(Dave hears something)

"Not everyone is Steve!"

- Dave and Mike

The Short[]

Main article: Once Upon a Honeymoon (short)

A songwriter's wife, frustrated about not having had a honeymoon with her husband for a year after their marriage due to his work schedule, fantasizes about new home décor with matching colored phones, with the help of an angel.

The Movie[]

Main article: Night of the Blood Beast (film)

A test pilot returns from a pioneering near-space flight, completely intact physically but apparently dead. He recovers, but with strange new blood cells and prawn-like embryos in his abdomen. They are part of the vanguard of an alien invasion, and the pilot must decide if he will sacrifice himself to stop them.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


Pearl visits Deep 13

Prologue: Happy Thanksgiving! Did you see the game? Any guess as to which sport it actually is, as Gypsy points out.

Segment One: Dr. F’s Thanksgiving party continues, and it's pretty swinging. Dr. F introduces Pearl to the crew, but it turns out she somehow already knows Crow as "Art". He's forgotten to get a movie to show to the SOL crew as that was Frank's job; fortunately, Pearl has one.


Dr. F, Jack Perkins, Mr. B Natural

Segment Two: Crow and Tom put on a skit to explain to Mike why stuffing is superior to potatoes. Stuffing has pulled children from burning buildings while potatoes watched helplessly as innocents were beaten to death! Mike's revelation that both would be served is met favorably by the Bots.

Segment Three: Everyone gathers around to hear Michael Feinstein play. Pearl takes a break from the festivities to chat amiably with "Art" for awhile; alas, she is no more prone to pushing the "bring down the SOL button" than Frank was.


Deep 13 Thanksgiving

Segment Four: It's time for Thanksgiving dinner on the SOL and after the hymn, the crew finds Crow has disappeared. Turns out he slipped into Deep 13's dinner instead. Each party member goes around the table and gives thanks to God. Pearl thanks Him for Clayton... kind of. Clayton is thankful for his mom and his evilness. The other party guests requests are just as strange.

Segment Five: The Bots present their skit on Mincemeat vs. Pumpkin. They are slightly biased against mincemeat. In the meantime, Pearl’s "turkey surprise" has incapacitated all of Dr. F's party guests, except for a sobered-up Jack Perkins, who helps the Mads wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


"Anyway, that's how I got neutered!"

Stinger: "A wounded animal that large isn't good..."

Obscure References[]

  • "Poor Buck Henry!"
Buck Henry was an American writer and actor.
  • "I love to go swimmin' / with bow-legged women / and swim between their legs..."
Jack Perkins sings this traditional sea shanty, "Here’s to Swimming with Bow Legged Women", which has been referenced in multiple pop culture sources, most notably by Quint in Jaws.
  • "Mrs. Muir!"
A reference to a line from the TV series [[Wikipedia:The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (TV series}|The Ghost and Mrs. Muir]]. The line is usually spoken by Charles Nelson Reilly, whose character in the show, like the angel in the short, is bespectacled and somewhat effete.
  • "He's trying to have a Montclair Moment!"
A reference to an old advertising campaign for Montclair cigarettes.
  • "Save some room for the Holy Ghost."
A phrase sometimes used by school dance chaperones to keep couples from sitting or dancing too close.[1]
  • "E.G. Marshall is here!"
E.G. Marshall was an American character actor.
  • "One of 32 short films about... this guy!"
A reference to the movie Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, about an accomplished pianist.
  • "I wish I could have sex with Louie Nye!"
Louie Nye was a comedian whose popularity peaked during the 1950s.
  • "I wouldn't have to dress like Tipper Gore!"
At the time of this episode, Tipper Gore was the wife of then-Vice President Al Gore. In the late 1980s, she was noted for successfully advocating for warning labels on record albums that were marketed to or that might be bought by children or teens.
  • "Miss Betty Furness and the new Westinghouse!"
Betty Furness was an actress who was the spokesperson for Westinghouse appliances.
  • "Well, don't look for it now - it's only available in the year 2000!"
A reference to the Australian TV series Beyond Tomorrow.
  • "It's all part of my kitchen fantasy."
Sung to the tune of "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" by Bad Company.
  • "MONEY!"
Quoted from the Pink Floyd song "Money".
  • "Hi!  We're looking for an honest man?"
Diogenes, an ancient Greek philosopher, supposedly walked around with a lamp during the daytime; when questioned why he was doing this, he would say he was looking for an honest man. Steve (or maybe it's Steve) is carrying a lamp in a manner reminiscent of many paintings and statues of Diogenes.
  • [ "The last thing I remember..." ] "I was heading for the door..."
A line from the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles.
  • "Everybody was kung fu fighting..."
"Kung Fu Fighting" is a hit single released in 1974 performed by Carl Douglas.
  • "...really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree..."
Quoted from from the song "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band.
  • "Welcome to Shakey's!"
Shakey's Pizza is a chain of pizza restaurants. In the 70s, they had an "old-timey" theme that includes things like self-playing pianos.
  • "The Monks of St. Gregory work on their next big chart-busting hit!"
A reference to Chant, an album of Gregorian chantss recorded by Spanish monks that was highly popular during the mid-1990s.
  • "It's Mark Trail!"
Mark Trail is a long-running newspaper comic strip about an adventuring naturalist. Mark has thick dark hair and a square jaw.
  • "It all started at a 500-watt radio station in Fresno California..."
The beginning of Ted Baxter's autobiography from the The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • "They mean to win Wimbledon."
A reference to a Monty Python sketch, also about amorphously shaped aliens, from "You're No Fun Anymore", the seventh episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • "Music by Ray Manzarek."
Ray Manzarek was the keyboardist for The Doors and was primarily responsible for the distinctive, keyboard-heavy sound of such songs as "Light My Fire".
  • "Mr. Fawlty, she's-a crazy!"
A reference to "The Psychiatrist" episode of Fawlty Towers, in which Basil is outside at night, using his ladder to try to catch a guest with a girl in his room. Manuel's broken English causes Sybil to think Basil is actually trying to peep on a beautiful female guest.
  • "This is like Alien Autopsy!"
A reference to a 1995 Fox TV special that showed footage that purported to be taken from the autopsy performed on the body of an alien who died in the crash of a UFO in Roswell, NM in 1947. The footage was later revealed to have been a hoax.
  • "Vanna Bourke-White!"
Margaret Bourke-White was a photographer. Vanna White is a television personality known for appearing on Wheel of Fortune, where she reveals the letters to a hidden word puzzle. For some time, Vanna White's intellect was called into question in popular culture due to her apparently serving no purpose other than looking pretty. She later became more active on the show, frequently interacting with host Pat Sajak and the contestants.



MST3K Cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast


  • Two versions of this episode exist: this one, shown during the premiere of the MST3K Anthology (a.k.a. "Turkey Day '95"), and a second one used for subsequent rebroadcasts. The episodes differ only in their host segments; the theater segments are identical. The later version is considered the official episode 701, while this one is considered a variant.
  • Mary Jo Pehl's first regular appearance as Pearl Forrester.
  • Beth McKeever started as an intern with this episode.
  • Crow's nickname of "Art" is a reference to a sketch from Episode #203 and a letter from Episode #402.
  • This is one of the few "full cast" episodes in which all of the regular members of the cast and the credited writing staff - Nelson, Murphy, Beaulieu, Pehl, Chaplin, and Jones - appear in scenes together (see also Experiment 811). Jim Mallon does not appear, though he is only credited as a Contributing Writer in this episode.
  • Pearl's "Turkey Surprise" recipe basically amounts to severely under-cooking the turkey and rubbing it with a turtle, both of which are likely to cause salmonella poisoning in whoever ate such a dish. While salmonella can be fatal, it is not always so.

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