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Pumaman!...'s friend.
  — Servo pointing out the more effective hero


The Movie

Main article: The Pumaman (film)

Synopsis

A mild-mannered paleontologist finds himself endowed with super powers from his alien ancestors. He uses his abilities to defeat the plans of the villainous Dr. Kobras.

The Episode

Host Segments

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Roger Whitaker (Kevin Murphy) shows up

Prologue: Servo struggles with Short Man's Disease.

Host Segment 1: Servo overcomes his disability; Pearl throws a ball in the castle but no one shows up for it, though Ortega and a few other friends come over to watch Sliders with Brain Guy.

Host Segment 2: Mike wants the dry look hairstyle like the guy in the movie, but angers Shelli the Nanite who makes his look perhaps a little too dry.

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Mike becomes the Coatimundi

Host Segment 3: Mike is chosen by the "gods" to be Coatimundi Man complete with powers, theme music, and a haphazard costume (a Rhoda vest, a Dr. Who scarf, swimming flippers on his hands, and a giant foam cowboy hat).
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Crow and Tom try to control Roger Whittaker

Host Segment 4: Crow and Servo use their "genuine Aztec mask" to control Roger Whittaker.

Epilogue: Crow "quits" and wanders around the Satellite for a while, but quickly returns. Pearl feels dejected that no one came to her ball until "Roger Whittaker" arrives to cheer her up.

Stinger: Tony gets thrown out the window, and blue-screen falls to the ground.

Guest Stars

Trivia

  • When "Roger Whittaker" appears at the end, everything he says is sung like a line from "The Last Farewell", Mr. Whittaker's biggest hit song.
  • Ranked 6th in the Top 100 Episodes as chosen by backers of the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter.
  • This episode aired sixth and last during Turkey Day '14, and first during Turkey Day '16.
  • The Aztecs were mainly located in central Mexico and even at their largest extent had not even come close to reaching the Andes of South America.

Quotes & References

  • "No one knows who they were or what they were doing... "

A line from the movie This Is Spinal Tap where guitarist Nigel introduces the Stonehenge song in concert.

  • "Jane?" "Are you getting serious?"

Refers to Jon Astley's 1987 hit "Jane's Getting Serious".

  • "Actually, he's John Davidson Man."

John Davidson is a TV personality from the 70s and 80s who our hero resembles.

  • "My name is Vadinho." "I'm an onion."

Probably referring to the Vidalia onion, a type of sweet onion, and how pronouncing it sounds similar to 'Vadinho'.

  • "Dick's Red Owl, selection and service..."

Dick's Red Owl used to be a grocery store in Bisbee, North Dakota.

  • "Dorf on Rituals."

Dorf is a diminutive character played by Tim Conway in a series of comedy videos such as Dorf on Golf.

  • "The Botany 500 Man."

Botany 500 is an American clothing line.

  • "I can't get The Piña Colada Song out of my head."

A reference to "Escape (a.k.a. 'The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes. The song is significant from an MST3K perspective as it was deconstructed in a host segment for Monster A-Go Go.

  • "Barry Diller, here?"

Barry Diller is an influential television and film executive.

  • "Alright, Craig T. Nelson. Make me laugh."

A reference to actor Craig T. Nelson, who appeared in such productions as Poltergeist and the TV series Coach.

  • "Then they snagged on me, and called me Prince Valiant..."

Prince Valiant is a comic strip that began running in 1937. The remark comes from the title character and Vadinho having similar hairstyles.

  • "Nice one, Alpaca Man."

Alpacas are animals related to llamas.

  • "He's as cat-like as Boog Powell."

John Wesley "Boog" Powell is a former MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and L.A. Dodgers. Powell was a large, imposing player with no real fielding skills.

  • "Billions and billions of pumamen."

Servo says this in Carl Sagan's idiosyncratic voice in reference to the documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

  • "Take THAT members of Boston."

Boston is an American rock band that was prominent during the 70's. They're best known for their songs "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind". The thugs being tossed by Vadinho slightly resemble them.

  • "Believe it or not, this movie's still on. It should have ended two hours ago."

Crow sings this to the tune of "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)", the theme song of The Greatest American Hero, a TV series that aired on NBC from 1981 to 1983 about a schoolteacher who gains superhuman abilities from a superhero suit obtained from alien beings. May also be a reference to how the show's hero lost the manual for his super-suit and was consequently very awkward in using its powers (like Pumaman is, but intentionally so).

  • "With Randall 'Tex' Cobb as the mask!"

Randall "Tex" Cobb was a boxer in the 1970s, who later played a string of tough guys in movies, most notably Raising Arizona.  The nose of the mask resembles Cobb's wide, flat nose.

  • "Yeah, thanks Castaneda."

Carlos Casteneda wrote a series of books on the teachings of a Yaqui wise man named Don Juan.

  • "Hit me with your best slapshot"

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a popular 80s rock song by Pat Benatar. Crow mentioning a slapshot is due to the fact that the mask resembles a hockey goalie's mask.

Memorable Quotes

Kobras: Sometimes there is more truth in legend than in history.
Mike [as Kobras]: And there's more salt in ham than in turkey.
Jane: You can't hide this!
Kobras: Who is to prevent me?
Servo: A halfway smart guy with muscles and hair?
[A man is hurled out an office building window.]
Mike: We're downsizing, Steve!
[A newspaper headline is shown reading "Fourth American killed in a few days. Will there be other victims?"]
Crow: Call our 900 number and vote.
Jane: So, dinosaurs died out because they forgot how to love each other. Is that right?
Servo: In a wrong kind of way, yeah.
Vadinho: My name is Vadinho.
Crow [as Vadinho]: I'm an onion.
[Tony punches through an attic roof, which crumbles easily.]
Mike: Luckily they made their house out of peanut brittle.
Crow: So basically a mild rain could take out that roof.
Crow[Singing to the Puma Man theme music] Puma Man! He flies like a moron!
[Aztec priest Vadinho advises "Puma Man" Tony on his flying powers.]
Vadinho: You do not fly, but your mind does.
Crow [as Tony]: Yeah, thanks, Castaneda.
Kobras: Get moving. Comb the area. Find him. Kill him.
Crow: Donald's only use for the word "comb".
[Puma Man drops one of Kobras' henchmen and he falls rather awkwardly thanks to some poorly synced background shots]
Mike [as the henchman]: Heeelp! I'm falling at a sixty degree angle breaking all the laws of physics!
...
[The henchman gets dropped again]
Servo [as the henchman]: My mustache makes me fall sideways!
[As he prepares to use his teleportation power, Tony tosses his cloak back in a rather flamboyant gesture.]
Servo: Prepare the Effeminate Mobile!
[Tony seeks information from girlfriend Jane, who's wearing a black-leather catsuit with matching WWI-vintage strap-on pilot's headgear.]
Jane: I'm conditioned to keep the secret, just like everyone. I can't do it.
Tony: Try! Fight him! Fight him with your will!
Mike [as Jane]: But my will won't!
Jane: I— I— I can't! He's commanding me from a distance.
Servo: Amelia Airhead.
[In his mansion, Kobras waxes eloquent about his world domination plans.]
Kobras: When the world is mine, I alone will decide whether it is to be war or peace! Life or death!
Servo [as Kobras]: Stuffing or potatoes!
[After Kobras has been pronouncing "Puma" the British way the entire movie, the Satellite of Love crew finally gets tired of it.]
Kobras: You can not escape me, Pyu-ma Man!
Crow: PU-ma Man!
Mike: Oh, is that right? Dee-onald?
Kobras: You're just a small... insignificant... human being!
Servo: No, no, HOO-man being... oh, wait.
Kobras: Because you come from Earth...
Servo [as Kobras]: Corn grows in you.
Kobras: And to Earth you shall return!
Mike: Huh? That was an odd thing to say, even for him.
[The bad guys, having examined Tony's inert body, drive off. Tony comes out of his trance.]
Vadinho: You've succeeded! They think you're dead, and now they will leave you alone.
Mike: To be left alone—the goal of every great hero!
[As Tony is nowhere to be seen, Vadinho beats the snot out of Kobras' henchmen.]
Crow: So, basically, the hero is this guy. I think it's time we all face that fact!
[Vadinho has gone aboard the alien space craft and it goes off into the sun set.]
Mike: And we hear the dim cry of an anal probe.

Video releases

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