Episode 105: The Corpse Vanishes
First aired: The Comedy Channel on 9 December 1989
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Shout Factory (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 16 Collector's Edition)
|The 'Bots await Joel|
Joel featured another retread of sorts during the Invention Exchange. The Chiro-Gyro was featured in the unaired pilot/demo. As with many of the inventions, the prop was part of Joel's stand-up act.
I remember seeing the chiropractic helmet when he appeared on TV ... at some time many years ago. I didn't recall the name of the comic, although it had to have been Joel Hodgson. Either that, or some other comic stole his gag.
|"Chiro-Gyro" from the pilot/demo||"Chiro-Gyro" (Season 1)|
|Joel gets a haircut (KTMA)||Joel gets a haircut (Season 1)|
This is the Radar Men chapter where Servo first said "Nipple, nipple, tweak, tweak" when Commando Cody prepared to fly. I recall having heard that, and this is the first episode where this was said.
|"Nipple, nipple, tweak, tweak"|
The movie? Mostly a rip-off of the Wolfman, but with a mad scientist as the catalyst for the transformation rather than a werewolf bite. Bela Lugosi plays a mad scientist, but sleeps in a coffin for some reason. There's a whole plot involving him murdering brides at the altar and stealing their corpses to keep his wife young. Or something.
The plot is off-kilter and illogical enough to make great fodder for MST3K.
One thing I've noticed about myself after having watched all these Joel episodes: I'm not thinking of MST3K as a "Joel" show. It was a "Mike" show for all these years, but having seen so much Joel now, I have a different perspective. I'll be curious as to my reaction when Mike takes over in Season Five. Will I go back to thinking of it as a "Mike" show? Will I fall into the Joel vs Mike trap?