Film Watched: Time Walker aka Being From Another Planet.
The first MST film to feature actor Ben Murphy, who would later appear in a later episode, Riding with Death.
The episode can be streamed here.
- Crow and Servo play twenty questions to Joel, trying to guess with movie taglines.
- The Mads jump on the saccharine figure bandwagon by introducing their line of "Tragic Moments" figures, bringing sadness and death to Grandma. Joel's contribution are Jack Palance Impersonation kits, perfect for attention grabbing and scaring friends.
- Dressed as mummies, Crow and Servo's riffing turn to making fun of Bill Mumy, whom Joel defends.
- Crow shows a blindfolded Joel the haunted boiler room experience.
- Joel cues up his Rainy Day Fun Sketch for Crow and Servo, bored from today's film. The fun doesn't last for long.
- As pitchmen for the "TV's Frank Shopping Network", Joel and the Bots sell the "V-Shaped Diamond Encrusted Mummy Thing" in exchange for their freedom. Frank seems to like it, but Dr. Forrester makes him push the button.
This episode has examples of:
- To Pod PeopleCrow: Trumpy, you can do magic things!
- The "Trumpy does stupid things" music plays when Joel tries to cheer Crow and Servo from the film.
- To Pod People
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Joel makes a donut joke as soon as a pair of cops appear on screen. The bots are disappointed in him for going for such an obvious joke; this issue will be revisited a few episodes later in Indestructible Man.
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: When the mummy rips the necklace off the girl's neck, Joel comments that it must have had a pretty flimsy clasp.
- Dude, Not Funny!: The bots' reaction to Joel identifying a skeleton in the opening tomb scene as Pete Duel (Joel immediately apologized). Duel co-starred with Ben Murphy on Alias Smith and Jones and committed suicide during that show's production.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Between Servo and Joel you can briefly see Jane's breast near the end as she leans in to hug Peter after seeing the mummy.
- Heroic BSoD: Servo declares this the absolute worst film they'd ever seen. Joel and Crow challenge him by naming nearly every single film they'd seen up to this point. Servo eventually admits The Castle of Fu Manchu was just as bad; keep in mind that all this was before they saw Manos: The Hands of Fate or Monster a-Go Go.
- Reality Subtext: Mike Nelson had the habit of stating every movie they'd just worked on riffing was the worst they'd ever done.
- Long List:
- Mad Lib Thriller Title: The Running Gag of made-up books from the supposed the Ludlum Library. It starts out sane with The Horshack Conspiracy and The Forbin Conundrum before rapidly devolving into Word Salad Titles and utter gibberish Like The Macheengo Conghelium, The Shreenshrack Regeengyne and The Kriskrack Krakrakra. The full Long List is linked above.
- Moral Event Horizon: Joel and the Bots think that the Mads' Tragic Moments figurines were the breaking point.
- Non-Ironic Clown: The Hexfield Viewscreen Fun-Time holographic clowns for Joel (and Gypsy)'s Rainy Day Fun Sketch.
- Odd Name Out: When challenging Tom if the previous movies they watched are worse than Being from Another Planet, Joel suggests The Manchingo Coniglium, to which Tom responds, "Huh?"
- Running Gag:
- Crow and Servo getting distressed from the film's green filter.
- The memorandum of The NBC Mystery Movie jokes return from Teenagers from Outer Space. In the same vein, the gag of Joel making cop/donut jokes and the bots objecting to it would come back with a vengeance in The Indestructible Man.
- "The fungus..." "is among us."
- The Ludlum Library, as mentioned above.
- From several episodes, "Jim Henson's Baby Babies"
- Shout Out: When Crow asks Joel if the mystery movie is about Dudley Moore trying to maintain relationships with two wives at once, Joel tells him he's making that up. He isn't; it's 1984's Micki & Maude.
- Spoiler Title: The new title of the movie chosen by distributor Film Ventures International gives away a major plot twist.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Servo bellows "What are YOU looking at??" at the clowns once fun-time's over.
- They Killed Kenny Again: TV's Frank gets impaled through the skull with the Thighmaster.
- Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Tom declares this to be the worst film they've seen so far. Joel and Crow go through a Long List of films they've seen before Tom finally agrees that The Castle of Fu Manchu was just as bad.