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Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite Moments

Alert reader Stacy suggests:

While I have my favorite actual episodes of MST3K, I also have my favorite “moments” from MST3K. The thing is that my favorite moments aren’t necessarily in my favorite episodes. This got me wondering if there are others out there that have favorite MST3K moments that aren’t necessarily in their favorite MST3K episodes, and if so, what are they?

For my sons and me, it’s the part in “The Atomic Brain” where the old woman starts her long descent down the stairs to the basement and Mike and the Bots are singing “She creeks, she pops, she’s so, dang old” and then softly sing “scaaaaared” when it shows the 2 women following her.

Okay, the first one that comes to mind is Dr. F’s invention: The Hard Pill to Swallow. Frank and Trace kill it.

What’s yours?

94 comments to Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite Moments

  • 1
    Zabka Lives says:

    I love the stop motion skit from Cave Dweller remaking the opening of the movie.


  • 2
    Fart Bargo says:

    In 906- The Space Children, Crow/Bill’s rant on Jackie Coogan “fashions”. The intensity of the illustrations and Crow’s pain were phenomenal. They really pushed the envelope on this one.


  • 3
    Twiggins says:

    One of my all time favorite moments was during the CATALINA CAPER dance scene and there’s this dude going through his moves and one of the bots says “Why it’s Deney Terrio from ABC’s Laverne & Shirley.” That was so obscure it was classic.


  • 4
    ck says:

    What else but “Pearl, Pearl, Pearl, Pearl, Pearl” duet
    with Brain Guy.
    (What a performer). Take that Mickey and Sylvia,
    The Everly Brothers, Sonny and Cher…


  • 5
    robot rump! says:

    the ‘Cholester-do-all’ ‘ the answer my friend is blow it out your a$$,’ and Mike’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ bit from ‘Alien from LA.’


  • 6
    marcusvermilion says:

    All of those “He’s a Failure” riff/songs that Joel and the Bots make in “The Day the Earth Froze”.


  • 7
    Bookworm says:

    One of my favorite riffs comes from ‘The Unearthly,’ when Tor Johnson is out digging a grave, and Servo says in his Tor Johnson-esque voice, “Tisket, tasket, green-yellow casket.” [beat] “Pun!” His delivery kills me every time!


  • 8
    Droppo says:

    There are probably thousands. But, some that come to mind right away:

    Magic Voyage of Sinbad: Joel’s facial expression when the camera pans to him as a nominee.

    Pod People: The entire Idiot Control host segment, but particularly Frank’s “he’s the best” and Joel’s “it stinks!”

    Master Ninja 1: Maybe my favorite riffing sequence ever –
    Lee Van Cleef: “One way ticket and nowhere to go.”
    Crow: “Why didn’t you go HOME?”
    Lee: “There was something about the tranquility…”
    Joel: “The tranquility of post-war Japan?”

    The Lost Continent: Rock climbing sequence
    Joel (after trying to calm the bots): “Who are you? Where are we? Can we get some kind of perspective here? Please?!?!”

    San Francisco Int’l: The entire sequence with the “hippie.”

    High School Bigshot:
    Mike: “Am I a sweat hog now, Mr. Kotter?”

    Martin Balsam: “I don’t pay for your hookers, Mitchell.”
    Joel: “Well, could ya?”


  • 9
    Dark Grandma of Death says:

    Brute Man is not an episode I watch often, but there is that scene when the old cranky shopkeeper is practically yelling at Jimmy, for no other reason than that he’s old and cranky,…and Mike starts laughing so hard he doubles up. That moment makes Brute Man worthwhile.


  • 10
    AlbuquerqueTurkey says:

    Noh Theater and return of Krankor – difficult episode because the movie is so bad, but two of the best host segment moments in Sci-Fi era.


  • 11
    Green Switch says:

    There are too many moments to mention, even if we’re only discussing episodes that aren’t strictly our favorites.

    Some come to mind immediately, though.

    Women of the Prehistoric Planet: Clay and Lar’s Flesh Barn

    The Sidehackers: Cambot’s visual ESPN riff over the sidehacking

    Catalina Capers: the Little Richard song

    The Hellcats: “I don’t fink on soul brother.”

    Stranded in Space: the “BANG!” weapon invention exchange

    The Castle of Fu Manchu: Servo singing over the theme song

    City Limits: all the James Earl Jones riffs, especially near the end: “This is F-U-N.”

    Being from Another Planet: all the scared reactions whenever we get a mummy point-of-view shot

    Radar Secret Service: “Radar can’t look into their hearts, sir.”

    Teen-age Crime Wave: all the riffs about people reacting to the phone ringing

    Bloodlust: “He’s making his famous toe jam!”

    The She Creature: the riffing over the montage of Dr. Lombardi taking his act on the road

    The Projected Man: Crow accidentally kills Mike, then brings him back to life


  • 12
    Dr. Erickson says:

    A few, all in host segments:

    – The whole bit where Pearl is first discovering Castle Forester, when she plays the organ and breaks into some 7th inning stretch music that Mike and the Bots get sucked into, then when Brain Guy goes into his big poetic rant about sensing ghosts in the castle and Pearl responds: “You… are… so… gay.”

    – Frank’s heartfelt apology for the badness of Manos that devolves into George Bailey yelling at his kids.

    – Perhaps my favorite: Mike’s male-bonding poker game with Brain Guy and Bobo in ‘Delta Knights.’ (“Last time I checked, buddy boy!”)


  • 13
    p0rpoise says:

    Observer is made up as a nurse during “Riding With Death” (see my profile pic)
    During one of the skits, Professor Bobo throws Observer onto a live hand grenade. it goes off and we see Bill Corbett on his back, he kindof bounces his arms and legs up to simulate an explosion underneath him. Then he says, “Ohhhh. That would hurt….if I had a body.”


  • 14
    trickymutha says:

    There are so many- but, one special moment in time is:

    Mike as Captain Janeway. Need I say more? I like it rough.


  • 15
    Rip McStudly says:

    Top three:
    Servo’s theme song (need a ringtone for that one)from The Violent Years
    The barber shop sketch from The Corpse Vanishes (minus the accents it was just like the barber shop I went to in KC growing up)
    The Ingmar Bergman joke sketch from The Sword and The Dragon (tested the absolute extreme limits of how far you could go to make a really lame joke on purpose)


  • 16
    Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    “Aw, who am I kidding? I’m never gonna build a cat.” – Thepumaman


  • 17
    Ron says:

    Girl in Gold Boots ” Whatever white people,”


  • 18
    Kenotic says:

    The end of The Wild World of Batwoman. The movie was of the Z-grade “they just didn’t care” variety, so Servo’s “ENDDDD!!! ENNNDDD!!!” said with as much force as possible was the exact response this movie needed.


  • 19
    fish eye no miko says:

    Like most of us I can think of many, but I’ll pick The “Pina Colada Song” skit in Monster A Go-Go.
    “Not only are they cheating on each other, they’re cheating on each other WITH each other…”


  • 20
    big61al says:

    I always love when they use smoke or fire in the host segments. Nothing funnier than seeing the bots on fire and melted running around the set. One segment when Crow is burning ants with a magnifier glass right next to a pile of oily rags and sets the SOL on fire is my favorite one. Sun Search


  • 21
    Remmie Barrow says:

    I can name a few:

    1) The bots breaking down in tears during the skits on MANOS
    2) The space children skits during PARTS THE CLONUS HORROR
    3) Pearl’s telethon during OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK


  • 22
    Stacia says:

    The Starfighters is a pretty tough episode for me to get through — I, uh, tend to nap — but when they’re hitting targets at the dusty bombing range and Crow shouts, “It landed on Pig-Pen!” I lose it every time.


  • 23
    Matt says:

    The Greg Brady segment from Untamed Youth and the scene with the weird guy wearing glasses (“Ask me about my extra chromosome!”).

    A quick moment in Daddy-O when Servo does a Pee-wee Herman-esque laugh over a shot of Dick Contino smiling. Mike does a similar laugh way later in Merlin’s Shop over a shot of that cymbal monkey that gets me rolling too.

    In I Accuse My Parents when we see a shot of Jimmy walking starting at his legs and Joel sings “I’m walkin’, yes indeed, I’m talkin’. I accuse my parents…”

    Any time Crow/Trace giggles during the later Comedy Central episodes at something silly in the movie (it happens quite often).

    In Laserblast when Roddy McDowell puts gloves on and wiggles his fingers a bit to get ’em nice and snug, Mike simply says “Toodles!” in a silly voice.

    The “Tearin’ food stamps is hard!” riff from Giant Spider Invasion.

    In Devil Fish when Mike says “CHAWMP!” over a shot of the giant monster fish biting down on something.

    In Soultaker when Servo sings “I wanna thank you…” in that Peter Frampton voice over a shot of Natalie hooked up to some breathing apparatus in the hospital.


  • 24
    Bootblacking says:

    Prince of Space “Dog vs. Bear”
    Mighty Jack opening sequence “Only got 5 seconds to live, must get personal finances in order”


  • 25
    ck says:

    When Nick and the Shopping News reporter are in the dystopian future
    there are foley sounds of guns being prepared to fire at Nick, Mike says
    “Wow, a lot of people are opening beers over there.”


  • 26
    saherrin says:

    Wow..way too many…. I’ll give it a shot…

    The Violent Years moment when the fence said it was okay to destroy some flags (with the the capper line “Communism!!”)

    Village of the Giants when Tommy Kirk and gagng (with giant ducks in tow) head to the local hang out while Beau Bridges and his no-goodniks try to finagle the secret formula (with the capper line “What’s going on here???”)

    Gamera vs Zigra when the doctors and scientists are tyring to save the day for the two hypnotized scientists (with the capper line “No, Mako, we don’t need anymore dead fish in the operating room.”

    Prince of Space when Krankor revals his plans to not-quite-with-it scientists (with the capper line “EACH OF YOU WILL BE PUT IN A SPACE CAPSULE!!!”

    Little Richard’s song in “Catalina Caper (with the capper line “Like this, Mr. Richard???) Actualy the “Book of Love” song with the capper line (They grew up to be Jim and Tammy Faye Baker..)

    ..thos are just a few….


  • 27
    MikeK says:

    I love Crow’s Crypt Keeper impression during the graveyard scene in Master Ninja II. It’s just so damned good, even if he hates himself for doing it.


  • 28
    Rachel says:

    I absolutely love it when Crow giggles. Many episodes, but it seems like he did it a lot in the Mike era. I also love the line in ‘Assignment: Venezuela’ when Servo, as the housewife, loudly proclaims ‘I’d boil the HELL out of it if I were you!!’ There are lots more, but none of us have time for that. Wink

    #15, Rip McStudly – which barber shop did you go to? I grew up near the KC area myself. Smile


  • 29
    Bob (NotThatBob) says:

    “Radar Secret Service” 2-second scene with the “wacky,” over-reacting maid – Mike: “The Director’s girlfriend, ladies and gentlemen!!!” (applause, applause…)


  • 30
    Mibbitmaker says:

    “Big McLargehuge”

    The wacky bedroom scene parody from the movie, “Pod People”, especially the Mads’ reactions. When Clay and Frank look to each other in a couple glances, then lunge back at the SOL in puzzlement, it’s priceless.

    the ’40s slang at the end of the “Unearthly” show.

    “Santa Claus” – The mechanical reindeers’ crazed start-up and Mike and the ‘bots reacting to it.

    Frank: “We’re evil – EVIL!”

    I forget the episode (“Manhunt in Space”?), but when Joel and the bots discuss how fake it is to just glue random objects on a set and call it a space ship interior in the movie… and then look around themselves sheepishly. (I just happen to LOVE meta!)

    Everything Petey the Plane!

    J&tB rooting for Megaweapon.

    When Forrester’s trying to scan Frank’s head off (“The Gunslinger”), as Dr. F is strangling Frank, Trace goes his fisheye lense look to the camera one better before the scene cuts back to the SOL. Both Trace and later, Mary Jo, prove that scenery-chewing can be a *good* thing.


  • 31
    gary bowden says:

    Where Joel and the bots and then the Mads are watching the last of It Conquered the World and they’re listening to Peter Graves speech…
    Also,when the button doesn’t work in Deep 13 and Frank and Trace are trying to fix it.


  • 32
    Depressing Aunt says:

    Joel and the bots singing “Idiot Control Now” in the “Pod People” episode.

    Joel and the bots talking to Mike as J.C. in “Sidehackers.”

    Reel Life vs Real Life in “Teenagers from Outer Space.”
    There’s a big fat drunk guy sleeping on your couch!


  • 33
    Kevin says:

    In “Sampson Vs. The Vampire Women” when Sampson first enters and Crow just laughs.

    Also the Wassailing song from “The Touch of Satan.”


  • 34
    EricJ says:

    @30 – C&F’s look during the Pod People segment is funny, the Annoying Music continuing on into the commercial break is funnier. Smile

    I’ve also tried to get skeptical friends to watch Monster a Go-Go just for the Static Geiger Counter scene (“Dr. Logan, puzzled by the lab findings…” “Blew up.”), as well as the Evil Cute song from Circus on Ice.
    They’d already seen the Failure Frolics from “Day the Earth Froze”, but that was a while ago.

    Had to pick a fifth, it would be Tom and Crow imitating a fourth-grade school projector in ‘Why Doesn’t Johnny Care?”


  • 35
    Goshzilla says:

    “My race are pacifists. We abhor violence and only kill out of personal spite.” A philosophy I’ve taken to heart.

    Special bonus nod to Crow catching fire in the first Poopie reel and Trace screaming in terror. “Whew! I’ll be in my trailer.”


  • 36
    Black Doug says:

    “Warrior of the Lost World” has some boring bits, but I’ll be damned if the “Any fruit to declare?” sequence doesn’t crack me up every time.


  • 37
    nrl1 says:

    I die every time I see the host segment where Joel comes out in a satin robe with a “cigar” in his mouth, imitating the bad guy from Operation Double 007, womanizing the bots, and saying “I knowwww”


  • 38
    hellokittee says:

    While “Quest of the Delta Knights” is not necessarily my favorite episode (Probably in my top 20 though), the chorus of Tom Servos (including the lady version of Tom, complete with clevage and a dress) singing the Delta Knights song is of of my all time favorite moments. Kevin just has a pretty damn great singing voice, and the song is hilarious.


  • 39
    RaptorX8 says:

    That part of ‘The Atomic Brain’ cracks me up so bad every single time. I even sing it in real life. So funny.

    Also have to mention in ‘Village of the Giants’ when Tom is horrified over seeing his mother – the blender – in the film.

    In ‘Laserblast’ every time they make fun of the guy who looks like Hank Williams Jr.


  • 40
    Larry P. says:

    Wow, this is a tough one. I could think of favorite moments all day and STILL not be satisfied with a ‘final’ list. I’ll give it a shot though.

    – The entire Idiot Control sketch in Pod People. “It stinks!” has become iconic, and of course I love it, but it’s actually Frank’s exaggerated “Good? He’s the BEST!” that just kills me every time.

    – In Eegah!, at the beginning right before they first head into the movie, Dr. F sends Frank out to do his ice skating after having replaced his blood with antifreeze. Frank, in a zombie-like state, wanders back in, and Dr. F says “Oh, God.” It’s all about the delivery, and Trace’s is spot-on. It’s a little moment, but man, I’m always rolling!

    The Creeping Terror:

    Narrator: Dr. Bradford arrived
    Crow: I said Dr. Bradford arrived!
    Narrator: He was a much younger man than one would imagine.
    Servo: Uh, I have no preconceptions!

    – So much of the first several minutes of Parts: The Clonus Horror, from the first “BIOGRAPHY!” to “I think you’re neat!” “I like how keen you are!” to “Will he be alright?” “Hellno!” I think every movie segment in the ep is strong (I’m in the seeming minority that don’t like the host segments) but those first one or two movie segments particularly slay me.

    – This following exchange from The Incredibly Strange Creatures etc.:

    (Carnie with an old-fashioned hat walks on-screen)
    Carnie: Hey Stella!
    Crow: 23 skiddoo!
    Mike: (laughs)
    Carnie: How about a date tomorrow night?
    Stella: Okay! Should be fun!
    Carnie: How does 7 O’Clock sound?
    Stella: Great! Where are we going?
    Mike: (borderline indignant) Fat Burger, as usual!
    Carnie: Oh, I thought we could spend a quiet little evening at your place. I could bring up a couple of steaks, and you could broil them.
    Stella: That’s your idea of a good evening? I have to slave over a hot stove cooking dinner for you?
    Carnie: Why not?
    Crow: Eh, he’s got a point!
    Stella: Who’s gonna wash the dishes?
    Carnie: Oh, I’ll wash the dishes (tilts his hat)
    Mike: (slyly) With my hat!
    Servo: He doesn’t know how many dishes I have stacked up, the poor dope!

    I go back-and-forth on the episode itself, but that exchange always gets me.

    Also, the opening credits of Horror Of Party Beach are a work of art, including Crow’s explanation of additional dialog as well as “Original soundtrack not available. You’ll thank us.”

    There are many, many more moments I consider favorites, but man, this would be a mile long post if I listed each one.


  • 41
    k0n4 says:

    Man, where to begin…

    -The TV series pitch during the credits of ‘The Final Sacrifice’
    -The song toss game a.k.a. “TUSK!” from ‘Werewolf’
    -Every time they do the “What’s in the stew?” sigh of exasperation before saying “Onions…”
    -Towards the end of ‘Mitchell’ when Joe Don Baker opens the door in his apartment and turns on the lights, prompting Joel and the Bots to shout / sing, “SURPRISE! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!”
    -Already mentioned but the “You are magic, aren’t you Trumpy!” re-enactment by Joel and the Bots, complete with The Mads quick takes towards the camera
    -Servo’s explanation of “Quantum Linear Superposition”, specifically when he warps time and space and more or less resets the entire sketch
    -Virtually every host segment in ‘Prince of Space’ – I mean, I think the Mike as a Bot bit is alright, but the time distorted dialogue out of order bit with the chicken puppet, the game of Dog and Bear gone awry (followed by the completely harmless game of Sea Lion and Squirrel), Servo and Crow’s assessment in the sylvan glen that Mike doesn’t handle alternate realities very well
    -Mike’s “exit” from the Satellite of Love because he, too, suffered through a Joe Don Baker movie
    -Arguably, the entirety of ‘Space Mutiny’ but, well, that, goes without saying

    Alright… I’m done… Smile


  • 42
    Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    Then there’s the utterly demented landing strip party in THE SKYDIVERS, with a giantess, a geek, a guy done up in full Scotsman regalia, a girl in a tutu on roller skates, all for NO REASON WHATSOEVER… “Is this a Village People audition?”


  • 43
    Depressing Aunt says:

    #8 & #34
    Yeah, you’re right, Frank and Trace’s acting during the “Idiot Control” sequence is what makes it soooo painfully funny. And also when Joel makes the OK sign and blurts out, “It stinks!” in deadpan mode…


  • 44
    eegah says:

    The entire sequence in Monster A Go-Go where they are telling Ruth about Frank:

    “This coffee’s warmer than Frank is”
    “Make other plans, Jimmy”


  • 45
    Ralph C says:

    The Popcorn Commercial. Ah, sheer brilliance, to me.

    And this is just the first one that came to mind.


  • 46
    Dereklap says:

    “Danger, Death Ray.” Where Servo blasts Crow and he screams as his eyes burst into flames, it’s for peaceful purposes only of course.


  • 47
    Professor Gunther says:

    While watching MITCHELL during the Turkey Day Marathon, I was HIGHLY amused when the temp, Mike, witnessed Dr. F and Frank telling Joel and the ‘bots about the movie they would be watching. Temp Mike: “you guys watch Joe Don Baker movies?” It’s about as innocuous a moment as you can think of, but that’s MST3K writing at its finest.


  • 48
    MattK says:

    #623 – The Amazing Transparent Man:

    “You people bring matches for Mikey?”


  • 49
    Dr. Strangelove says:

    Red Zone Cuba: “Les Steckel begins training camp!” For an NFL fan, that is GOLD.


  • 50
    Cornjob says:

    One of my favorite moments in the show’s history that happens to take place in a middling episode is the Interrogation sketch from The Dead Talk Back. I always have to waych it at least twice. Once to watch Frank meltdown and go into an increasingly bizarre confession. The second to watch Dr. F’s expressions as Frank goes further and further off the map.


  • 51
    deville says:

    the credit sequence in “Alien from LA” where they argue over who’s watched the femiest movies. Especially when they have to get the ruling on Madame Sousatzka . . .

    Mike “Who’s turn is it?”
    Tom “Crow’s because you challenged and lost.”


  • 52
    Vic Field says:

    There are a few for me…
    Host segment at the end of Manos where Mike/Manos is delivering pizza… and he has the Torgos shuffle down perfect.

    Host segment during the Colossal Man.. where Joel and the bots are contacted thru the viewfinder Col Manning (Mike) and converse with him while he ingests a cow and barn and immediately has a digestive issue


  • 53
    DrBlood says:

    From Fugitive Alien: Rocky looks up at a bottle: “Drink me, drink me, come on and drink me.”

    Honorable mention: Nuveena turns Crow and Tom Servo into kitchen appliances.


  • 54
    Robbie P. says:

    From Hobgoblins, Crow’s documentary on Women, called Let’s Talk Women. Specifically when Crow is interviewing himself in a mustache.

    Mustache Crow: And then this woman, uh, at least I think it was a woman… She, uh… married me.
    Crow: Did you have any children, sir?
    Mustache Crow: I DON’T REMEMBER!


  • 55
    BC says:

    Any really terrible editing mistakes. The watch from Danger!! Death Ray, the “Just because you can edit…” scene in Devil Fish, and “I got a man hurt over here… me too” from Werewolf. Those are always gutbusters for me.

    I can see how “A Joke By Ingmar Bergman” would get really irritating to a lot of people, but as a Bergman fan I loved the attention to detail and the commitment to the joke.

    I’m shocked that nobody has mentioned the Hitler building. Such a hard-to-watch episode, and yet that moment is so mind-boggling that it’s almost worth sitting through it just to get to that point. Almost.

    P.S. Longtime reader, first time poster here.


  • 56
    robot rump! says:

    ‘invasion USA’ crow’s reaction to his ‘mother’ and the shriek when Mike tries to interrupt his nursing.
    ‘I accuse my parents’
    jimmy: ‘Mom…Dad!
    Joel: ‘…i won the get the crap kicked out of you contest!’


  • 57
    ready4sumfootball says:

    “Ingmar Bergman Tells a Joke” from The Sword and the Dragon is by far my favorite bit from any episode.


  • 58

    Too many to list, but one of my favorites was the ‘Unhappy Meal’ skit from ‘The Day The Earth Froze’.
    When Frank gets angry because Dr F took his money they have this exchange.
    Dr F: “Push the button Frank.”
    Frank: “No! I want my money back!”
    Dr F: “Forceps Frank. Pain.”
    Frank: “I don’t care! I want my money!”
    Dr F: “Electroshock Frank! Push the button!”
    Frank: “NO! NO!”
    Dr F: “The ‘Box’ Frank!”
    Frank: “Pushing the button.”
    I always wondered what ‘The Box’ was and why Frank feared it more than anything else.


  • 59
    Captain Cab says:

    The Violent Years isn’t one of my favorite episodes but its opening skit where Tom has replaced his mouth and dome for that creepy ventriloquist dummy head never fails to make me laugh out loud, often near tears. Crow screaming in terror and Mike subsequently pulling it off by tightly gripping the eyes as Tom protests and yells loudly in pain is also disturbingly hilarious and only adds to it.

    More general, but one recurring moment from Trace’s time on the show that I love is whenever a girl smiled and even if she was pretty Crow would usually make that really coarse “HEE-E-E-E-E-EHHHH” noise. lol


  • 60
    thequietman says:

    There are too many to count for me, but one that I’m surprised no one has mentioned yet is the “Previously on the Satellite of Love…” opener from “The Deadly Bees.”

    “It isn’t broccoli I want! It’s…YOU!!”
    “Answer the question, ya skel!”
    “Don’t make me shoot you….CROOOOOOOOWWW!!!”


  • 61
    wetzelcoatl says:

    Hired! The Musical for me.

    Also any time Joel and the bots do a bit where they start talking in stereotypical upper Midwest accents.


  • 62
    Droppo says:

    Have to say, I’m really enjoying this thread. So many great moments.

    Here’s Round 2 for me:

    The Beatniks: The riffs during Eddie’s songs always make me laugh, particularly, Joel’s.
    Eddie: “Call me wild…”
    Joel: “Oscar Wilde!”

    Santa Claus: the children of different nationalities sequence. Particularly when Mike, genuinely laughing, says “sorry about that folks” after a particularly bad one.

    Eegah!: Anytime they scream in horror when Arch Hall Jr. appears on screen.

    Merlin’s Mystical Shop of Wonders:
    Merlin: “Remember to believe in magic…”
    Crow: “Or I’ll kill you.”

    Poopie!: Anytime Frank laughs.

    Track of the Moonbeast: People have rightfully mentioned the stew riffs. But, I’d also add a subtle moment that kills me when Johnny is presenting his slideshow:
    Crow: (in Johnny voice) “Now, I’m over here.”
    (Mike starts laughing)

    The Magic Sword: Joel’s delivery on this one is so perfect.
    Sir Branton: “Lodac…”
    Joel: “You’re a jerk.:

    Alien From L.A.: The Australian riffs always get me. And I love when they just completely expose and undercut a film’s clumsy attempt at backstory:
    Crow: (in Australian accent) “I’m gruff and rough and not ready to be loved!”


  • 63
    wylliam says:

    So many.. where to begin:
    1) Atomic Brain – where the old lady rolls backwards in the wheelchair… “Whoa whoa whoaaaaaaa!!”
    2) The Touch of Satan – the old lady kills the farmer, then it cuts to the family at the table laughing, “…and then he died! Ha ha!”
    3) Operation Double 007 – The segment where Joel imitates the villain and the bots get pissed. “Great skit Joel” …”I know”.
    4) I Accuse My Parents – “Let’s all go to Jack Taylor’s to celebrate!”; the quacking every time Kitty’s door opens; and the “but its my birthday tomorrow!”
    5) Don’t remember the episode, but where the 3 Observers tell Pearl she is no longer needed in her human form, and she rolls her eyes and says ” ..The HELL?!!”. Don’t know why – its just the way Mary Jo touches my heart!


  • 64
    Mills says:

    Sessions Presents…


  • 65
    Pulatso says:

    Servo’s song about stock footage in Neptune Men.


  • 66
    mnenoch says:

    Tom Servo’s Death Ray in Danger Death Ray. Hands down that has got to be my favorite MST3K moment ever. The episode itself is okay but the moment where Crow’s head explodes in fire and Trace just goes with it. It’s absolutely golden. Anytime I need an absolute laugh I will find that on youtube and watch it.


  • 67
    Altoid27 says:

    As many others have pointed out, there are way too many to list. If I had to narrow it down to three:

    “Pod People” – the entire episode. From “It stinks!” to “Clown in the Sky,” there’s something for everyone here. I also somehow find myself using Crow’s “Give me that! I’ll show you how to use a prop phone…” in regular conversation frequently.

    “The Incredible Melting Man” – the host segments put this one in my top five episodes, with the focus group skit probably being my favorite piece the staff ever wrote. Great (and painfully accurate) depiction, while also venting some of the “MST3K: The Movie” frustrations.

    “Riding with Death” – “Lucky guy, he’s about to find out I’m Ben Murphy.” I quote this all the time and to this day, I think I’ve run into one person who knew what I was talking about. Further proof that the right people will get it.


  • 68
    Dr. Frankenkeister says:

    I cannot remember the episode, but it was a cutaway to Deep 13 and Frank had a cane and gloves and turned towards the camera saying…

    Frank: It’s SHOW…
    Dr. F: (offscreen) Don’t even think about it Frank!
    Frank: (Dejected) …time. (starts shaking his head and crying)

    For being completely unexpected, this bit slays me every single time. Hard to explain why this little minute of show is a favorite moment, but it is.


  • 69
    Dr. Frankenkeister says:

    Oh, and the musical host segment from I Accuse My Parents where they mimic Are You Happy In Your Work. Joel’s expressions to camera are fantastic and are another favorite.


  • 70
    Blowie the Dolphin says:

    One of my favorite moments in the Canada Song from Final Sacrifice. Also in Phantom Planet, when Chapman asks his navigator if his readings are correct and the navigator asks him why, Mike says “Because we’re under water”.


  • 71
    Droppo says:

    #68: It’s from my favorite episode ever, Master Ninja I. Joel, Crow and Tom are each singing their own theme songs and then it cuts to Frank and he’s ready to join in before Dr. F cuts him off.


  • 72
    Cornjob says:

    The practice job interview that Mike and the Bots do with Frank where he states matter of factly that he uses violence to resolve interpersonal problems is hysterical. Frank may have had the best host segment moments.

    The end of the Woody Guthrie-esque “Train Song” that literally goes off the rails and ends with the conductor getting impaled and toxic clouds killing a small city.

    Crow stating, “I wanna decide who lives and who dies” for Christmas.

    Any time the riffers comment “Well, that could have gone better”. I say that all the time when reading a newspaper or history book.


  • 73
    Big Daddy HG says:

    The closing credits of Space Mutiny is my favorite moment or moments. I always go to YouTube and watch it when I need a quick laugh. It never fails to deliver!!


  • 74
    Professor Gunther says:

    When Frank mouths “rock climbing” while he and Dr. F are gloating about inflicting LOST CONTINENT on Joel and the ‘bots.

    The face Frank makes when Dr. F discovers that he has just informed Joel and the bots of his (Dr. F’s) supposed death (GIANT GILA MONSTER). And the exchange between Tom and Joel immediately after is an added bonus. Tom: “you think he’ll kill him?” Joel: “Hush, child.”

    Additionally, Frank and his little bucket of sand during the “Deep Hurting” segment at the beginning of MOON MEN.


  • 75
    jross says:

    “When I Held Your Brain in My Arms”

    From “Deadly Mantis” Country Radio Stations:

    And of course: “Clay looks better in a sweater washed in Woolite.” (Can’t remember which episode that’s from.)


  • 76
    DarrG says:

    #72 Cornjob, you beat me to it, but “Crow stating, “I wanna decide who lives and who dies” for Christmas.” is one of my favorite moments, but it is Joel’s “Oh I don’t know” delivery that nails it. My wife and I use that all the time when someone asks what we want.

    Another one is from one of the Comedy Central promo bits when Crow says “Bite me, its fun” and Tom is in the background “Crow No.” The delivery on that one gets me too. And on a related note, Crow getting on the information superhighway with is a wonderful little segment as well.


  • 77
    klisch says:

    Gamera vs. Guirion. The “thank you hello” dialogue. That got me hooked.


  • 78
    David Mello says:

    Invasion of the Neptune Men:

    The Hitler Building and “EAT IT MOVIE!!”


  • 79
    ServoTron3000 says:

    Not my favorite episode but perhaps my favorite riff:

    Deaney: How do you take your Scotch, Mitchell?

    Crow: Uh by the Quart


  • 80
    huggybear says:

    Oh, some many great memories. I’ll go with:
    Favorite riff—Any time M&tb gave up an effeminate “Rowsdower”.

    Favorite sketch–I still lose it during the whole square dance into slam dance thing during “Bloodlust”.

    Favorite stinger–Cousin Billy blows a raspberry at Dan in “Giant Spider Invasion”.


  • 81
    huggybear says:

    Thanks for the laugh #54. As soon as I saw “I don’t remember!’, I fell to pieces. What a great sketch!


  • 82
    T says:

    “Hercules, table for eight!”
    “He’s fighting Nazis on the moon!”


  • 83
    John says:

    The credits of Parts: the clonus horror…specifically the biography of “James Arness: Ugly and Stupid”. Absolutely brilliant, and puts me on the floor every time.


  • 84
    Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    In The Thing That Couldn’t Die, after everyone tries to get Jessica to use the divining rod, no one is paying attention when she picks it up and actually starts out the door. All three have a comment, but Mike’s is the one that gets me:

    “See ya!”


  • 85
    little winged potatoes says:

    I don’t think many responses are grasping the spirit of the question. For instance, while I love Crow voicing Trumpy in Pod People (delicious kitty, they all look so good) it is already one of my favorite episodes. Or when he says “I am the angel of death, the day of reckoning is upon us” as Jimmy in I Accuse My Parents, that is also one of my favorite episodes so it doesn’t really qualify.

    An episode I don’t watch often is Ring of Terror. The vacuum cleaner autopsy host segment with Gypsy trying not to heave is fabulous. I think that is one of my favorite MST moments from an episode that is not one of my favorites. The Phantom Creeps serials are usually dreadful for me, but Frank sings If Chauffeurs Ruled the World and makes up for it. There. A tedious episode with excellent host segments.

    Suggestion for future discussion: MST3K dreams. I once dreamt I was on a helicopter ride with the Best Brains. They were narrating the features of a MST based theme-park. Gypsy WAS the monorail.

    I think I’ve been spending too much time at this site, especially before bed.


  • 86
    Bat Masterson says:

    For some reason, Mike’s laughter under his breath at the caretaker’s ‘Strange Things are Comin’ ditty in “Werewolf” is my favorite moment from the series.


  • 87
    jaybird3rd says:

    I agree with #85, so I’ll limit myself to moments from episodes that aren’t necessarily my favorites.

    I’ve been on a “25th Anniversary” kick since Thanksgiving, going back and re-watching the KTMA shows on their respective anniversary dates. One of the pleasures of doing this is getting to see all the little moments that “just happened”, and which didn’t happen in the same way after the shows were scripted.

    In K05, for example, there’s a fun bit of improv by Joel (who is in the theater alone) which I actually like better than whatever replaced it in #302:

    Kenny: “I was so scared! Gamera saved me, didn’t he? Because he knows I like turtles!”
    Kenny’s Mom: “Gamera liked you!”
    Joel (in a slow, sarcastically accommodating tone): “Sure, Kenny.”
    Kenny: “Gamera’s a good turtle!”
    Joel: “He’s a good turtle, Kenny.”
    Kenny’s Mom: “He is good!”
    Joel: “It’s all good, Kenny! You’re going to be okay, Kenny!”
    (the movie cuts to the exterior of a building)
    Joel: “This must be the hospital where they’ve taken Kenny.”

    Later, the main scientist in the movie says that Gamera “has certain organs which function nearly like a hydro-electric plant!”, and Joel just bursts out laughing, which he didn’t do too often later. I don’t remember him munching on potato chips in the theater again, either, which he does about halfway through this episode.

    It’s always fun when the robots are able to crack Joel up in the theater: Crow’s reaction to the sexy Zigra lady in K07, Servo’s freewheeling “Strawberry Fields” parody in K12, etc.

    One of my very favorite KTMA riffs happens in K10. Martin Landau is captured and placed in a cell by the bad guy. He’s wearing an orange jumpsuit, and the cell has orange walls and orange furniture. As Landau wakes up on the floor, Joel quips, “I hope he likes orange.” It’s a simple observation that doesn’t seem very funny in print, but the visual combined with Joel’s sleepy-voiced delivery had me giggling for several solid minutes when I first heard it.

    Finally, there’s a particularly funny moment in K21. The star enters the photographer’s cabin and starts letting the air out of her diving tank, they fight, and he smacks her around. He then stands looking at her, and Joel says, “Finish the job, man …”, meaning that he should continue letting out the air. Joel must have realized too late that it sounded like he was calling for more domestic abuse, and he tried to backtrack by saying “… open the tank … I meant …”, but he just breaks down laughing, and the robots join him! Servo says, “After twenty weeks, Joel Hodgson snaps a twig!”


  • 88
    Hey Cabot! says:

    The Llama sketch of The Amazing Transparent Man immediately comes to mind, because the movie is boring but that sketch is one of my personal favorites of the entire show.

    “There ain’t no law that says you can’t pet a smelly ol’ llama if you want to.”


  • 89
    Shrike says:

    “It STINKS!”

    “Are you coming or do I swim alone?”
    “Yes and yes.”

    “This movie is just ropes and asses!!!”


  • 90
    Depressing Aunt says:

    Hamlet faxed me a soliloquy!

    Yeah, “Hamlet” can be a drag, but I adore that quip. It’s just so delightfully absurd. I can actually picture a brooding Hamlet painstakingly writing out his thoughts, then putting them in a fax machine.


  • 91
    Joike1013 says:

    Maybe because I just watched this episode…but the constant reference to Lafarge being a “load” in The Mole People. It was one of those things that the more they said it the funnier it got!

    “The load contributes.”
    “He’s on maximum load”
    “The Hardy Boys and their load”
    “That was just a little sprint load”
    “Load, tell us a story about another time you were a total load.”

    and of course…

    “He died as he lived…a total load”


  • 92
    Rex Dart says:

    I always loved the brief moment from Horror at Party Beach, where the random women in the car flirt with the gas station attendant.

    As they’re exiting the theater, Crow shouts (as the attendant) “Thoughts of sex distracted me, and now I’ll have to immolate myself to subdue the loud buzzing in my head!!”

    To which Mike responds, “Fine, but come along anyway.”

    I dunno why, but mistakenly attributing the problem to Crow, and Mike’s casual response to his complaint, really amuse me.


  • 93
    Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    “Surprise. It was me running the slides.”


  • 94
    Mooney says:

    Not my favorite episode but in ‘The Thing that Couldn’t Die’
    There is a man digging up an artifact who says: “It looks medieval”.
    And Servo goes: “on yo ass”

    Might be my favorite riff ever. Kills me because I loved Pulp Fiction