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Episode guide: 607- Bloodlust! (with short: ‘Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm’)

Short: (1960) Two city kids learn the what their country cousins do on their dairy farm.
Movie: (1959) When their boat has mechanical trouble, a quartet of college kids seek help on an island, where a big game hunter lives.

First shown: 9/3/94
Opening: Tom is Crow’s therapist
Intro: Dr. F. redecorates Deep 13 for his mother’s visit, but she’s more pleased to see Frank
Host segment 1: Crow’s veg’able stand gets creamed
Host segment 2: M&tB try some square dancing
Host segment 3: Crow ruins Mystery Murder Dinner Theater
End: The bots think Mike is hunting them, Mike reads some letters, Dr. F.’s mom and Frank go out on the town
Stinger: Guy gets an arrow in the stomach
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (207 votes, average: 4.15 out of 5)

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• The short gets us off to a great start. One of their funniest. But, for me, the movie has so many slow points that it’s hard to stay engaged, even though the riffing is pretty good. Robert Reed’s continual wryness begins to rankle after a while, too. The introduction of Pearl is auspicious, but we wouldn’t see her again for a long time.
• This episode appears in Rhino’s Vol. 1 collection.
References.
• Several notables in this episode, include the first appearance of Mary Jo as Pearl and the redecoration of Deep 13.
• Gypsy says “bitch” supposedly accidentally. The bots want to say it too and Mike surprisingly is opposed to the idea.
• Crow apparently thought it was important to wear his nice dress slacks to therapy. I wonder what that means…
• In segment 1, Mike excuses himself to go “be” Kenny G — one of the first times Mike just sort of “becomes” somebody. This strange ability will help him in later episodes.
• The mayhem in segment 1 is an extension of the running gag begun in 604, which, as I explained, was lost on a lot of people when episode 604 was removed from the lineup for a while.
• I recall after this episode there was much chatter about the fact that they only made one Brady Bunch riff. Some wanted more, others were pleased with the riffers’ restraint.
• Later-to-be-disgraced, now-deceased TV chef Jeff Smith gets a reference and it won’t be the last.
• In segment 2, I like how they go from square dancing to slam dancing in two seconds. Note: Servo loses his head. Also note: The fiddle music is being supplied by the now-somewhat-famous Maria Bamford.
• Callbacks: “MANOS!” “He didn’t steal no bike neither” (Teenage Strangler)
• In the theater, as the bad guy goes on for a while, Mike gets sleepy and leans on Tom’s shoulder.
• Segment 3 is your basic one-joke segment. (see: “Waffles!”) I like the costumes, though.
• Then-current reference: Crow attempts to explain the surprise in the movie “The Crying Game” — then a popular topic of conversation.
• In one riff, they posit the idea of “Scooby Doo, the motion picture.” What a preposterous idea.
• Cast and crew roundup: Costumer Marge Corso also worked on “Earth Vs. The Spider,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Tormented” and “The She-Creature.” Assistant director Leonard Shapiro also worked on “Project Moon Base” and “The Amazing Transparent Man.” Props guy Richard Rubin also worked on “Attack of the Giant Leeches.” Sound mixer Philip Mitchell also worked on “Teenage Caveman” and “The Unearthly.” Score composer Mischa Terralso worked on “The Unearthly,” “King Dinosaur,” “The Violent Years” and “The Sinister Urge.” In front of the camera, June Kenney was also in “Earth vs. the Spider” and “Viking Women.” Walter Brooke was also in “Space Travelers” and “San Francisco International.” Gene Persson was also in “Earth Vs. the Spider.” Troy Patterson was also in “Earth Vs. the Spider.” Bobby Hall was also in “High School Big Shot.” Bill Coontz was a “High School Big Shot” and “The Girl in Lovers Lane.” Robert Reed also appeared in “SST Death Flight.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Trace Beaulieu. Brad Keely drops off the lighting credit after this episode. Andrea DuCane is back doing hair and makeup for three episodes.
• Fave riff from the short: “All the commotion provokes a bull snake.” Honorable mention: “I remember ringing a bell…”
• Fave riff from the movie: “He shot the bear in mid-standing ovation.” Honorable mention: “No cookies! Not now, not ever, never!”

137 Replies to “Episode guide: 607- Bloodlust! (with short: ‘Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm’)”

  1. Bombastic Biscuit Boy says:

    “Just throw them their winter clothes and then floor it!”

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  2. Bombastic Biscuit Boy says:

    Ugh, corn! Coming after me! Stalks attacking me! Help!

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  3. Kenneth Morgan says:

    One thing that stands out for me is how, in the short, the cow barn is shown to be as clean as an operating theater. Trust me; having spent many a summer on a real dairy farm, cow barns are not that clean. I had to get new sneakers every September for school. And if you saw a cow’s tail start moving, you knew to watch out.

    Suddenly, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic…

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  4. Watch-out-for-Snakes says:

    This is another strong Season 6 episode. The short, ‘Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm’, is one of my favorites and I find it endlessly quotable. It outshines the movie, that’s for sure, but I don’t hate on Bloodlust! like some others here on the thread. It starts strong on the boat, lapses into a “Killer Shrews” type nothing is happening middle-section, before moving into the “Most Dangerous Game” final third, which is strong and entertaining in my opinion. The hammy villain gets a nice gruesome (for the time period) death, I approve.

    The riffing throughout is great, the weakest component of the whole episode is the Host Segments. HS#1 is nice and short, but as a running gag it only clicks if you’ve seen the previous episode where Servo runs Crow over (#604, I believe). HS#2 doesn’t really do it for me, and HS#3 is another quick and easy one, funny upon first viewing but it loses impact after many many viewings.

    Also of note, Crow’s sensible brown slacks make an appearance during the opening therapy session with Servo. He really DID get a lot of use out of those…

    RIFFS:


    short:

    Servo: “Yes, the farm of secrets and lies.”

    Mike: “Well what do you know, somebody fell in the thresher again.”

    Servo: “Ganja, Betty?

    Crow (as little girl): “I just saw a finger.”

    Servo: “Pure, uncut.”
    Mike: “First one’s free, kid.”

    Crow: “AHH! MY SPINE!!”

    Crow: “All the commotion provokes a bull snake!.”

    Mike: “I got to be careful with my new jeans, cause I got them at Pamida.”

    Mike: “Uncle Jim’s outta control, we frag ’em today.”

    Servo: “Mmm good white hearty white bread for white, white people.”

    Mike: “EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PIGS!!”

    Mike: “So long you corn-shuckin’ suckers!!”


    movie:

    Crow: “C’mon, make with the fright already!”
    Mike: “Yeah, bring on the scares!”

    movie: “This is always fun..” (he then brings her in for a hug)
    Crow: “Looking at your roots.”

    Servo: “Let’sGO ashORE!”

    Servo: “Found some turtle eggs, let’s smash ’em.”

    Servo: “…later, that same drink.”

    Mike: “He shot the bear in mid-standing ovation.”

    (reveal of crouching victim in villain’s lair)
    Mike: “Mammie! Mammie! I walk a million miles..!”

    Mike: “MY MUFFINS!”

    Mike: “Ladies and gentlemen, Spalding Gray!” —–Especially funny to me, as I just finished (literally) watching a few of his monologues (Monster in a Box and Gray’s Anatomy)



    Now what about that clambake…??


    4/5

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  5. losingmydignity says:

    A recent viewing confirms this one rates for me about where it did ten years ago: a solid but not great ep. The short is pretty great and count me in as a fan of the silly host segments.

    B+

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  6. Opus says:

    Terrific short, really good film, horrible host segments.

    Regarding Jeff Smith: I found a YouTube channel with a bunch of his old shows. It’s a shame about his personal life, as those shows were tremendously entertaining. He was the precursor to Alton Brown.

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  7. Smoothie of Great Power says:

    I commented on this under my old name last time it came around. Nothing’s changed. XD

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  8. Creeping-Death says:

    Loved the host segments, thought the short was good and the film was average. Get to see Crow’s legs twice! Crow lapsing into “Anarchy in the UK” and “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols while calling the square dance was great. Its surprising that Betty, the girlfriend of the “Hero” is the only one of the main characters to actually kill one of the bad guys. Usually don’t see women in a strong role at that time.

    Favorite lines:
    Short:
    “I just saw a finger.”
    “Uncle Jim’s out of control – we frag him today.”
    Movie:
    Servo: Ah! Hello. Welcome to tonight’s Mystery… Murder… Dinner… Party—
    Crow: I did it!
    Gypsy, Servo and Mike: CROW!

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  9. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Looking at my responses from a few years back, I think the new me thinks the old me is kind of a dickweed about this episode. I watched it earlier this week and enjoyed it a lot more than my previous comments would indicate. Eat it, older me.

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  10. revlillo says:

    Is Tom Servo reading Hebrew when he’s doing his tribute to Dr. Forrester? He’s reading from right to left.

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  11. John R. Ellis says:

    Best riff:

    “The name’s Whistlin’ Pete!”

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  12. Depressing Aunt says:

    Awww, Dr. Forester being ignored by his own mom! I get ignored all the time in family gatherings, but not by own mom. I love the way Pearl and Frank dish like a couple of gals.

    “And that’s why I’m burning my bra!”

    The movie’s kinda dull for my taste….

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  13. Warren says:

    This has never been a favorite, but it seemed better with the most recent viewing. If it wasn’t obviously based on “The Most Dangerous Game” I’d give the movie even more credit. Good riffing and decent host segments make it an okay episode. It’s amazing how a mysterious island just pops up out of nowhere when you’re on a boat that’s practically floating in place.

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  14. JLH says:

    Despite this being the introduction of the redocorated Deep 13, the shifting of airing order made it come after it had already appeared in “The Skydivers”. And in airing order, technically, it’s redecorated in 606, they just don’t show much of it due to the laundry day stuff.

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  15. Cornjob says:

    “…men that he’s driven insane!”
    “With his low prices.”

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  16. Sitting Duck says:

    Hey Sampo, with Christmas fast approaching, which date do you intend to have the Santa Claus discussion?

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  17. Strummergas says:

    Ah, now here’s one I clearly remember from back in the day! It might have something to do with being in high school at the time and reading “The Most Dangerous Game” not too long before seeing this episode, but I still think this experiment is great after all these years. The short is fantastic (definitely one of their best) and the movie keeps me interested and laughing the whole time despite a bit of a sag in the plot somewhere in the middle.

    I’m glad they didn’t run the Brady Bunch riffs into the ground, but I also could’ve done with a few more. Despite growing up with reruns of the show, I never cared for the Brady Bunch, so it was nice to see them ripping on Reed fairly well. Watching him act is a lot like eating a sandwich on WRY bread!

    4 stars!

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  18. Yipe Striper says:

    @Cabbage Patch Elvis:

    Don’t beat your old self up about it.

    Let me do it!

    *Punch!*
    *Kick!*
    *KaPow!*

    Old self: “I wish they’d invent computers so I’d have somewhere to belong…”

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  19. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Hey, watch it Yipe Striper…HI KEEBA!

       3 likes

  20. ToolAssist says:

    I love this episode’s riffing, but the host segments don’t do it for me.

    Favourite riff: “He’ll be driven insane!” “By his low prices.”

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  21. Dan in WI says:

    Not only is the is episode on Rhino’s Volume 1 it is also available on the Shout! Factory on their reissue of Volume I.

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  22. Stargazer says:

    I have a hard time with this episode because the movie is a terrible take on the short story, which I love.
    A far superior film was made in 1932 and called “The Most Dangerous Game” with the screenplay co-written by the author Richard Connell. TCM show this version every so often.

    They are releasing yet another remake in 2017.

    Still, it’s all worth it for “Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm”.

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  23. Sitting Duck says:

    Bloodlust passes the Bechdel Test. Betty and Jean talk about their situation as well as plan out an escape attempt.

    So does the uncut version of the film reveal what happened to Tony’s shirt?

    Regarding Mystery Murder Dinner Theater quality, it’s probably a bit like Renaissance Festivals. There are good ones and bad ones, but the bad ones get more attention.

    Wonder what caused the mother of the first letter writer to believe that Servo was related to E.T.

    Thrilling Wonder Stories #37: Also in Segment 1, when Servo is reading his script, his head is moving the wrong direction. Maybe his script is in Arabic.

    Could be Hebrew instead.

    @ #46: By Sixties film standards it was pretty gory.

    @ #50: How did those elderly people react to The Atomic Brain’s borderline nudity?

    Favorite riffs

    Is Velveeta a member of the National Dairy Council?
    No, Velveeta’s a splinter group.

    Here in Frame 54, Mr. Connelly is struck by the bullet.

    Already, the children have disturbed Uncle Jim. Uncle Jim is an edgy man who should not be riled.

    Tonight on ESPN 2: Hayloft Rope Swinging.

    “But he’s more than a pet. He also protects the family.”
    From rival farm gangs.

    Repressed emotions help the evening pass without incident.

    “The corn was knee high on George when he came. Now it’s taller than he is.”
    George is clearly shrinking.

    The lure of the clam bake proved to be their undoing.

    On his resume, Robert Reed listed this as The Tempest.

    There’s a two drunk minimum in this film.

    “I still don’t know what’s going on here.”
    Neither do we.

    “There’s nothing to be scared about. I mean, I’ll be with you.”
    My point exactly.

    Indiana Nerd and the Temple of Dork.

    Cadavers for Algernon.

    This would be real suspenseful, but for the fact that it isn’t.

    “I’m not much of a swimmier, but I’ll try.”
    You ain’t much of anything.

    “And even if we don’t make it…”
    The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of our actions.

    My name’s Whistlin’ Pete if you need anything.

    “I may never get a chance to say this again.”
    Never wear a Speedo.

    I think I remember one of the girls saying that, if we were ever captured by an evil hunter, to go ahead without them.

    The Defiant Debs!

    I want you to be alive when I break up with you.

    We should be thankful for his smoking jacket, or else he’d be walking around in his underwear.

    I call that one Lutheran Love.

    Finally, Pete’s the AV geek he’s always wanted to be.

    You see, when lackeys turn on their masters, they become bulletproof.

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  24. Gobi says:

    I always thought that the stinger should have been the shot of the crazy person walking towards the camera and screaming. Indeed, for quite a while I thought that was the stinger.

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  25. Mr. Krasker says:

    I love this episode, but then I tend to like the more plodding movies.

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  26. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Tom runs Crow over. Tom strafes Crow. Tom pins Crow like a butterfly. Tom shoots Crow with a death ray.

    When is it Crow’s turn?! Did Crow EVER get the best of Tom, at least once?

    I don’t remember Tom having a “Crow Must Pay” agenda during the Joel years…

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  27. Kenneth Morgan says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    Tom runs Crow over. Tom strafes Crow. Tom pins Crow like a butterfly. Tom shoots Crow with a death ray.

    When is it Crow’s turn?! Did Crow EVER get the best of Tom, at least once?

    I don’t remember Tom having a “Crow Must Pay” agenda during the Joel years…

    Well, he did drive him to tears with the whole “Uranus” thing.

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  28. Majicou says:

    This year, Mary Jo had a brief guest role on Maria Bamford’s Netflix show, Lady Dynamite. It’s the circle of comedy.

       2 likes

  29. littleaimishboy says:

    Don’t forget to fill out a comment card!

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  30. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    Hey there! I have discovered your Bloodlust by clicking on the truly excellent episode guide. I had no trouble understanding Robert Reed and Wilton Graf in their amazing wry states and was impressed with their disregard for death of characters and danger and acting. If truth be told, Jondor would kick Pete’s ass despite a smooth shave. Although you fear your Tree of Interminable Dialog does not thrive, be sure to provide it with plenty of June Kenney and other same-era actresses for stunning results. Captain Tony would surely recommend the finest wine with no beta carotene needed! I shall assuredly visit Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm with magnificent report, and will wear the finest dress pants as did young Crow!
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    …..I don't know why the spambots didn't comment on Bloodlust, but that seems like a major slight on a decent episode. It's an injustice that could not stand!

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  31. Dave3k says:

    Sampo -“The mayhem in segment 1 is an extension of the running gag begun in 604, which, as I explained, was lost on a lot of people when episode 604 was removed from the lineup for a while.”
    So we’re just all supposed to be able to go by episode numbers and know what you’re talking about? Is that a requirement for posting or even just coming to this site? An episode NAME would be much handier. Thanks!

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  32. thequietman says:

    I don’t think he suspects a thing!

    This episode is unique. Usually the short can salvage an episode with a mediocre movie, but this time both just sort of lay there for me. Not that they don’t have their moments, but I can go a long time between viewings of this one. Pearl’s first appearance and her instant chemistry with Frank was a high point, though.

    Fave riff from the short:
    Narrator: The chicks are so soft and cuddly…
    Crow: And squishable!

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  33. MSTie says:

    Love the short, find the movie good but not great. However, I haven’t watched it in years so perhaps a re-viewing is in order. Tonight. With popcorn. And beer.

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  34. Atorgo says:

    MSTie:
    Love the short, find the movie good but not great.However, I haven’t watched it in years so perhaps a re-viewing is in order.Tonight.With popcorn.And beer.

    And Blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget about the re-viewing!

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  35. Atorgo says:

    Dave3k:
    Sampo -“The mayhem in segment 1 is an extension of the running gag begun in 604, which, as I explained, was lost on a lot of people when episode 604 was removed from the lineup for a while.”
    So we’re just all supposed to be able to go by episode numbers and know what you’re talking about? Is that a requirement for posting or even just coming to this site? An episode NAME would be much handier. Thanks!

    That’s some next level MSTie s**t, knowing the episodes by just the show number!

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  36. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Dave3k:
    Sampo -“The mayhem in segment 1 is an extension of the running gag begun in 604, which, as I explained, was lost on a lot of people when episode 604 was removed from the lineup for a while.”
    So we’re just all supposed to be able to go by episode numbers and know what you’re talking about? Is that a requirement for posting or even just coming to this site? An episode NAME would be much handier. Thanks!

    FWIW that information is readily available on this very site in a mere two clicks, first to Daddy’s Drive-In Dirt and from there to “Experiment Number Sort.”

    http://www.mst3kinfo.com/daddyo/daddyo5.html

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  37. Dave3K says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves: FWIW that information is readily available on this very site in a mere two clicks, first to Daddy’s Drive-In Dirt and from there to “Experiment Number Sort.”

    http://www.mst3kinfo.com/daddyo/daddyo5.html

    Or quite possibly, maybe, perhaps Sampo could just refer to the episode by name. You know, like normal people do. Who has time in the hectic work a day world we live in for clicking on things… twice?! Pish and posh, I say. Pish AND posh! Hee hee!

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