Misfits of Science

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 16

    Three Days of the Blender

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    The Avenging Angel

    Aired 2/21/86

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Against All Oz

    Aired 2/7/86

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Center of Attention

    Aired 1/31/86

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Once Upon a Night

    Aired 1/17/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Courteney Cox

    Gloria "Glo" Dinallo

  • Max Wright

    Dick Stetmeyer

  • Jennifer Holmes

    Jane Miller

  • Kevin Peter Hall

    Dr. Elvin "El" Lincoln

  • Mark Thomas Miller

    Johnny "Johnny B" Bukowski

  • show Description
  • Semi-superhero TV show that revolved around a group of young people with superpowers who are members of an American think tank and fight crime. Members included head scientist and fast talker Dr. Billy Hayes, who worked at the Humanidyne Institute and had no powers but led his team of patients and colleagues, including: Fellow scientist 7'4" Dr. Elvin "El" Lincoln, who hates basketball and sought a way to become normal height and developed a way to shrink to 7" for 14 minutes once/hour by injecting himself with a growth serum and tapping a nerve center in his neck; John "Johnny B" Bukowski, a rock musician who gained freak electrical powers when he was caught in an accident with a set of amplifiers. He uncontrollably absorbed electricity and could fire it as lightning bolts or channel it into super-speed, but water caused him to short circuit, burning him with potentially fatal results and forcing him to retire as a musician; Gloria "Glo" Dinallo, A 17 year old street delinquent, whose father was supposedly an alien, who could move anything she could see with her mind via telekinesis and was romantically interested in Johnny. Arnold Biefneiter, aka The Iceman, a cyrogenically frozen worker from 1937 who was brought back to life and had the power to radiate extreme cold as well as an obsession with Amelia Earhart and a love of frozen candy bars (Iceman was dropped after the premiere movie). The Misfits were aided (and sometimes hindered) by Billy's long-suffering supervisor Stetmeyer, Gloria's truancy officer (and Billy's love interest) Jane Miller, and obnoxious Humanidyne secretary Miss Nance. (clockwise from left - Mark Thomas Miller, Kevin Peter Hall, Dean Paul Martin, Kevin Peter Hall, Courteney Cox)moreless

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  • Quotes (18)

    • Jane: Where is your mind? Billy: Under this ice-pack screaming in pain! Haven't you taught that girl any manner?

    • Johnny B: She can talk, teriffic! Now I‘ m gonna talk back to you and if we can keep this going we'll gonna have a little conversation.

    • Johnny B: I think this answered the question, but I wouldn't put money on it!

    • El: I'd follow (Billy) to the ends of the Earth. Johnny: Or at least until the end of the day.

    • (Jane sees El shrink for the first time) Billy: I told you about that, right? (pause) Yeah, I told you that.

    • Billy: Johnny - you got any juice? Johnny: Is Springsteen "The Boss"?

    • Donna: Dr. Hayes! H.I.T. ...hit the fan.

    • Miss Nance: The invisible man called again. He said he's been in to see you six times but you treat him like he isn't even there.

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    Notes (9)

    • During the end credits, there are magazine covers showing the recognition for the Misfits Of Science. On the Rolling Stone cover where Johnny B. is playing guitar with a lightning bolt, creator James Parriott's name is on it. The cover says "James Parriott On Rock n' Roll TV."

    • Working title, used in repeats - "Deep Freeze."

    • The frozen water barrier looks suspiciously like the alien tunnel used in the Six Million Dollar Man "Bigfoot" episodes.

    • Mickey Jones has only one word of dialogue the entire show, said repeatedly - "Amelia"

    • Reaired in two parts.

    • Originally aired and later released on video as a single 90 minute feature movie.

    • Biefneiter disappears without a trace or mention - presumably they either figured out he wasn't going to be a viable regular character or didn't appeal to the youthful demographic they were aiming for.

    • This episode gives us the first full opening credits and theme that would be used for the rest of the series - a weird mix of a lounge lizard playing a piano version of the theme on a TV, someone kicking the TV, and then a more standard rock-type regular theme that was used as the closing music during the premiere.

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    Trivia (5)

    • When Strickland and the General see Beef for the first time, after he he got knocked out by Billy's candy-bar, Billy takes his handgloves off twice and lays them down.

    • In the final scene, on the top of the mountain, Gloria's socks often change their position: they're pulled up to her knees and in the next scene they are pushed down, but then pulled up again.

    • When B-Man blasts the door open in the military area (at Humanidyne's), Billy's jacket-zipper changes position more than once.

    • Johnny fires a second electrical bolt at Billy in front of him but when Billy gets to his feet the blast crater is behind him.

    • When Johnny is on the racecourse he welds the damaged motorcycle. His glove melts. In the next scene it's intact again.

    Allusions (3)

    • Johnny B: I can' t believe I' m playin' along with Indiana Hayes.... Referencing the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    • Title Oz refers to the magical land written about in L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz series. A movie by the same name was released in 1939, starring Judy Garland. The movie is widely regarded as a classic and is #6 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 movies.

    • The episode's title is an allusion to the Robert Redford movie "Three Days of the Condor"

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • It Was A Very Cool Show

    By mpoorbaugh, Jul 14, 2013

  • A Super Hero Team Show canceled All too soon.

    By bear90, Jun 20, 2007

  • Group of freaks make themselves look even freakier by having super powers, ala X-men

    By twilightboy, Dec 31, 2006

  • A very cool show.

    By sfviewer, Aug 02, 2006

  • i thought it was cool back then

    By CAPNDEL, Jul 14, 2006

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