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Attack of the Giant Leeches 

Joel and the 'bots get water on the brain after an episode of Undersea Kingdom (1936) and Roger Corman's moldy horror flick, Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959).


Jim Mallon


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 9 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo / Giant Leech
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Michael J. Nelson ... Holo-clown
Paul Chaplin Paul Chaplin ... Holo-clown


Joel and the 'bots feel waterlogged after an episode of the soggy chapter serial, Undersea Kingdom (1936), starring Crash Corrigan. Next, it's more water-on-the-brain fare with Roger Corman's Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959). Meanwhile, Dr. Forrester uses a leech on TV's Frank to cure him of smoking. Joel presents the Instant Adolescent Kit. A thought experiment leads the 'bots to imagine how they'd dress if they were to take over the world. Joel and the 'bots discuss their dreams. The three movie-mockers dress as hillbillies and sing "I'm a Danger to Myself and Others." The threesome ponders the leeches' level of intelligence. Joel reads a letter from a 59-year-old fan. Written by J. Spurlin

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leech | letter | hillbilly | dream | madman | See All (13) »


Comedy | Sci-Fi








Release Date:

18 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Holo-clown: Did I show you guys my magical, whimsical squirting flower?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Me and My Shadow
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Performed by Kevin Murphy
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"I'm a jerk"
22 June 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I found this to be one of the best episodes of the show ever made. It's certainly one of the best during the Joel era. The first really funny part didn't even come from the actual riffing. It was when Magic Voice said, "I hate these clowns and I don't even exist". The invention exchange was gold as it mocked rebellious teenagers. It's just funny to see Crow and Tom Servo get angrier as they go along. Again, for some reason Dr. Forrester didn't tell them a short preceded the main feature. They even mention how they saw a short later. They do say it was a serial, but it still probably should have been mentioned.

It was a serial called "The Undersea Kingdom" and they even used the Stinger at the end for it, although it had no dialogue. The best riffs during that part were probably, "They're shooting hot dogs at them!" and "I hate it when they talk during the mov-Oh". The sketch where they're rednecks or hillbillies or whatever is really funny too. It's just great to have these guys constantly riff on these stereotypes' stupidity. The movie had great joke after great joke as expected from this show. I love the bit where they talk about Michael Nesmith and how his mom invented liquid paper. Yes, that's true, look it up! I'm such a dork to get all these references.

Anything with the main character riffs was great. One of the best was when he said, "He wasn't shot" followed by "He was beaten by clowns". One of the first big laughs was a guy saying, "Who wears the pants here?" followed by "Who wears the stupid looking hat?". Sometimes it's even hard to say why I love these lines so much. I guess it just doesn't take much to entertain me. Oh and "Don't joke about that" followed by "You're bad at telling them". You can't remember all of them as they're all classics. ****

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