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Episode guide: 504- Secret Agent Super Dragon

Movie: (1966) A report of drugged chewing gum in Michigan sends a suave super agent to Amsterdam to investigate a sinister crime organization.

First shown: 8/7/93
Opening: Crow and Tom build a robot, who soon becomes annoying
Invention exchange: Frank demonstrates virtual comedy until Dr. F. programs in a few hecklers, J&tB demonstrate micro-golf
Host segment 1: Joel, Crow and Tom are a jazz trio playing the “Secret Agent Super Dragon” theme
Host segment 2: J&tB read through Crow’s latest screenplay: “The Spy Who Hugged Me”
Host segment 3: J&tB discuss spy movie post-kill puns
End: Dr. F.’s holds a super-villain conference call
Stinger: Jumping the Super Dragon, with xylophone accompaniment
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (107 votes, average: 4.14 out of 5)


Okay, as Crow notes, the only way around it is through it…
• I don’t watch this one often, but when I do, it always surprises me all over again. It’s really a solid episode. The host segments were clever and topical, and the riffing, while not brilliant, is very good. My biggest gripe is the awful awful condition of the print.
• This episode is on Rhino’s Vol. 12.
• Last time around I asked if Minsky the robot is an actual vintage toy, and if that is what it really says. Our commenters said yes and yes.
• Tom invokes “WKRP in Cincinnati” with the mention of “Chy-chy Rodragueez.”
• Callbacks: “I killed that fat barkeep.” (The Beatniks) Also: “Any talent to declare?” (Warrior of the Lost World), a mention of Ward E (Stranded in Space), “…but there was no monster” (Monster A-Go-Go).
• Joel wears his glasses in segment 2, which tells me he’s actually reading his lines off that script.
• Then current: “Herb from Burger King.” Also: “I ate the last Frusen Gladje.”
• Naughty riff: “We’ll be covering you from behind.” Crow: “You’ve been in prison too long.”
• Plot question–why did the bad guys choose a college town in Michigan to test their drug, when it’s fairly clear all their operations are in Europe? I don’t think the movie ever says.
• Frank is great in the ending segment, humming: ” …I sing whenever I sing…” and doing the exact minimum required to assist Dr. F. “Eagerly.”
• A very small cast and crew roundup: Set designer Arrigo Equini also worked on “Danger! Death Ray.” In front of the camera, Marisa Mell was also in “Danger: Diabolik,” Fernand Lamas was also in “Hercules Unchained” and Benito Stefanelli was also in “The Pumaman.”
• Creditswatch: Host segments directed by Trace Beaulieu. Clayton James does hair and makeup for the last time in season 5.
• Fave riff: “Emo, avec lute.” Honorable mention: “Remind your engineers to use coasters on me.”

119 comments to Episode guide: 504- Secret Agent Super Dragon

  • 1
    swh1939 says:

    Right on, Sampo. I’ve found that to be true of this and other episodes … not so fondly remembered, but when I do watch it, there’s usually some good laughs.


  • 2
    MDH1980 says:

    I wouldn’t call the Herb campaign “Then Current”. It was seven or eight years old in ’93 and had already been long forgotten.


  • 3
    GizmonicTemp says:

    I agree with Sampo and swh1939 that this is a sleeper episode. This one grows on you in a BIG way. Heck, I didn’t realize how in love I was until I got the DVD.

    Speaking of the DVD, watch the fight scene at 1:20:05 between Dragon and a henchman. The fight ends with Dragon falling down a staircase, but right before that, both actors flinch away from each other (as if they’d just been punched) at the exact same time! Hilarious!

    My complete review is here.


  • 4
    Sitting Duck says:

    Naughty riff: “We’ll be covering you from behind.” Crow: “You’ve been in prison too long.”

    Or maybe working at Grace Brothers.


  • 5
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Excuse me, Sitting Duck, are you being served?


  • 6
    RCFagnan says:

    I liked Frank’s Virtual Comedy invention exchange, especially after Dr. F tampers with it. “You’re not funny!” How many times have I heard that one…


  • 7

    Actually, when I first saw this, I thought it was hysterical. “Wow, I’ll bet this guy’s really cool. He smokes, he carries a gun, and he… makes a lot of phone calls.” Since then, Agent for H.A.R.M. has shown they can riff a bad spy film even better. As a result, this seems kind of laid back in that Joel sort of way, but it’s still amusing. It comes off best when they make fun of a) the goofy spy accoutrements, like the pen-phone, and b) Baby Face’s idiot comic relief.

    The final ball has some great moments, too: “He’s got a big old hole in his head!” “Waitress, there’s a squeeze toy in my drink!” “The meeting of the society of men who can make a W will now begin.”

    As for the host sketches, I like their take on the repetitious vibraphone music. Crow: “I only know two notes!” And I’ll agree that Frank is the funniest part of the final sketch, although Clay writing everything down on his Dry-Erase board makes me laugh too.


  • 8
    Nick says:

    I dunno, I’ve always loved this episode. Top notch riffing and hilarious host segments as well. The only problem I have is not that the print is awful (heck, those missing frames provided some good laughs), but that the film appears to be cut by quite a bit. Oh well, what’s there is first-rate.

    Favorite exchange:
    Super Dragon–“Holland is beautiful in the fall”
    Agent Fulton–“And Baby Face?”
    Crow–“He’s beautiful any time”
    I could be misquoting, but you get the idea. Wink


  • 9
    underwoc says:

    Ahh, yes. The evil chewing gum. Reminds me of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. Dick.

    I agree, this is a lousy print of the film. But, aside from Clint Eastwood movies, has anyone seen a good print of an Italian color film from the ’60s?


  • 10
    TV's Adam says:

    What, no love for Minsky, the atomic powered robot, who gives his best wishes to everybody?!

    Well, I love Minsky, the atomic powered robot. Please give my best wishes to him.

    Seriously, I do. I don’t know what it is, but that bit kills me.


  • 11
    SIRHAMHAT says:

    Gotta’ agree with Sampo and others on this. I’ve watched this episode at least a dozen times and every time I think, “Well, here goes…meh… Golden Girls isn’t on tonight, so I suppose I’ll watch this episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Wow, I should really stop talking to myself.” And, I’m always thoroughly pleased with this episode, and laughter abounds. I think for me, I just don’t care for spy movies on their own. Sure, when MST3k does spy movies, well, that’s something different entirely. But I always have the same negative feelings before I watch them. I never gravitate towards the spy movie episodes, yet they are all so wonderful… ‘scept for Mighty Jack… But I wouldn’t classify that as much a spy movie as a floating turd.

    Ya’ know… Speaking of spy movies, it drives me nuts that people get tingly every time another Bond movie comes out. “Did you hear? The new Bond movie is coming out?!” Well, who gives a rat’s ass?! Kill him! Kill him! The only reason that James Bond films were ever watchable was when Richard Kiel portrayed the lovable, but gruff Jaws in the films. I always wanted Jaws to end up with the lovely ladies, so he could paw at them like in Eegah! Is that wrong?


  • 12
    jason says:

    there was robot toys that did that. i knew kids growing up in the 80’s got one of those. i don’t recall if they said that phrase. they would walk and light up.
    this a episode is a very good one They did better with the other james bond wannabe films.


  • 13
    jason says:

    i like bond films. they are very good films. they would not have made so many over these years without them being any good.


  • 14
    outmywindow says:

    This riff kills me every time: “The meeting of the society of men who can make a W will now begin.”

    I wait for it in rapt anticipation.


  • 15
    Skenderberg says:

    My favorite host segment moment is when Joel tries to spice up the boring Secret Agent Super Dragon theme song by smooching his base fiddle, though the post-kill pun workshop, The Spy Who Hugged Me and, yes, Minsky the robot are pretty funny too. Above average host segments overall, I think.

    Did anyone understand the villian’s nefarious plan? I got that the chewing gum was drugged (sorry, Sampo; no idea why they needed to test it in Michigan) and then it turned out some vases were made from pressed drugs, and then, somehow, they will rule the world. Did I miss a step somewhere?


  • 16
    M "I Don't Remember Enough About The Episode To Reference It" Sipher says:

    It had been years since I’d seen this episode before it hit DVD.

    After a few viewings, and fairly recently… I remember about as much of it as I did before I got the DVD. It took me a while to remember if there was even an action sequence in the damn thing. The Brains… really don’t have much to work with in this movie, though they try. The movie just doesn’t have the stand-out goofiness of your Operation Double Double O-Sevens or Danger! Death Rays or Agent for or your Kloovan of Planet Ba-haaaaaaaaaalses. What I remember most about it was people walking around Europey places talking at length in goofy dub-voices about confusing things. That the host segments are largely more about spy movies in general than this one in specific doens’t help the movie be any less unmemorable.

    Joel’s jazz-spaz is most certainly a highlight. And it’s always fun when someone does one of those stilted, clearly bored reads from a script they’ve been forced into. Frank was really settling into being able to act by now, heh.

    Honestly, despite solid host segments, this will go towards the bottom of my stack… next to a bunch of the Herc movies and some of the Sandy Frank joints.


  • 17
    Neon Maetdreams says:

    This and Operation Double 007 are gems in the Bond rip-off genre, sure the plots don’t make sense and the acting isn’t great but they do make us appreciate the actual Bond films all the more, ok maybe not gems but shiny ornate turds.


  • 18
    SIRHAMHAT says:

    jason: “i like bond films. they are very good films. they would not have made so many over these years without them being any good.”

    Jason, its just my opinion… but for argument’s sake, they also made 7 Police Academy movies… So, unless you want to defend those, I don’t think quantity equals quality.


  • 19
    Mike says:

    Hey, I like the Police Academy movies! Um, okay, not really… just playing Devil’s advocate. Alien


  • 20
    kevin says:

    What I found interesting about the DVD was the original trailer for “New York Appele Super Dragon.” It seemed that the majority of what’s in the trailer doesn’t appear in the MST episode.

    The unedited movie might have made (a little) more sense, but it’d have to be about 6 hours long.

    Anyway, I love the cheapie Bond-ripoffs. They just seem to take all of the “cool” ideas they can come up with and chuck ’em at the screen without consideration for coherency or logic. And that’s what I call good cinema.



  • 21
    Kouban says:

    My favorite part of this episode, and the part I remember best, is the post-kill puns sketch. I always enjoy the sketches where Joel teaches the Bots something about the world of entertainment.


  • 22
    The Professor says:

    The Super Agent Super Dragon theme song skit is one of the few things i like about this episode. It starts off clever, becomes funny, gets really annoying, redeems itself, gets annoying again, and then it becomes one of my favorite host segments. So fun to sing at work.


  • 23
    Rowsdower42 says:



  • 24
    NoOneOfConsequence says:

    Morgan the Robot

    But is that color scheme right? That’s not how I remember it, but it’s been a little while.


  • 25
    Weirdonian says:

    Actually, I believe it was a Toby robot:

    I remember getting a gold Toby robot when I was 6 from my Grandmother at Christmas and I think I still have him somewhere. He walked (well, shuffled), lit-up, had a little gun and puffed out smoke. I’ve contemplated turning him into a Minsky replica, but my nostalga for the little guy is a bit too much for me to go through with it.

    As for Secret Agent Super Dragon, I hadn’t seen it for quite a number of years until it came out on DVD and I had forgotten how good an episode it was.

    Favorite Riffs: “Hey, he fits! Last time we had to cut the feet off!” and “So you killed yourself for no-thing! Nyeah-nyeah nyeah-nyeah nyeeah-nyeeeah!”


  • 26
    Graboidz says:

    Are there really 7 Police Academy movies??? Shock

    I really didn’t know that….and now I feel dirty somehow for having that knowledge. Sad


  • 27
    The Bolem says:

    I don’t remember them actually being called “Minsky”, but I had the white and copper versions of that robot when I was 6. They did actually say, “I am the Atomic-Powered Robot; please give my best wishes to evv–rybodyyy!”. The copper version also blew smoke out his mouth when you put a few drops of oil in his head; yes, the box actually instructed you to do this. I think my Voltron finally decided he’d had enough of them after about a year and sent them to that great mecha-scrapyard in the sky-‘er, my basement.

    This last season of Robot Chicken, in the same ep where Bob Barker neuters Snoop Dog, there’s a sketch where lame superhero “The Table-Smasher” busts up the “Council of Evil Tables”. Could that have been loosely inspired by the evil table mastermind in this experiment?!


    Perhaps more inrigueing than Tom and Crow’s toy robot is Baby-Face’s super-dragon toy. Were there ever commercially abailable walking toy monsters that actually breathed fire? Man, toys in the ’60s really were dangerous.


  • 28
    Graboidz says:

    Bolem…..don’t say that too loudly, they may quit selling things like Lawn Darts!!!


  • 29
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    ( I humbly suggest that ‘Chy-chy Rodragueez’ is a reference to Ted Baxter and the Mary Tyler Moore Show )


  • 30
    R.A. Roth says:

    Hanging around in apartments, lingering poolside and arranging blocks on a table, everything I look for in a spy thriller.



  • 31

    After watching the trailer on the DVD, it seems like the movie must have made more sense unedited. I remember thinking, “The only reason I understand this is an evil plot involving chewing gum is because they explained the movie in the ACEG.” Has anyone seen this movie unedited? Does it make more sense, or is it all just a jumble? I’m recalling Sampo’s thoughts about BBI having to overedit Hercules to make it fit.


  • 32
    R.A. Roth says:

    ( I humbly suggest that ‘Chy-chy Rodragueez’ is a reference to Ted Baxter and the Mary Tyler Moore Show )

    Nope. In a Season one episode of “WKPR in Cincinnati”, Les Nessman botches the name Chi-Chi Rodriguez during a news bumper. But it does sound like something Ted Baxter would do.



  • 33
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    ( more on the talking robot )


  • 34
    Mhael says:

    I noticed something VERY interesting about this episode the other day: the *voice,* not the actor, the *voice* of SASD is none other than Rex Reason, aka Dr. Cal Meatchum from This Island Earth.

    Compare them yourselves… you’ll see what I mean.


  • 35
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Re : “Plot question–why did the bad guys choose a college town in Michigan to test their drug, when it’s fairly clear all their operations are in Europe? I don’t think the movie ever says.”

    They’re Ohio fans ?


  • 36
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Re #32 : You sound like you know what you’re talking about, so I’ll research it myself. I’ll also take the coward’s way out and suggest that it IS a funny enough joke to have been recycled from WJM by WKRP/WKPR.


  • 37
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Mhael #34 – Wow! Is that really who it is our are you speculating? I definitely hear the resemblance, though!

    Graboidz #26 – I’ve seen “Police Academy 5” more times than I’ll admit too. Who feels dirty now? Oops! You’d be a fool not to ask for a helicopter.


  • 38
    Ms. Mary says:

    So…although Ray Danton was an American actor, they dubbed him nevertheless?


  • 39
    blandoon says:

    This one didn’t age very well for me at all – I had the opposite experience as Sampo: I remembered it fondly but then didn’t enjoy it as much when I re-watched it. Maybe the poor condition of the print is part of it.

    Still, it does contain an all-time favorite riff: “I’m a naughty little cheesy blintz!”


  • 40
    crowschmo says:

    A couple of my fave lines:

    Joel: “Oh, they’re in America, ’cause, look, there’s a flag”.

    Further on into the movie, as Servo notes the seemingly aggresive tourist industry plying their wares on the street: “Do you have any dolls or postcards?” (And about a half minute later) : “Oh, hi, do you know where I can find some knickknacks or curios with kind of a Holland theme?”

    Annoying commercial on my taped version: Dr. Ruth (???!!!) extolling the virtues of the show “Dream On” — The HELL?


  • 41
    Bix Dugan says:

    The best part to me was seeing Joel smacking the table, then taking swings at Minsky. And then casually dropping the bat, denying any violent actions taken toward the robot, as Tom & Crow remark:
    “I saw that!”


  • 42
    Ralph C. says:

    I enjoy this episode, it’s easy for me to watch. To me it’s funny through and through. Grin


  • 43
    Cleefhanger says:

    “Secret Agent Super-Rude, if you ask me.”

    And when the sex scene is interupted by the power outage and the music skips off, “Oh, that happens to everyone once in a while.”


  • 44
    jason says:

    First so what they made 7 police acedemy movies. they made bond films since 1962. do you really think they would made these films for 46 yrs without them being any good?


  • 45
    Cleefhanger says:

    Hollywood doesn’t care about ‘good.’ It cares about ‘profitable.’


  • 46
    Cubby says:

    I noticed something VERY interesting about this episode the other day: the *voice,* not the actor, the *voice* of SASD is none other than Rex Reason, aka Dr. Cal Meatchum from This Island Earth.

    No. It isn’t. The voice you are hearing is Ray Danton’s own.

    It does sound uncannily like Rex Reason’s (and like Rex’s brother, Rhodes’), but if you check out some of Ray Danton’s other works you’ll hear the exact same voice you’re hearing here. Admittedly, most of his acting work is hard to find on video and DVD, but if you run across one of his many guest spots on TV shows* you’ll hear his voice. He has a bit in The Longest Day, but it’s really only a couple of lines.

    I really love this episode, but I was like Sampo. For a long time, this one was just a blur of “ehh, okay.” The only line I remembered for a long time was “Conrad Poo and his inflatable knees.” I was always much fonder of all of the other spy movies. Now, this one has pulled even.

    I probably rediscovered this one around 1999/2000, and yes, “Emo. Avec Lute.” is a breathtaking riff. I’ve become really fond of Joel’s heightened disgust of SuperDragon to the ending, “Jeez, what a jerk! He just wanted to get the guy’s goat before he died!”

    “Gee, she’s sure wearing a funny bathing suit.”

    *The one to look for is his turn on Surfside 6 – he plays this menacing cross between Jerry Lewis and Frank Sinatra that has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, hardly anyone runs those old Warner Brothers shows much anymore.


  • 47
    fishbulb says:

    The Chi Chi Rodriguez joke originated on WKRP.
    The great thing about that scene is that even after Johhny Fever corrects him, Les continues to deliberately mispronounce the name.

    As for this episode, it’s not a standout for me, but it’s not bad, either.
    I love Minsky and “The Spy Who Hugged Me”.


  • 48
    fireballil says:

    Another top notch episode. Was Joel trying to go out on a high, knowing that he was leaving the show soon?

    Fave riffs: The description of Comfort: “Secret Agent Mary Kay!” and the party: “The Fred Mertz Mystery Cafe!”

    I liked the names of the characters for “The Spy Who Hugged Me,” especially Gary WyndhamHill. That was a great skewring of the touchy-feely New Age-y vibe of that time.

    Another fave riff: When SASD gets jumped over the xylophone, Joel says, “Hurray! I’m Super Clown!” Loved that they used that for the stinger.

    I wonder, since most of the writers were stand-up comics, if they tapped into personal experience for Frank’s invention. Did any of them have to put up with hecklers as bad as poor Frank?

    One more fav riff: “The little town of…” “Bethlehem!” I always love when the music sounds like Christmas carols and the crew starts singing along. This is a variation on that type riff.


  • 49
    AlsHeimer says:

    I know that this is off topic…but can anybody tell me which episode ended with the Mads “Pushing the button” and nothing happens?

    We now resume our regularly scheduled forum…


  • 50
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    Actually, the main thing I remember about the movie is the way SASD shamelessly rips off Flint’s suspended animation trick.

    And I’m pretty sure the ACEG mentions that the Virtual Comedy invention was based on the cast’s experiences doing stand-up.


  • 51
    Jeff Q says:

    I do love that “Emo avec lute”, apparently the Secret Agent Super Dragon producers’ knock-off of “Jester with a Lute” by Franz Hals. But what always come to my mind when thinking about this episode is a line from Crow’s screenplay, as Holly Affirmations holds a gun to Sandy Windham-Hill‘s head:

    Joel [as Holly]: Then you understand, Mr. Windham-Hill. Nothing personal…
    Servo [as Sandy]: Uh, boundaries, Holly! Boundaries!

    That cracks me up every time!


  • 52
    Nick says:

    After watching the trailer on the DVD, it seems like the movie must have made more sense unedited. I remember thinking, “The only reason I understand this is an evil plot involving chewing gum is because they explained the movie in the ACEG.” Has anyone seen this movie unedited? Does it make more sense, or is it all just a jumble? I’m recalling Sampo’s thoughts about BBI having to overedit Hercules to make it fit.

    I haven’t seen it unedited, but it is available on a German DVD. Because the disc is German, it’s region 2 PAL. But it comes in five, count ’em, five covers, and has English audio and subtitles. I found it Xploited Cinema, so check it out. Cool


  • 53
    MJDeViant says:

    “I just know I’m gonna bend at the waist one of these days”
    Best riff from the movie.


  • 54
    lpydmblb says:

    Its Daddy-o. The reason was that the Miracle Grow Baby had gotten baby food all over the control panel.

    Re this movie: “Emo, avec lute” sums up why I love MST3K. Three words, delivered deadpan, that make a piece of utter dreck into gut-busting comic gold.


  • 55
    Bobo (has a red butt) says:

    The jazz skit in this one is one of my favorite musical skits. The other is the Tom Servo choir is Starfighters.


  • 56
    AlsHeimer says:

    Thanks lpydmblb


  • 57
    crowschmo says:

    Can’t get this theme song out of my HEAD!!!


  • 58
    erasmus hall says:

    yipes i confused this with agent from harm-that was prince’s finest role-
    is this the filmwhere the super spy goes boating with the bad guy’s moll?


  • 59
    Shark says:

    The funny thing is, that “college town in Michigan” is a small town over in the middle of nowhere. It isn’t near any interstates or major cities. There isn’t a college anywhere near it, let alone cliffs for people to crash their cars off of.

    The mystery is why did they decide to use the name of that town?


  • 60
    hamtronix says:

    I guess shiny suits haven’t caught on


  • 61

    Minsky was real, and I had him!!

    It was back in the early 70’s, and I got him as a present from my granparents. He wasn’t called Minsky, but i don’t remember his real name.

    And yes, that was his entire shtick: walking a bit, repeating that damn greeting, wailing siren, walking some more…ad infinitum.


  • 62
    Rotten as British Teeth says:

    Like Sampo, I hadn’t seen this episode in along time, and had remembered it as being mediocre. But after watching it afew days ago from the Volume 12 set, I actually enjoyed it alot! The segments are very good, the riffing above average, and the movie itself is quirky enough to keep my interest. The ’60’s spy movie genre is always been good fodder for these guys, and this wasn’t any exception. (Although I second Sampo’s observation about the poor condition of the print; it gets aggravating after some scenes are cut short and the audio drifts from one scene to the next.)

    Fav riff: as Super Dragon sneaks into the meeting with the other criminal masterminds, and place black blocks with astrological names on the table, you hear Joel say, “The Society of Guys who can Make a ‘W’ can now begin”. The comment is so off-the-wall, its one of those things you wished you had thought to say.

    I also watched the trailer for this from the Rhino set, and noticed how there were many scenes not included on the MST version. I always wondered if the exclusion of certain scenes affected the movies that BB riffed on. Because, in certain cases, I think a movie’s overall product could be affected if key elements are removed (in MST’s case, due to the time factor). In the case of “Secret Agent Super Dragon”, however, I’m sure it wasn’t that big a deal!


  • 63
    Snackula says:

    There are many things to like about this episode. The riffing is good, the host segments (especially SOL’s interpretation of Super Dragon’s theme music) are all pretty solid. I’ve mentioned before that a good portion of my favorite episodes are in the 400-500 seasons. This definetly ranks up there.

    Favorite episode riff —
    Super Dragon (to girl in bikini): Are you a natural red head?
    Crow: Are you a natural black head?


  • 64
    lpydmblb says:

    No problem, AlsHeimer.

    Re “Rotten as British Teeth”‘s comment: that’s always been something that’s bothered me, that perhaps BB cut some movies to make them look a bit worse. One bit of “Time Chasers” haunts me: the “hero” tries driving a car to establish that he can’t drive. But then he grabs a mountain bike and heads for the woods, with some goons in pursuit. It looks like they’re setting up a bike chase scene, but before it gets going, the BB print jump cuts.

    Of course, I could try to find the unMSTed print of the film to see if there really is a mountain bike chase scene, but lets face it, that ain’t happening. Still, it bothers me.


  • 65
    Earl B says:

    Favorite riff (by Crow, during a fight scene): “That’s it, Gary. This is the last time you’re gonna come home late!”

    Shouldn’t find it funny, but I do.


  • 66
    Martin says:

    #62: Actually, that one’s from Danger!! Death Ray.


  • 67
    GregS says:

    I thought the “chi-chi rodrigweez” reference was borrowed from an episode of The Odd Couple?

    Anyone remember that one?



  • 68
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Actually GregS, I thought it was from Mary Tyler Moore ( see #28 above ), but R.A. Roth ( #32 ) seems pretty authoritative regarding WKRP.

    We’ll have to research it further if we disagree.


  • 69
    jessiethegeek says:

    I like this episode.but do not love it.
    I watched on the rhino set(this generation mystie and proud Wink )
    One part thats jumping out at me is in the begining when the blonde spy lady is walking and all we can see is her legs and feet and we get several good riffs
    Joel-Secret agent mary kay
    Crow-any minute now it’ll pan up and be john cleese in a dress.
    i never got that until i got into monty python.Then it clicked.
    another less thought of riff is in the opening credits(I love credit riffs)
    and we see a ciggie smoking,and crow says “someone was smoking a crayon I HATE THAT!
    that just cracks me up everytime.This would probably be a good chill episode for a mystie,while multitasking.But i wouldnt recomendit to a new potential fan.
    oh and sitting Duck i love your comment lol LOL


  • 70
    fireballil says:

    I cleary remember ‘Chy-chy Rodrwagueeze’ from WKRP. Also forgot a Poopie bit: When the ‘bots are introducing Micro-golf, Crow starts to speak, but Trace burps. Kevin(in character) says, ‘Whoa! El belch-a-rino!’ Joel, as he goes back to his mark, then says, ‘Speecy spicy, take 22.’


  • 71
    Spector says:

    After struggling a bit in the first three episodes of this season the Brains regain their footing with this one. The first of several obvious ’60s Bond rip-offs they’d tackle in the series and one of the best. The oily,smarmy lead was absolutely lacking in charm which made him such an easy target to be gleefully torn apart by Joel and the ‘Bots.

    The most memorable line for me was when Super Dragon snatches away the just lit cigarette of the female lead, provoking the response “Secret Agent Super Rude”!

    This episode wasn’t as hilarious throughout as “Danger! Death Ray” or “Agent for H.A.R.M.” but it’s still very good and as I noted earlier show the Brains regaining their stride after three average outings to start this season.


  • 72
    bobhoncho says:

    Love Margaret Lee! Call me sick, but that’s just how I feel. For those of you who don’t know, Margaret plays Super Dragon’s “false eyelash worshipping” assistant, Agent Fulton.

    By the way, I could never get over the musical sketch. It had me laughing so damn hard, my couch was soaked with saliva by the time the sketch was over. Sorry if that last part grossed some of you out!


  • 73
    bobhoncho says:

    Love Those musical references!



  • 74
    Kevin says:

    Yep, Minsky actually walks and talks exactly as depicted on TV. I won it in the auction at the end of the series and put some batteries in to see and it lit right up and started shuffling around on the floor.


  • 75
    bluesy says:

    Minksy DOES exist! I found an original of the toy at the Salvation Army a month ago. I decided not to buy it cause it was broken and sticky, but wanted it cause I love that sketch. A month later it was gone, I was bummed and said “huh, probably shoulda bought that thing.” true story


  • 76
    Dan in WI says:

    One of my siblings had a robot like Minsky. It said the exact same phrase, but I remember it as all silver and I think it had a different name.

    What is the deal with the old 70’s style pimp coat Clayton is wearing when he returns to Deep 13?

    I love Clayton’s introduction. “Your experiment this week has a duel purpose. Oh it will hurt like always…”

    The theme song host segment is fun. The makings of a good song were there. Tom nails it when he describes Joel as taking a chance but blowing it badly. But the highlight is again is Trace’s puppetry skills playing the trumpet.

    Monster A-Go-Go callback “But there was no monster.”

    I’m not sure I understand the super villain conference call. In particular I don’t understand Frank’s disinterest. This is normally something he’d enthusiastically bumble his way through.

    I love the credit sequence of part 1 of the MST wrap. It might be my favorite when Jack Perkins shoots someone and has to haul away the body.

    Favorite Riffs:
    guy gets shot and runs off holding his hand. Joel: ”Quick get it under cold water.”

    Tom “I got to drain the super dragon.”

    The music abruptly stops. Crow “Oh that happens to everybody now and again.”

    Secret Agent “Cyanide.” Tom “It’s like poison or something.”

    Tom “It would really help if they’d let us in on the plot.”

    Guy is unrolled from an area rug. Tom “Ah crimeny, Dave’s doing his human cake roll thing again. You gotta jump on him and squirt the jelly out.” [this a classic where did that come from riff?]


  • 77
    robot rump! says:

    OK, here is the evil plan as i see it.
    Evil EuroCorp is manufacturing drugged gum as part of their generic world domination plan as explained in the movie. Now, your standard evil european (aren’t they all?) will tell you to be successful in this endeavor you need two key elements. a third world factory to manufacture and disguise said drug into a cheap Ming vase knock off without being noticed. Second, you need test subjects. So what do you do? Get a bunch of college kids because, well you know, then pick a small American college because no one will notice a bunch of inexplicable deaths at Michigan as opposed to oh say…UMass. and of course the students are Americans so your evil european doubles up his fun. the only thing you have to realy watch out for is a badly dubbed quasi euro superagent and his half wit ex con friend. wait…


  • 78
    Sitting Duck says:

    Skenderberg #15: Did anyone understand the villian’s nefarious plan? I got that the chewing gum was drugged (sorry, Sampo; no idea why they needed to test it in Michigan) and then it turned out some vases were made from pressed drugs, and then, somehow, they will rule the world. Did I miss a step somewhere?

    Maybe they’re pawns for Pinky and the Brain, who often had similar nonsensical world domination schemes.

    @ #75: Speaking as another thrift shop trawler, I know the feeling.


  • 79
    ck says:

    So is this the most unlikeable mst3000 hero?


  • 80
    Peakpasha says:

    I’ve noticed an error in the cast roundup: Charity Farrel was the name of Marisa Mell’s character, not the name of the actress.


  • 81
    Matt D says:

    I wanted to vote on this episode, but all I got after voting was the phrase, “Failed To Verify Referrer” so I don’t know what I did wrong. It’s probably better that way cause I would only go three stars for this ep. It is one of a very few for me where the host segments are funnier than the movie. I love the theme song and Spy Who Hugged Me segments, and the invention exchange is great from both the SOL and Deep 13.

    The movie is good enough I guess, but it is not great. I do agree with Crowschmo at #40 in that I love the lines about wanting to find knickknacks from Holland. Those riffs slay me.


  • 82
    Bombastic Biscuit Boy says:

    #79: I wouldn’t say unlikeable…he’d have to have a personality to be like that. He’s more like a G.I. Joe action figure with a weird dubbed voice…

    I like this one – not one of the best of their spy movies (that would be Operation Double Double 007 for me), but a good sleeper episode…

    SASD: “Do you speak English?”
    Lady: “Nay!”
    SASD: “Italian?”
    Lady: “Nay!”
    SASD: “Some other time then?”
    Tom: “Nay!”

    Boundaries, Holly, boundaries!


  • 83
    Brian K. says:

    “This episode is on Rhino’s Vol. 12.”

    I love that you include this info as several times I red these guide entries and say to myself, “I want to watch that episode now! Which set is it in again?” It’s a great convenience. Thanks!


  • 84
    Bookworm says:

    @ #76 (Dan in WI):
    Actually, the whole ensemble (the coat, the straw boater, the Rah sign) bring to my mind the 1920s, not the ’70s.

    @ #79 (ck):
    No, no, no. Adam Chance from ‘Agent for H.A.R.M.’ is far and away the most unlikeable “hero.”


  • 85
    jjb3k says:

    “Oh wow, I bet this guy’s so cool! He smokes, he carries a gun, and he…makes a lot of…phone calls.”

    As far as goofy Italian spy movies go, this isn’t quite “Operation Double 007” or “Danger!! Death Ray”, but it still makes me laugh a whole lot. It’s yet another episode where it took me several viewings before I comprehended the plot, but I think I can be forgiven for that since the plot makes absolutely no sense.

    I love Minsky. Especially Joel going at him with a baseball bat. “HEY!” “Uh…” “You were too!

    “Watch, they’re gonna pan up and it’s gonna be John Cleese.” I wish it had been, he would have made the movie so much better. Smile

    I actually kinda like some of these episodes where the movie is in horrible shape, ’cause all the film splices tend to give the Brains more to work with. The guys’ reaction to Super Dragon suddenly teleporting across the room makes me laugh out loud every single time.

    Words can’t describe how hard I was laughing the first time I heard Servo say “Emo, Avec Lute”. Every scene in that art gallery place is full of great riffs. “Nobody in this movie knows when to stop decorating!” “My table’s a guy, my pen is a phone, I’m nuts!” “It’s a great day at House of Art!” “ROB– Oh, you’re right here…”

    “All right, an action sequence!…And it’s over.” This is surprisingly talky for a spy movie, isn’t it? At least Neil Connery and Bart Fargo actually fought guys. Super Dragon’s more on par with Adam Chance in the “actionlessness” department.

    I occasionally fall into riffing the movie along with Joel and the bots when I watch MST3K. During the scene around the table with the Society of Guys Who Can Make a W (you know, “Pluto.” “Goofy. Scrooge McDuck.”), surely I can’t be the only one who responded to “Luna” with “Lovegood”?

    I’m with Sampo. Frank’s “Eagerly.” kills me every time.

    I used this episode to introduce my ex-girlfriend to MST3K (it was the only episode I could find on Netflix at the time). Much to my surprise, she was one of the few people I’ve met who got the show right away.


  • 86
    big61al says:

    I remember watching this with my daughter oh so long ago, so for me this one is special. A nice bonding moment between generations. Heart I’ve got to watch this again soon. I always wondered if before he became super dragon he was just called regular dragon. Confused:


  • 87
    schippers says:

    I had a Minsky as a child, although I do not recall if that was his name. However, I DO definitely recall the following features of said robot:

    * He did a rudimentary kind of walking thing, much like that robot in Pod People.
    * He produced a very foul and acrid-smelling smoke from his head region if you inserted a tab of some caustic chemical in one of his head orifices.
    * He said the following phrase, endlessly, in a weirdly stentorian robot voice: “I am the atomic super robot. Please give my best wishes to everybody!”

    Actually, he was pretty cool. I think even at that tender young age I knew how weird it was that this robot wanted ME to give his best wishes to everybody. I mean, if he WAS the “atomic super robot,” can’t HE convey his salutations and apropos felicitations to the hoi polloi?


  • 88
    thedumpster says:

    I watch the episode then I watch the trailer. I thought it was a solid episode until I view the trailer.

    When I watch the trailer, I always think that this episode could be a lot better had they included the scenes from the trailer. My guess is they were hurt for time and didn’t want to edit too much so that the plot would make some sense.

    Has anyone sen this movie un-riffed? By the way, I agree with #83 for mentioning if this is out on DVD.


  • 89
    ck says:

    ” I always wondered if before he became super dragon he was just called regular dragon.”

    NAY! He was called Dragon. Kimono Dragon. (Dadadadada!)


  • 90
    Matthew Redwine says:

    Fave riff is also “Hooray, I’m SuperClown!!!” with “Hi, Honey I’m smooth.” a close second.


  • 91
    Torgo's Pizza says:

    Dr. F’s seminar on operating a supervillain franchise (featuring Frank’s raging apathy throughout) remains one of my all-time favorite sketches.


  • 92
    bobhoncho says:

    #91, Dr. F’s idea of the supervillan franchise is basically how the Pointy-Haired Boss runs Dilbert’s company, when you come right down to it.


  • 93
    Blast Hardcheese says:

    That Super Dragon…man is he smooth!

    My reaction was similar to many people here–prepared to watch it as a chore, and surprised how much I enjoy it. I won’t say it’s a favorite, mostly because I don’t think the movie gives the Brains a lot to work with. But I think they should get top marks for avoiding James Bond refs whenever possible, forcing themselves to riff on this movie as they find it. The best bits come in small moments–perhaps my favourite is when S.D. is about to get funky with “Rembrandt 13” and the power goes out–and Crow comments that “that happens to a lot of people”–a deliciously naughty riff disguised as an innocent comment.

    I love the host segments immensely in this one–especially the Deep 13 stuff. Frank is the key element here–his lethargic non-participation in Dr F’s seminar is pitch-perfect. The host segments are great, too–but then I always love Crow’s awful spec scripts, and I’m a sucker for lame puns.

    One comment about the movie itself–I hate to say it, but this looks like it could have been a pilot for a mildly interesting TV series. The twist would be that every week, Super Dragon would have some evil villain to thwart, but would need Baby Face as his sidekick. So Baby Face would keep deferring his return to Sing Sing, while getting to travel the world and use his safecracking/B & E skills for the good guys. He might even get the odd girl sometimes, though that would be more for comic effect. Maybe that just shows how far more interesting Baby Face is as a character–his Lumpenproletariat skillfulness is a perfect foil to Super Dragon’s clumsy suavity, and I feel he was quite underused in this movie. Heck, I’d even give him his own series after a season or two, having him assigned to other agents in the same organisation. He could develop a clever catchphrase, he’d appear on T-shirts for a while, then we’d all get sick of him, then his show would be unceremoniously cancelled, and finally, after a few years, he’d be either an Internet meme or an obscure reference in an MST-type show.

    Whaddya think, sirs?


  • 94
    snowdog says:

    Not a fave of mine. Awful, awful movie. Did anyone else want to slap the smarmy “hero”? Is he really too cheap to buy his own cigarettes? He steals it, takes one puff, then wastes the rest. I guess they were much cheaper then. Here, the Brains are in danger of having the movie sink the riffing, which hasn’t happened in years by this point, but somehow they keep it afloat with a handful of zingers. For the host segments, we get another of Crow’s scripts, which is fun. And Frank’s reaction to Dr F’s sketch is “eagerly” great.

    3 Stars for me.


  • 95
    Earl Rogers says:

    Favorite Riff-

    Mike: “All we can afford is to look. *forced chuckle*”

    Tom: “….*….heh-heh. ….GET OUT!!!”


  • 96
    Neptune Man says:

    Secret Agent…Super Dragon…Secret Agent…Super Dragon…Secret Agent…Super Dragon…(Ad infinitum).
    Nice, but Danger! Death Ray! is not.


  • 97
    Joseph Nebus says:

    Maybe they decided to test the goofy gum in Michigan because they also wanted to stop off at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and pick up some nice little gifts for their family? They put on a pretty good show, you know.


  • 98
    ck says:


    Wait. I know just the catchphrase for Baby Face.
    “You know you want me baby!”
    (And there just might be a number of shirts with
    the phrase he could pick up cheap).


  • 99
    DICKWEED 1 says:

    Chi-Chi is definetly WKRP. That was part of Les Nessman’s shtick. He would always mispronounce names[especially sports figures] during his newscast.


  • 100
    Apollonia James says:

    Some of my favorite riffs are the ones where the guys can’t hear/understand what the movie characters are saying. This episode has one of the best– the translation of Super Dragon’s rushed “Meninherlife?” to Joel’s utterly befuddled “Mennonites?!”


  • 101
    Cheapskate Crow says:

    Only 3 stars for me but my own natural prejudices are loving Roger Corman episodes and disliking spy movie episodes. I didn’t remember this one as being anything spectacular and my opinion hasn’t changed 20 years later.
    It was a nice reversal at the beginning for Joel to insult the bots’ invention since usually he is the one getting insulted, albeit hilariously. I still love the bots’ line from a few episodes back when an invention of Joel’s failed to meet expectations. “I kind of thought it would go through the roof.”


  • 102
    trickymutha says:

    Living in Michigan makes me grin at this “film”. No lakes, but lots of Mountains.


  • 103
    John R. Ellis says:

    Anyone else unable to rate the episode? I keep getting a “failure to verify” message.


  • 104
    Deacon Blues says:

    I have a robot called Magic Mike that speaks the line that Minsky says, but it doesn’t have moving arms or legs like the robot shown. It still mostly works.

    As to the uncut movie, I have that as well. There are four sequences that were cut out, however none really clarify what the hell is going on. Only the last sequence that was cut helps to clarify how Super Dragon has photographed the formula in Lamas’ office. The whole movie isn’t much longer than what is shown.


  • 105
    dsman71 says:

    another enjoyable episode. I love the poopie part where Trace/Crow burps in the invention exchange. Not too awful a film
    I like spy movies, so its an easy sit through for me. A lot of Season 5 made it to DVD thankfully Smile
    Joels hair – pretty much chopped off, parted in the middle on last time, he really aged a bit during the 5 seasons
    Joels knees – still there Smile
    Crows Voice – very different
    Tom also was a little different in this season as well..
    Secret Agent Super Therapy Smile


  • 106
    Sitting Duck says:

    schippers #87: He did a rudimentary kind of walking thing, much like that robot in Pod People.

    I don’t recall Pod People having a robot. Are you sure you’re not thinking of the one from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?


  • 107
    bad wolf says:

    Thanks for including the DVD info! This is another ep available at Hulu as well:


  • 108
    bobhoncho says:

    #106 Sitting Duck, you don’t remember the rogue robot in “Pod People”?


  • 109
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Why Michigan, why Michigan, why Michigan…WHY NOT Michigan?

    “This is the last time I let a DART decide…”


  • 110
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:


    Just think of all the goofy Italian spy movies they never got to do. Sigh.


  • 111
    schippers says:

    #s 106 and 108 – “Carbon scoring on my droid!”

    One of my favorite lines in that movie, right after Trumpy fries the robot.


  • 112
    Cornjob says:

    I can’t make out what word follows “Atomic” when the droid is speaking. Sounds to me like the name “Allen”, but that makes no sense, “Alien” maybe?


  • 113
    Sitting Duck says:



  • 114

    I was also unable to rate the episode.

    Has anyone watched the trailer that came with the DVD? There are a number of scenes the Brains cut out.

    I do love this episode, but I am a die-hard MST fan. I love every episode. However, I will say that if I had to rank the spy films from Italy, this film would be my second favorite right after Danger! Death Ray.

    The late Ray Danton was a pretty decent actor. Not too long ago, I watched him in an episode of the original Hawaii Five-0. He played a bad guy; quite the opposite from his “hero” role in “Super Dragon” – though one could argue that his less-than-appealing role in this film makes him more of an “anti-hero.”


  • 115
    Watch-out-for-Snakes says:

    This is one of those good, not great, episodes; I like it, but don’t love it. The Invention Exchange and Host Segments are all good, but after the greatness of HS#1 with J&tB’s doing their jazz thing, I kinda lose interest in this one, the blandness of the movie takes over and it numbs my mind.. And yeah, the Secret Agent Super Dragon is a super jerk, someone should slap that guy..


    The way Servo mispronounces “Chi-Chi Rodriguez” has always stuck with me. Interesting to find out its from WKRP.

    Crow: “Secret Agent Mary Kay.”

    Joel: “Look how far you can se in his nose..”
    Crow: “Secret Agent Super Booger.”

    Joel: “Now we’ll never know if Razzles are candy or gum!”

    Joel: “Hooray, I’m Super Clown!”

    A Secret Agent..
    Super Dragon.



  • 116
    Opus says:

    Long time since I’ve seen this. A question about the movie. When SASD puts on the bullet proof teddy, Baby puts a ring that seems to be connected to the outfit with a string on his finger, that he calls “a safety”. What exactly is happening there and what is the “safety”?


  • 117
    EricJ says:

    @85 – I love Minsky. Especially Joel going at him with a baseball bat. “HEY!” “Uh…” “You were too!”

    And the way Joel’s deliberately overdoing the “Why I oughtaa…” windup three or four times as they cut back in. Smile
    That, and the callback in “Magic Voyage of Sinbad”(?), as the dubbing on the Old Annoying Guy gets a riff of “Please give my best wishes to everybody!


  • 118
    Tom Carberry says:

    Ray Danton (born Raymond Kaplan on September 19, 1931 in New York City) was a handsome and smooth natured leading man who often played oily individuals. He trained at Carnegie Tech. First debuted on-screen as a moody Native American in Chief Crazy Horse (1955) and regularly guest-starred in many 1950s TV shows including “Playhouse 90” (1956), “Wagon Train” (1957), and “77 Sunset Strip” (1958)…often as a gunslinger or a slippery criminal. Danton found plenty of demand for his talents and appeared in several minor films including The Night Runner (1957), Tarawa Beachhead (1958), during which he met his wife, Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon), and then as a serial rapist in The Beat Generation (1959). However, his most well remembered role was as the vicious prohibition gangster Jack Diamond in the superb The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) also starring a young Warren Oates and directed by Budd Boetticher. Danton reprised his Legs Diamond role only a year later in the unrelated, and not as enjoyable Portrait of a Mobster (1961). Europe then beckoned for the virile Danton, and like many other young US actors in the early 1960s, he made several films in Italy and Spain between 1964 and 1969 with a mixture of success. Danton passed away in 1992 from kidney failure aged only 61.

    Favorite lines:

    [by special arrangement] what, did they have to get her out of the 4th Grade.
    [woman in pink dress and shoes] Oh, J. Edgar Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoover. Secret Agent Mary Kay.
    Hey, who pulled William Holden out of the pool? [a nod to Sunset Blvd.]
    ‘…but Coleman smells something burning.” Well, they make stoves…I mean…
    Bert Convy, P.I.
    The delicious fruit flavor burst right through his skull.
    ‘…it’s tasteless, odorless, and leaves no trace in the human body.” Velveeta!?
    It’s a bulletproof teddy…this won’t go with my black skirt.
    I hope this isn’t like a John Waters film and they lick all the furniture. [a nod to Pink Flamingos]
    It looks like a Crosby family outing.
    This has all the marking of a Clay Shaw party.
    “…and it would be a pity to have to put you in our tub.” For you see the Mr. Bubble may give you a urinary infection.

    Final Thought: None really. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.


  • 119
    Ian Lueck says:

    Secret Agent! (bah BAH!!!!) Super Dragon! (bah BAH!!!!) Secret Agent! (bah BAH!!!!) Super Dragon! (bah BAH!!!!) Secret Agent! (bah BAH!!!!) Super Dragon! (bah BAH!!!!)

    The blatant repetitiveness of that host segment song was hilarious.