|“||And loving lovers love as loving lovers love...||”|
|— Peral and Observer duet|
|822 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank|
|Air Date||December 6, 1997|
|Movie Director||Douglas Williams|
|Cast|| Raul Julia|
|Preceded by||821 - Time Chasers|
|Followed by||901 - The Projected Man|
In a "dystopian" corporate future society, "Processor Third Class" Aram Fingal (Raul Julia) is caught "scrolling up cinemas," or watching movies - specifically, Casablanca - and is diagnosed and treated to a virtual reality vacation known as "doppling", where he can take the form of an animal. At the doppling facility, a visiting school brat decides to switch some routing tags around, and that's when things start to go haywire...
- Loosely based on a short story by John Varley, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank was originally broadcast on the New York City PBS affiliate WNET in 1983, and was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
- The movie was shot on videotape in order to take advantage of cutting-edge (for their time) digital graphics and special effects.
- The wild-animal footage was taken from the documentary Animals Are Beautiful People.
- The film is riddled with plot holes, and good reason, as the film did not complete production.
Intro: Mike tries a few catchphrases himself, and like usual, fails miserably (We're all out of toner!). Pearl, assissted by Ortega, starts her own public-TV station in order to enrich herself through pledge drives.
Segment Two: Mike keeps fighting Henry, and we get to see a "very special pledge week special of a special pledge week special", "Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl!" which features a duet by Pearl and Brain Guy.
Segment Three: Tom wants to be 'doppled' to the nanite world and cause trouble. He soon regrets it.
End: Bobo tries to talk Henry down, but Henry turns the tables on Bobo, and convinces him to throw things like microwaves. The bots are scared at first, but of course, when Mike takes action, the Bots scorn him. Meanwhile, Pearl counts her 'pony playing from some well meaning liberals'.
Stinger:"Mum... 'm I nuts?"
Quotes & References
- Public Pearl intro music.
Same music used on the Mystery Science Theater Hour. The reference made by Pearl (and the screenshot shown on the monitor) for "Michael Nelson's Lord of the Dance" is a callback to the introductory host segment in Jack Frost.
- "But I'm signed to play Archbishop Romero!"
- "I hear the transpod comin'/It's comin' round the bend..."
A parody of the Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues".
- "They must have a Jack in the Box in the food court!"
A reference to an E. coli outbreak that occurred among customers of Jack in the Box fast food restaurants in 1993. Or, alternatively, just a comment on the general unpopularity of the restaurant chain.
- "Come/As you are/To my mall/To my atrium, yeah yeah"
Referencing the Nirvana song Come As You Are.
- "Elizabeth Clare Prophet and David Duchovny look on."
Elizabeth Clare Prophet is the leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religious movement that has been widely denounced as a cult. David Duchovny is an actor best known for starring as Fox Mulder on The X-Files. The two Novicorp bigwigs bear a striking resemblance, respectively.
- "Appearing tonight, Slayer!"
- "It's a Viv Savage Christmas ornament!"
Viv Savage was one of the keyboard players for the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap.
- "That's sexual harassment, and I'm going to take it!"
A reference to an anti-sexual harassment PSA from the early 1990s, in which a woman stands up to her lecherous boss by saying "That's sexual harassment, and I'm not going to take it!"
- "I've got a fever for the flavor of Fingal!"
A play on a Pringles advertising slogan from the 1980s.
- "Eating Raul!"
A reference to the 1982 black comedy film Eating Raoul.
- "We just lost Watson." "He came here, we wanted him."
A reference to Alexander Graham Bell and the first words ever spoken over telephone: "Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you."
Tom Servo says this a few times while the computers make various noises which sound very familiar to the electronic beat of Fashion by David Bowie.
- "You can't always get what you want.."
A reference to a part of the Rolling Stones song of the same name, sung by a chorus. A choir is heard in the background as an angelic Appolonia is floating down from the sky.
- "maruba fruit"
This term used in the film for the fruit the monkeys use to get drunk should actually be "marula fruit" as pointed out here.
- Commerically released on DVD by Rhino in November 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4, a 4-DVD set with Space Mutiny, Girl in Gold Boots, and Hamlet, the DVD was later pulled in January 2010 due to Rhino no longer obtaining the rights to distribute Mst3k.
- The DVD features an intro by Mike Nelson, specifically taped for the release.
|preceded by: Season 7||MST3K Season 8||followed by: Season 9|
|801||Revenge of the Creature||1997-02-01||809||I Was a Teenage Werewolf||1997-04-19||817||The Horror of Party Beach||1997-08-16|
|802||The Leech Woman||1997-02-08||810||The Giant Spider Invasion||1997-05-31||818||Devil Doll||1997-10-04|
|803||The Mole People||1997-02-15||811||Parts: The Clonus Horror||1997-06-07||819||Invasion of the Neptune Men||1997-10-11|
|804||The Deadly Mantis||1997-02-22||812||The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies||1997-06-14||820||Space Mutiny||1997-11-07|
|805||The Thing That Couldn't Die||1997-03-01||813||Jack Frost||1997-07-12||821||Time Chasers||1997-11-22|
|806||The Undead||1997-03-08||814||Riding with Death||1997-07-19||822||Overdrawn at the Memory Bank||1997-12-06|
|807||Terror from the Year 5000||1997-03-15||815||Agent for H.A.R.M.||1997-08-02|
|808||The She-Creature||1997-04-05||816||Prince of Space||1997-08-16|