Tuesday, August 19, 2014

512 - Mitchell

First Broadcast - 7 pm Saturday, Oct 23 1993
#26 in Mighty Jack's Top 100
Excellence Level: Best in Show
Movie Pain: High - A bloated, festering, baby-oiled production
Riffing: I laughed so hard I wet 'em!
Skits: Chuckle-Fest

Gypsy believes the Mads are out to kill Joel, so she spends the host segments devising an escape plan. That's the frame to this momentous episode as founder and creator Joel Hodgson bids farewell, setting up head writer Mike Nelson as the shows next host. Mike had 2 shots at final episodes but neither came close to Joel's stellar swan song. Along with "Manos", "Mitchell" stands as one of MST's touchstone experiments.

The movie stars the sebaceous Joe Don Baker as a large, greasy, beer stained cop who goes toe to toe against crime lord Marty Balsam and his lunk headed assistant, Merlin Olson. The crew is relentless when attacking the fleshy Joe Don -Baby Oil? Ewwwww! - And the scenes with the old lady, Andy Kaufman and a brilliant opening theater sequence (Mittens! Johnny Mathis), make this one for the ages.

Host Segments
Intro: Joel's toothpick sculpture. Invention: A temp named Mike is helping Frank with his files. Joel presents the Daktari Stool. Segment 1:Gypsy overhears a plot to kill Joel. Segment 2: Gypsy tries to think of a way to save Joel. Segment 3: Mike tricks Frank into giving him the keys to the control panel. End: Joel gets away on an escape pod. The Mads plot to send Mike to the SOL. Stinger: Mitchell gets into a battle of wits with a child.

Notable Riffs
"Joe Don Baker is Martha Mitchell." - Servo
"We've hidden Mitchell somewhere in this picture." - Servo
"Any movie with 'wok-a-chicka wok-a-chicka' in it is okay by me" - Servo
"Uh, it's open!" - Joel as Burglar breaks glass
"Hey... Oh, a Goldstar." - Joel
"Johnny Mathis? Alright get my gun." - Servo as John Saxon
"But I'm not a salesman, I'm the chubby blue line!" - Servo as Mitchell
"A Door, I didn't plan on this." - Joel as Mitchell
"Reynolds wrap, keeps freshness in, can't keep Mitchell out." - Joel
"Keith Herring was here." - Crow
"Sniff sniff... so, do you work in a petting zoo?" - Servo as Greta
"I'm not bringing that shipment in, and that is final." - "Doodle-E-Doodle-E-Do... Shipments in!" - Cummins/Servo
"Hot, merging action" - Crow
"Booze and I are buying a house together, we're going to move in." - Joel as Mitchell
"Mitchell... Even his name says, 'Is that a beer?'" - Joel
"My my my my MY GOD!" - Crow
"This makes "Driving Miss Daisy" look like "Bullitt"!" - Crow
"Well, she was gonna smell like a beer sooner or later."
"Why would anyone want to "do" this with Mitchell, Joel?" - Crow
"Oh how I long for the burning bed right now." - Crow
"Word on the street is, you're a jerk." - Crow
"Oh my goodness, I think BJ Thomas is in his bedroom" - Joel
"Oh I felt a balloon break, ohh hoo." - Crow as old lady
"Yeah well where you come from beer's an entre'." - Joel
"You don't have to be a pig for the rest of your life, Mitchell" - "Well, I kinda do." - Cummins/Crow

Riffs Explained
"Al Noga?" - Joel
Said during the burglary. I knew this was "my" show when I heard this riff. It wasn't your standard "easy" comedy line, because It wasn't something everyone would get and that was cool. My brother, the Minnesota Viking fan, could tell you that Al Noga was a defensive tackle the Vikes drafted out of Hawaii in 1988.

"He seems down, I'll send him a "pick-me-up bouquet" - Servo
Another footballer -former L.A. Ram- Merlin Olson (Benton ) was also an actor -"Father Murphy"- and did commercials for FTD florists.

Stuff and Nonsense
* The Desk Sergeant was played by Jerry Hardin. Jerry played 'Deep Throat' in TV's X-Files. He got that job after creator Chris Carter saw him in "The Firm". No news on what would have happened if he'd seen him in "Mitchell" first.

* That '70s Show: Mitchell was released in 1975. A significant date because it's been nearly 2 years since the gang riffed on a flick from the 70s. The last was in season 3, show 318, when they tackled "Star Force" - which originally aired on Japanese television in 1978.

Released on DVD