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Hercules and the Captive Women

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412 - Hercules and the Captive Women
Air Date September 12, 1992
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Movie Director Vittorio Cottafavi
Year 1961
Cast Reg Park
Fay Spain
Ettore Manni
Preceded by 411 - The Magic Sword
Followed by 413 - Manhunt in Space

“You guys are supposed to be nice to me! Today is dedicated to my…”

“We know!”

  — Servo and Joel

The Movie



Gypsy in the theater

Ever-intrepid demi-god Hercules battles Proteus and rescues a beautiful princess. He takes her back to her home, the island of Atlantis. Her mother, sadistic Queen Antinea, believes in a prophecy that says if her daughter outlives her, then Atlantis will be destroyed. Naturally Antinea is attracted to Hercules, but first she must get rid of her daughter. Antinea sends a team of weirdly identical blond henchmen to murder her daughter, while she unsuccessfully tries to drug Hercules. With the help of his son, Hercules battles the henchmen, outsmarts the queen, and saves the princess, causing the island to sink into the sea. Prophecy fulfilled!


  • The soundtrack of the American release contains several short passages from the score of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), in particular the easily recognizable three-note "Creature theme".
  • This is said to be the only "Hercules" movie filmed in 70mm.

The Episode

Host Segments


Lawn Baby

Prologue: Gypsy wants to join the boys in watching the movie. Crow and Tom are extremely unsupportive.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads have continued their Deep 13 day care, and as a result, TV's Frank has developed the Lawn Baby, a lawnmower/baby stroller that is an accident waiting to happen. A radiant Joel demonstrates the Wombmate, a device that allows babies to listen to music in utero.

Segment Two: Joel, Tom, and Crow enjoy some good-natured brawling as drawn from the film. They're even good natured after they've been patched up.

Segment Three: Crow’s history report on Hercules is unnecessarily harsh.

Hercules action figure

The boys play with their Hercules action figure

Segment Four: The Bots' Hercules action figure is rather inactive, constantly repeating, "I'm so sleepy, I can barely keep my eyes open."

Segment Five: Joel and the bots bid the Hercules movies adieu (for now, anyway). They read a letter. Back in Deep 13, Frank is being chased by his invention, and it ends as badly as one would expect.

Stinger: "Hercules!", followed by Herc's freaky expression.


  • Goof: Joel says “Zatharatu” when he means to say Zarathustra.
  • Nathan Devery finished up his internship with this episode.


Obscure References

  • "Bonanza!" "And if that map burns, it'll be a Greece fire!"

"Bonanza" was a 1960s TV western whose opening credits began with a burning map of the Ponderosa Ranch.

  • "Things fall apart."

Refers to the novel "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.

  • "Atlantis? That's where the Superstation comes from!"

Cable channel TBS, which at the time billed itself as "the Superstation," is based in Atlanta, GA.

  • "Come back to Atlantis. Make it Atlantis again, mon!"

A parody of "Come back to Jamaica", an advertising slogan used to promote Jamaican tourism during the 1980s.

  • "Everything is beautiful in the valley."

A reference to the song "At the Ballet" from the musical A Chorus Line.

  • "Michael Gross, no!"

Michael Gross is an actor best known for his roles in the TV series "Family Ties" & the film "Tremors".

  • "John!" "Marsha!" "Oh, John!" "Oh, Marsha!"

A reference to a piece by comedian Stan Freiberg that mocked cheesy radio soap operas: the dialogue consisted of two characters (both voiced by Freiberg) just repeating their names to each other over and over.

  • "Everybody must get stoned!"

I'm just posting this to take the opportunity to point out that the name of that Bob Dylan song is "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 ", not "Everybody Must Get Stoned" as everyone on Napster used to think back in the day.

  • "We love you Conrad, Oh yes we do."

After the queen's brutal massacre of the slaves, Joel and the Robots sing a sad, slower version of the usually cheery and bright song, We Love You Conrad, from the popular musical Bye Bye Birdie, alongside its 1963 movie counterpart.

  • "Except for Chopper, he's the funny one!"

This is a strange one. There are a variety of episodes where Joel or one of the bots refers to a funny guy named Chopper. The closest anyone's come to an explanation so far is that it's a reference to a toy manufacturer named Schaper, whose TV commercials featured the tagline "Schaper always leaves you laughing!" which was quoted in The Phantom Creeps. It may be that the writers misremembered the origin of the quote and mispronounced the name into the bargain, and it turned into a running joke that made little sense in the same manner as the "I thought you were Dale " in-joke.

Video Release

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