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422 - The Day the Earth Froze
0422
Air Date January 16, 1993
AKA Sampo
Movie Director Risto Orko, Aleksandr Ptushko
Year 1959
Cast Andris Oshin, Eve Kivi (billed here as Nina Anderson), Anna Orochko, Ivan Voronov (billed here as Peter Sorenson)
Short Here Comes the Circus
Cast Emmett Kelly
Preceded by 421 - Monster A-Go Go
Followed by 423 - Bride of the Monster
If you think you know what a sampo is, write it down on a piece of paper, throw it away and try not to think about it. You'll be glad you did.
  — Tom


The Short

Synopsis

Watch and enjoy a wide variety of circus acts - if you dare!

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The Movie

Synopsis

Finnish hero Lemminkäinen woos the fair damsel Annikki. When an evil witch named Louhi kidnaps Annikki in order to compel her brother Ilmarinen the blacksmith to build a Sampo, Lemminkäinen and Ilmarinen travel to the witch’s lair to rescue the maiden. Ilmarinen builds the Sampo, then he and Annikki return home. Lemminkäinen tries and fails to get the Sampo from Louhi. Lemminkäinen returns home. Lemminkäinen and Annikki get married. Lemminkäinen’s attempt to steal the Sampo has angered Louhi, so she steals the sun, plunging the world into frozen darkness. Lemminkäinen’s village bands together to bombard the witch with the music of sacred harps, which turns her to stone. Lemminkäinen releases the sun and everyone rejoices!

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“The Day the Earth Froze” was loosely based on the Kalevala (The Songs of Kaleva), the national epic poem of Finland, which Elias Lönnrot compiled from a large collection of Finnish folktales and folk songs and published in 1835.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: It's family portrait time on the SOL, and Crow and Tom just aren't cooperating.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Bots continue to misbehave. Joel and the Bots show off Snack-tion, treats based on various ninja weapons, such as ninja throwing cookies and the Five Ladyfingers of Death. The Mads have invested Frank's retirement money in Unhappy Meals, fast food meals that contain unfortunate surprises. Alas, they haven't sold as quickly as Dr. F had hoped.

Segment Two: Inspired by the short, Crow and Tom discuss putting together their own twisted clown act, which turns out to be extremely deranged. However, Joel gets the last laugh.

Segment Three: Joel and the Bots discuss what a Sampo might really be. They come to the conclusion they shouldn't worry too much about it. Finnish viewers, all five of them, quietly crack up as Sampo's nature is genuinely unknown and the film's version is just the popular misconception.

Segment Four: Gypsy performs her amazing one-woman show: "Gypsy Rose...Me!"

Segment Five: Crow and Tom pretend to be imprisoned wind in bags similar to the movie while Joel reads a letter. Joel reads a letter and leaves them in their not-so-nice smelling bags. In Deep 13, Frank puts himself in a bag to sulk about his money, and Dr. F cuts him loose.

Stinger: "What’s going to become of us now?!"

Obscure References

  • "From the land of sky-blue waters..."
The jingle from a Hamm's Beer commercial from the 1950s.
  • "The Secret Storm!"
The Secret Storm was a soap opera that aired from 1954 to 1974.
  • "BLIND Lemminkäinen."
Or, blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson.
  • "The Adventures of Fjord Fairlane!"
A reference to The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, a movie starring Andrew Dice Clay.
  • "Lemminkäinen, very pretty..."
Servo is paraphrasing the song "Lemon Tree," best known for the version recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary.
  • "It's Body Wars!"
Body Wars is a ride at Disney's Epcot Center.
  • "Kind of a goofy Scandinavian 'Double Dare'!"
Double Dare was a game show that aired on Nickelodeon during the late 1980s and early '90s. Reference to the bizarre physical stunts contestants performed for points in addition to trivia questions.
  • "Mark VII! Mark VII! Mark VII, dammit!"
Mark VII Productions, which produced TV series such as Dragnet, had a logo that depicted the words "MARK VII" being stamped into a metal sheet.
  • "Sorry, Sampo's off."
An episode of Fawlty Towers featured the main character driving frantically around town trying to obtain a duck dinner for his snooty guests. When he unveiled what he thought would be duck but turned out to be a cake, there was an awkward silence before he quickly said, "Duck's off, sorry." Cut to credits.
  • "Aguirre, the Wrath of God!"
Aguirre, the Wrath of God was a 1972 film about a Spanish conquistador in 16th-century South America.
  • "Hey look, it's Skylab!"
In 1979, the abandoned NASA space station Skylab re-entered Earth's atmosphere, and much of the debris landed in western Australia.
  • "We'll call her 'Trudy'."
A reference to Local Hero, in which a rabbit is injured and named by protagonist Mac after an ex-girlfriend.

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