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Episode guide: 911- Devil Fish

Movie: (1984) Bud-swilling Florida scientists discover a gigantic prehistoric shark.

First shown: 8/15/98
Opening: Mike loses his identity…or does he?
Intro: Pearl’s cruise ship scheme requires M&tB to make ice sculptures
Host segment 1: M&tB learn that dolphins are smart … and touchy!
Host segment 2: M&tB learn not to taunt electricians
Host segment 3: Pearl’s Italian filter malfunctions
End: Crow tries to think of animal combos, while dinner at the Captain’s table doesn’t go well
Stinger: “It’s right underneath us!” “I knowwwww!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (189 votes, average: 4.35 out of 5)

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• This episode is one of those comfortable middle-of-the-road ones for me. The riffing has lots of laughs, but there are some quiet spots. The segments are also fun and funny but not exceptional. This episode also featured two elements that had internet MSTies talking!
• Kevin offers his thoughts here.
• This episode is featured in Shout’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol. XIX.
References.
• Mike predicament in the opening bit is reminiscent of five or six action movies that were out at that time, especially “The Bourne Identity.”
• That’s Patrick and Beez as the tourists, Ann and Norm.
• The intro almost has an invention exchange feel to it, which everybody offering a different comic take on the ice sculpture idea.
• Did anybody notice that this movie has two title cards? I don’t think the Brains did. They don’t react when the second one appears.
• A generational thing: This movie’s director, credited as John Old Jr., is actually Lamberto Bava. His father was Mario Bava, director of the movie in episode 1013-DANGER: DIABOLIK (Lamberto was the assistant director on that movie) and cinematographer of the movies in episodes 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED and 502- HERCULES. Lamberto worked on many of his father’s films. Mario was sometimes billed as John Old Sr.
• Marc Cohn definitely seems to be one of those pop stars that earned the Brains wrath. I was never a huge fan, but his stuff never really bothered me.
• Segment 1 is less a segment by itself than it is a setup for the segment 2. It’s not a laugh-riot, but it moves along quickly.
• Segment 2 is the pay-off sketch, but it’s still not hilarious. I feel like maybe it’s Paul’s lowkey delivery that drags it down, but I’m not sure.
• This week Mike is reading Mary Tyler Moore’s book “After All.” Is he a member of the book of the month club?
• There’s kind of an odd moment in segment 2 where Gypsy doesn’t know who Pearl is. Made me go:”Huh?” She used to…
• Peter Rudrud is the voice of Sea World phone representative.
• About a third the way through the episode, one of the characters on the boat climbs quickly down a ladder, and is shot from below. Apparently we could see quite a bit up his shorts because Sci-Fi Channel felt the need to put a digital fig leaf over it, in the form of the spaghetti ball logo. The incident sparked a bit of a debate among online MSTies about censorship, etc.
• Incidentally, this addition to the episode apparently was made AFTER the episode was submitted to Sci-Fi Channel for broadcast, because M&TB do not react to the appearance of the logo, and instead react in horror to seeing what the logo covered up.
• This episode marks two Wizard of Id references in two weeks.
• During the dull scuba sequences, nobody thinks to mention that his lungs are aching for air. Just as well, I guess.
• A few fans conjectured that segment 3 was BBI’s response to some fan complaints (baloney, if you ask me) that the show was overdoing jokes mocking the movie characters’ nationality. By now, I imagine the writers have long forgotten whether it was or not, so we’ll never know if it was intentional.
• The first Richard Jewel joke in a while pops up.
• The long laughing-through-the-end-credits bit is reminiscent of the Jim Backus-Phyllis Diller comedy bit, “Delicious.”
• Why is Crow so hyper in the end segment?
• Cast and crew roundup: In addition to the Bava family mentioned above, assistant director Freddy (Goffredo) Unger was an actor in “Hercules Against the Moon Men.” Screen writer Frank Walker also worked on “Operation Double 007.” Cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando also worked on “Warrior of the Lost World,” as did costumer/production designer Anthony Geleng.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Mike, his last directing effort of the season.
• Fave riff: “You know, just because you CAN edit doesn’t mean you SHOULD.” Honorable mention: “Tiny Medical Center, starring tiny Chad Everett.”

120 comments to Episode guide: 911- Devil Fish

  • 1
    Satan's Jockstrap says:

    The Hercules episode numbers are incorrect.

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  • 2
    Finnias Jones says:

    “Say, we’re about to have one of our dolphin orgies, if you’re…”- Crow

    Four stars. I’ll admit to having a Bava bias upfront. Mario was a genius, his son Lamberto (here, John Old, Jr.) not so much. Demons 1 & 2 (made with producer Dario Argento) are brilliant horror movies, though most of his output has been subpar hack-work. But I like this film for it’s kinetic, Giallo-style editing. This and Diabolik are the closest MST got to this Italian genre (not counting father Mario’s work on the Hercules films).

    More riffs about Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.” God, how I hate that song.

    Mrs. Kotter/Captain Pantyhose, Prof. Janet Bates is super gorgeous, and is given a pretty good fight scene with the creature. I thought of Jan Smithers from WKRP also. Actually all the women in this film are lovely, which always helps me endure these experiments. (Also explains why I find Final Sacrifice such a chore.) BTW, Daddy-O’s Drive-In cast listing is all wrong here. Cinthia Stewart played the secretary (?) who got killed off-screen. Our good shark doctor was played by “Darla N. Warner.” (Also questionable, but that’s what imdb says.)

    I like Mike’s “hanging his Evinrude right out there” jokes.

    Blake Edward’s “.10″

    Servo: “That’s so big its an eleventacle.”

    “Underwater fights are like the drum-solos of movies,” a truism well said by Crow.

    Some more obscure Servo/Kevin music references: Aldo Nova and “What’s Going On” by 4 Non Blondes.

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  • 3
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    I went 3, but I could have gone 4.

    Sadly, whatever follows the masterpeice of Final Sacrifice is going to suffer by comaparison. But on the other hand it is much more watchable than Gorgo.

    It was good to see the “italian filter” again.. i remember liking it a lot the first time around, and it has stood up over the years.

    Decent enough episode, I’ll watch again, but maybe not all that soon.

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  • 4
    Ken Springer says:

    On my tape of this episode, immediately following the “Italian Filter” host segment is something quite extraordinary. As soon as the segment cuts to commercial, the very first commercial is for Barilla pasta. This commercial is easily 100 times more stereotypical towards Italians than host segment #3.

    If you don’t remember the commercial, it goes a little something like this:

    (Montage of clips)
    – Dark-haired chick with a scarf sips coffee at a cafe and smiles.
    – Gondola boat guy pushes a couple around Venice with one of those long sticks.
    – Skinny children run around playing soccer.
    Narrator with thick accent: “We Italians….we love LOVE. We love life. But more than anything, we love PASTA!”
    Narrator: “Barilla Pasta is made from the finest ingredients. It always cooks just right. Always…
    (dark haired chick cuts in) “AL-DENTE!!!”

    You can probably youtube the full commercial. Needless to say, the juxtaposition between this idiotic ad and host segment #3 always has me rolling.

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  • 5
    I'm Evil says:

    I had forgotten about this one, and so my viewing this week was quite a nice surprise. As Sampo alluded to, the editing at the beginning is atrocious. Combined with lots of scuba diving footage–check that, slow motion scuba footage–this one is just a mess, but it makes for a great episode. I feel the riffing is very strong through out the movie, but the host segments are hit and miss. Actually, the dolphin bit misses both times for me (but Paul’s vaguely interested electrician is well played). The Italian filter makes me chuckle, no idea if it was a response to fan complaints as Sampo mentioned. I can’t tell you much about the closing because I was too busy cackling at Observer as Isaac in the background. That was slightly ruined when Pearl actually called him Isaac, however.

    Watching this the Euro-ness seeps out everywhere, but I have to wonder if they didn’t get separate voice actors to redub the dialog for some of the actors.

    some memorable riffs:

    Peter Frampton!

    If you show scuba diving in slow motion, time moves backwards.

    That’s Euro funny.

    …and wouldn’t it be great if you brought beer? Watery American beer?

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  • 6
    Derek says:

    Wow, I definitely have the same favorite riff from this one. It’s been on my facebook page for years, at the time being a comment towards people who constantly edit and update their facebook pages. I actually couldn’t remember which episode I got it from, so it was nice to see that today.

    Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that this is probably the only director of an MST movie that I’m actually a fan of other work of his. He directed Demons and Demons 2, which are actually pretty decent horror flicks co-written by Dario Argento, one of my favorite directors.

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  • 7
    Colossus Prime says:

    Have I mentioned that Beez is gorgeous? Well just to be safe: Beez is gorgeous. Smile

    Man those opening segments are great. “And you want to hang on to an identity like that, huh?” And Pearl is great with both, “Son of Nel,” and how deadpan she tells Mike to shut up when he points out that they’re in a castle. And of course we get more confirmation that Mike is a clumsy oaf as he tries to weld his ice. That whole bit in turn adds to Brain Guy being a stupid-smart-guy as he can only whip up a tray of ice. The wrap up with Bobo trying to comfort Beez and Patrick is great, the way Kevin is just staring at Patrick always makes me laugh and makes it look adlibbed.

    Crow’s basis of measurement for intelligence is speaking English and playing the drums. So perfect for him.

    I love the “WARNING! ETHNIC SLUR” in big, bold, red letters. And of course we also once again have someone come up to the satellite with ease and no attempt by Mike and the bots to try and leave with them. Also a great performance by the lovable Gypsy with her inability to remember who Pearl is. Smile

    The movie is just sooooo bad. The absurdly incompetent amount of editing, the absolutely stupid motivation of the antagonists, the coast guard member screaming as he leaps from the helicopter, it’s all enough to bring down my opinion of the episode in general. Does anyone know if there are deleted scenes to explain any of the many, “What the?” moments? Like why the guys who show up to destroy a custom “converter”? The building of it was so random and not connected to anyone at the WOI that there is no way they would’ve known about it. You know what, never mind. I’m sure even if there were additional scenes to explain all the, “What the?” moments they’d still be incompetent and not actually explain anything.

    Some Favs –

    Mike: Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind. (VERY obscure riff)

    Tom: I didn’t know he was an electrician. Mmmmm.

    (While the heart monitor shows a flatline)
    Crow: Well at least he seems stabilized now.

    Bob: He’d sit on his own mother’s head if had something to gain by it.
    Crow: Hot image, Bob.

    Scientist: And his underwater speed is 30 knots.
    Mike: Are those Don Knotts?

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  • 8
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Yes, Yes, YES!! Everything about this episode is right! Sure, the riffing is a bit light, but I believe it is pinpoint accurate and the host segments are GREAT!!

    Sweetness! I also heard that some of the original cast are getting together again to film a sequel to Devilfish! Awesome! Sort of like Hobgoblins, but certain actors will reprise their original roles. Not sure when it will be released, but there it is.

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  • 9
    klisch says:

    Man, I haven’t seen this episode since 8/15/98 so my memory of this one has faded since then. I do remember alot of beer drinking riffs from the boat operator. It’s a so-so show, not much to write home about.

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  • 10
    Ang says:

    I’m really not a big fan of Final Sacrifice but Devil Fish is right up my alley!

    Good host segments and great riffing to a really lame film. I like a lot of the sci fi eps b/c even though the movies are bad, they are still mostly watchable. I think during those years especially they found a lot of films with the right mix of riffability and horribleness.

    I for one am 100% for censorship if it means covering up some crappy movie actors bits and parts, thank you very much. Smile

    The thing that bothers me the most about these “prehistoric monster” movies is that there always seems to be some idiot who thinks the monster is millions of years old. Why would that be your first instinct? Nothing lives that long dummies!!!! They are stunned to learned that our devil fish is only 8 months old. I’m stunned that there are any “scientists” that stupid. Rolls Eyes

    Fave riffs:

    “Get your flame thrower out, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit!”

    “I knooooow!!!” ( I use this one a lot)

    “Yuck, he’s trying to be sexy!”

    Italian, I mean Floridian TV repairman: “There are three gorgeous women waiting for me in New York.”
    Crow: “The Del Rubio sisters?”

    “Of course I am American and not Italian, I drive a truck.”

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  • 11
    bigzilla says:

    CHOMP!!

    The first sci-fi episode I was able to tape once my family’s local cable provider picked up that channel. A real favorite, and also the first episode my future wife ever watched with me. Good memories all around. The superbly strange editing at the beginning is probably my favorite part, plus the first scuba scene which is just incredibly odd.
    Some Favorite Lines:

    “Come on legs – Evolve!”

    “A human! We’ve got to clear the oceans!”

    “That’s so big it’s an eleven-tacle!”

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  • 12
    Tim S. Turner says:

    #7: You’re right. Beez is adorable.
    “I KNOWWWWWWW!”

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  • 13
    jjb3k says:

    This movie features one of my favorite examples of dumb movie science, wherein the skinny professor lady says that prehistoric monsters lived 350 years ago in the “Cetaceous”(sic) era.

    Once again, they just didn’t care.

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  • 14
    ¡Tintorera! says:

    Some thoughts about the movie itself:

    -Was this movie some sort of tax loss/shelter/scam/loophole deal? The 20-some-odd international versions of this released on VHS makes me think so.

    -I like the “all star” appeal this movie was going for: Gianni Garko and William Berger (staple actors of the Italo-Western genre); Dagmar Lassander (Euro erotic horror from the 60s); and Miss Italy 1979, Cinzia Ponti, who seems to have a habit of getting killed off in her cameo roles (she gets brutally killed off in the infamous “New York Ripper”. In DF, she gets stripped naked and choked/electrocuted with a hairdryer in the uncut version of this. Mike and the ‘Bots left the theater before this, obviously)

    -Jeff Unger, a stunt coordinator who always plays getaway drivers or assorted thugs in Italian cop movies, is the legless fisherman. He pops up at the end of Lamberto’s “Demons”, which was mentioned above. I don’t know who plays the hitman, but he’s familiar face, too. I remember him playing a dirty character who, at one point, urinates on Woody Strode’s feet and calls him the n-word in the highly-regarded Castellari Western, “Keoma”.

    -The title card was just a device to cover up any Italian text. Lots of European movies distributed in the United States under different titles for TV and video around this time did this: blacking out certain parts of the screen, freeze framing a certain introduction shot and superimposing the alternate title in generic font..

    -By 1984, the Europeans have already given their contributions to the “killer fish” genre with OK results (“Tentacles”, “Great White”, etc.). The makers of these movies also felt the bite of Spielberg’s lawyers. Even the “Jaws” franchise itself and everything associated with it was on its way out. What gives?

    -There are lots of anecdotes about this movie. There’s an extensive online interview somewhere with the star, Mike Sopkiw, where he talks about this movie and the three other low-budget Italian action vehicles he starred in. Lamberto also revealed some cool tidbits about the making of this (can’t find the interview right now). The best one is that the operators of the U.S. Coast Guard base in Key West, Florida, where they were filming, gave the crew carte blanche, on some “here are the passcodes to the gates, feel free to use the helicopters and don’t forget to turn off the lights before you leave” sort of thing. Something tells me that any non-American on a government base wouldn’t have this sort of freedom nowadays.

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  • 15
    Zee says:

    I really liked this episode, as I’m a big fan of Italian genre pics and many films by both Bavas. “Devil Fish”, while crappy and boring, is notable for being one of the only four movies to star Michael Sopkiw. Sopkiw was a marijuana smuggler but after he was caught, jailed, and paroled he couldn’t resume being a sailor, which led to him doing modeling work and his brief, bizarre movie career. He starred in the ridiculously entertaining cheese-ball “After the Fall of new York” (which I recommend to any MST3K fan), then “Devil Fish”, “Blastfighter”, and “Massacre in Dinosaur Valley”. I have them all on DVD except for “Blastfighter” which I have not seen at all.. Sopkiw currently runs a business making glass jars to grow plants in, wink wink.

    I love the Castle-as-Cruise Ship bits. I think Gypsy just forgot who Pearl was since they so seldom interact- I think they should’ve done an episode where Gypsy temporarily got a computer virus and turned evil & teamed up with Pearl and they had some funny female bonding scenes.

    Good oddball theatrical reference- Servo: Oh, you colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow was enough!

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  • 16
    MPSh says:

    I agree that this is a middle-of-the-road kind of episode – entertaining, but nothing outstanding.

    I have found, though, that the bad episodes are very entertaining. That’s why I love this show.

    I also agree that Beez is really cute….

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  • 17

    I can’t believe this is a Lamberto Bava movie!

    Has anyone seen “Macabro”? It is exceedingly disturbing.

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  • 18
    Trilaan says:

    As an ardent fan of dolphinkind I can easily say that the advanced dolphin warship which de-cloaks and begins to fire upon the SOL with their super circular plasma beam radiance gun, or maybe just a red lens-capped flashlight, never fails to elicit an “Oh, yeah! Go Dolphins!” response(after which I must explain to whomever is nearby that, no, I am not watching football). Also an excellent homage to the classic space whale probe of Star Trek IV.

    Also the ethnic stereotypes bit always gets me. I’m pretty sure the Gypsy forgets Pearl bit was intentional, too.

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  • 19
    Johnny Ryde says:

    I’ll have to revisit this one. Like #9 @klisch, I don’t think I’ve seen this one since it aired first (although I may possibly have caught a rerun)… All I remember is a Lou Reed looking guy running around a boat…

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  • 20
    Random Citizen Who Can Kick a Werewolf's Ass says:

    Maybe it was Cambot who covered up the naughty bits, so Mike and the Bots saw it, but we didn’t.

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  • 21
    Apollonia James (yeah, right) says:

    I love the bits where M&TB make fun of Sandra, the electrician’s mumbling assistant who seems to speak mostly in yawns. “Boy, he was so mean to me, I think I’ll go over thereandblemahblahmumblemumble…”

    Apparently our old friend Roger Corman is currently producing a TV movie entitled “Sharktopus”. IMDB doesn’t have much info on it, but I read a little news blurb on Yahoo! the other day, and so far it sounds suspiciously like Devil Fish. Maybe Rifftrax will tackle it when it’s released?

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  • 22
    FarmboyinJapan says:

    I LITERALLY did a spit take when they made a Parappa the Rapper reference, “Kick, Punch, its all in the mind!”

    They must have just done this episode right after they recorded the Playstation Underground promotional video, since in that piece, Tom was indeed playing Parappa the Rapper before entering the theater.

    …And I wonder who on the writing staff was a Shonen Knife fan??

    There is something really special about this episode that I can’t for the life of me articulate. I Devil Fish only a couple times a year, but whenever I do, its like I am discovering some long lost episode….it has a certain “comfort food” quality for me.

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  • 23
    Bat Masterson says:

    “Tentacle difficulties” always makes me laugh out of the blue when I think about it.

    I love Mike as the video-game-playing, headphones-wearing girl muttering incoherently and trailing off.

    The joke I probably laughed at the hardest the first time I saw it is “HI HONEY I’M HERE”

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  • 24
    Bobby 23-Skidoo says:

    Dolphins won the Super Bowl!

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  • 25
    Jeff in Denver says:

    Did any one get to the MST Planet logo covering the crotch on the ladder scene yet? Shock

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  • 26
    Jeff in Denver says:

    Just found it on second reading. My Bad. I’ll just go have one of those “mini” Buds.

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  • 27
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    I have a real soft spot for this episode. This film always seems to remind me of an ultra-cheap, made for tv version of Fulci’s Zombie. I think it’s the beachy locale and the music. But alas, no zombie fights a shark here. Instead we have…well, whatever the Devil Fish is really supposed to look like. Great episode, and I really enjoy all the host segments which is kind of a rarity for me. Fave riffs:

    “There boat’s made of concrete!”
    “I wonder if it’s powered by HIS FACE!”
    The seemingly endless “I KNOOOOW!”s
    “I tried to unplug the lawnmower with my feet.”
    This episode has my personal favorite use of “CHAWMP!”

    #25 – I think it was quite polite of the Brains to slap that logo over the electrician’s dangle. Thanks again!

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  • 28
    Brandon says:

    Mike: “What’s with the butt shots? Did the director think this guy was hot?”
    Servo: “He has a nice butt, Mike!”

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  • 29
    Gummo says:

    Middle-of-the-road ep is just about right, though there is much to laugh at. A few observations:

    – New characters are introduced every 5 minutes all the way thru this movie. Makes the confusion even richer.

    – They use the usual bad movie “out” of never clearly showing the monster. That doesn’t add to the suspense, filmmakers, it just screams “cheap!”

    – I didn’t know appliance repairmen were such cool dudes who got all the babes!

    – Whoever cast this movie really liked skinny women. The first time Mike called our heroine “Stick” I nearly spit.

    – The best-built dude in the movie, the muscleman who plays the deputy, is the only guy who never takes his shirt off. I always felt that was unfair to the ladies watching.

    So, a good, not a great, episode. Still, most TV series would kill for an episode this good after 9 seasons!

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  • 30
    M "Southern Maaaaan, Gonna Eat Your Heeeeaaaad" Sipher says:

    See, I love that Gypsy completely forgot who the hell Pearl was. Considering Pearl completely forgot who Tom Servo was just last episode… it’s one of those left-field oddities that makes me love the way the show is written so much.

    The movie is fun, but really… for me, this episode is about the skits. That Pearl was able to remotely pull off the “cruise castle” bit (and yes, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the deadpan “shut up”, loved that ever since Dr. Forrester did it to Frank when they introduced the Hobby Hawgs), Brain Guy’s relentless Issac-ing, the taunting of the dolphins, another visitor that nobody thinks about trying to escape with… all so surreal, which is what I truly love about the MST universe.

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  • 31
    Sampo says:

    Satan’s Jockstrap–thanks for the catch. Now fixed.

    Finnias Jones–I’ll see what I can do about correcting the page in DODID. Thanks for alerting me.

    Zee–You mean “enuf”?

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  • 32
    Fart Bargo says:

    “Pee-DER” the appliance repair man as the hero!? How did Bruce Willis miss this role? As a proud Italian American I found all the ethnic slurs and stereo typing directed toward my long and esteemed heritage hilarious. Great episode in many different ways. Solid riffing throughout, host segs okay to good, dumb movie with plenty of euro non-action action, bizare wardrobe, make-up, characters and dialoge. Avery solid 4.

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  • 33
    Raptorial Talon says:

    Solid episode. The film is fairly depressing, but the riffing is memorable.

    As someone interested in paleontology, the part of the film where the so-called “scientist” lady utterly, utterly butchers the history of sharks always sends me into histrionics. Most of the critters there are REPTILES, not sharks, the one shark they actually show she refers to by the NAME of a reptile (how’s that for irony?), and the remaining creature is older than and unrelated to sharks. And the “Cetaceous” period would, linguistically, be the “whale-bearing” period. Idiots.

    Thankfully, the idea of a “dolphin warbird” amuses me every time. Grin

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  • 34
    jedzz says:

    For the ladies, the infamous scene in question — uncensored — can be seen at this link. The whole video is wonderful, by the way.

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  • 35
    M "ANTONIIIII! ANTONIII!!!" Sipher says:

    I’d also like to point out that Bobo seemed to get a hint of intelligence back in the Italian Filter sketch. “It’ll make you less noticeable, which is GOOD!” I do prefer my Bobo with juuuuuust enough intelligence and dignity to really emphasize how breathtakingly stupid and undignified he is.

    Also, “WARNING! ETHNIC SLUR!” is a hilarious status message.

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  • 36
    mikek says:

    I really like the Devil Fish episode, but I give four stars because of the, mostly, weak host segments involving dolphins and electricians. I do like Gypsy’s description of Pearl. The other host segments are good, with the “Italian filter” segment as the strongest one. I like the last segment and Pearl’s fancy description of seafood made into cereal.

    The movie itself is very good for MST3K, and further proof how much more fun can be had with a newer movie. I think Devil Fish would look even worse had it been made today. Can you imagine the semi-decent Devil Fish creature model as cheap CGI? (shudder)
    The movie has pretty good actors and a pleasant setting.

    The shot of the electronics guy’s junk was always funny to me. Sure, the Sci-Fi Channel censored it, but I knew what it was that Mike and ‘Bots saw. It’s ironic that the network covered it with something that kind of looks like balls anyway. Oops!

    The riffing is mostly good, but I do get tired of the jokes about the Coast Guard.

    Some favorite riffs:

    Servo’s beer drinking sound effects during the playback of the audio tape.

    “Mr. Food, the fishing guide.”

    “Maaken”, a Prince of Space callback, which is quietly said by Crow as the Mr. Food guy is moaning in pain.

    “He’s enjoying the bold, adventurous life of a TV repairman.”

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  • 37
    rcfagnan says:

    I always felt that the opening host segment was a direct parody of the inescapable commercials for the tv series version of “The Net” on SF’s parent network USA… I could be wrong, but I think it is. Either way I loved it and think it’s easily the best part of an average episode. (DISCLAIMER: Average in this context is meant only as it concerns this particular series. It is still far and away ABOVE average compared to anything on television today). Fave riff: Get your flamethrower out, grab a stick of juicy fruit!

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  • 38
    Dark Grandma of Death says:

    rcfagnan, #37, you just beat me to it…the opening host segment was parodying that very short-lived USA series, The Net. And you’re right, the commercials WERE inescapable. I suspect the amount of air time the commercials had outweighed the actual amount of time the show itself aired.

    Devil Fish has one of those beautiful moments of dialog, which the Brains fortunately selected for the stinger. “He’s right under us.” “I knoooowww!”

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  • 39
    CG says:

    “PE-tar!” “Is your European-ness OK?”

    Oh man, one of my favorites! Where to begin?

    -Like the posters above, I loved it when the M+TB laughed at Sandra the mumbling technician. Those were some of my favorite parts. I also love that “Shonen Knife” song she’s listening to. (“Why not, why, shouldn’t I like myself…Ching Chang!”, etc.)

    -I also love “Kotter’s wife” the scientist lady. She’s smart, gorgeous, and probably the most likable character in the movie.

    -I strangely have a soft spot for the beer-drinking guy and his crazed acting. (“Wow, he just threw a Eurotantrum!”) His stinger (“I KNOWWWWWW!!!!”) is one of my favorite stingers on the show.

    -And to everyone who hasn’t seen this episode in a long time: PLEASE do yourself a favor and go to the Youtubes and watch it. I promise you won’t regret it.

    My favorite lines:

    -“Ah, the heavily sexed world of appliance repair!”

    -“Sorry about that crack on electricians. My father’s village was burned to the ground by electricians.”

    -“Because you dress like Robin Williams!”

    -“Does she live in a department store?!?”

    -“Who was that, and how do we know each other?”

    -“Of course I am American and not Italian. I drive a truck.”

    -“Ah, here’s the log. ’10 AM: Heard voice filled with hate.'”

    -“He’s listening to ‘Awaken the Beer Drinker Within.'”

    -(Cortez): “I did it!”

    -When they listen to the beer drinker’s recording of the creature, and Servo makes “glug, glug” sounds the entire time.

    -(Beer drinker opens another can): “Wait, this isn’t orange juice? OH DARN.”

    -My favorite line, however, is when the electrician and the female dolphin trainer are making out on the beach. It suddenly fades into a shot of them lying down, so it looks like there are two couples on the shore. To which Crow says: “Look! The ‘other us’ is getting ahead of us!”

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  • 40
    M "There's Always A 'Blowy'" Sipher says:

    #39: I’m pretty sure the joke is “Eurpean-nis”.

    As in penis.

    Because those two were boning.

    With the sex.

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  • 41
    Raptorial Talon says:

    I don’t get the dislike of the dolphin-based host segments . . . everybody I know in person thinks those are a pinnacle of the episode. Not THE pinnacle, but definitely up there (good host segments in general for this one).

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  • 42
    Yipe Striper says:

    Once again there’s noodles in bob’s throw up…

    i always thought that the lead girl, stella i think, in this movie was miscast with the brainy glasses chick. she was much hotter and had actual internal organs.

    but then again… what do i know. I’m not italian and i don’t live in florida. Nor am i an italian pretending to live in florida…

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  • 43
    Bat Masterson says:

    #40: I always thought it was “european-ness” like #39 did

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  • 44
    CG says:

    #40 – it could be interpreted that way. They uttered that line when she discovered he’d been beaten unconscious by the thugs, so I always interpreted it as her being concerned that they had beaten his precious European manners and physique out of him.

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  • 45
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Speaking of the planet logo over the little Peter, just imagine if other scenes, cut from the MST3K version, in other movies weren’t deleted, but simply had a MST3K logo inserted over any offending parts. Hmmmm….. Natalie from Werewolf comes to mind first.

    I hope there’s no “accidental” naughty bit shots in the sequel.

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  • 46
    M "Dat Is Why I Drive A Truck!" Sipher says:

    But… he’s from America! Totally not Europe! At all! Really!

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  • 47
    Sean says:

    I figured Gypsy didn’t know who Pearl was because, quite frankly, there isn’t a lot of Gypsy in Season 9, and she had forgotten who was holding them captive while she was away working.

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  • 48
    ghlbtsk says:

    I watch this one a lot even though it has some pretty lazy riffs, and by lazy I mean simply blurting out the name of a famous person that a character resembles rather than taking it a step further. Example: during a shot of Stella, instead of saying “Peter Frampton!”, Tom might sing “Show Me The Way” and let the audience make the connection. That happened a lot in this episode, but I’m nitpicking.

    “Boy, I sure am from Flo-ri-da!”
    “Did I say voice? I meant doorknob.”
    “I didn’t know humans could survive without flesh.”
    “Our special tonight is Devil Fish, with Satanic String Beans, and Deep Lucifered Potatoes!”
    “The director’s vision: lots of shots of things.”
    *opens beer* Kssshhhh! glugglugglugglug? Ahhhhh! (repeat)

    The Parappa reference astounded me.

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  • 49
    H says:

    I like this one. Movie’s pretty good, not my favorite aquatic killer creature film of all time but not bad. Host segments are pretty good as well.

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  • 50
    Colossus Prime says:

    Some of you are putting way too much thought into the whole “Gypsy doesn’t recognize Pearl” thing Smile

    I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts they did it for no other reason than to be silly. Which it was in spades. “Really mean but kinda stupid.” Awesome.

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  • 51
    Kafka Was Right says:

    I wouldn’t really call this a middle-of-the-road episode (I’d easily count it in my favorite top-20), but it’s definitely a case where the ridiculousness of the film overshadows the riffing and host segments. Then again, maybe I’m biased since I love Italian exploitation films. As #14 pointed out, this movie is like a who’s-who of the genre. I mean, Gianni Garko is in this, fer cryin’ out loud! The man’s a legend!

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  • 52
    fireballil says:

    Made it four because I couldn’t do 3 and a half stars. This isn’t one of the best, but it is a good ep and still better than most of the stuff on TV today. Some of my fave riffs:

    Mike: ‘It’s the Blue Show, starring Blue.’ Later: ‘Hi, Blue here, my first guest is Teal.’
    Tom, along the line of ‘eleventacle': ‘Although we are having tentacle difficulties.’
    Crow, after Davis gets shot: ‘Oh, please, Francisco Franco died quicker.’

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  • 53
    MiqelDotCom says:

    Love this Ep – 4.5 stars!
    Silly movie(cheap monster, crazy editing, atari 2600 computer graphics, lots of beer and bad dubbing) good riffs and good host segments make this one a fave, In fact I like it better than Final Sacrifice.
    My only complaint is they didn’t even react to the line “approximately 320 years ago new forms of fish developed”

    Also, the electrician’s ditzy girlfriend is ultra hot, but the skinny blonde is too bony for my tastes.

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  • 54
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    A. Gypsy is busy running the higher functions of the SOL, so she can be a little spacey sometimes ( this is canon and the fan-kidz say ).

    B. Pearl is in disguise as a cruise ship Captain.

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  • 55
    This Guy says:

    Pretty solid episode overall. Did they make any references to the fact that the blonde chick looks a lot like David St. Hubbins in certain shots? If not, they should have.

    “This is a movie that constantly assures you: you don’t need to concern yourself with this.”

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  • 56
    Spector says:

    Another very good episode from Season Nine. As for censoring the shot of the guy’s crotch, I think that’s one incident where censorship is a good thing! Overall, a funny episode, with several memorable scenes, with my favorite early in the film when the guy on the boat cracks a beer and Crow sarcastically says, “What, this isn’t orange juice? Oh darn…” Never fails to crack me up. That, and the multiple jump cuts which prompts Mike to say, “You know, just because you can edit doesn’t mean you should”. Four stars.

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  • 57
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Were there any “Jaws” references in this obvious “Jaws” ripoff? I don’t recall any right off. Or would that have been too obvious?

    So the evil scientist created a killer monster to protect underwater assets that he didn’t have yet? I think that mission statement could have used a second draft…

    “It’s not my fault!”
    “It ain’t mine either, so let’s get going.”

    They could almost have said “The movie’s riffing itself!”

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  • 58
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    The area/batch “censorship” was just to meet TV standards, like with the curse word “sound blotted out” effect in “Final Justice.” It’s actually for the best that M&TB didn’t know it was there, because then they might have riffed on something that really wasn’t the movie’s fault…which is exactly what they do in “Final Justice” re the curse words. That also happened for “Mitchell” and “Red Zone Cuba” (just to name two): the edited version left things less coherent, and then they riffed about the incoherence. Not really fair. I found this one to be one of the MOST incoherent ever, but I have no idea how much of that is innate in the movie itself.

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  • 59
    RockyJones says:

    This one never fails to amuse me. So many goofy elements and loose ends, there’s plenty for the guys to grab hold of.

    I have to admit that I’m as dumbfounded as Mike when it comes to Tom’s repeated “As seen on TV” riff. Am I missing something…or possibly trying to make something deeper out of it than it really is?

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  • 60
    John Paradox says:

    I’ve been collecting (via the Internets) various MST3K related materials (e.g. Manos is on Internet Archive), and found the trailer for this episode, listed as Monster Shark – Devil Fish. No, the ‘censored’ shot is not included.

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  • 61
    Colossus Prime says:

    “Were there any “Jaws” references in this obvious “Jaws” ripoff? I don’t recall any right off. Or would that have been too obvious?”

    Crow: So they just played the Jaws theme backwards

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  • 62
    snowdog says:

    I always laugh hard when they add sound effects to something that’s going on in the background. The sound chugging beers was right up there with the old man cleaning his glasses in Riding with Death or the Daphne swiveling her hips in Hobgoblins.

    Does anyone know who played Fernando Cortes, the ‘roided deputy? He had a speaking role, but I never see him listed anywhere.

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  • 63
    Finnias Jones says:

    Sampo – Thanks for the quick update to Daddy-O’s DID, but it’s still wrong: s/b
    Florinda / Cinthia Stewart a.k.a. Cinzia de Ponti (New York Ripper)
    Dr. Janet Bates / Darla N. Warner

    And, hey, when did you switch the comment numbers over to the left side? Looks better, I think.

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  • 64
    Mr. B(ob) says:

    For me this is one of the best Sci-Fi Channel era episodes. Good, consistently funny host segments, great riffing and a movie that is fun and funny on its own.

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  • 65
    Ed says:

    Ah, a cheesy movie from the 80’s from Italy that’s a ripoff of one of my favorite movies of all time. Why yes, this episode is right up my alley and in my top ten of all time. I find this to be very underrated, the riffing and host segments are quite solid.

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  • 66
    Zeroninety says:

    For whatever reason, only “I KNOWWWW!!” sticks out in my mind for this episode.

    Count me as someone who assumed segment 3 was a “Take That” directed at ratmm-er Derek Janssen.

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  • 67
    Chief?McCloud! says:

    @10 Really? It’s the scientists that are stupid?

    Helping, not hurting…but, then again. Wink

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  • 68
    Chief?McCloud! says:

    I tried repeating to myself it is just a show, I should really just relax…

    Couldn’t, April Fool’s Day got me all bugged.

    Dear fellow MSTie #10; you are right, nothing lives that long. It is not the specimen that is millions of years old, it is the species.

    Sorry for the harsh words earlier, I apologize, my mouth(?) is a size 9-1/2. Oops!

    Always helpful, rarely hurtful….class is over, on with the frivolity! Alien

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  • 69
    smirkboy says:

    I an surprised Sci-Fi of SyFy (Give me a break!) hasn’t shown this movie un-Mistied. It fits in with all those “People being stalked, attacked and eaten by creatures that are slightly larger than normal” movies that show up by the thousands. And these monsters can always out-think a human…even Electricians!

    “Sorry about that Electrician crack earlier, My father’s village was once attacked by an Electrician.”

    And here’s an observation for discussion (or just to upset people):
    Early in the movie the camera lingers on the dolphins hauling ass away from the stick-figured lady, I was waiting for Mike and/or The Bots to say:

    “So long, thanks for all the fish!”

    Does anyone else have a scene from an episode where there was a missed opportunity for a great rif?

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  • 70
    Chief?McCloud! says:

    @ smirkboy, that thread would be anarchy…real flame-war potential…

    Space Mutiny & the B S G footage are obvious, perhaps too much.

    Not so much a missed riff, but the gas station scene in Soultaker where the Tommy(?) character, AKA the kiss-assaulter, grabs a Coca-Cola from the cooler to throw but the broken glass bottle is clearly a Pepsi.

    Guess that’s more of a continuity thing. Tons of errors like that abound in these movies.

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  • 71
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Smirkboy – unfortunately, I doubt Ski-Phi wouldn’t be interested in Devil Fish unless they did a George Lucas and threw in a pant-load of really crappy CGI…

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  • 72
    The Bolem says:

    Hi everyone. My Name is The Bolem. Or at least it used to be. You see, until recently I was just like you. I posted here regularly, and went off on the occasional tangent. And then one day I found myself pursued by agents of a secret government project who…

    …well, actually it’s more like one cowardly troll who keeps posting in MSTory with my username plus a lowercase “t”. At least this time it was on the same day we discussed the ep with Mike’s “The Net” bit, so when ya got lemons…

    And speaking of rip-offs, if Spielberg really was taking legal action against Jaws’s cash-ins (@14), then maybe Bava and co. were taking Roger Corman’s advice about how they can’t accuse you of ripping off 1 particular movie if you rip off 10 at once by going so far as to make the actual monster a Frankenfish cobbled together from different creatures, none of which were sharks. That would make it all the sweeter that the Cor-Man himself is making “Sharktopus” (@21). If not, it still makes me miss “The Wuzzles”.

    And yes, “Frankenfish” also actually got made a few years back.

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  • 73
    creepygirl says:

    I watched this one a few weeks ago. It was the only one from this season I had not seen in some time. I’m gonna agree it is a middle of the road episode. The only good thing I’ll say about the movie is the bookend of Doctor (?) going on vacation then having a monster attack and then resuming said vacation. The edits were so crazy, that was the only part of the movie that made sence. As is par, the riffing is great. I gave this bad boy 3 stars for it’s MOR quality.

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  • 74
    Fred P says:

    All I remeber is the guy going up the stairs and the “I hung one out just for fun” with the Mst3k Logo covering it. I laughed my butt off. I can’t rem. much else except the effects weren’t very special. Shock

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  • 75
    Scott says:

    “You know, just because you CAN edit doesn’t mean you SHOULD.”

    This was the very first MST3K episode I ever watched and remembered – because of this line.

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  • 76
    Ator In Flight says:

    Great episode for me.

    I love how Bobo tries to comfort Ann by just shaking her head.

    Why does the girl who works with the electrican always mumble in the background?

    “I wouldn’t want to rub it the wrong way.” “Well I would.”

    #14 There is an interview with Michael Sopkiw on the dvd of Massacre In Dinosaur Valley. It’s pretty good actually. He talks about being at a friend’s house and and someone calling to tell them that he is on M.S.T.3.K. Must be the same interview online.

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  • 77
    ¡Tintorera! says:

    ^ Yeah, I heard that commentary track. I didn’t like the movie, though. I love the police/crime/action stuff..those BS cannibal movies, not so much. “2019” and the commentary for that one is much better and entertaining.

    #15…”Blastfighter” rocks. It’s not on DVD, but VHS tapes are easily obtainable. Sopkiw signed mine after I sent him some fan mail and a copy of the episode late last year. Since I live in Los Angeles, he even said he’d invite me over to him and his wife’s house one of these days after he’s done travelling around the country. He sounds like a really smart and nice guy. Iris Peynado (Sandra) is sweet, too. C’mon Shout!…Get the rights to this so we can have a quality release with plenty of extras…and so Mike can get that $$$, too! I don’t think he gets any royalties, which is a shame.

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  • 78
    The Bolem says:

    I missed the best credits routine thread a few weeks back, but I’d have to say Devilfish had my favorite. The forced-group-laugh-ending has been an irritating staple of sitcoms, cartoons etc. for at least half a century, but never gets as much clever derision as it deserves because it’s kind of hard to properly make fun of. So when the Brains found they had an opportunity cued up for them in freeze frame, they committed to a single gag, ran with it, and hammered it home beautifully. I’ve heard “Delicious” on a Dr. Demento CD, but a connection never occurred to me; I’ll have to give that another listen.

    Mountains? Hah! That’s even funnier than when people say they don’t want tea, and then they do…

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  • 79
    Richard the Lion Footed says:

    “The Annotated MST,” where you sent us for references, got one slightly wrong.

    “Kraftwerk!” is a German electronica band founded in 1970, which was most popular in the mid 1970s. The band DID have a radio hit with “Autobaun,” and the edited edition was a solid 45 hit. This was a time when bands like Kraftwerk and Focus (Hocus Pocus) were making inroads to the American music scene.

    Minor, but the record should be set straight.

    Otherwise a solid episode and another good one to introduce someone to MST3K.

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  • 80
    Warren says:

    Since I have “too much time on my hands” I’ll talk about this episode. Took me YEARS to get that Styx reference, when I finally actually heard the song for the first time. This episode is reliably funny, I really want this in a future dvd set. The riffing is top-notch (sloooooow daaaay huuuuh?) and I watch it on a fairly regular basis. That’s great continuity during the opening devilfish attack, from bright sunset to nighttime to bright sunset again in just 2 or 3 minutes. “She displaces no water at all”

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  • 81
    Jeff in Denver says:

    Does anyone else think the dark haired gal has kind of a B movie Bailey from WKRP look? Confused

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  • 82
    Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop says:

    The opening segment is at least partly a parody on the opening credits of a contemporary UPN series, “Nowhere Man.” My comments seem to get blocked when I put in an URL, so if you want to see it, search YouTube for “Nowhere Man Intro 1.” I think there’s more to it than what was posted, but you get the idea.

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  • 83
    The Bolem says:

    @82: Woah, I completely forgot Nowhere Man, but I remember liking the few eps I saw. That theme music’ll be in my head all week. Geez, there really were a ton of movies and shows about people pursued by huge conspiracies in the wake of the X-Files. Those shows are one distinctly ’90s genre I actually miss, partly because the antagonists were such generically evil government organizations that it made it seem like Americans were less polarized in our paranoia than today.

    As for the conspirators in Devilfish, much lamer villians have been MSTed, but it seems like a bigger than usual letdown when we learn that this conspiracy that’s produced so many murders and a monster that could overrun the oceans was enacted by people with the motives of your average Scooby-Doo villian. It’s so ridiculous that…part of it’s actually coming true, what with those asian carp escaping from farms in the south, smothering all other life in our major rivers, and about to invade Lake Michigan. Why couldn’t we have gotten those alien infiltrations instead?

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  • 84
    StrohAParty! says:

    Cheers to the great comments! This has been my favorite episode since I taped it off of Scifi back in the summer of 2002 (I was 13 then!). Too many good riffs to mention, but I gotta say….

    “IS THAT BOAT POWERED BY HIS FACE?!” (referring to the Lou Reed look-a-like goon driving the boat)
    Classic stuff!!!

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  • 85
    losingmydignity says:

    Like a few other season 9ers this one didn’t impress me on the first viewing but has grown on me quite a bit.
    A really solid, fun ep. I like when they do foreign-y movies…
    B+

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  • 86
    Yipe Striper says:

    RE: Jeff in Denver…

    read #42
    you are right on about that. same type look… could be a clonus of her…

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  • 87
    Finnias Jones says:

    81/86: Bailey – yeah, I mentioned that in post #2, above. Glad to see other people caught the resemblance. You’d think they could at have at least given her a “W K R P in Cin-ci-naaa-ti” jingle in 3-part harmony.

    That’s why I nitpicked the discrepancy in the cast list: she’s more central to the plot of the film than the secretary played by a former Miss Italy (who, granted, had most of her scenes deleted for the US edit we have of the film).

    Prof. West’s cuckolding wife was played by Dagmar Lassander, a grande dame of the eurocult era, best known for roles in Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery, Mario Bava’s Hatchet for the Honeymoon, and the 1969 classic Femina ridens/aka The Frightened Woman.

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  • 88
    mikek says:

    Dr. West’s wife could have inspired a very esoteric riff. She bears a resemblance to former president of Cicero, IL, and convicted felon, Betty Lauren Maltese.

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  • 89
    JCC says:

    One of my fave episodes, and one that I go back to often.

    “C’mon beer get in my mouth!”

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  • 90
    The Boatnick83 says:

    I love this episode!!! It is one of my top 10 Mike epps and I really wish Shout! Factory would release it on an upcomming volume (hint hint). So in closing we need this released on dvd, I was surprised for some reason to hear its not going to be on 18, but hey I definetly can’t complain about finnaly getting “Jack Frost”. C’mon “Devil Fish” and Shout! Factory!!!!!!!

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  • 91

    wondered if I made a big mistake!

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  • 92
    Dan in WI says:

    The cruise ship bit falls flat for me. While Brain Guy looks sharp in his uniform I have to agree with Mike. This is a little out there since it is located in a castle to be funny. Meanwhile the ice sculpture bit is a tad predictable.

    But I did like the talking to dolphin host segment. Here it is the delivery. Mike sells his insults really well.

    In the follow up electrician/dolphin solidarity segment, I find the electrician is working a bit too calmly seeing how he himself called in the death strike on the very jobsite where he is working.

    Dated telephone long distance riff “Okay what is it again? 10-10-10-10-321-10? Remember when interexchange carrier commercials where saturating the TV air waves? Now long distance calling has pretty much lost meaning in the age of cell phones.

    This was another one I just can’t get very excited about. The movie genre is not really one I enjoy and the riffing was again pedestrian. Your mileage may vary.

    Convergence 2009 bonus panel: Joel sure was pretty playful on this one. It starts off with the random event of sending the staffers off for blizzards. Once it gets going he sure goes out of his way to give Jim Mallon his due pointing out if he hadn’t had access to the TV studio this likely would have never been anything more than an idea. He also drives home the now familiar refrain that it took the brand new start up Comedy Channel needing programming as the happenstance which gave the show a national stage. The best question was someone asking Joel why he didn’t reshoot the KTMA opening credits after he cut his hair. I’m pretty sure this was an irreverent question riffing on those who ask questions that are so specific that a creator typically doesn’t remember the details years later.

    Favorite Riffs:
    Atari 2600 submarine game is played. Tom “Man Abyss 2 isn’t very good.”

    Crow as Stella with a blank stare “What do I think?”

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  • 93
    Joseph Nebus says:

    I tend to think they made Mike a little too dumb in host sketches over the ages, but he delivered so perfectly that sad little explanation that he welded his ice cubes that I can’t fault them that.

    As for the third host sketch … well, I didn’t find the sketch bothersome when I first saw it, but it’s been many years and there’s been a lot of ironic racism foisted on popular culture since then, so I think I’d view it today, maybe, not as offensive but at least as less fun than the Brains meant.

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  • 94
    Sitting Duck says:

    Devil Fish passes the Bechdel Test. Stella and Sonja briefly talk about tracking down the Devil Fish. This is a correction from the previous listing, when the only female to female conversation I caught was when Stella and Sandra were commenting on how Bob and Peter were bickering.

    Could anyone make out what Crow said as Cambot entered the theater for the first movie segment? Because I couldn’t.

    To anyone who has seen this uncut, did this movie also have a rape scene edited out by the Brains (specifically when the ugly goon killed the secretary)?

    Shouldn’t the doctor be shouting, “Clear!” before he zaps the guy?

    Count me as one of those who found the Italian filter sketch to be hilarious.

    The forced laughter over the movie’s end credit are another matter.

    Even with the explanation given, I still don’t get how WOI will turn a profit by creating a prehistoric shark/octopus thing. Still better than GenCorp in Time Chasers, who seemed to be evil for its own sake.

    While there have been instances where I thought other scenes in the movie would have worked just as well or better than the one they chose for the stinger, Devil Fish is not one of those. It’s just the way Bob says, “I know!” as if he’s having an orgasm that makes it perfect.

    @ #69: Another such instance in this movie occurs when Bob says that he wishes to speak with Mrs. Bates, I was surprised that there wasn’t a single, “Norman?” or anything similar.

    @ #92: I noticed that too. I imagine it was Joel’s way of saying that, whatever hard feelings there may have been between the two when he left the show, it’s all water under the bridge now.

    Favorite riffs

    Feeding the whole ocean is hard.

    Hang on, old chum. Ha, I kid the dead guy.

    Just because you can edit doesn’t mean you should.

    Of course I am American and not Italian. I drive a truck.

    He’s enjoying the bold, adventurous life of a TV repairman.

    Welcome to downtown Shackville.

    “Two geniuses should never work together.”
    But these two guys will be fine.

    Sorry about that electrician crack earlier. My father’s village was attacked by electricians.

    That Allen Funt turns up everywhere.

    Oh right, our mission and stuff.

    I thought you were the octopus in disguise.

    Permission for Ugly Face to board.

    That’s quite enough male hiney shots for me.

    I will seek my revenge. But first, I’m going to snag me a Charleston Chew.

    We’ve done been et, over.

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  • 95
    MSTie says:

    A good but not great episode for me. The awkward cruise ship sketches leave me cold and are the kind of things that really made me miss Dr. Forrester & TV’s Frank. However, some good riffing, especially (forgive me) about the lead female character’s skinny build and her sun-fried hair. And all the beer and editing jokes are pretty good. “Just because you can edit doesn’t mean you should” became something of a buzz-phrase with me and my kids for several other horribly edited MST’ed movies.

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  • 96
    briizilla says:

    “Its a hoochie-coochie fish” makes me laugh every time I watch this episode. Every. Single. Time.

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  • 97
    VeryDisturbing says:

    “I KNOOoooow…!”

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  • 98
    BIG61AL says:

    IMDB says there are Americans in the cast but it looks like the only American I see is Bud Weiser. He should have gotten a cast credit.
    This film suffers from an editor who thinks he can edit.
    The plot makes no sense. I wonder if the dubbing is the guilty for the confusion.
    Missed riff – the Dr. says fish developed teeth 320 years ago. I guess real biology was not required for your doctorate.

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  • 99
    JC says:

    “I wonder… if I can order cocktails online.”

    “Here’s the adrenaline, doctor.”
    “I’ll squirt it in the general area.”

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  • 100
    JC says:

    Don’t forget the Prince of Space callback, when Crow has the moaning amputee guy say “Macken,” like the scaredy-cat scientist from PoS. But Crow’s mouth doesn’t move, so I guess they only thought of it after filming had wrapped.

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  • 101
    Kali says:

    Freddy Unger was also in Danger Diabolik – John Phillip Law mentioned him in his commentary for the movie.

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  • 102
    Black Doug says:

    “Just because you can edit, doesn’t mean you should.” I think this needs to be made into a demotivational poster.

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  • 103
    Depressing Aunt says:

    This is a good episode to put in when I just want to zone out, because, as Tom says, “This is a movie that constantly assures you, you don’t need to concern yourself with this.”

    #59–I guess “As seen on TV” refers to the cheesy quality of the video used every time there are underwater shots of the monster.

    I feel so sorry for Sandra. She should’ve been left alive. And she had such a zest for repeating everything Peter said in a low mumble.

    I enjoyed Mike stupidly trying to weld ice cubes. And the forced laughter over the end credits of the movie was nice, I liked how Tom and Crow stayed in character the whole time.

    Mike: Blake Edwards’ point-10.
    Crow: Can anyone tell me if I have a butt yet? No, huh?

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  • 104
    Manny, Moe, and/or Jack says:

    Not to be pedantic, but The Bourne Identity didn’t come out until a few years after MST3k ended its run. I always assumed the opening sketch was making fun of movies like The Net, Long Kiss Goodnight, Conspiracy Theory and the other movies with stolen/lost identity plots that were popular in the mid to late ’90s.

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  • 105
    schippers says:

    Also not to be pedantic, but #98, our leading man in this picture, Michael Sopkiw, qualifies. He was the lead in a number of Italian films, the best of which is undoubtedly 2019: After the Fall of New York. Anybody who likes bad movies and has not seen 2019 needs to do so right now.

    Anyway, I wish Mr. Sopkiw had made more of these movies.

    The constant Eurobashing grates a bit in this episode, but I generally like it very much.

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  • 106
    Basil says:

    Mike predicament in the opening bit is reminiscent of five or six action movies that were out at that time, especially “The Bourne Identity.”

    Yeah, I need to weigh in on this, too. This episode aired in 1998, and The Bourne Identity hit theaters in 2002. I’m thinking Manny, Moe, and/or Jack might be right about the actual influences.

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  • 107
    Kali says:

    On the Bourne Identity, the Brains may have had in mind the Richard Chamberlain TV movie – imdb says it came out in 1988. Frankly, I believed Chamberlain in the part more than Matt Damon.

    And Jaclyn Smith was in it – best looking of Charlie’s Angels, to my way of thinking. Smile

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  • 108
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    You know what would’ve saved this 1984 Italian production?

    1980 Italian production PUMAMAN coming to the rescue!

    ***

    “Pumas can’t swiiiiiiiiim!”
    SPLASH
    glub .. glub .. glub

    ***

    Or not.

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  • 109
    Smoothie of Great Power says:

    Surprised I didn’t offer any comments on this one the last time around. Must have been pretty busy.

    * One thing this movie does well is play up the tension of just how scary the monster is compared to Jaws. It’s an original creation, we never get a decent view of the entire thing and it proves to be a greater potential danger to the entire ocean. Fear of the unknown is more effective than, “Ah! A giant shark!”
    * I haven’t seen the original movie but I do have to say that Sondra was definitely not the brightest bulb in the pack as the first thing she does after being threatened is to call the police without making sure it’s safe to do so and not obviously doing anything to resist or get help.
    * What was up with Janet? Was she Bob’s wife? An old flame? Complete padding? Bob refers to her as “Mrs.” when asking for her on the phone and they greet each other more like a couple before talking business. There’s also the fact that she comes out of nowhere, does nothing of note and gets killed off.
    * Did anyone else get vibes of the motorcycle from Warrior of the Lost World with that endlessly jabbering computer?

    Favorite Riffs:
    Mike: “Shouldn’t we have tied this stuff down? I mean, it is explosive.”
    Crow: “He’s enjoying the bold, adventurous lifestyle of a TV repairman.”
    Servo: “The film crew’s having a lot of fun throwing stuff at her.”

    Favorite Host Segment Line:
    “So we formed a mutual defense pact with the dolphins.”

    Things I Learned from this Episode:
    * Appliance repair is the surefire way to get women!
    * A concrete boat can float and be powered by an ugly guy’s face.
    * Creating a creature that will reproduce asexually and destroy all other life in the ocean, thus crippling the economy and sustenance of countless cities is apparently profitable.

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  • 110
    JohnnyRyde says:

    Ah, last time this episode came up, I hadn’t seen it since the ’90s. Now with the recent DVD release, I’ve seen it a few times.

    Yeah, this one was better than I expected. My favorite riff is the sequence where the boat guy plays the “blank” audio tape to the woman and they dub in sounds of him cracking open beers and quickly drinking them.

    I, too, thought that the opening segment was a parody of “Nowhere Man”. I loved that show in the 90s, but have no idea if it would stand up today.

    When the DVD first came out, I thought that they overdid the jokes about the film being “European”… When I watched it this week though it wasn’t as overboard as I thought. And I’m glad I wasn’t hearing things when the scientist claimed that the new sharks developed 350 years ago (missing a “million” there?). Mike and the Bots never react to this…

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  • 111
    TitanGojira says:

    Clearly, Gypsy caught “robot amnesia” from Crow. Because, you know, it’s contagious.

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  • 112

    @109 Smoothie of Great Power sez: “One thing this movie does well is play up the tension of just how scary the monster is compared to Jaws.”

    Hogwash. Complete hogwash.

    Devil Fish in no way or manner compares to Jaws. Spielberg’s movie is a master class on the old “what you can’t/don’t see is scarier than what you do” and the tension is built from NOT seeing the shark until the final reel of the movie. Nothing in Devil Fish even compares. It’s not even close! Jaws has great acting, a great script, great story pace, great editing, great photography, great build-up and tension release, and great special effects that work on screen. Devil Fish has all the same things except the word “great” is replaced with “terrible.”

    Devil Fish having an “original creation” or an “unknown” creature as its monster does, in fact, NOT give it a leg up on Jaws, because by going more fantastical the movie (and the filmmakers) have to work twice as hard to convince the audience that what they are seeing is real and an honest threat (and not just a terrible puppet). A good way of doing that is by emotionally investing the audience in the story through proper scriptwriting and storytelling. Sadly, director Lamberto “my only good movie is Demons” Bava and his crew were obviously not up to the task.

    I say sadly because somewhere buried in this mess is a halfway decent idea for a movie. I think maybe it’s under that sixer of Budweiser over there. . .lemme just check real quick…


    So yeah, Devil Fish: the MST episode.

    It’s a good, not great one for me. The riffing is lightweight in my opinion and the Host Segments are so-so; HS#1 doesn’t do much for me, but the payoff in HS#2 is better (plus it has electrician Paul). HS#3 is the best of the bunch; love those Italian stereotypes. The opening and closing segments with Pearl and Co. and the fake boat. . .ugh. Not very good (once again) in my opinion.


    RIFFS:

    Crow: “Peter Frampton!”

    Servo: “Just because you can edit, doesn’t mean you should.”

    Mike: “C’mon beer! Get in my mouth, c’mon!”

    Mike: “Enjoy the soft-core porn soundtrack.”

    move: “Squad #2?”
    Servo: “We done been ate, over.”


    Devil Fish,
    there are better Jaws knockoffs,
    there are better Italian genre films,
    there are better MST3k episodes.

    I give it 3 out of 5 Budweisers (that’s all that was left from the sixer)

    Can Can Can

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  • 113
    Cornjob says:

    I’d like to give a shout out to the panel Q&A in the extras on the DVD. Some very funny stuff. Most of you are of course thinking, “I KNOOOWWW!” Aside from from everything else, what’s really wrong with this film is how the monster footage looks like film clips from another movie. It’s one thing to only catch a glimpse of the monster. It’s another to glimpse what looks like someone stuck the camera in a bowl of vegetable soup.

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  • 114
    pondoscp says:

    This is a fun episode. But, in may ways, I felt like I was watching Gorgo again, since this is basically the same plot. There’s a bigger one!

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  • 115
    Sitting Duck says:

    @ #114: Other than the fact that both feature monsters from the deep, I don’t see any resemblance whatsoever. Gorgo is basically Godzilla crossed with King Kong with a hint of Beowulf. Meanwhile, Devil Fish is Jaws, but instead involves an evil corporation with a terrible business plan.

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  • 116
    pondoscp says:

    @115: I was just referring to both creatures in Gorgo and Devil Fish being babies.

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  • 117

    Ang says:
    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’m really not a big fan of Final Sacrifice but Devil Fish is right up my alley!

    Good host segments and great riffing to a really lame film. I like a lot of the sci fi eps b/c even though the movies are bad, they are still mostly watchable. I think during those years especially they found a lot of films with the right mix of riffability and horribleness…

    I know Final Sacrifice has a big following, but I could never really get into it — I’ll bet I’m probably the only MSTie out here who wasn’t real crazy about it — but Devil Fish, while not an instant favorite, still grew on me quickly. I hadn’t seen it in years since MST3K went out of reruns on SciFi, and only just recently put my copy back into rotation to give it another shot. In fact, I was just watching it tonight. I’m digging it more every time I watch it. Love all the cracks about Italians trying to come off like Americans.

    I thought the little MST3K logo placed over that guy’s area was the writers’ idea, to be honest. It just seemed a really witty visual riff from Cambot, kind of like his “scoreboard” in Sidehackers.

    I caught the “double title” right away, and got a big giggle out of it somehow. I’ve seen several episodes where the movies “lapped” themselves, but Devil Fish set the record. Seeing the title appearing twice was kind of like watching the opening credits to Hercules Unchained, where the overlaid titles are sloppily edited and we see the title a second time, partially, before it wipes into the next title. “Hey, did we just see that?”

    I’m embarassed to say that I totally didn’t get Nelson’s “Evinrude” jokes at first. While I got that he was making sarcastic penile double-entrendres, I totally missed that he was also making a “Johnson” joke.

    While it was rather done to death, the “my lungs were aching for air” riff was still one of my favorites, and I rather missed it. In fact, while watching those scenes, I find myself interjecting that riff myself.

    “It’s Bebe Rebozo’s home movies!”
    “She displaces no water at all!”

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  • 118
    Smoothie of Great Power says:

    Oh yeah, and since no one else has mentioned this, the game that Sondra is playing when Tom quips, “Man, Abyss 2 isn’t very good,” is Seaquest for the Atari 2600. A great game that I grew up with.

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  • 119
    Thanos6 says:

    Does anyone know what song Sondra is listening to while she plays the game?

    And I think my favorite riff has to be Servo making the beer-chugging noises over the silent tape recording. Never fails to make me crack up.

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  • 120
    Savvy says:

    Here we go!

    – You really believe Mike’s identity was taken. Then it’s not.
    – Bobo is cute as he throws the stuff at Patrick and Beez.
    – Who knew Crow could defy the laws of physics and build a sculpture of Michelangelo’s David out of four ice cubes? Cow is an artist!
    – The tile of the movie appeared twice, which is why they comment on “experimenting with film credits.”
    – Yeah, those Coast Guard guys yelling is pretty random. They are Coast Guard guys, though. “It’s gonna be cold!”
    – Tom: “That’s my special line. A beer is in trouble somewhere!”
    – Tom: “Gulp gulp gulp… Ah. (Opens more beer.)”
    – The dolphins most likely did steal Stella’s conditioner. They are capable of more than we know.
    – “They lasted for three minutes.”
    Tom: “Like my last twelve-pack.”
    – Saundra is really immature. It’s funny!
    – The dolphin warship segment was a cute idea.
    – Crow: “Slow day, huh?”
    – “I was only nineteen when I met Bob.”
    Crow: “That’s when I was skinny.”
    – Crow: “Dolphins won the Superbowl! Yay!”
    – Mike: “His broadcast day is over.”
    – I love Tom’s reaction when that lady takes off her glasses! Sleazy music.
    – Paul is great as the electrician.
    – Crow: “Sixteenth is a water hole, surrounded by water at all sides.”
    – Crow: “Y’know, after this beer, we should have a beer sometime.”
    – Crow: “You’d better take off your suit and flag down some help.”
    – Mike: “You know, she displaces no water at all.”
    – “Where are Peter and Stella?”
    Tom: “They’re off being scrawny.”
    – Mike: “Ow! OW! You just laid me on a pufferfish!”
    – Tom: “As seen on T.V.”
    – “What are you gonna do?”
    Crow: “I KNOW!”
    – “The cells of this creature have a life of… Only eight months?”
    Crow: (Guy takes off glasses.) “I’m gonna kick your ass!” It’s true! He really does look pissed off!
    – Tom: “And now, the news. And now, the news again. And now, some more news. And that’s the news.”
    – I really enjoy the Italian segment!
    – Mike: “C’mon, I just wanted to play ‘Free Cell’!”
    – Well, the guy did say “don’t move” before he shot him!
    – This movie proves only one thing: The United States Coast Guard will be anywhere you want them to be.
    – “Peter, the thing’s on top of you!”
    Crow: “Not unlike you and me earlier!”
    – I love how Tom sings as Peter walks out of the Western-looking building.
    – I can’t help but laugh at their incessant laughing!
    – Bobo’s greatest freakout.

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