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This Date in MSTory

1896: Ken Strickfaden, who did the electrical effects for the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.
1906: Clarence Eurist, production supervisor for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1922: Wyott Ordung, screenwriter for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1924: Bill McCutcheon, who played Dropo in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.
1925: John Elizalde, musical supervisor for the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1928: Nigel Davenport, who played Ernest Hubbs in the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
1936: Ian Kennedy Martin, screenwriter for the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.*

1959: Eric Orbom (age 43), art director for the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1975: Jackie “Moms” Mabley (age 81), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1999: Joel Lawrence (age 66), who played a guide in the movie in episode 811- PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR.
2011: Tom Hennesy (age 87), who played the Gill Man (in scenes when it was out of the water) and a Marineland driver in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
2015: John Carter (age 87), who played a flight surgeon in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
2017: Roger Moore (age 89), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.

1979: The movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE is reviewed in Variety.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Rough Draft of the Season 12 Episode Guide: 1201- Mac and Me

I will begin with only a brief personal note. Yes, I am aware this has been a long time in coming. I have been ill and my responsibilities have been enormous, crowding out other things I might rather be doing, like this. But I do want to get this done. I may not do this in six straight weeks, but I will try. In the meantime, please keep sending WDT suggestions.
Okay, off we go with :::makes gesture::: The Gauntlet.

Intro: Joel, ever the trend spotter, picks up on the “binge watching” zeitgeist and offers us fewer episodes, but shows that blend into on another and become one giant riff. Let’s begin.

Movie: (1988) In this blatant ripoff of E.T. filled with shameless product placement, a family of aliens is transported to Earth, much to the surprise of a newly arrived California family.

Open: The bots have rigged “Back Up Travel Cambot” to a pneumatic system.
Jonah, feared dead at the end of last season, is alive! And nobody cares to hear about his miraculous escape.
From Moon 13, Max and Kinga introduce the “Gautlet” concept.
In the invention exchange, The mads have created a smartness drug with terrible side effects. J&tB have created a cross between Spam and Pez, Spez.
Segment 1: Jonah tries to communicate by whistling. Max and Synthia and Crow and Tom try their best.
Segment 2: Crow and Jonah and Gypsy present a birthday party at McDonah’s. Kinga and Max try to join in.
Close: J&tB are complaining when all three are sucked up and deposited in Moon 13. The Mads need Jonah to create six more holes for film canisters.
Stinger: The alien family goes shopping.
The new normal: Two internal host segments instead of three. For the first time, Crow and Tom get sucked up in the vacuum tubes.
• There’s a good deal of manhandling with Kinga and Max, but they also seem to have become a little more equal.
• When word got out that “Mac and Me” was to be riffed, I was amazed at the fan reaction. Sure, I’d suffered through it before, but I mostly remembered that it was stupid. But for a lot of MSTies, it was like they woke up on Christmas morning to the exact thing that they had asked Santa for.
• “Flush them the movie,” Kinga says. That’s new.
• This movie gave us an already-familiar catchphrase: “Pretty nice!”
• The product placement is relentless. Coke pops up early, McDonalds a little later.
• Naughty riff: Spiderman me, mom.”
• Callbacks: Watch out for snakes!” (Eegah.) McCloud!
• Whoa, slam on Jugaloes outa nowhere!
• In a strange moment, the doctor, without consulting the mom, gives Eric a bottle of sedatives.
• Eden Prairie gets a shout out.
Fave riff: “I wanna see the movie this composer THOUGHT he was scoring.” Honorable mention: “This is like a Pixar movie, in that exists and has a title.”

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Tim Conway RIP

LOS ANGELES–Tim Conway, the Emmy-winning comedian and actor who memorably starred in “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s and “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s, died May 14 at a hospital here. He was 85.

MSTies may recall that Tom Servo impersonated him in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.

Variety has the story.

RIP Doris Day

Carmel Valley, Calif.–Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ’60s, and among the most popular screen actresses in history, died at her home here May 13. She was 97.

MSTies may remember that she was mentioned during a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.

The AP obituary is here.