Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 10, Episode 8

The Touch of Satan (11 Jul. 1998)

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An overly obvious '70s wanderer hits on a witch while a babysitter watches over Castle Forrester.



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Episode credited cast:
Bill Corbett ...
Patrick Brantseg ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Chaplin ...
Stan Johnson (voice)
Beth McKeever ...
Mary Jo Pehl ...


A wandering mellow '70's man is invited to stay at a walnut farm where he falls in love with a witch obsessed with "Amazing Grace." Meanwhile, while Crow and Tom go caroling for Wassail, Prof. Bobo and Observer are tortured in their own ways by Steffi, the babysitter hired by Pearl to watch over Castle Forrester while she's on vacation. Inspired by the movie, Mike decides to start a walnut farm and finds it'd grueling work while Servo starts growing pecans with the greatest of ease. Crow then gets the idea that he's a witch and asks Mike to bury him in stones to see if he can feel pain, though it becomes obvious that there's a reason why he can't. Servo's homicidal grandmother then assaults Mike with a pitchfork. In the end, Crow believes he's sold his soul to Satan to obtain ultimate power but Mike points out he accidentally sold it to a CPA named Stan. Steffi continues tormenting Observer by trying to read him "Green Eggs and Ham" and locks Prof. Bobo in a pet taxi. Written by Titus Yorick

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Mary Jo Pehl was absent from this episode as she was traveling to L.A. to shoot segments featuring film critic Leonard Maltin for the next episode of MST3K. See more »


Crowe cracks a joke as the shack burns in the movie, and his mouth continues to move for a moment after he finishes talking. See more »


Jodie Thompson: Why is it so important that I believe in this devil of yours?
Mike Nelson: Well, I get a commission.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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The Best Mst3k episode ever
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is, without a doubt, the funniest episode of mst3k ever to air. Everyone is on top of their game today. The writing was perfect for the perfect movie to rip on. It's one thing to watch a really bad movie that already knows that its not good to make you fall asleep. It's another thing to watch a really bad movie knowing that they might've have tried to make a good movie. You can obviously tell from the actor's 'dramatic' pauses that the director thought himself a c-movie genius.

It's a great starter episode in case you want to watch or you want your friends to get hooked on it. There aren't many of those complicated references to unknown celebrities, bearable in-between segments, catchy tunes making fun of Satan that are probably the diamonds in the entire treasure chest of laughs. Mike, Tom, and Crow each have there moments, from Tom singing, "Hallmar Hall of Fame presents, The touch of Satan... Come sit with meeeeee, and Satan toooo, He's your friend and mine," or "Do you mind if I skip across it?" To Mike sheepishly asking, "Your kind of an idiot Arne't you?" to Crow shrieking in horror, "Oh no, now the credits are going to unspool backwards!" As usual Mike writes all the best lines for the bots, though I think we pretty much have accepted them as suitable characters, but the big surprise comes that there are so many good lines in this episode, even mike comes off as insanely hilarious.

Once again, the greatest episode ever, a must-see of the series. Details: you can only find it online or on a four-disc set with "Merlin's mystical shop of wonders" "Boggy Creek 2: And the legend continues" and "Time Chaser" ToS and MmsoW are the two good ones. BC2 is okay, and Time-chasers is a below average episode that can be funny at times.

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