Tuesday, August 12, 2014

207 - Wild Rebels

First Broadcast - 7 pm Saturday, Nov 17th 1990
#52 in Mighty Jack's Top 100
Excellence Level: Gold
Movie Pain: Low - My favorite of the biker flicks
Riffing: Wildly funny!
Skits: Funny with warm character development

A film about kicks! And a speed racer who gets mixed up with some bikers and their "Virgin Goddess": A failure as both a stock car driver and dancer, Rod Tillman finds his true calling as an undercover agent. And, well... he's not very good at that either.

One outstanding host segment (Wild Rebels Cereal) is coupled with some nice theater work. J&TB's add lyrics to a song -"My lunch goes BLEEA!"- and they are now starting to really let fly with the pop culture references -TV's Batman & David Letterman are both used for laughs.

Also; character assassinations bloom, and why not! What with folks like... Fats: whose smarter when he's dead. Banjo: played by former light heavyweight champ Willie "the Wisp" Pastrano; the articulate Jeeter and of course, harsh faced Linda. All are such large, loony targets that the SOL gang easily pummels them at will.

This episode also explains Gypsy's role on the satellite (looking for Richard Basehart, she makes a quick appearance in the theater - which Joel calls "the Mystery Science Theater" for the first and only time). Strangely, this episode has no stinger -and there were so many wonderful candidates.

Host Segments
Intro: Gypsy is feeling blue so Joel shuts down the SOLs higher functions. Invention: The Mads ride their Hobby Hogs while Joel takes a bite of 3-D Pizza. Segment 1: Intellectual bikers. Segment 2: Wild Rebels cereal. Segment 3: Joel sings a song to Gypsy. Afterwards, Tom & Crow jump him like the cheap thugs in the movie. End: Joel lifts everyone’s spirits, which confuses Dr. F. Stinger: There wasn't one. The ACEG list's the Alaimo dance as the stinger but this sliver of film never aired.

Notable Riffs
* "And the glaucoma players, man I can hardly read this." - Servo on the credit
* "Hi my name's Rod and I'm a gasaholic." - Hi Rod." - Joel/All
* "Chicken began to cackle." "Leave my chicken out of this." - Banjo/Crow
* "No man, the bread ran out." - "Oh, so you couldn't bread your chicken." - Rod/Joel
* "It's Joe Namath!" - "No, it's Marcia Brady all grown up and back from college." - Crow/Joel
* "Citrusville, City of Progress! Where everyone is juiced!" - Crow
* "Do not induce vomiting." - "The movie will do that for you." - Servo/Crow
* "Ah, there's the squeaky swamp... And the exploding bush!" - Servo
* "It's Spiro Agnew and Spiro Agnew in 'The Parent Trap'!" - Joel
* "Live fast, die young, and leave a fat, bloated, ugly corpse." - Servo
* "Hey, there's a highway right next to the railroad tracks. They'll never find us there!" - Servo
* "Whoa! That's a lot of slang for one sentence." - Servo
* "You didn't learn a thing last night, did you." - "Well, I did, but I don't think we can use it to rob a bank" - Linda/Joel
* "Your square baby, so square you look like a box." - "Yeah but there's a surprise inside." - Linda/Joel
* "Banjo, your just too high strung." - Joel
* "Yeah crack the funny." - "And you've got a funny crack." - Rod/Crow
* "Uh oh, here comes the sermon on the Gran Torino" - Servo

Riffs Explained
The camera pans up on Linda, starting from her legs, and Crow quips... "It's Joe Namath". He says this because the scene echoes a commercial the former Jets QB did for Hanes Beautymist pantyhose in 1974. In it, the camera pans up Joe's legs and the point is made that they can make even Namath's legs (with his surgery scarred knees) look good.

"Here come the Fuzz, here come the Fuzz" - All
A take off on the old "Here come the Judge" comedy routine done by Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham (1904-83) and later used by Sammy Davis Jr. on the TV show "Laugh In" and Flip Wilson on the "Andy William's Show" (as well as his own show)

Stuff and Nonsense
* The smart, fast Willie Pastrano was champ from 1963 to '65 and used to spar with a young Ali (who affectionately called the fighter, "Sweat Pea")

* Lead actor Steve Alaimo co-wrote the song, "Melissa", with Gregg Allman. He was also one of the founders of TK records (So you can blame him for "KC and the Sunshine Band". Blech!)

Available on DVD: Collection Volume 9