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Air Date October 1, 1994
Movie Director Jeannot Szwarc
Year 1977
Cast Roy Thinnes, France Nuyen, Ward Costello, Eric Braeden, Ian McShane
Preceded by 607 - Bloodlust!
Followed by 609 - The Skydivers


"Now back to Code Name: Diamond Head, starring... that one guy."
  — Crow


The Short

A Day at the Fair

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A Day at the Fair

Synopsis

A farming family prepares for their yearly trip to the Indiana State Fair, both to show off their wares and suckle from the teat of the 3-H Club.

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Obscure References

  • "Grazin' in the grass is a gas baby. can you dig it?"

A quote from the song "Grazing in the Grass" covered by The Friends of Distinction.


The Movie

Synopsis

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The hero of Code Name: Diamond Head

Johnny Paul (Thinnes) arrives in Oahu disguised as a flashy gambler and ladies' man. However, he is actually on a mission to stop the theft of a deadly new gas, which has the potential to cause instant death upon contact. The substance was being secretly created by a top battalion of Marines at the request of aPentagon official. However, a double agent had infiltrated the unit, killed the executive, and assumed his identity. Paul uses his image to get close to the double agent, who is known by the pseudonym "Tree". However, once his cover is blown, it's a race against time to stop Tree from selling the secrets to an unnamed foreign power.

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Ian McShane as Tree

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The Episode

Host Segments

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The SOL in their filth

Prologue: Mike and the Bots marvel over how dirty others' lifestyles are as they are living in their own filth. They ponder a unknown smell.

Segment One: The Bots look for the source of the mystery odor. The Mads are grossed out by the SOL crew and end up trying to top each other in cleanliness. Mike and the Bots clean up the SOL.

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This Boy's Life Mike

Segment Two: Tom and Crow think Mike is too nice, so Magic Voice shows them what it would be like if Mike weren’t so nice. Mike spoofs Robert De Niro's character from the movie This Boy's Life.

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Crash Test Dummy Mike

Segment Three: Crow and Tom want to play, but Mike is too busy. Their complaints allow Magic Voice to show them what it would be like to live with a Crash Test Dummy.

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Furgal Gourmet Mike

Segment Four: Tom and Crow complain about Mike's cooking, and so Magic Voice shows Crow and Tom what it would be like to live with the Frugal Gourmet.

Segment Five: Mike and the bots have a luau on the SOL to celebrate the end of the movie. Tom dances the hula, interpreting a letter. The Mads are still obsessing about cleanliness.

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The SOL Luau

Stinger: "Aaaahhh! Johnny! Down there!"

Obscure References

  • The running gag about the crew not placing Tree's henchman.

The actor none of the crew can place is Eric Braeden, best known for appearing on The Rat Patrol and a few daytime soaps.

  • "He raises Dead End Kids!"

The Dead End Kids, later known by such names as the Little Tough Guys and the Bowery Boys, appeared in a series of comedy films beginning in the 1930s.

  • "Later, these moths turn up in the mouths of Bob's victims!"

A reference to the fictional serial killer Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs, who placed Death's Head moths in his victims' mouths.

  • "Hi, I'm Jeanie at DeVry!"

A reference to a commercial for the DeVry Institute, a nationwide chain of adult-education centers, now known as DeVry University.

  • "Come back to AT&T. Where're you're 'Friends & Family' now?"

A reference to an long distance sales campaign launched by Sprint during the 1980s known as the 'Friends & Family' plan which directly targeted dissatisfied AT&T customers. This plan allowed a Sprint customer to make phone calls to any other registered 'Friend & Family' member for a discounted rate, and gave a bonus to any customer who recommended a new user to change to Sprint.

  • "Vatican II: The Final Reckoning!"

The Second Vatican Council (also known as "Vatican II") was held from 1962-65 and resulted in significant modernizations of the Catholic Church's doctrines and rituals.

  • "Mr. Woodman!" "Look, Kotter, I don't like your kids!"

Mike and Crow are commenting on an actor's resemblance to Mr. Woodman, the assistant principal from Welcome Back, Kotter.

  • "Turn it off! Turn it off!"

Crow is imitating George C. Scott in the 1979 movie Hardcore.

  • (singing) "Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheep cheep cheep..."

​A song, aptly named 'Pick A Little, Talk A Little ', from the musical The Music Man .

  • "...going as John Waters!"

John Waters is a filmmaker who made a name for himself with intentionally offensive movies such as Pink Flamingos. One of his defining physical characteristics is his thin, well-groomed moustache.

  • "'The Eiger Sanction' had more Hawaiian locations that this movie!"

The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 thriller film starring Clint Eastwood as an assassin ordered to kill a mountain climber in the Swiss Alps.

  • "Rope had more Hawaiian locations than this movie"

Reference to the 1948 Hitchcock thriller set entirely in an apartment.

  • "I'm here for the Daniel Inouye fundraiser."

Daniel Inouye is a long-serving U.S. Senator from Hawaii.

  • "He's gonna have a Montclair Moment any minute now."

A reference to an old advertising campaign for Montclair cigarettes.

  • "Ted Turner in 'Frenzy'!"

Frenzy was a 1972 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ted Turner is a media mogul known for his distinctive moustache.

  • "Patch me through to Yarnell!" "And Shields!"

Shields and Yarnell were a mime duo who had their own variety TV show during the 1970s.

  • "We got a lot of money here, Mitchell!"

A line from Martin Balsam's character at the end of Experiment 512 Mitchell.

  • "Shirley Hemphill!"

Shirley Hemphill played the sassy waitress Shirley in the sitcom What's Happening!!.

  • "Captain Stubing!" "Merrill."

A reference to the Captain of the titular ship from The Love Boat.

Video Release

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MST3K DVD Cover

Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in March 2012 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 23, a 4-DVD set with King DinosaurThe Castle of Fu Manchu, and Last of the Wild Horses.


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