The Movie[]

Main article: City on Fire (film)


A disgruntled civil servant sets fire to an oil refinery, setting off a blaze which engulfs an entire city. Firefighters and emergency responders try to mitigate the damage.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: The Mads get a letter informing them that their grant money has been terminated, because they no longer qualify as mad scientists... merely "mildly peeved researchers."

Segment One: Servo and Crow trick Joel into looking into a phony telescope, which leaves him with a black eye. (This segment appears on the MST3K Scrapbook tape.)

Segment Two: Joel invents a new anti-theft device for purses, called "Hell in a Hand Bag." Joel demonstrates it on Crow, much to Servo's delight.

Segment Three: Joel & the Bots perform a military cadence. (A portion of this segment appears on the MST3K Scrapbook tape.)

Segment Four: Gypsy informs Joel and Crow that she's spent the entire day designing newsletters. Joel displays Gypsy's creations: the Satellite News, the Fan Club Certificate (suitable for framing) and the Fan Club Membership Card. Joel points out that they are available by writing to the MST3K Fan Club.[1]


  • In this episode, the movie begins immediately after the first scene with the Mads. There is no appearance from the SOL crew or a Movie Sign before the movie starts.

Obscure References[]

  • "James Franciscus as a monk."

The Franciscans are an 800 year old order of Catholic monks found by Francis of Assisi.

  • "Thank you and don't call me Shirley"

After a long career of action films, dramas, and science-fiction movies, Leslie Nielsen became established as a comedy lead. This line is from Airplane!, the 1980 film that first showcased him as a comedy actor.

  • "She's nothing without Alex Karras."

Susan Clark was married to actor and former professional football player Alex Karras. In the 1980s they played a husband and wife on the popular sitcom Webster.

  • "I'm Servo. Now that I'm dead, don't smoke."

In a posthumously-aired, anti-smoking PSA that actor Yul Brynner filmed shortly before his death from lung cancer, he said, "Now that I'm gone, I tell you... don't smoke." One of Brynner's notable physical characteristics was his completely bald head.

  • "They've got the Keystone Kops putting out the fire!"

The Keystone Kops was a series of silent comedy movies about bumbling policemen.