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307 - Daddy-O
Air Date July 20, 1991
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Movie Director Lou Place
Year 1958
Cast Dick Contino
Sandra Giles
Bruno VeSota
Gloria Victor
Short ''Alphabet Antics''
Preceded by 306 - Time of the Apes
Followed by 308 - Gamera vs Gaos

(As the short ends)

I hope we've touched you with a little bit of our evilness.

  — Crow (as Narrator)

(Chillas is able to catch up with and run Sonny's car off the road)

You see it doesn't matter how slow I go, I'll catch him; my son's the editor.

  — Crow (as Chillas)

The Short



A charming rhyme for children that teaches them the alphabet, including many now politically-incorrect things, dangerous sequences, and some plagiarism.


  • First education short featured on the series.

The Movie




A truck-driving singer named Phil meets a blonde bombshell when she tries to run his truck off the road. Guy meets girl again at a nightclub. They have a drag race.

Meanwhile, Phil’s best friend is run off the road by drug-dealing bad guys and dies in the crash. Though our hero is briefly accused of causing the accident that killed his best friend, he is quickly exonerated.

Phil goes undercover at the bad guys’ nightclub (taking on the alias "Daddy-O") to find out who really caused his best friend’s death. He sings at the nightclub and moonlights driving the drug smugglers’ car. The blonde girl wants to help him investigate, so she gets hired on as a cigarette girl, against Phil’s wishes.

The good guys solve the crime and fall in love.


  • In 1994 Contino gained a bit of notoriety due to James Ellroy’s fictional short story “Dick Contino’s Blues.” Actor Dick Contino is the hero of the short story, which takes place during the filming of “Daddy-O”. The short story is featured in the collection "Hollywood Nocturnes."

The Episode

Host Segments


The button won't stay pushed

Prologue: The workers of Sat-O-Love Industries hang out at the water cooler and hit on Gypsy.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel creates an air freshener mobile for nurseries, while the Miracle Growth Baby from Time of the Apes demonstrates the terrifying but benign Alien Teething Nook.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots jam out to "Hike Your Pants Up".

Segment Three: Crow and Servo re-enact the drag race between Dick Contino and the girl from the movie.


SOL jams out to "Hike Up Your Pants"

Segment Four: Joel demonstrate spit-takes, only to be interrupting by the Bruce, the annoying locker room guy from the film.

Segment Five: Joel ponders the "Want some?" scene from the movie, reads lots of letters, Frank offers Dr. Forrester fruit, and the Miracle Growth Baby breaks the button, so the credits stop and start several times.

Stinger: Bruce remains extremely unhelpful, “Couldn’t help ya if I wanted to, fella. Gym policy.”


Finally! A solution

Other Notes

Guest Stars


  • Unusual credits: The button is broken by the Miracle Growth Baby, and as a result, won't stay pushed. As a result, the credits constantly stop and go back to Deep 13, catching the Mads doing various activities. The last time, they are trying to figure out how to fix the button.
  • Jim Mallon moves from writer to contributing writer for the rest of the season.
  • Paul Chaplin joins the show as a contributing writer in this episode.
  • “The Pants Up Song” was written by Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy.

Episode Airings

  • On one infamous occasion when this episode was aired, a Penn Jillette voiceover promo was run over the extended credit sequence where the button refuses to remain pushed. The outcry from MSTies resulted in Comedy Central declaring they would no longer do voiceovers during the MST3K credits.


Obscure References

  • The Alien Teething Nook is strongly reminiscent of the face-huggers from the Alien series.
  • "You vill dance vith me Eva!!"
As the dancing moppet resembles a young Hitler, Crow refers to his dancing partner as Hitler's longtime companion Eva Braun.
  • "Q is for the queer, queer pelican. Whose beak holds more than his belly can." "P is for Plagiarism from Ogden Nash!"
Ogden Nash was an American poet who wrote what is known as 'light poetry' for much of his career. The verse from 'Alphabet Antics' attempts the same type of humorous rhyming reminiscent of his style. (See some of Nash's works here.)
  • (As students in vegetable costumes walk by.) "Hey! Boo Radley!"
Referring to the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird where Scout walks home dressed as a Ham with her brother, and both are assaulted by antagonist Bob Ewell. They are then saved by Arthur "Boo" Radley.
  • "It's Los Lobos with Steve Allen on bass!"
Los Lobos is an American Chicano rock band; Steve Allen was a TV personality & writer who was the first host of The Tonight Show.
  • (After a female audience member screams off-screen) "Oh, they're taping 'Rollercoaster' here."
A reference to the hit single "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players. During the breakdown, a high inhaling screech can be heard; according to various urban legends, the album's cover model was either burnt while posing with a scalding-hot jar of honey during the simultaneous photoshoot, or stabbed to death in the booth, and her screams made it onto the finished mix. (Drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams has since clarified that it was actually deliberate, and that the sound was made by keyboardist Billy Beck.)
  • "John Frankenheimer directs 'Race For The Pizza!'"
John Frankenheimer was an American director know for films such as The Manchurian Candidate Grand Prix, The Island of Dr. Moreau, & Ronin.
  • "Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in 'The Color of Days of Thunder, The Car, Christine, Herbie'!"
Paul Newman and Tom Cruise had co-starred in the film The Color of Money, which is about billiards. Cruise later starred in Days of Thunder, which is about stock car racing. The other names are also references to car-themed films (The Car and Christine both being about murderous cars, while Herbie was the playful Volkswagon Beetle from the Love Bug series).
  • "How'd he get on that side of her? Tyco Change-Up Track?"
Tyco is a toy manufacturer that specializes in slot-car racing sets. Change-Up Track allows the cars to change lanes.
  • "Here comes Peggy Lee with the coffee....'She's a Tramp.'"
Referring to Peggy Lee's song He's a Tramp which became a beloved Disney song for appearing in the movie Lady and the Tramp.
  • "Return to Papillon."
Papillion was a book and movie about an escape from a penal colony in French Guiana. The convicts carried money hidden in a hollow metal cylinder, lodged in the rectum.
  • "Why couldn't this guy be on the plane instead of Buddy Holly?"
A riff referencing the plane crash that claimed the life of musical talent Buddy Holly (along with other talents like Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper). This event inspired Don McLean's song, American Pie.
  • "Smile! You got a Blatz beer comin', the heartiest, heartiest flavor in the laaaaaand!"
Blatz was a Milwaukee-based beer company that began in 1851 & was bought by Pabst in 1959.
  • "Watch out for that treeeeee....AahhhhAahhhhh...Boom! Boom! Boom boom boom!"
Joel and the bots are singing the George of the Jungle theme song.
  • "It's Orson Welles!" "We will sell no dope before it's time" "In the fourth quatrain, Nostradamus predicted..."
All references to various things actor and director Orson Welles appeared in after Citizen Kane: one being a commercial for Paul Masson Wine and the other hosting an ABC made-for television special Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow.
  • "Beaker! No!!" "Mee mee! Mee mee!!"
A reference to the Muppet lab assistant of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. "Mee mee" was all he could say, as he continually endured the usually dangerous effects of Dr. Honeydew's inventions.
  • "It's a milkman! ... Reid Fleming, World's Toughest..."
Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman is the titular character of an independent comic book created by David Boswell.

Video Release



Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in July 2015 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 33, a 4-DVD set with Earth vs the SpiderTeen-Age Crime Wave, and Agent for H.A.R.M.

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