|“||"It was about that time the Duke boys decided they'd show ol' Boss Hogg just what sidehackin' was all about."||”|
The film centers around Rommel, a mechanic/sidehack-style racer, who turns down the offer of J.C., a hot-tempered entertainer, to join his act after J.C. witnesses a sidehack race for the first time. During this time, J.C.'s abused girlfriend, Paisley, falls for Rommel and attempts to seduce him. He rejects her advances and sends her away crying. Later, when J.C. and his crew return to their hotel, they find Paisley drunk and her clothes tattered, claiming that Rommel raped her. Angered, J.C. and his gang beat Rommel unconscious and kill his fiancee, Rita. Rommel then spends the rest of the movie plotting his revenge against J.C., who goes into hiding from the police. The film's end is nihilistic in nature. After both Rommel and J.C.'s men have killed each other (while two of Rommel's men escaped on a sidehack bike), the two men brawl. When Rommel manages to gain the upper hand, he elects to walk away when the police are about to arrive, but J.C. picks up a gun and shoots Rommel from behind. The last images of the film are a flashback of Rommel and his fiancee rolling about in a grassy field, superimposed over a shot of Rommel's dead body.
- When the Brains first sat down and watched this movie for their writing sessions, they were shocked to discover a graphic scene of Rommel's fiance being raped and murdered, triggered as a flashback for Rommel from seeing Luke and Lois' children playfully roughhousing. They edited the scene out of the episode, and decided from then on to always watch movies in their entirety before deciding whether or not to air them on MST. In order to make up plot holes, Crow simply points out "For those of you playing at home, Rita is dead."
- Another edit occurred earlier in the episode in a scene when J.C drops the N-bomb on Nero after the latter tries to calm him down during a rage moment. This was muted as Joel and the bots loudly rebuke J.C.
- Gus Trikonis' wife at the time Goldie Hawn appears as an uncredited extra spectator at the end of the race in the beginning of the film. She had auditioned earlier for the role of Paisely.
- The principal shooting for this film was done on weekends.
- Directorial debut of Gus Trikonis.
- While they joke about "The Mike Curb Congregation" at the start of the movie, Mike Curb himself wrote the music and all of the songs for the film
Prologue: It's cleaning day aboard the Satellite of Love, and the Bots are being naughty.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Bots promise to behave, so that they can stay up, for the movie (for some reason). Joel exposes a Slinky to radiation and ultraviolet light and creates Gretchen the Pet Slinky. Dr. Forrester creates a Slinky Body so he can be in two places at once. Joel critizes the Mads for stealing his ideas again.
Segment Two: Joel and the Bots sing the "Sidehacking Song".
Segment Three: The SOL crew wonder where the sidehacking went, and come up with their own color commentary for it.
Segment Four: Everyone has Rommel hats, and JC and Gooch from the planet Fivethehardway drop by the SOL and decide to get Rommel.
Segment Five: The crew sings the stirring "Love Pads the Film", which is sad enough to nearly force Frank to land the SOL until Forrester says otherwise. After reading letters, Forrester decides Frank will push the button instead.
- This episode features one of Cambot's rare riffs when he puts an ESPN-style scoreboard up during the movie.
- This episode is the origin of the often repeated "Chili peppers burn my gut!" quote.
- In Host Segment Four, JC's reference to the planet Fivethehardway is inspired by the film's alternate title (which remains the title of the opening song).
- This episode follows the previous in the SOL crew complaining about the show having two straight movies with down-beat endings.
- “There was nothing left after the…Robot Holocaust.” (Robot Holocaust)
- As Lloyd Bridges: “Now that you’re dead I can tell you about a thousand wonderful hours…” (Rocketship X-M).
- “No drumming…not allowed.” (The Crawling Hand).
- “Hikeeba!” (Women of the Prehistoric Planet).
- "And the rest!"
Crow quotes a lyric from an earlier version of the Gilligan's Island theme song; where Mary Ann and the Professor were simply referred to as "and the rest."
- "Hey! It's Hunter S. Thompson! I didn't know sidehacking was so "GONZO"!"
Referring to the American journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson, whose writing style was known as 'Gonzo journalism.' Fairly relevant riff, since in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' Hunter was sent to cover the Mint 400 Race; which is an off-road desert race kinda like sidehacking. (Though a bit more refined.)
- "... and bringing up the rear, Fietelbaum." -Tom Servo during the side-hacking race scene.
- "Rommel, you magnificent son of a bitch, I read your book!"
A paraphrase of famous line - originally "you magnificent bastard" - uttered by George C. Scott in the film Patton. Scott, as General George S. Patton, says this line during a battle against Nazi General F.M. Erwin Rommel, whose classic book on military tactics - Infantry Attacks - Patton had indeed read.
- They took my thumb, Charlie!"
Tom quotes Eric Roberts as the gambler, Paulie, from The Pope of Greenwich Village.
- "Thwow him to the gwound Centuwion." - Crow T. Robot after J.C. falls down during the final fight.
- "Oh, momma!" - when villain starts ranting, Joel imitates Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello, DDS from 'Little Shop of Horrors.'
- Released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in March 2000, the episode was also released at the same time as a part of a 3-VHS set with The Creeping Terror and Bloodlust!.
- Released on DVD by Rhino in April 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Volume 3, a 4-DVD set with The Unearthly, The Atomic Brain and Shorts, Volume 2. This set went out of print sometime around 2010. It was re-released by Shout Factory in September 2016 as Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume III.
- The DVD features alternate takes for the host segments from this episode as a special feature.
- Digitally available through Amazon Instant Video, Youtube, iTunes, Vudu, and VHX.
|preceded by: Season 1||MST3K Season 2||followed by: Season 3|
|1990 - 1991|
|201||Rocketship X-M||1990-09-22||206||Ring of Terror||1990-11-03||211||First Spaceship on Venus||1990-12-29|
|202||The Side Hackers||1990-09-29||207||Wild Rebels||1990-11-17||212||Godzilla vs. Megalon||1991-01-19|
|203||Jungle Goddess||1990-10-06||208||Lost Continent||1990-11-24||213||Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster||1991-02-02|
|204||Catalina Caper||1990-10-13||209||The Hellcats||1990-12-08|
|205||Rocket Attack U.S.A.||1990-10-27||210||King Dinosaur||1990-12-22|