Film watched: The Brain That Wouldn't Die
This episode is notable for being Mike Nelson's first turn as host.Editors, please keep this article neutral on the Joel vs. Mike thing. We don't want this turning into a Flame War.
- Accidental Misnaming:
- Newcomer Mike is variously addressed as "Mr. Nielsen" (by Gypsy), "Mark" (Crow), "Mitch" (Dr. Forrester), and "Marv" (Forrester again).
- Mike himself offends Crow by calling him "Tom" at one point.
- Berserk Button: Don't leave Dr. Forrester waiting...
Dr. Forrester: Ah, Mr. Nelson. Mr. "El Relax-o". That's nice. Maybe I should make you do your INVENTION EXCHANGE FIRST! FIRST, YOU HEAR ME?! FIRST!
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: During the opening scene in the operating room.
Mike: Just a normal Tuesday for Cher.
- Establishing Character Moment: Mike waiting to answer when Dr. Forrester calls, demonstrating he will resist at every opportunity.
- Foreshadowing: One of the films used in Mike's training gets riffed proper in season 6: The Beast of Yucca Flats
- Hey, That's My Line!: Leading into the first commercial break:
Servo: And we'll be right back.
Mike: Isn't that my line?
Servo: Don't push it.
- Hypocritical Humor: While demonstrating his "dream-buster" during the invention exchange, Dr. Forrester begins to describe its technological properties before stopping himself saying, "Well, it would take a scientist to explain. Just watch."
- I Have My Ways: They have a field day with this one.
I've got to find (Jan) a body. Kurt:
How are you going to go about getting one? (Cortner turns and walks off, Kurt seizes his arm) Bill, how will you do it!? Cortner:
There are ways. Servo:
, with a side of Large Ham
(after shaking off Kurt's hand) There are ways. Mike:
Lots of... ways, many... ways... Did I mention there are ways?
(As Cortner is leaving the lab, he turns around and looks back briefly) Crow: Ways.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In addition to introducing Mike as host and a reworked opening theme, this episode debuted the newer, more visually impressive door sequence that would be used for the rest of the show's run.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The Gutter-Bumber-Chute. It's an umbrella with gutters. The Bots are actually impressed with it while Forrester is cheesed off at how excited they are.
- Plug 'n' Play Friends: Subverted. Crow and Tom convince Mike to open up to them by sharing a particularly embarrassing episode from his childhood... and then they mock him mercilessly for it.
- Also played straight-ish earlier, when Tom and Crow break down crying while watching Mike try (and fail miserably) to get control of the Satellite of Love, because they're afraid that Mike might leave them, too.
- Pun: Kurt gets an arm yanked off (his good arm, no less), and the "arm" jokes fly thick and furious.
Mike: And ironically, he collapses into an armchair.
- Rearrange the Song: "So they conked him on the noggin and they shot him into space..."
- Running Gag: When Dr. Cortner's suddenly in a close-up shot filmed against a blank background that doesn't match the previous scene — "Help me, I'm in another dimension!"
"Ooo, there's cocktails in this dimension..."
- Title Drop: Jokingly done by Tom in the movie's first scene. ("Look at this brain. See, it won't die!")
- Training from Hell: Tom and Crow apparently put New Meat Mike through a crash movie-riffing course in the period between Mitchell and the start of this episode, involving watching The Beast of Yucca Flats and Night of the Lepus.
“I told you … you should have let me die. Hee hee hee!”
—Jan "in the Pan" Compton
"These people will be exploring issues that are teens' issues."
—Mike's first riff in the theater, as the movie's cast is listed in the credits. (Servo congratulates him for getting off a good one right out of the gate.)
"Who's to tell me to blow if I don't want to?"