraw and Rollie Fingers in an effort to boost ratings, but their plan to change the crew of the SOL into the cast of TV's Renegade (starring Lorenzo Lamas) has more potential for success. Initially skeptical, Mike and the Bots are temporarily transformed, but the effect and the ratings spike last only a short while.

The Mads as Tug McGraw and Rollie Fingers

Segment Two: In the spirit of the 70's, Crow's latest movie script is for Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk, a blaxploitation film. Realizing that Crow has simply reworked his earlier script Earth vs. Soup with jive-y character names, the others are reluctant to participate.

Segment Three: Mike imitates the Fonz from Happy Days. The penalty is being blasted by cannon. Mike is surprisingly understanding of having to be destroyed afterward.

Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk

Segment Four: The SOL begins to shake as Aaron Spelling’s enormous house floats past. The crew is awed and dumbstruck.

Closing (Segment Five): Tom has developed the Shame-O-Meter, which has more than enough test subjects in the film, but the Mads dressed as Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King outdoes them all.

Stinger: Viewers are advised to shine their love.

MST3K cast

Trivia

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  • In the Prologue, Mike is holding a copy of Swann's Way. This is the first volume of Marcel Proust's 7-volume autobiographical novel In Search of Lost Time (in keeping with the theme of Crow's amnesia). It is a notoriously long, dense and slow-moving work.
  • At the beginning of Host Segment Four, Mike is practicing a song on his acoustic guitar. The song seems to be "The Rose," written by Amanda McBroom and popularized by Bette Midler in a 1979 film of the same name in which she starred.
  • Frank tells Mike that their ratings are lower than "...reruns of The Duck Factory." The Duck Factory is a NBC sitcom produced in 1984 that starred a young Jim Carrey. Only 13 episodes were produced before it was cancelled due to poor ratings. The series was was re-run on Comedy Central following Carrey's success in films. The show was known for being unfunny and failing to play to Jim Carrey's comedic strengths, instead having him serve as the straight man to a cast of grumpy staffers at a struggling animation studio.
  • The title of Crow's screenplay alludes to the blaxploitation films Cleopatra Jones and its sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.
  • Patrick Brantseg is credited as "Utility Infielder".
  • This was the last episode shown on Comedy Central, in late December 1996.
  • Marks the first episode for Bill Corbett as a contributing writer.
  • This episode was ranked #93 among backers of the Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 campaign in the Top 100 Poll.
  • Twenty years after the episode was first broadcast, Bruce Jenner underwent gender reassignment surgery, making the final exchange between Mike and Servo during the credits over a photo of the film's heroines prescient:
"Hey, where was Bruce Jenner in this shot?"
"He's the one on the left."


Mike & the Bots

Callbacks

Goofs

  • When Mike imitates the Fonz in Host Segment Three, he is wearing a black leather jacket, similar to what Marlon Brando wore in the film The Wild One. While the character of the Fonz was inspired by Brando, Fonzie's jacket was brown and did not have studs. Mike looks more like the hero from Cop 2 Cyborg Cop 2.
  • Crow mentions the TV show Fridays when recalling the significant cultural touchstones of the 1970s. However, Fridays did not debut until April of 1980, making Crow's recollection of it being from the 1970s inaccurate.

Obscure References

  • "Is it the true Don Bluth?"
Don Bluth directed the animated films The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time among others.
  • "Make a wish, baby!"
A line from the top 5 Ambrosia song "Biggest Part of Me." released in 1980.
  • "I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can..."
As the prologue begins, Servo is singing the opening lines of the pop song "Sunglasses at Night", a new wave song performed by Corey Hart. Servo's rendition has more of a swing tempo.
  • "Oh no, this is gonna have Johnny Wadd in it!"
John "Johnny Wadd" Holmes was a porn star during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • "Robert Urich is Dan Tanna!"
Reference to the 1970s ABC detective drama series Vega$ starring Robert Urich.
  • "Dear Ranger Rick Forum, I'm a forest ranger in a small Midwestern town..."
A reference to both the children's nature magazine Ranger Rick and Penthouse Forum, a spin-off of Penthouse magazine whose readers write in with stories of outrageous sexual encounters that are supposedly drawn from personal experience.
  • "David Mamet's Oleanna!"
A reference to Oleanna, a two-character play by David Mamet, in which a male professor and a female student have a prolonged confrontation about her allegations that he has sexually harassed her.
  • "Kelly LeBrock's Heroes!"
A play on both the title of the movie Kelly's Heroes and actress Kelly LeBrock, who remains best known as the computerized fairy godmother Lisa from the movie Weird Science.
  • "This isn't as cool as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl."
A Sid and Marty Krofft-produced live-action children's show lasting one season (sixteen episodes), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl was a lampoon of the Batman TV series, especially the tech-y gizmos called "Electracoms." A film version has been announced, but has not materialized.
  • "I'll be very disappointed if Grant Goodeve isn't in this."
Grant Goodeve played eldest son David on the ABC series Eight Is Enough (1977–81). Goodeve took over the role played by Mark Hamill in the series pilot.
  • "James at 15... miles per hour!"
James at 15 was a short-lived TV series from the late 1970s.
  • "The Bad News Bears are gonna lose that game!"
The Bad News Bears was a 1976 comedy film about an inept youth baseball team. Earlier, they noted the kid's resemblance to Jackie Earle Haley, who starred in that movie.
  • "You're all fired, you've all lost your humility!"
A reference to Arthur Godfrey's 1953 firing of Julius LaRosa, claiming LaRosa had "lost his humility", and the subsequent dismissal of many regulars from The Arthur Godfrey show.
  • "The mean streets of Ojai!"
Ojai is an affluent city in Ventura County, California.
  • "You're ad-dicted kid, ten million strong and growing!"
A spoof on an oft-aired TV spot for Flintstones vitamins.
  • "I've got Gambino ties!"
A reference to the Gambino crime family.
  • "Marjoe Gortner?"
Marjoe Gortner gained celebrity in the 1960s and 1070s as an uncommonly young revivalist preacher. He was featured in a documentary that revealed the hypocrisy of his trade. He later became an actor and co-starred in Starcrash, which was later used in episode #1106.
  • "You know what this scene needs? Eddie Deezen!"
Eddie Deezen is a comic actor who typically plays nerdy characters. He appeared in such a role in Laserblast, which was featured in the final episode of Season 7.
  • "This isn't Flip Wilson!" "Yes it is! It's that Geraldine character!"
Comedian Flip Wilson had a popular TV show during the early 1970s, and its most famous character was Geraldine, a role Wilson played in drag.
  • "Next on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, one of the greatest influences on the disco scene of the late '70s."
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert is a syndicated program featuring live performances from rock and pop bands that ran in the 1970s and 80s. Kirshner's drab, nasal delivery, combined with his habit of thanking label executives more effusively than the acts themselves, made the show into a running joke on Saturday Night Live, with Kirshner portrayed by Paul Shaffer.
  • "Nobody deserves a beating like that." "Pauly Shore does!"
Pauly Shore is the son of the owners of the popular Los Angeles comedy club The Comedy Store. His mother Mitzi Shore promoted Pauly's career, resulting in him starring in several films as a slacker/stoner type with a distinctive speech pattern. His appeal was not universal.
  • "He also made an attempt on Ford's life."
U.S. President Gerald Ford was the target of two separate, unconnected assassination attempts during his brief term in office. One of these attempts was made by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a member of the cult "family" started by Charles Manson. It is suspected that Ms. Fromme had used some mind-altering substance during her life which had affected her decision-making.
  • "Tonight, on a very special All-American Girl."
All-American Girl was a short-lived sitcom starring Margaret Cho
  • "Fox Force Five!"
In the film Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman's character, Mia Wallace, is said to have appeared in a failed TV pilot called Fox Force Five. The concept for the show was similar to Angels Revenge, about a group of foxy female crimefighters.
  • "So... Jim Backus is the god of wine eh?"
Referring to how Jim Backus' last name bears a slight resemblance to the name Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.
  • (Trish appears in the van's monitor) "It's the Charlene Tilton channel!"
Charlene Tilton is a petite blonde actress best known for her role in the hit TV series Dallas
  • (While Maria is stroking the van-mounted bazooka) "Sometimes a bazooka is just a bazooka."
A riff on a quote attributed to Sigmund Freud ("Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"). Freud introduced the concept of oral fixation, and was questioned about his own smoking habit.
  • "She gets more and more Tina Louise-y"
Tina Louise is an actress best known for having played the glamorous movie star Ginger Grant on the TV series Gilligan's Island (which co-starred Jim Backus).
  • "It's Dworkinfest '78!"
Andrea Dworkin was a radical feminist writer whose critics frequently accused her of demonizing the entire male gender and claiming that all heterosexual intercourse was tantamount to rape.
  • (shots of Jack Palance's character driving his car) "How will I make it on my own? Heheh..." etc.
Reference to the opening theme song of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, during which the protagonist Mary Richards is shown driving her car.
  • "These two make you long for the quiet dignity of the Hudson Brothers."
The Hudson Brothers were a musical trio who had their own comedy/variety TV show during the 1970s.
  • "The commode that fell from grace with the sea."
A reference to the Japanese novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea a novel by Yukio Mishima later made into a film starring Kris Kristofferson.
  • "Ride like the demon that drives your dream..."
Lyrics from the Hardcastle and McCormick theme, and a recurring gag.
  • "My Charlie Daniels T-shirt is in there!"
Country singer Charlie Daniels is best known for his 1976 hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
  • "Damn it!" "...Janet!"
A reference to the song "Dammit Janet" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • "I'm gonna put on the suit the aliens gave me!"
A reference to the 1980s TV series The Greatest American Hero, starring William Katt as a bumbling superhero who derived his powers from a costume given to him by extraterrestrials.
  • "Meanwhile, Richard Nixon is wasting millions on the Glomar Explorer..."
A reference to the Hughes-built GFS Glomar, a deep-sea drilling ship that was used to recover the K-129, a Soviet submarine sunk in 1968.
  • "Quick! Pretend you're Shawn Phillips!"
Shawn Phillips is a male American singer-songwriter known for his long hair.
  • "Jane Campion's The Piano Stool."
A reference to the New Zealand film The Piano, which features a grand piano deposited on a beach (the drug container looks like it could be used as a piano stool). It was directed by Jane Campion.
  • "The Mommies: An action-packed adventure."
The Mommies are a comedy duo whose material is derived from their experiences as suburban wives and mothers. They have segued their act into a TV sitcom, a talk show, and a stage musical.
  • "This doesn't do it for me like that similar scene in The Violent Years."
A callback to episode #610 which features the Ed Wood, Jr. film The Violent Years, in which a group of delinquent teenage girls sexually assault (off-screen) a young man at gunpoint.
  • "It's not MY fault JFK stayed at Crosby's house!"
The crew makes a few references to Peter Lawford's former days with the Rat Pack, specifically an incident in which President John F. Kennedy stayed at the home of Bing Crosby while on a visit to California rather than Frank Sinatra's. Sinatra reportedly blamed Lawford for this, believing that Lawford (who had married into the Kennedy family) could have influenced the decision in Sinatra's favor.
  • "The Kronos Quartet lives on this block, with Bartok. apparently"
The Kronos Quartet is a renowned string quartet based in San Francisco. Bela Bartok was a Hungarian composer who wrote, among other works, several pieces for string quartets.
  • "Without our tradition, our lives would be like a drug dealer on the roof!"
Paraphrased from "Tradition", the opening song of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
  • "We continue now with international hide and seek!"
A reference to the "Olympic Hide-and-Seek Final" sletch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • "Teacher's pet... I want to be... teacher's pet..."
Both the title and song to a 1958 romantic comedy starring Doris Day and Clark Gable and featuring Mamie Van Doren.
  • "I'm on a cycling tour of North Cornwall!"
A reference to an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, "The Cycling Tour".
  • "You think that's a stunt-person?" "No, that's Marnie Nixon."
Marnie Nixon is an opera singer and voice-double for musical movies.
  • "Hi, I'm Lyle Waggoner, may I help you?"
Lyle Waggoner was an actor who appeared as a regular on The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman. He posed for Playgirl magazine's first centerfold. Waggoner also appeared in the film Catalina Caper which was lampooned in an earlier episode (#204).
  • ("Baby!") "...I'm a-want you!"
"Baby I'm-a Want You" is the title of a song and the fourth album by the soft-rock band Bread.
  • "Greg Louganis goes motorcycling."
American diver Greg Louganis won multiple gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • "Jim Henson!" "HI HO!"
Jim Henson was a puppeteer and the creator of The Muppets. He had long brown hair and a thick beard. "Hi Ho!" is the catch phrase of his most famous creation, Kermit the Frog.
  • "Kelsey Grammer was supposed to meet me here!"
Actor Kelsey Grammer has a reputation for being attracted to significantly younger women. Shortly before this episode aired, he was accused of having sex with his daughter's 15-year-old babysitter, but the grand jury refused to indict him due to a lack of evidence. Grammer's second wife Leigh-Anne Csuhany was fifteen years his junior. In 1994, he was engaged to Tammi Baliszewski, eleven years his junior. Grammer's third wife Camille Donatacci was thirteen years his junior, but they married after this episode aired. He is currently married to Kayte Walsh, an English flight attendant twenty-five years his junior.
  • "Right on, Willona!"
Willona is a character from the African-American sitcom Good Times.
  • "It's Fran Lebowitz!... Still not writing..."
Fran Lebowitz is a New York 'personality' who is (in)famous for not completing a book called Exterior Signs of Wealth.
  • "Eat lead, Freddie Prinze!"
Freddie Prinze was the star of Chico and the Man, and the father of Freddie Prinze, Jr.
  • "We will, like, bury you!"
A reference to a quote by former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The reference is suggested from the way that April pounds the table with her fist: Khrushchev was notorious for violent outbursts when he spoke, including one incident in which he took off his shoe and started pounding his desk with it while listening to an anti-Soviet speech at the UN.
  • "...No, no, no. I meant Melanie Chartoff. Fridays spoke to a whole generation, man."
Melanie Chartoff was a member of the cast of Fridays, a late-night sketch comedy show on ABC. Duplicating the format of NBC's Saturday Night Live, Chartoff acted as a newsreader (similar to Jane Curtin on SNL's "Weekend Update") during "The Friday Edition," the weekly segment of topical jokes. Chartoff later appeared on the TV series Parker Lewis Can't Lose and voiced Didi Pickles on the animated series Rugrats.

Video Release

VHS cover

  • Commercially released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in July 1998, the episode was also released at the same time as a part of a 2-VHS set with Shorts Vol 1 and a pair of MST3K boxer shorts.
  • Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in Feburary 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 2, a 4-DVD set with Cave Dwellers, Pod People and Shorts Volume 1. The set went out of print sometime by 2008.
    • Re-released in May 2016 as part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume II DVD set from Shout! Factory.


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