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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 (244 votes, average: 4.44 out of 5)


• 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.
• 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.”

131 Replies to “Episode guide: 911- Devil Fish”

  1. Satan's Jockstrap says:

    The Hercules episode numbers are incorrect.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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?


  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.


  7. Colossus Prime says:

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

    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. :)

    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?


  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.


  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.


  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. :roll:

    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.”


  11. bigzilla says:


    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!”


  12. Tim S. Turner says:

    #7: You’re right. Beez is adorable.


  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.


  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.


  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!


  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….


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

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


  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.


  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…


  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.


  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?


  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.


  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”


  24. Bobby 23-Skidoo says:

    Dolphins won the Super Bowl!


  25. Jeff in Denver says:

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


  26. Jeff in Denver says:

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


  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!


  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!”


  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!


  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.


  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”?


  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.


  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:


  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.


  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.


  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.”


  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!


  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!”


  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!”


  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.


  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).


  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…


  43. Bat Masterson says:

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


  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.


  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.


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

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


  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.


  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.


  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.


  50. Colossus Prime says:

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

    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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