|403 - City Limits|
|Air Date||June 20, 1992|
|MST3K Director||Jim Mallon|
|Movie Director||Aaron Lipstadt|
|Cast|| John Stockwell|
Rae Dawn Chong
James Earl Jones
|Preceded by||402 - The Giant Gila Monster|
|Followed by||404 - Teenagers from Outer Space|
|“||This is a song that I wrote in a time in my life when I was very, very, very sad. Breakfast, actually. It's called "Hairdresser in a Coma": I cried last night, I died a million deaths. Thinking of your sweet face, and the way you sing. I cried inside, we lied and died. And then I cried again. I must have weep for hours...||”|
Fifteen years from now the world is a dystopia. The film's hero is a motorcycle cowboy with a cow skull helmet who becomes a pawn in a battle between biker gangs. Meanwhile Kim Cattrall and Robbie Benson attempt to exploit the gangs for commercial profit.
Robbie Benson's business (the Sunya corporation) comes under attack once cow-skull guy convinces the assorted biker types to team up with James Earl Jones and fight back.
- Dean Devlin, who went on to co-write and produce blockbuster films such as Independence Day, plays the character Ernie in this movie.
- Character actors Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty", "Miami Vice") and John Diehl ("Miami Vice", "The Shield") also have small supporting roles.
- Mitchell Froom (who has produced albums by artist like Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello and Suzanne Vega among others) co-wrote the soundtrack to this movie.
- "Sunya" is Sanskrit for "emptiness".
- At one point Joel stands up with an umbrella which he uses to block a female actress' nudity.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom Servo's head is full of ping-pong balls, and he has somehow acquired Crow's eyes. Joel shows off his Mr. Meat & Potato Head toys. The Mads demo Pop Star Tupperware - currently featuring Morrissey.
Segment Two: Deeply smitten, Crow sings an ode to Kim Cattrall, appropriately titled "Oh, Kim Cattrall!". With the help of Joel, Tom Servo, and Gypsy, Crow them attempts to re-enact a sequence from Cattrall's 1987 film Mannequin, with predictably shambolic results.Segment Three: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent comic book superheroes.
Segment Four: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent even more superheroes.
Segment Five: Joel and the bots try to play the City Limits trivia game, but they can’t remember anything about the movie. They read some letters instead. In Deep 13, the Mads have had it with Morrissey.
Stinger: Remote-controlled airplane attack!
- The AV Club did a piece on this episode for their "A Very Special Episode" feature. It can be found here.
- When Kim Cattrall appeared at ConventioCon ExpoFest-A-Rama 2: Electric Boogaloo in 1996, she shared this story: “I was in my hotel room and was channel surfing. And what do I hear but my own name being sung by a small golden man. And it just went on like that. I yelled for my boyfriend to come in and see this. We were just in shock. A few minutes later, one of my lesser accomplishments came on: ‘City Limits.’ I called my publicity agent and asked him if Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a real show. He said yes. I called my florist and had an odd request: to send a bouquet of flowers to a Crow T. Robot.” 
- "Help me..."
After his eyeballs have been knocked out in the first host segment, Crow delivers this line in the same style as the blind man in Rocket Attack USA.
- "I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing..."
- "...Get on with the invention exchange, Crocodile Kangaroo."
Dr. Forrester may be referring to The Monkees episode "Captain Crocodile", in which the band met a corrupt children's TV show host who was a parody of the wholesome Captain Kangaroo.
- "Meat is murder, Frank."
- "I'm Max Keller."
A callback to the SOL crew's earlier experiment Master Ninja.
- "So like, do you think you could get your dad to sign my 'Big Bambu' album?"
"Big Bambu" was a "comedy" album by Cheech and Chong.
- "Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series T.H.E. Cat.
- "...I'm Charlton Heston for Contel..."
A reference to an ad campaign in which Heston endorsed Continental Telephone.
- "Burger Chef! He's incrediburgible!"
- "It's the BART system!"
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the official name of the San Francisco subway system.
- "I'm dead now!"
A reference to an anti-smoking PSA that actor Yul Brynner filmed shortly before his death from lung cancer and had aired posthumously, in which he said "I'm dead now. Don't smoke."
- "I don't care what you do/Just take me with you!"
Tom is quoting the Prince song "Take Me With U".
- "It's the New Power Generation!"
The New Power Generation was the name of Prince's backup band in the early 1990s.
- "Gary Busey sold it to me."
Actor Gary Busey suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident in the late 1980s.
- "Then Came Boredom!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series Then Came Bronson.
- "Now it's 'American Hot Wax'!"
- "Look Smithers, I'm Davey Crockett!"
Tom is quoting Mr. Burns in the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror II".
- "Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!"
- "Hey! Sonny Corleone's final destination!"
- "He's humming the Roger Ramjet song!"
Roger Ramjet was a 1960s Saturday-morning satirical cartoon about a comedic superhero. The Roger Ramjet theme is actually set to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
- "Sing it! It worked for Mel Tillis."
Mel Tillis is a famous country singer who spoke with a stutter due to a case of malaria he caught when he was sixteen.
- "Stalag 90210"
Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film about a group of allied P.O.W.s trapped in a German prison camp. Beverly Hills, 90210 was a television drama which aired on the FOX Network from 1990 to 2000 about high schoolers in an affluent California city.
- "When I grew up and went to school, there were certain teachers who would shoot the children..."
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||The Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-24||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-16||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|