Tuesday, August 12, 2014

204 - Catalina Caper

First Broadcast - 7pm Saturday, Oct 13 1991
Excellence Level: Bronze
Movie Pain: Medium - The idiotic stabs at humor are hurtful
Riffing: Induced mostly smiles
Skits: Very funny, this episodes highlight

An attempt at riffing on an (intended) comedy. Tommy Kirk stars in this teen beach flick about a stolen scroll. The comic relief is Exidor (Robert Donner) from "Mork & Mindy" fame, who embarrasses himself by stumbling and bumbling and coming off lame rather than funny.

Joel and the Bots struggle in the riff department, perhaps owing to trying to add comedy to a comedy. Their delivery is a little flat and the humor levels run lukewarm. They offer up corny puns (Pringles, Rubens), some rhyming games with the name "Lakopolous" (He's totally Psychopolous") and a lot of "rich white kid/master race" jokes, which grow stale after a while. The funniest bits are the Little Richard goofball comments

The host segments are good. The Bots robotic prayers (including a reluctant blessing for Tweeky"), the Mads "Tank Tops", Joel's look at the 60's and Tom's "Creepy Girl" song; all brought a smile to my face.

Caper’s not a horrible experiment, but there's little side splitting in it. It's an average episode as compared to others in the MST hit list.

Host Segments
Intro: The Bots say their prayers. Invention: Tank Tops and Tickle Bazooka. Segment 1: Joel remembers the 60's. Segment 2: "Creepy Girl" song. Segment 3: A weaker skit; Frank's Tupperware party. End: Joel uses a chart to try and understand the movie. No Stinger -But if I chose one? Dozens of beach guys wander zombie like towards unsuspecting creepy girl

Notable Riffs
* "Nice Measurements. 36 - 2... 85?" - Joel
* "Hey, was she in the movie 'David and Lisa'?" - Crow on the Creepy Girl
* "Don't trust a guy with a dumb crayola hat." - Joel
* "Meanwhile, in the dark, impenetrable void, Jean-Paul Sartre was a-movin' and a-groovin'." - Crow
* "Ah, the clean smell of kids who know they rule the world." - Crow
* "Hmmm, look at this. 'White People Voted the Best People in the World'!" - Servo
* "...Charlie Moss has got a groovy sister. You know who else thinks so?" - "The football team?" - Tommy/Joel
* "I just thought I'd take my morning constitutional." - "Ewww! Here on the beach??" - Mr. Duvall/Servo
* "Monkey love pile on me!" - Joel as Charlie
* "Hey do the "Jerk", the "Idiot", the "Moron"..." - Crow
* "Oh, yeah, feel real good about kicking a fish's butt. That's real nice." - Joel
* "Hey look everybody, I found a new script and this one's even funnier." - Servo
* "AMF Vomit?" – Servo

Riffs Explained
"And Donald goes in where the others have been" - All
This riff was inspired by a scene in the movie The Dirty Dozen". This was #15 in the operation countdown (and Franco goes in where...). John Cassavetes played Victor Franco and earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the role.

Stuff & Nonsense
* The "Creepy Girl" also starred as Scandinavian Oceanographer, Ulla Norstrand, in TV's "Flipper"

* The "Obscure" singer on the Boat the gang mocks? That's Carol Conners. She was a member of the "Teddy Bears" (To Know Him is to Love Him), dated Elvis and co-wrote "Hey Little Cobra", "With You I'm Born Again" and the "Theme from Rocky". Guess she got the last laugh boys.

* Ted Mikels, director of the MSTed "Girl in Gold Boots", was this movies cinematographer.

Available on DVD: Collection Volume 1