New guy Mike Nelson finishes his training and makes his way into the theater for the first time. His first outing is the movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) about a creepy doctor who ... See full summary »


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Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 8 more credits »



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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ... Jan


New guy Mike Nelson finishes his training and makes his way into the theater for the first time. His first outing is the movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) about a creepy doctor who keeps his decapitated fiancée's head alive in a laboratory while he tries to find her a new body. Mike tries to escape the SOL but ends up bonding with the Bots instead when his attempts fail. Written by skillwithaquill

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First episode with Michael J. Nelson as host. See more »


[during a shot of a "Winding Road" street sign]
Mike Nelson: Hey, that was my prom theme!
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References Our Man Flint (1966) See more »


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Written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Kevin Murphy
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Welcome aboard, Mike!
30 June 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I guess I just have to give this the full score because this is the first episode with the riffing done by none other than Mike Nelson, who would later technically become the most prolific riffer of all time as he would be featured in the show's (sorta) spin off, Rifftrax. It's great to hear about Mike getting prepared by watching bad movies beforehand and learning to understand obscure actor references. I certainly don't get most of them! It's especially cool to see this because as the first Mike episode, I get to see the out of theater scenes that would be featured in the new theme song.

Mike's first ever riff in the entire series was, "These people will be exploring issues like such as teen issues". Not the best way to start, but at least it's something. The movie wasn't as bad as the bots made it out to be. I feel did feel bad for Mike as there were no letters for him. One of my favorite lines was, "Well, you're right. The liver isn't in the skull". One that had me laughing was, "Hey, you're not my dad! You're Hitler!". I was also in stitches with, "Kill him!" followed by, "I can't! He's ripping my arm off!". Oh who could forget, "What you're seeing is real" with "What you smell is unfortunate".

I think this may in fact be the most significant episode of the entire show's run, not including the first and last episode! While new characters came into the series, Mike's introduction was the most important. It's great to see where he started out. It's weird because Mike Nelson had already taken numerous roles on the show before becoming a full time cast member. He had already been writing for the show when it began. Thank you Mike for giving something new to the table! ****

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30 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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