A map heist goes horribly wrong off the coast of Catalina and it's up to a bunch of scantily clad scuba-partying teens to save the day.



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Episode cast overview:
Joel Hodgson ...
Jim Mallon ...
Frank Conniff ...
Jim Smith ...
Jerry (as James Smith)
Robert Czech ...


The Mads kick off the invention exchange with "tank tops", actually tank turrets worn around the mid-section while Joel introduces the Tickle Bazooka. Then Joel and the 'bots are forced to watch a swingin' 60s caper comedy called "Catalina Caper", all about a group of beach party teens who foil a plot by a group of international crooks looking to steal a valuable scroll. Written by Jerry Roberts

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13 October 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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TV's Frank: [on Joel's invention] That is so neat! We could base a whole party around that. We could all get in our fuzzy beanie pajamas and jump up and down on the bed.
Dr. Forrester: Look, the only party we're going to is the one where we dance on your grave.
TV's Frank: Oh, will I be invited?
Dr. Forrester: You'll be the guest of honor!
TV's Frank: Oh.
Dr. Forrester: Now you tell them about the movie. I gotta to get out of this thing; I'm chafing like a bear.
TV's Frank: Well Joel, this week's movie is called Catalina Caper and it is... delightful. It's a veritable feel-good movie, a...
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My Creepy Girl
Music by Michael J. Nelson
Lyrics by The Brains
Performed by Kevin Murphy (uncredited)
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It gets better!
22 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I admit that this episode didn't seem like much at first, but it definitely got better the more it went on. In fact, the show seems to do that a lot. What was most interesting was seeing the scenes in the beginning that were later featured in the intro. It was weird seeing a different intro for this Season 2 episode. It was weird to just watch those mole people just sit around. We still got some pretty good stuff with Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank. I think the creepy girl goes on a bit too long, though.

What was really weird about this episode was that they actually tackled on a comedy. I know they said at Rifftrax they wouldn't do comedies there. I guess there were many parts of the actual movie that were meant to be taken seriously. They still made it work great! My favorite joke might be when the guys were slapped with, "That's for you, Moe and Larry!". I also loved, "Here is the grand prize" followed by, "It's a stick of dynamite. You can throw it at me!". I was as confused with this film as Joel and the bots here. Another great bit was with the bikini top and, "Too small, got to throw it back!" ***1/2

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