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317 - The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent



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So, you wanna know what a 5-lb. party is?
Dave Ryder - over 3 years ago
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On another forum, I found out that Patty Marvel, a member of the Yahoo MST3K group, apparently sent a letter to Iowa State asking exactly this question...here is their response.

Dear Ms. Marvel,

Our office received your inquiry about the promotional film called "The Home Economics Story." According to sources here the reference in the film is to a "five-pound party." Apparently there was an old sorority tradition to have a party and bring a 5-lb. box of candy when you announced your engagement.

Sincerely,
Sandra Gartz
Assistant to the Director

...so, now we know...


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago
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Joel mentions, with an obvious "eye roll" in his voice, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, saying she's "attempting to swim the English Channel. Again." In September, 2013, after 4 attempts over her lifetime, she finally managed to swim from Florida to Cuba. It took her 53 hours and she was the first person to complete that swim without the protection of a shark cage. She was 64 years old at the time.


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My favorite part of this movie is easily the 30 minutes of VCR blue screen at the end.


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - over 1 year ago
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God, this Albert Glasser score is the worst.


Short Better than Film!
EA Gorman - 7 months ago
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I think I maybe have seen the movie once, and not all the way through. But the short? Too many times to count. One of my favorites. Maybe if Beverly Garland was a Viking?


Aster the Orca - 8 months ago
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...Okay, now I'm in the mood for waffles.


Austin Strong - about 4 years ago
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"... ... ...Waffles. WE GOT MOVIE SIIIGN!" 47:04-47:16 Best. Buffer. Ever.


DarkShadows - 8 months ago
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"Even the Physics class was what a girl would like." *barfs*


Shawn Amkr Dickinson - over 4 years ago
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Waffle-waffle-waffle-waffle. lmao Gypsy. Does anyone else think that looks slightly like Crow riding a bike at the very beginning (I think its really a commerical before the show starts) reminds me of the 24.2 extra when joel trace and frank (as Servo? lmao so weird, josh or kevin wouldve come you know they would) and Crow is riding the bike. (One of the few times we see crows full body / feet)


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So why does the home ec short have a male narrator?


Deven Yeager - over 1 year ago
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"Pancakes, oh I blew it...I'm sorry"


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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"Look, she's left-handed. Can't trust a leftie!" Makes me proud to be sinister, we get a +2 bonus in life! Lefties unite!


Richard Deakin - over 4 years ago
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Waffles! Not a bad movie at all for a Corman but why was Todd there alone with all the women and not with the rest of the viking men on there journey? I would be boiking all of them and not be going off looking for there men at all lol. Trivia time: Grimwald King is The Devil in "The Undead" and the guy that keeps on whipping Todd is Apollo in that Star Trek episode "Who Mourns For Adonis". He was Leonard Nimoys acting coach and he got him the Apollo gig!


Muffin - over 1 year ago
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I like waffle CONES, or better yet, ChocoTacos


Jane Sproul - over 1 year ago
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Wow, Roger Corman manages to flawlessly capture that 'flip the board when you're losing' quality so many douchey guys really do have.


Teri Gee - over 4 years ago
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I gotta say, as cheesy as this movie is, you have to give Corman credit for some non-stereotypical characters. That prince is SOOOOO wimpy, and his father clearly knows it. He was positively shocked at thinking his son could have killed a boar. The women are the strongest characters, even if they're not the deepest characters.


Morgan Zindzi T - over 4 years ago
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smh. I see Corman subscribed to the "Bury Your Gays" style of film. Or, in this case, Burn Your Gays... And Then Burn Them A Wife For The Afterlife.
Sorta taking a leaf outta the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants


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I can't think of any other film the guys have done that features straight-up human sacrifice!

1:25.23


Aoibheann Barlow - over 1 year ago
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I'm sure it's just weird lighting, but I swear that Joel's hair looks purple!


Last of the Wild Ponies - about 2 years ago
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Hey, guys...

Waffles.


Andrea Mackey - almost 4 years ago
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the home ec short - appx 16 mins into full link 1: I've watched the cheerleader portion 5 times now; it's hilarious yet also on it's own, flipping weird. cheerleading in the modest days seems smarmy


Josh Maule - over 5 years ago
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Willy the Waffle sure sounded a lot like Coily the Spring from the Squirm episode in Season 10. This proves it. MST3K writers are psychic.


Jack Glastra - over 2 years ago
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The "no waffles" skit with the waffle sprite is a reference to the spring short.


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Todd seems to have more of a DEX-based build than a STR-based one. So of course he's gonna jump around.


Stereo Catz - almost 2 years ago
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I've always kind of agreed with Doc F. about the waffles, and my mom just came up with a recipe for maple syrup cookies that so damned good. I may never eat waffles again.


Regrets...I've had a few....
Duncan Hirohito - about 2 years ago
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I'm actually kind of sold on home economics now. There's something about industrial ovens, steam and hairnets that makes me wish I had spent my time in prison more constructively. I mean, who needs a getaway driver with a 2005 Stanza?


Gregg Hammerquist - over 2 years ago
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It was Glorfindel that took Frodo to Rivendell, not Gildor. Though Gildor is generally considered a more obscure character so it's still impressive.


Last of the Wild Ponies - about 2 years ago
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42:31 "Oh no, it's the RINSE CYCLE!" That's an appliance reference, isn't it?


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Well shoot, now I've gotta go to the store and get some waffles.


Scooter Atreides - almost 5 years ago
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I love Corman's enlightened, rational, peaceful Vikings: Vedrik SPARES the life of the Grimauld Chieftain???

Gimme a break! A REAL Viking would have had his dusky, non-blonde head atop his battle standard--and wouldn't leave until the Grimauld's homes were raided for valuables, their crops burned and the land salted, the men slaughtered like cattle, the women ravished, and the children enslaved.

That's how a ViIKING rolls!


Gregg Hammerquist - over 4 years ago
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The school shooting riffs would be considered so inappropriate nowadays.


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Here's a brain teaser: who looks more baked in the opening segment---Joel, or TV's wisecracking Crow?


BleuLlama - over 5 years ago
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Mmm... waffle shakes.


Bryson Gerard - over 2 years ago
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Ok, ok, wait a minute, wait a minute. You capture Vikings, an unlikely event but ok, and the next day you give them horses and spears. How are you not dead immediately? I mean, suspension of disbelief or not...


Mittens - about 3 years ago
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Call me crazy, but I think every one of Joel's waffle recipes sounds stupendous.


Showdax - almost 3 years ago
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Ha! 47:10 "Waffles!" Oh, Joel.
You know, guys, all I remember from this movie is the waffle serpent and that the waffle ship was pretty small for all those waffles. Oh, and the fact that the waffle vikings were all the whiniest, pathetic, poorest excuses for Viking waffles that I've ever waffled. But besides that, I can't remember much of waffle-thing...


Jerome Butch Neal Sr. - almost 3 years ago
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[At 49:12] "Get Your Filthy Hands Off Of Her, You..." - DAMN DIRTY APE!


am I hearing right?
Diane - aka Starbreeze - about 3 years ago
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In the intro song, during "Robot Roll Call" did I hear them call Crow a cracker? Just wondering. Thought it was kinda funny.


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Do you really need to take classes to know how to do laundry or cook for multiple people?


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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21:05--50's brainwashing show: "For after all, we live in a world where people are more important than things."
Me: *vomiting sounds*


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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I hate incomplete credits. No one and I mean NO ONE got credit for playing the rejuvenated chicken.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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I'm hungry for waffles now... not sure why.


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"Carol, who is now Mrs. Bill Johnson..." Ah, so she finally got that gender reassignment surgery after majoring in home economics. Good for her (him?).


Ray Garraty - almost 4 years ago
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So a woman goes to college and gets a degree to be a better housewife?


Robert Brown - over 3 years ago
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Another unfinished episode for me. It isn't a terrific feature, but I have no idea why I was able to finish "Teenage Caveman" and not this one.

The short is the star of the show, of course. It's no Mr B Natural, or Hired!, or Is It Love?, or A Date with Your Family, but it still makes me laugh.

One of the incidental benefits of MST3K are the glimpses of the former world we get through the various shorts and features. The Home Economics short is one of the most rewarding examples. The world of 1950 is most decidedly not the world of 2014. We can learn this fact from dry history textbooks, but we can see it, hear it and feel it in a filmstrip such as this.

And make mock while we learn. I love you, Best Brains!


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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Arrgh! It's "eck-o-nomics", not "ee-co-nomics!"


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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It's more like The Viking women with guest appearance by the sea serpent.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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They can't get to Valhalla by being burned at the stake! They'll see each other in Hel!


Cliff Beefpile - over 3 years ago
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All I can hear is the narrator saying, "...five-pound potty..." What the hell does he actually say?


JUST A FEW OBSERVATIONS
K.T. Robot - over 3 years ago
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So these "tough" Viking women set out to retrieve their men in a boat barely big enough for them, and manage to get there rowing against the wind. Everything went downhill from that point, but the riffs were great. As for the short, soooo dated, but even more so hilarious. I was craving waffles, but I realized I didn't know enough about electricity to use the waffle iron. And I don't think I've seen a funnier sight than Frank and the chicken in a knife fight! I could watch that clip over and over, and its the reason I'm giving this episode my laugh.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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Some of their riffs are way beyond being a stretch. At exactly 50 minutes when Joel says the guy looks like Freddie Mercury, really? I watch at least a part of an episode a day but sometimes the emperor has no clothes. I blame Mary Jo.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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They were dressed a little scantly for their climate.


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 5 years ago
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I love the fight between Frank and his knife-wielding, reanimated fryer.
Of COURSE your creation will try to destroy you; have you learned NOTHING, Frank?


robbin505.4.u@gmail.com - over 4 years ago
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I agree, waffles are awesome and I think anytime IS the right time for waffles.


Derek Marino - about 4 years ago
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"iowa st. college, the high school after high school" ha


Dave Konkol - almost 5 years ago
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So why are they so close to shore they can still take Todd back, but so far from it they cannot go back for the oar?


Anthony Cardoza Presents! - almost 4 years ago
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0:09:02 - "Damn." has been playing over and over in my head and has had me laughing hysterically now for over 12 hours.


Jaguar Wong Abides - almost 4 years ago
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Release the Hounds!


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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"But for Fran Tarkenton and the Minnasota Vikings there would come another day." Can someone explain this? They use it often with different football teams, like Vince Lumbardi and the Green Bay Packers in Space Travellers. What is it from?


Matt Towler - about 4 years ago
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Now that I know most of the riffs by heart I'm watching what the Joel & the bots themselves are doing. Watch for Joel pretending to push Tom into a meat grinder on the screen during the short! ;-)


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Mmm…that Abby Dalton (Desir) could make an old Norseman give up the pillage and keep his longboat docked close to home!


Tom Nathe - about 4 years ago
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Oh, my. A Diana Nyad reference.


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 4 years ago
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What a stupid movie... It had so much potential too.


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 4 years ago
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What a ridiculous lampshade...


Super McWonderfull - over 4 years ago
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wow I can't believe how demeaning the short is to women.


Classicats - about 5 years ago
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0:30:33 Crow is "ashamed" to know Lord of the Rings references? This changes our relationship.... ;)


Austin Strong - about 4 years ago
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The premise of this film is awesome: The Great Escape with Vikings! Instead, Corman gives us Hairless Beach Bodies Get Saved by their Girlfriends.


Austin Strong - about 4 years ago
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They called the femmy prince guy Freddie Mercury. I think he looks more like Frodo Baggins.


Austin Strong - about 4 years ago
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Normally I can excuse the characters in a film inexplicably speaking English, but Corman just takes it too far. This is one of his better written films, but he relies on the old cliches of overly-Shakespearean dialogue and the hero(ine)s speaking in American accents while the villains sneer in smarmy English accents. 2/10 for Roger, which is a freakin' Oscar nomination for him.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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I'm pretty sure the brunette has scale-mail printed on her top.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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I actually was genuinely curious whether Todd and the one who he had the slight romantic chemistry hinted at ended up together...


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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Best short ever! Some of the funniest riffing going on in there. Had me busting out all the way through.


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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I should know better than to watch this episode when I don't have waffle mix in the house...


Bruce Box-Liker - over 4 years ago
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I've gotta applaud Joel here: the prop guys gave him a right-handed baseball mitt, and he wears it left-handedly anyway.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Ram Chips - Bad things: King Grimwald's extensive vocabulary for "A few words I learned from your countrymen." and the brute who plays Zarko; he really whips Desir in the face and is un-necessarily rough. Good things: Raven haired Inger's change of heart and Dr. Forrester's corn-fed, Minnasota mam-a jam-a.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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"...and coming 'round the club house turn it's Apartment House with plenty of room, and Girdle in the stretch, Bird Poop on the track and coming up the rear is Feitlebaum". (I thought it was Beetle Balm but looked it up and this is from a radio show by Doodles Weaver. Got any other horse names?


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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You gotta love the Norse karate.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Vikings weren't known for their baby-faces or their penchant for surrender.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Penalty on the riff. Too many consecutive Green Acres references. First down for the offense.


Sam Garland - over 4 years ago
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The "Crotch Cheer" is now my own personal anthem.


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I love this ep to pieces. Always have. That is all.


Steve Ahmann - almost 5 years ago
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'windowpane'


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I'm waiting for the next version of Frank's machine: The Beyond Meat Re-animator.


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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This tribe came right out of a Star Trek episode. I expected them to start feeding Voll. "Voll hungers. We must go to him." Jim, remember the prime directive!


Brad D - about 5 years ago
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One of the best shorts ever done by MST3K. It never gets old...


Kimono Dragon - over 4 years ago
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Stark (evil dad) is the love child of Abe Vigoda and Joe DiMaggio. "It's Tessio. He always was the smart one." "Tell Michael it was just business. I always liked him."


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 5 years ago
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In rare form during the short, one of their best. Numerous references to sex, drugs, and violence. Oh yes, and Bob McNamara and Ayn Rand.


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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The complete title of this film (0:29:09) is the best Charades stumper ever!


Feyd Rautha - almost 5 years ago
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"Hellloooooo, girrrrlssss."


Scooter Atreides - almost 5 years ago
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Look, I don't mean to imply anything--but that Grimauld Prince makes Truman Capote look like Charles Bronson...


Matthew Eickhoff - over 5 years ago
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This short film is four stars hilarious, one of my all time favorites!