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The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent

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317 - The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent
Air Date October 26, 1991
Movie Director Roger Corman
Year 1957
Cast Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, Bradford Jackson, June Kenney
Preceded by 316 - Gamera vs Zigra
Followed by 318 - Star Force: Fugitive Alien II
Light the shoebox and throw it in the toilet!
  — Joel

The Short

The Home Economics Story


Kay wants to go to Iowa State College and major in home economics. She and her friends have a great time in school and learn about the diverse careers that a home ec degree can lead to!


The Movie


Some Viking women have been alone for three years ever since their men disappeared on a sea journey and they set out to locate them, only to fall into the clutches of fearsome enemies.

Abby Dalton is Desir, de facto leader of the Viking women. Vedric is her betrothed, missing for three years. Susan Cabot (who went on to play the lead in The Wasp Woman), is Enger. She "hates Desir and wants her man".  Jonathan Haze is Ottar ("Todd"), "The Littlest Viking".

In the first scene, the women throw spears into a tree to vote on whether to make the journey to find their men. We note that Enger is a - brunette - the only one in the group.

In a montage, they assemble a ship and set off, to the accompaniment of a score by Albert Glasser. Ottar reveals himself once underway. (His presence as the lone male, on the shore or on the boat, is never explained or reacted to.)  Enger immediately sabotages the sail in an effort to injure Desir. Not long after, within the span of about thirty seconds, the group encounters a shark, a sea serpent, a killer storm, a vortex, and their ship is struck and set afire by lightning. They bail, and are washed up on the beach right at the feet of "the Grimwald warriors".

Richard Devon (Satan from The Undead) is Stark, the sarcastic, linguistically talented, urbane Grimwald leader "dressed like Snoopy". Jay Sayer is Prince Senja, son of Stark.

There's a boar hunt (wherein Desir saves Senja's life), a wild party with an arm wrestling contest between Senja (in a tiara) and Desir; this turns into a "fight" scene in which Ottar hops over or on top of every object in the room twice, finally jumping on a guy before being waylaid. At some point, the group travels to a well-lit cave to meet the captive male Vikings. We are introduced to Vedric, who seems physically unaffected by three years of hard labor in the "mine" but who reads all of his lines as if his scenes are done before he's had his morning coffee.

Meanwhile, Engar acts like the brunette she is and cozies up to Stark, getting special privileges. She visits Vedric in the cave and offers to free him if he will run away with her. Senja is struck by lightning (which should have received a credit) and is killed. 

Will the Vikings get away? Will the nasty Grimwalds get what they deserve? Well... will they?


  • Cliff Gorman, fresh off his role as "Emory" in "The Boys in the Band", auditioned for the role of Senja, bringing the same interpretation to that character that he did to Emory, but Corman rejected him as "way too butch", and instead selected Jay Sayer. Sayer's rather eccentric performance may be partially explained by the fact that the character is supposed to be about fifteen years old.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel really likes waffles, and he tries to convince the Bots of all his wonderful recipes.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads Meat Re-Animator brings a dead chicken back to life. Joel makes an iron that turns waffles into pancakes.

Segment Two: Joel re-programs the Bots into his waffle obsession.

Segment Three: Waffles.

Segment Four: Willy the Waffle presents the ideas of a waffle-free world after Servo eats one too many. Willy the Waffle sounds a lot like Coily the Spring, who doesn't show up until the tenth season (Squirm). Has the same message too.

Segment Five: Sing along with Joel and the Bots' "Waffle Song"! In Deep 13, Dr. F is tired of all the waffle talk.

Stinger: "But you don't understand! I'M A PRINCE!"

Other Notes


  • Segment Three is the shortest host segment ever in the show's history.
  • Willy the Waffle is a tribute to Coily from the Case of Spring Fever short. The Brains had wanted to use Spring Fever for years, but didn't get the rights to until the show's final season. Willy pops up again in Bride of the Monster.

Obscure References

  • "Is that so wrong?!"

Joel is echoing Harvey Firestein's plangent cry from the play Torch Song Trilogy, which was adapted into a film in 1988. The line would also be used by Jon Lovitz's parody of Fierstein in several sketches on Saturday Night Live.

  • "Our Bodies, Ourselves..."

Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women's health written from a feminist perspective.

  • "The Bell Jar..."

The Bell Jar is a roman a clef about mental illness written by Sylvia Plath.

  • "She consulted Robert McNamara!"

Robert McNamara was the U.S. Secretary of Defense throughout much of the Vietnam War.

  • "Then she raced down to the Jean-Luc Godard Festival at the campus theatre!"

Jean-Luc Godard is a French filmmaker who first made a name for himself during the "New Wave".

  • "The Group!"

The Group was a 1966 film about female college graduates.

  • "And they started by taking over the administration building!"

A reference to the Columbia University protests of 1968, in which student radicals occupied various campus offices.

  • "Here's a young Judy Chicago!"

Judy Chicago is a feminist conceptual artist.

  • "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?"

A line from the Frank Zappa song "Camarillo Brillo".

  • "Here, Carol Bly explains her principles!"

Carol Bly is a Minnesota writer known for her creative-writing workshops.

  • "...meeting with Helen Gurley Brown..."

Helen Gurley Brown was the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

  • "Estes Kefauver!"

Estes Kefauver was a U.S. senator from Tennessee, best known for overseeing a series of hearings on organized crime.


A reference to an episode of F-Troop.

  • "You! What's the Fifth General Order?!"

The 5th General Order of the USMC is "Never quit my post until properly relieved."

  • "It says Piggy on the wall."

A reference to the Charles Manson Family, who wrote the word piggy in blood on one of the walls after they murdered some of their victims.

  • There's bars and punch in the fellowship hall...

Refers to a light meal served after a funeral. A common occurrence in the upper midwest.

  • "The wet head is dead."

A hairspray television commercial slogan advocating the 'dry' look over a greased-back men's hairstyle.

MST3K 317 Promo00:15

MST3K 317 Promo

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