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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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Episode guide: 822- Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

Movie: (1983) In an dystopian future, a corporate drone discovers a way to project himself into his a favorite movie.

First shown: 12/6/97
Opening: Crow wants to cash in on his catchphrase: “You know you want me, baby!”
Intro: Mike tries to find himself a catchphrase, while Public Pearl TV begins its dubious pledge drive
Host segment 1: Crow and Tom order a monkey, which escapes and throws stuff
Host segment 2: While Mike continues to struggle with Henry the monkey, PPTV resents a preview of “Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl!”
Host segment 3: Tom asks to be doppled to the nanite world, and soon regrets it
End: Bobo tries and fails to talk Henry down, so Mike takes deplorable action. Meanwhile, Pearl is counting her ill-gotten gain
Stinger: “Mom … ‘m I nuts?”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (254 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5)


• And so season 8 comes to an end, and does so with a flourish. Another strange …er… movie, lots of great riffing and memorable host segments.
• Bill’s take this episode is here.
• This episode was included in Rhino’s The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4
• References.
• The “You Know You Want Me, Baby” t-shirts hit the Info Club store very quickly after this show aired. The boxes we can see in the opening are probably real.
• This season started on the first of February and it was December when this last episode of the season aired. The first seven episodes were shown in seven weeks, an almost dizzying bounty of new MST3K. But after that we got exactly five episodes every three months. This would be the last new episode until season 9 began in mid-March of the following year.
• The “Public Pearl TV” pledge drive in the opening is inspired. And of course Ortega (that’s Paul under that mask) makes a return appearance. “The Nature of Bobo” bit-within-a-bit is great too.
• TV’s Frank is invoked twice, including an “eyukaeee!”
• actually exists. It allows you to send a cute ascii picture of a monkey to a friend via e-mail. It wasn’t very instant when I tried it, though.
• Mary Jo and Bill managed to top the pledge drive sketch with the instant classic “When Loving Lovers Love.” The pair show a tremendous chemistry.
• The endless fat jokes might begin to seem unfair after a while, except, let’s face it, they keep calling the character “The Fat Man.” That seems, to me, like permission to go nuts.
• Paul and Bridget Patrick are the voices of the hoodlum nanites. This is pretty much the one clunker segment in this episode.
• That’s Beez and then-recent BBI hire Peter Rudrud as the voices of the “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Technical Support” team.
• By the way, the RiffTrax team actually did a very respectful, but still very funny riff of “Casablanca.”
• Cast and crew round up: Another brief one, since this was mostly done by Canadians. Costumer: Mary Jane McCarty also worked on “The Last Chase.”
• CreditsWatch: Produced and directed by Jim Kevin. Fred Street, an audio guy who appeared in the credits in seasons 2 and 3 and then returned for season 8, falls off the regular credits after this episode, as does Post Audio Inc. (Both return one more time for special thanks in a season 10 episode.)
• Fave riff: “Thank you, Floyd the pervert.” Honorable mention: “Ah, the call to script rewrites.”

174 Replies to “Episode guide: 822- Overdrawn at the Memory Bank”

  1. Jose Chung says:

    I believe the nanites are portrayed by Patrick Brantseg and Paul Chaplin. I don’t know why Bridget is credited, it doesn’t sound anything like her.


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

    156: “Nothing against Trace, but I don’t think he could have delivered, “You know you want me baby!” quite as well as Bill.”

    Well, Trace wouldn’t have WRITTEN “You know you want me baby.” Trace’s Crow was much more of a cheerful innocent. Bill’s Crow is mad about being alive, which I presume is why they included the part about him being alone on the Satellite for 500 years. He’s basically a warped frustrated old man. And I’ll stop again.


  3. Smoothie of Great Power says:

    There’s only one thing to say about this episode that I didn’t say last time:


    Oh, and one other thing. It may or may not be an intentional reference but the “Old guys becoming pandas” riff is exactly what happens to the main character’s father in Ranma 1/2.


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

    “Thank you, Floyd the Pervert.”

    So…why “Floyd”? Was there a Howard McNear resemblance that they otherwise didn’t comment on?


  5. Dan in WI says:

    What can I say about PPTV that hasn’t already been said? This was easily the highlight of the episode for me. Mary Jo plays it just right with spot on delivery. Just like a real PBS telethon.

    The monkey on SOL did get old quickly.

    A lot of people state this one is hard to follow. I don’t think so. It is a series of silly plot contrivances but they are easy to follow and I have to admit the story did suck me in.

    Favorite Riffs:
    The fat man appears and Crow remarks as Fingal-Rick “Crap and I’m running the prime rib special tonight.”

    Two thugs wearing hats approach Fingal. Mike “These guys were rejected from Men Without Hats.”

    Crow “So this is public television. Suddenly I feel like beating the crap out of Fred Rodgers.”


  6. BIG61AL says:

    Good episode…lots of really great riffs…


  7. Sampo says:

    Thanks to Sitting Duck and Jose Chung for the credits corrections (now made). I can (partially) explain: The tape of this that I had for a long time cut off before the credits. I asked somebody to transcribe them for me. They apparently made a mistake on the Bridget entry. Gotta fix that in the credits listing too. The Jim/Kevin confusion I can blame on no one but my faulty brain.


  8. pondoscp says:

    Yep, I don’t care for this one. Bring on Season 9!


  9. thequietman says:

    Something no one has mentioned during the PPTV segment is Servo’s cheerful and oh-so chatty pledge call. I wonder how many takes it took for him to get through that tongue-twisting line about how cool it’ll be to have a tote bag to tote things in. At least one outtake made it into the second Poopie reel. Plus the timing of his “Helloooo!” just as he’s insulting Mike has me laughing every time.

    Now I have to go watch my Websters and my Facts of Lifeses and my Who’s the Bosseseses….


  10. senorpogo says:

    dopple my fingal, mike, and monitor my fingal time and my cube time


  11. schippers says:

    I could go for some Flav-o-Fives right about now.


  12. And the Sci-Fi Era: Year 1 comes to an end. . . while not always pretty, and with some definite growing pains and bumpy patches, Season 8 of MST still manages to provide a few classics and some all around great episodes.

    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is one of those great episodes, it’s pretty funny overall and the movie is unique amongst MST movies, what with the shot-on-video-public-broadcasting-terribleness of it. I agree with others, this is a rough one, but that doesn’t limit my enjoyment of it. I like it.

    The Host Segments are pretty good, I love the PPTV pledge drive (Ortega!), with HS#2’s “When Loving Lovers Love” being a highlight of the whole season (and most definitely an overall highlight of Pearl’s). One question though: Brain Guy whipped up this set for Pearl and the pledge drive, right? Well. . . where exactly did he whip this up AT? Where are they? They haven’t got to Castle Forrester yet. . .so. . .where are they?

    The other segments are only so-so, the Henry the monkey stuff in HS#1 and then after that are okay I guess; I’m sure it was fun to throw stuff at Mike. Also, notice how one of the things Henry throws (a box of Triscuits, I believe) gets caught in Crow’s net. Nice toss, Henry!

    The Servo-Nanites skit in HS#3 is my least favorite; I just really really don’t like the Nanites, none of their skits do it for me.

    Back to the movie, OATMB is pretty bad, but you have to admit that it seems pretty ambitious for a public broadcasting production. Also, Raul Julia is pretty good in this, even if his character is kind of a jerk and doof.

    *One more movie note: Production Designer Carol Spier is David Cronenberg’s go to PD, having worked together on 14 films (including most of Cronenberg’s best: The Fly, Videodrome, Naked Lunch, The Brood, etc.) and she also has become Guillermo Del Toro’s choice for his English language films, Mimic, Blade II, and this summer’s Pacific Rim. She most likely got roped into doing OATMB due to her love of public broadcasting (just like Raul Julia); the same year as OATMB (1985) she was also the Art Director for Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird. The more you know! :rainbow:


    Crow: “Wanda Cannon! Now that’s a porno name if I ever heard one.”

    Mike: “TV’s Frank!”
    Servo: “Wow, Frank’s really come up in the world.”

    Servo: “Man, never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie.”

    Crow: “Huge slam on anteaters out of nowhere!”

    movie: “Wait, switch to analog..”
    Mike: “It has a much warmer sound.”

    Servo: “My nuts?”

    Mike: “He cracked the code for scrubbing bubbles.”

    Mike: “This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie.”

    Crow (as Fat Man): “To Wendy’s!”

    Crow: “Eraserhead was easier to follow than this movie!”

    Mike: “VertiGo-to Hell..”

    Oh, and in case you were wondering,


    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank,
    I give it
    4 out of 5 Fingals


  13. Stupid Repulsive Anteater says:

    Guess I should chime in, since it influenced my ID and all…

    As many have said, classic episode. Yes, Servo wanting Mike to “dopple my Fingal down to the Nanite world” was the weak segment of the group, but arrogance always seems to be followed up by some well-deserved comeuppance. Why would Servo be any different?

    “Monitor both my cube time AND my Fingal time.”


  14. Cornjob says:

    Oh God, this episode is bringing up repressed memories of all the mind crushingly boring nature documentaries that my parents made me watch on PBS when I was a kid. I swear those things were filmed by directors who thought Empire State was too fast paced. And then for 1/3 of the year the pledge drives would be on and I’d have to wait through 20 minutes of pathetic and aggressive begging to get to a documentary about the digestion of the Sumatran Sloth. On a black and white TV no less. As a liberal and an environmentalist I’m sympathetic to a lot of their programming, even if I couldn’t stand to watch a lot of it.

    I like this episode a lot, despite the PBS flashbacks and the soap opera look of the movie being something of an eyesore.


  15. Sitting Duck says:

    Another weak point of the film is the frequent use of narration. Normally, such a device is used in movies when there’s some exposition to be conveyed and there’s no way to do so convincingly in the dialogue. The problem here is that the narrations don’t actually provide any information that viewers couldn’t have figured out on their own. So it comes off more like a really crappy DVD commentary track.


  16. ghlbtsk says:

    Good lord, people, it’s Flav-O-Fibs (it’s clearly spelled that way on the bag) as in flavor and fiber.


  17. Depressing Aunt says:

    I am one of those who is vastly annoyed by the time OATMB staggers to a close, chucking spinning Raul paperdolls at us in a queasy mixture of weird and boring. But I understand that this sort of thing is subjective. I truly do, because I actually *enjoy* the weird and boring ending of “Fu Manchu.” Hey look–ants! (slurp slurp)

    Pearl’s great in this episode. She’s a Mad for all seasons like her son before her. I love the “Loving Lovers Love to Love Lovers Who Love When They’re in Love” lyrics. :)


  18. Cornjob says:

    I thought they were politically conscious subversive hip-hop snacks called Flavor-Flavs.


  19. rcfagnan says:

    “Get your monkeys instantly, with instant monkeys online!”


  20. Sitting Duck says:

    There was a missed riffing opportunity. When the Chairman was explaining to Fingal about the tag switch, he referred to the kid responsible as a little rascal. Despite this, no one hums the Our Gang theme.


  21. This is how I would rank the Season 8 experiments:

    814: Riding with Death, 813: Jack Frost, 810: Giant Spider Invasion, 820: Space Mutiny, 811: Parts: The Clonus Horror, 821: Time Chasers

    809: I was a Teenage Werewolf, 803: The Mole People, 816: Prince of Space, 822: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

    815: Agent for HARM, 818: Devil Doll, 804: The Deadly Mantis, 812: TISCWSLABMUZ, 801: Revenge of the Creature, 817: Horror on Party Beach, 807: Terror from the Year 5000, 806: The Undead, 819: Invasion of the Neptune Men, 808: The She Creature, 802: The Leech Woman, 805: The Thing that Couldn’t Die

    Overall, a pretty good season. Obviously the back-half of the season outshines the first-half, and while not one of my (overall) favorite seasons of MST3K (or even my favorite season of the Sci-Fi era), it still has plenty of goodness to offer.


  22. pondoscp says:

    t minus 26 weeks and counting until….?
    Well, it certainly won’t be us commenting on episode 1014…. ;)


  23. Cornjob says:

    Fingal’s cubed it again.


  24. green japanese boys says:

    Sampo, when exactly is the “eyukaeee!”?


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