The one whereJack Tripper is Trapped in TV Land with Mindy and has to escape or they'll both die.To be more precise, Stay Tuned is a 1992 comedy starring John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy. The plot revolves around Ritter's character Roy Knable, who is a couch potato and plumbing supply salesman down on his luck. Dawber plays his neglected wife Helen, who after a fight throws one of Roy's Fencing Trophies into the Television. This action prompts Jones in his role as Mr. Spike, to appear at their front door, with an offer to Roy for a new satellite dish system, filled with 666 channels of every program you can't get on the four big networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX).Soon after installation, Roy and Helen are sucked into the satellite dish parked in the back yard and are blasted through a cornucopia of television and movie roles with a fatal twist. If they can survive for 24 hours they can leave, but if they die their souls become property of Mr. Spike. As the two trek through the various landscapes, they are pursued by Mr. Spike at some points in an effort to thwart their advance.Not to be confused with the cult PC game Stay Tooned.
This film contains examples of:
Actor Allusion: At one point, Roy Knable stumbles through a channel onto the set of the television show that catapulted John Ritter to fame in the 1970s. Two women dressed as Chrissy Snow and Janet Wood shout "Where have you been?", a snippet of the Theme Song plays, and Roy screams in terror, trips over the couch, and changes the channel.
Art Shift: In a live action movie oddly enough, the Looney Tunes-esque parody made and provided by none other than the legendary animator, Chuck Jones.
As Themselves: Salt 'n' Pepa and DJ Spinderella in the music video.
Big "NO!": Roy Knable says it in Star Trek spoof when Spike plays Worf and Data.
Also invoked by Helen and their kids after Roy was seemingly shot by Spike near the end of the film.
Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with Helen's hair, or her husband to a lesser degree.
Black Humor: Lots. The premise is that Hell routinely traps people in tv and tries to kill them off, and it's a comedy, after all. The Knables run into other contestants, several of whom die in comedic ways.
Exact Words: Spike uses this to his advantage, when Roy and Helen survive the requisite twenty-four hours. The deal in the contract was that the undersigned would be let loose if they survived a whole day... but Helen didn't sign the satellite contract; only Roy did, so he was the only one that Spike was obligated to release.
Genre Savvy: "We're safe here, nobody ever dies in cartoons", "I've watched enough cartoons, how would an animated character handle this?" Both said by Roy during the section where they are animated mice.
Possibly related to, or at least suggested by, the Hamm's Beer commercials starting in the 1950s, which did feature a cartoon bear (not Yogi, though). The commercials were eventually discontinued (though not until at least the 1970s) due to the Animation Age Ghetto implications of appearing to market beer to children.
Parody Names: Most of the shows and movies have slightly tweaked names.
Pocket Protector: In a usual nod to Clint Eastwood. It's costs Roy his remote but saves his life.
ROY: (To Spike who thinks he killed him) You missed, partner.
Unintentional Period Piece: The HTV segment is only the most blatant example. Combined with some severe Technology Marches On... remember when a satellite dish the size of a hot tub and a remote control the size of a bar of cooking chocolate were the bleeding edge? ... No? Darn whippersnappers.
Up to Eleven: "Dynamite? He's going to hit me with a train AND blow me up???"
Roy: Whoever left the gate open is grounded for a week. (neighbor's vicious dog jumps at them, gets beamed away by the satellite dish) Roy: Check that. Whoever left the gate open gets double their allowance.