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:
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.
Roy Knable says it in the Star Trek spoof when Spike plays Worf and Data.
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.
Exorcist Head: An exercise instructor does this in an exercise show called "The Exorcisist."
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.
Oh, Crap: Roy and Helen have a few of these when they come across things attempting to kill them. Most notably the Robo Cat.
Our Zombies Are Different: Crowley. He shows us by example when he, Roy, and Helen are attacked by wolves who lunge at Crowley and bite him, losing his leg in the process.
Roy: Crowley! Crowley:[with reassurance] I'm already dead! Save her!
Papa Wolf: Extremely downplayed example. While Roy doesn't kick anyone's ass over it, he does express disgust towards Duane and Garf's fawning over his daughter, Diane (in a magazine).
Garf: And your daughter's pompoms, they're delectable too, man. Roy: You creeps!
Parody: While the movie tends to play itself straight at the beginning and end, Loads and Loads of them appear when Roy and Helen are 'in' the dish.
Parody Commercial: At one point there is a Yogi Bear commercial concerning Beer for Children. Not to mention the "Max Hell" cassette tapes, which blow the head of the listener clean off. 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.
Helen: Fine! Watch TV! Roy: Thanks, sweetheart. Could you move just to-? Helen: This is unbelievable! You couldn't listen to me for two minutes without that stupid television being on! When I married you, you were a doer. Now all you are is a watcher!
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.