Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 7, Episode 13

The Sinister Urge (5 Nov. 1994)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi
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Two laid back detectives crack down on an underground porn ring while Frank threatens to blow up Deep 13.



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Jim Mallon ...
Frank Conniff ...
Paul Chaplin ...
Patrick Brantseg ...


A short demonstrates the step by step directions on how boys and girls can become obsessively compulsive bathers and later, the feature presentation depicts two elderly detectives cracking down on an underground porn ring linked to a series of murders. During this time, Gypsy is showered with gifts though the originality is lacking. Dr. Forrester then finds evidence that Frank might be thinking of blowing up Deep 13, a suspicion that's proved right when he's tied up and strapped with dynamite. Once a bomb is sent up to the SOL, the crew deduce that they need to find a way to stop Frank before they're stranded for good, a procedure they find harder than they thought when Crow's contacts on the street come up empty. With the help of Gypsy's use of metaphor, Mike settles on distracting Frank with potato cakes, a plan Dr. Forrester finds quite deviant for someone like Mike. Frank falls for the bait and Dr. Forrester evens things out by deep frying him. Written by Titus Yorick

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Preceded by Keeping Clean and Neat (1956) short. See more »


Gloria: Now, when I say "let's see those legs", I mean show it all from your toes straight up to your hat!
Tom Servo: [as ditzy girl] But they stop before that.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Help Me Make It Through the Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Portion sung by Michael J. Nelson
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ed wood
5 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ed Wood specialized in making pornographic subjects non-erotic, and he is in fine form here. Ed Wood is the only man I know of who stormed Tarawa beach wearing women's underwear. He got away with it apparently because he was a fine combat Marine.

I'm not sure how I would write a spoiler here, since Ed was singularly incapable of making films of any true emotional content at all. (Things he thought were funny weren't, and the laughs he got were mostly unintentional.) However, that being said, this is one of Wood's finer films. The female lead was actually capable of acting, and there was a psychopathic character who came across as a true creep. One of the nifty things about this film is that there is a background decoration in a character's office that contains original movie posters of Wood's films. I have not found a website that has those for sale, so this may be the only place to enjoy those posters.

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