The episode: “The Leech Woman,” ep. 802
The riff: Interjected by Mike as the movie’s title card appears: “The Leech Woman.”
The explanation: Sean Young was a star in 1980s American cinema who played notable parts in movies like “Blade Runner,” “Dune,” “Fatal Instinct” and “No Way Out.” Her career leveled off in the 1990s (although you might remember her as the villain opposing Jim Carrey in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”), and she developed a reputation as a bit of a kook. She famously tried to get the part of Catwoman in “Batman Returns” by constructing her own catsuit and confronting Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. She was also sued by actor James Woods, who said she was stalking him. It’s clear that Mike and the bots didn’t have too high an opinion of her in 1997 when this aired, but in more recent years she’s continued to trend down, being in and out of rehab for alcoholism, including an appearance on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2011. Not exactly where you want to be.
Novelty factor: I didn’t recognize Young by name, but that’s because I never really knew her name to begin with. I certainly recognize her from her parts in “Blade Runner” and “Ace Ventura,” but I had no idea of her personal problems. I find it interesting how the MST3k writers were calling attention to said problems around 14 years before she was on Celebrity Rehab.