Wednesday, August 20, 2014

522 - Teen Age Crime Wave

First Broadcast - 7 pm Saturday, Jan 15 1994
#61 in Mighty Jack's Top 100
Excellence Level: Gold
Movie Pain: Low - Watchable melodrama
Riffing: Wildly Funny, very steady
Skits: I laughed so hard I wet 'em!

It's the farmers version of the "Desperate Hours" - As a couple of murderous teens and an innocent bystander on the lam... head out for some fresh country air.

I originally wasn't as impressed with the theater segments as I was with the outstanding skits; but I find the riffing keeps getting funnier every time I watch it. For example: Mike doing the placid voice of Jane's dad, admonishing his daughter for becoming a "Slutty Gun Moll", Grandma as the Dream Warrior and the recurring line about Terri in Ben's pants are among the highlights. I also enjoyed the Rockford files bit and Ben's bobbing head during the fight.

All of this is married to some brilliant sketch work: Thrill to Mikes escape plan! Chortle over Mystos! Gasp at Dr. F and his invention, "Mace Mousse"! My favorite brand being "Satan's Jockstrap", Gawd I love that name, very clever. The ending with Frank as Doughy Man (Butter does his bidding) is a real scream too.

To sum it up; "Crime Wave" is an all around excellent (and under-rated) episode which ages like fine cheese.

Host Segments
Intro: Escaping the SOL. Segment 1: Forrester shows off his Mace Mousse and M&TBs Jetpack escape plan fails. Segment 2: A salute to the Doughy Guy. Segment 3: The SOL deli receives an order from Frank. Segment 4: Mystos. End: Letters and TV's Frank is Doughy Man. Stinger: Jane screams, "Turn it off!"

Notable Riffs
"His suit is made of pressed oatmeal." - Mike
* "Looking for Mister Blandbar" - Servo
"Let me show you, for crying out loud!" - Crow as Matron (on how to smother someone with a pillow)
"Thank you Officer Platitude." - Crow
"That him?" - "No, he's actually more 3 dimensional." - Mike/ Servo as Dad
"What's your name?" - "Suzy Sycophant." - Mom/Servo
"I need laughs." - "Deuteronomy's a hoot." - Terri/Crow as Mom
"Eww! He's really moist" - Servo as Terri
"I don't mean to rush you, ma'am, but is this death going to take long, it being Thanksgiving and all." - Servo as a Cop
"Nice hinder, son." "Thanks, dad." - "I meant the girl!" - Servo/Crow
"Society didn't give me enough bullets" - Servo
"Somewhere, a deer is smiling." - Mike
"...tied his ass to the tree, Heh heh heh. Love that." - Servo as Tom Grant
"You're our most dangerous friend." - Mike as Ben
"What have you got on us except age?" - "A Milking Machine for one." - Terri/Servo as Dad
"Oh, teen-age youth, as opposed to the teen-age elderly?" - Servo
"I know just the right places for a girl like you" - "The back seat." - Doughy Guy/Crow
"Don't you call me dirt! - "I'm more like topsoil." - Terri/Servo
"I'm dying in your son's pants." - Mike as Terri
"Go ahead, let it out. Have a teenage cry wave." - Crow

Riffs Explained: Musical Style!
"Can do, can do" - Servo
This was a song sung by talented doughy guy, Stubby Kaye, in the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls". 

And there were a couple that reference "Oklahoma". The riffs "The corn is as high as an elephants eye" and "Oh the cowboy and the farmer should be friends" both come from this musical.

Stuff & Nonsense
* Frank Griffin (Ben Grant) is the brother of actresses Deborah Paget and Lisa Gaye. As an actor, Griffin often went by the name Ruell Shayne. He then shifted to work behind the camera doing makeup on films such as "Electra Glide In Blue" and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure". Though retired, his name still turns up in film credits as he is Steve Martin's personal makeup man.

* Mrs. Rayburn, Beaver Cleavers Principal, plays the part of the Judge. Doris Packer is her real name by the way.

Available on DVD: Volume 33

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