Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mad: "Halloween Episode"

Premiered October 24, 2011
"Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas"

Network Executives are meeting with Gordon Ramsey to pitch yet another "angry chef" show. Ramsey says no, he's sick of doing the same schtick. He leans against the wall of the boardroom and falls through a trap door that leads to Halloween Town! Ramsey breaks into a (Danny Elfman-esque) song while trashing the cooking of the Halloween Towners. He is merciless in his criticism of baked brains and other ghoulish dishes.
Ramsey's presence attracts the attention of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Jack is used to being the scariest creature in town, but Ramsey is threatening him on this front. So Jack seeks out Ramsey. Will he challenge him to a duel...or ask him for career advice?


"How I Met Your Mummy"

A Werewolf tells his children the story of how he met their mother...a mummy. In the process, he tells them how he met their mother's sister, his dentist, and other mummies who aren't their mother.
We also get to see Barney the vampire's attempt to woo a woman who looks a lot like Medusa. He says "ladies love the cape".

Additional stuff from this episode:

The "meddling kids" of the Scooby Doo gang ruin Halloween.

A moralizing rotten cucumber tells an anti-bullying story in "Veggietales From The Crypt".

The Black Spy from "Spy Vs. Spy" hosts a Halloween costume party.

J.A. Morris says:

If you liked Mad Magazine as a kid (I still pick it up now and then myself), you'll probably enjoy this series and this episode. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" parody was the highlight. And it's hard for me to say the phrase "VeggieTales From The Crypt" without laughing. But most of the jokes were merely "smile inducing". It's a good Halloween episode, and a good introduction to the series if you haven't watched it yet. But it's no classic. If I was a teen or adolescent, I'd probably rate this higher:

My rating:
2 and a half jack o'lanterns

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