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The Dead Talk Back 

Metaphysics helps to solve a murder case while Mike and the Bots impersonate the Grateful Dead.


Jim Mallon


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 11 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester / Winston Churchill
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo / Abe from Illinois (voice)
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank


To help solve a murder case, the police are forced to resort to a lonely meta-physicist working out of a basement, but not before we all learn about the importance of retail refrigeration from Anheuser Busch. Onboard the SOL, Gypsy runs the crew through a fire drill only to suggest disastrous results should a real fire occur. Dr. Forrester then presents his method of Pin Point Marketing and uses Nelson brand cigarettes as an example, but Mike's not biting. Crow and Tom then set up a radio talk show for taking calls from the dead and a dubious Mike is shocked by the callers' identities. Inspired by the title, the SOL crew impersonates the Grateful Dead. Crow takes his role as Jerry Garcia a bit too literally when he breaks into a guitar solo that lasts into the next movie break when the Mads want to interrogate the crew until Frank confesses to everything Crow's still jamming while Mike reads a letter and Gypsy retries the fire drill. Meanwhile, Dr. Forrester tests his abilities with a... Written by Titus Yorick

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Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

30 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Best Brains See more »
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Tom Servo: Sam, I said no witchcraft!
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Crow's guitar solo continues playing instead of "Mighty Science Theater" starting up. See more »


References The Shadow Strikes (1937) See more »


Holiday for Strings
Written by David Rose
Performed by Kevin Murphy and Michael J. Nelson
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My last episode for awhile
1 October 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I am so glad to have the opportunity to see all these episodes of my favorite show. I thought that I had seen all of them and this would be my last one, but are still about a dozen episodes I missed. It just seemed like no matter how many episodes I saw, there were always more! Anyway, this was a great episode as always. I thought Gypsy was at some of her funniest with her fire drill in the opening. The last part with TV's Frank covered in arrows was great too.

This movie was preceded by a short called "The Spelling Wizard". It had such great lines as "You the ice cream man" followed by "Up against the wall!" and "Yes on every count" followed by "Guilty!". The movie itself was extremely boring, but still got great riffs from the characters. I think the one I laughed at the most was, "It was at this point that the case took a strange turn" followed by "The suspects all moved into my house!". A brief one was "Not much" followed by "I'm kinda dumb". This is going to the last episode I review for a fairly long time and it's been great watching my favorite show! ***1/2

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