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Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1114- At the Earth’s Core

Movie: (1976) A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground world.

Opening: J&tB are having a pre-nuptial heart-to-heart but the Jonah introduces Growler
Invention exchange: With nobody coming to her wedding, Kinga turns to the Observer Hive Mind Manager. The bots have permanent temporary tattoos; The Mads have the Rip Taylor urn cannon
Segment 1: Jonah gives the bots a steampunk makeover
Segment 2: Crow’s a Mahar
Segment 3: Doug McClure visits and offers Max some romantic advice
Closing: As the wedding draws near, Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy appear to give their blessing, but in the midst of the vows, Max has other plans.
Stinger: “He died as he lived…”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (38 votes, average: 3.97 out of 5)


• Skeleton Crew songs: “I Wish I was in Old Canada,” “Livin’ in Deep 13,” “To Earth” and “Wild Rebels.”

• Well, one of the headlines, if not the biggest one, is the appearance by Joel McHale. In a season full of guest stars, he held his own.
• Biggest news: Jonah’s apparent death. I assume season 12, if there is one, will find him making a miraculous recovery…
• As a kid who grew up in the Philadelphia area, I enjoyed the reference to the giant heart you can climb through at the Franklin Institute.
• Classic riff: “Gamera is friend to all the children,” and “And the crowd goes wild! Yay!”
• Callbacks: Pearl sings a few bars of “When Loving Lovers Love.”
• More in-theater percussion as J&tB go all “Ballroom Blitz.”
• Nice visual riff: “Fantasia” riff with Tom in Mickey ears.
• Fave riff: “I dreamt I as a protocol droid.” Honorable mention: “Back to the warehouse!” and “This Petco adoption day is now what I thought it was gonna be.”


52 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1114- At the Earth’s Core”

  1. jay says:

    Getting back to the episode, it was fun to see the bots taking a somewhat more active role. Jonah comes across well as the quiet guy who is subtly planning an escape without attracting a lot of attention.


  2. With Jonah dead we can all rest easy. It’s nice that Gypsy was upgraded!


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