Episode 103: The Mad Monster
First aired: The Comedy Channel on 2 December 1989
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon(Volume 14), Shout Factory (Volume 14), Best Brains (Volume 14)
The 3rd official episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had some gags reused from the KTMA season during the Invention Exchange. Joel reused his Hell in a Handbag gag from Episode K16: City on Fire.
|Hell in a Handbag (KTMA)||Hell in a Handbag (Season 1)|
|Fire-breathing dino toy (KTMA)||Fire-breathing dino toy (Season 1)|
|Servo hits on a blender (KTMA)||Servo hits on a blender (Season 1)|
The monster ("Petro," though I thought it was "Pedro" until I saw the closing credits) in the movie is played by Glenn Strange. Though he played Frankenstein's Monster in three films -- including Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and House of Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff) -- he's probably best known for his role as Sam Noonan, the bartender at the Long Branch Saloon on Gunsmoke.
|Glenn Strange as Petro||Glenn Strange (L) as Sam Noonan on Gunsmoke|
About 2/5 way through the episode, Joel responds to something Servo said with "Good one, Crow," mixing up the names of the Bots. It seemed to be an actual mistake, not scripted for Joel to mix them up. Whether it was a mistake, or an ad-lib, or what, it was left in. Whatever, it does make it seem like friends just riffing on a movie. And that's a good thing.
The crew is still making little tweaks, but the format is generally set. So far, all the episodes have opened with the Mad Scientists. The format I'm familiar with has the show opening, then Joel (or Mike) & the Bots do a little skit, commercial, then back to J/M&tB who then get a call from the Mads.
I'll be watching for that change to take place.