Film watched: Gamera vs. Zigra
This is one of the nine Sandy Frank Japanese films originally used for a KTMA episode that was riffed again a few years later on Comedy Central.
The KTMA version provides examples of:
- Casting Gag: Servo mocks the way one character laughs by comparing it to Dr. Erhardt's laugh. Erhardt and Servo were both played by Josh Weinstein.
- Continuity Nod: Crow has finally thawed out from the previous episodes where he was frozen to be the SOL's Christmas tree.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dr. Forrester and Dr. Erhardt could be seen during the show's opening theme song and occasionally as a still within the show, but they did not appear in person within the show itself until this episode averted this.
- Running Gag: Whenever Joel or Crow compares Zigra's ship to a gumball machine, Servo will immediately try to throw in something to make the comparison seem like a good thing.
- Stock Footage: Very Incredible Movie Theater 4 is actually footage from J Elvis' standup that was aired on the same night, but here as a Ruritanian comic.
The Comedy Central Segments:Prologue
- Joel converted Tom into a root beer kegger, so it's time to party!
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- The Mads present The Three Stooges Gun to help recreate choreography from their films. Joel has turned Crow into rows of shish kebabs.
- Joel wants to know how Gamera works, so the 'Bots created a helpful interactive and labelled model. Just don't ask what's behind the door inside of him.
- Joel has the 'Bots create dioramas of their favorite Gamera moments. Tom created Baragon, Crow made Gaos, Gypsy's is incredibly abstract, and Joel himself modeled the SOL as a big loving family. Awww.
- Gamera has flown up to the SOL, and Kenny and Helen from the movie are riding on his back. A very awkward (and poorly dubbed) conversation follows.
- Each member of the SOL crew performs their own take on the Gamera Song. Deep 13 follows suit before Dr. F smashes his guitar on the button.
The season three version provides examples of:
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- Joel: Gamera, known as "Bags" to his friends... The crew are amused by Gamera's xylophone skills.
- The gang's reaction to the long comic relief scene where the hammy concierge and the blue-collar truck driver squabble over who needs the fish more, the hotel or the local aquarium.
- Brawn Hilda: Gypsy dresses in a Viking hat and pigtails for her big number in the final segment.
- Call-Back: "We love you, Cornjob!"
- Coincidental Broadcast: "Fish Argument Theater will be right back, but first, a scene from Plot Convenience Playhouse!"
- Continuity Nod: At one point Dr. Erhardt's nasally "Enjoy!" is riffed.
- Dance Party Ending: Something like that. In tribute to their final Gamera film, the crew each sing different versions of their already-existing version ("Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with meat, we are eating Gamera!") of the Gamera theme, ending with everyone singing a surprisingly affectionate send-off... and Clay and Frank promptly one-up them by doing a hardcore thrash version.
- Ethereal Choir: One of the In the Style of... versions of "Gamera!" is done as a beatific choir, with Joel and the 'bots all leaning in together and harmonizing.
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Not Lora Lee, but the Sea World employee who moons over dolphins rapturously.
- Hong Kong Dub: Ruthlessly mocked in segment 4, awkward pauses and all.Kenny: I'm feeling, really good!
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Clayton and Frank's hard rock ode to Gamera.
- Interspecies Romance: So she says, at least:Helen: Gamera is my. Boyfriend! [lips continue to flap silently for several seconds]
- In the Style of...: The final segment has the SOL crew perform reggae, jazz, hip-hop, opera, choral, and thrash punk versions of the Gamera Song.
- Ms. Fanservice: Many many riffs are directed at Lora Lee's looks. Especially when she turns up in the black bikini.
- Rockers Smash Guitars: Dr. Forrester smashes his guitar on the button and breaks the panel at the end of the episode, resulting in static and a black screen before the credits fade in.
- Running Gag: Helen saying "Daddy, I want a Coke!", both in the experiment and in the movie itself.
- Among many others, the old man in brown rags is compared to the hermit from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- The quip about Gamera being nicknamed "Bags" is a reference to jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, who had that nickname first.
- They quote from "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads at several points—after all, much of the movie takes place "at the bottom of the ocean!"
- Take That!: Many against Sandy Frank.Doctor:The brainwaves are not those of a normal human being, the activity seems to be reduced!
Crow: Oh, David Duke's brainwaves.
- Wild Teen Party: The SOL crew throw one at the beginning of the episode because this is the last Gamera movie they have to watch. Magic Voice inexplicably gets drunk on root beer.