69. “He took out Horshack!”

The episode:Escape 2000,” ep. 705

The riff: Exclaimed by Tom as the movie’s hero, “Trash,” blows away one of the thugs who apparently just killed his parents. Yes, the movie’s hero is named “Trash.”

The explanation: The nerdy-looking thug who meets an untimely death via bullet from Trash looks a lot like legendary TV nerd Arnold Horshack from the series “Welcome Back, Kotter,” especially with the hat he’s wearing. On the show, Horshack is one of the “Sweathogs,” a group of remedial students that Kotter, a teacher, must teach to succeed in high school. Played by Ron Palillo, he was known for his distinctive wheezing laugh and obnoxious behavior. Palillo passed away in August.

Novelty factor: When I first heard this riff, I had a weird moment of deja vu. I realized that I knew it was from “Welcome Back, Kotter,” but I didn’t know how I realized this. Then I realized it–while viewing an earlier episode of MST3k for this blog, I had heard a different riff referencing Horshack and looked up the reference. I didn’t use it then, but I’m using it now. This marks the first time that research I’ve done as part of this blog has in turn given me the information needed to understand a future riff. Weird, right?


What do you think, sirs?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s