Mission Hill

Season 1 Episode 13

Plan 9 from Mission Hill (or I Married a Gay Man from Outer Space)

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Aired Unknown Aug 11, 2002 on The WB

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  • Trivia

    • Gus is seen wearing a black tux when he sees the movie primere. But later, when we see him passed out on the floor, his tux is white.

    • They had to cut two of the art films that Gus and Kevin would have watched in the theater:
      1)A movie about "Beautiful Italian Prostitutes"
      2)A Parody of cheesy monster films with a giant Wasp flying around attacking people (look closely in the background of the theatre you can see the poster for this one)

    • When Kevin is reading the Hyperion monthly if you have the DVD and pause him reading it you can see film titles to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" "The Dirty Dozen" "Andrei Rublev Tarkovsky Friday Nights" "Blacula" "MASH" and "The Big Sleep".

    • This episode sounds like an idea for a Simpsons episode that Oakley and Weinstein had called "Lisa at camp" (which was never made) where Lisa becomes a fan of campy movies (old kind of stupid wierd films). which seems similar to kevin and the art films.

    • The TV guide lists this episode as "I Married a Guy From Outer Space" on the [adult swim] airing.

  • Quotes

    • Jim: (Sees Gus passed out on the floor) Okay, who's been testing their nuclear weapons on Pluto again?

    • Kevin: I can't believe you've been neighbours with Gus and Wally all these years and you know nothing about them.
      Andy: Yeah I do. I know they both get up at 6 a.m., Wally brews coffee while Gus reads the funnies to him.
      Posey: Isn't it romantic? And then they shower together and sing college fight songs.
      Jim: Then they either argue or have gay sex and then it's off to work.

    • Movie general: This here is a map of space, and this planet here is Pluto.
      movie solider: Do you think that's where the man from Pluto is from?
      Movie general: Maybe. Now, I have no choice but to kill him. Him, who meant us guys no harm.

    • Kevin: Wally says this is the best sci-fi movie ever made.
      (cut to later in the movie)
      Toby: What's that stupid black thing when are they going to fight some aliens?
      George: Who's baby is that? Whats going on?
      Kevin (muttering and shocked) I... I understand.

    • Andy: Is it me or is this movie insane?
      Gwen: Maybe someone put drugs in the popcorn.
      (Andy begins to eat the popcorn in handfuls)

    • Charlton Heston: I refuse to work with that damn, dirty ape! Hey, I like the sound of that.

    • Kevin: Uh, we're still friends, right?
      Wally
      : Oh, of course. We're as close as a gay old man and straight teenage boy can be.

    • Andy: (takes the remote and turns off the TV) A very good friend of yours is being mocked right now. You can either stay here moping, or you can help him out. Either way, stop hogging the TV.

  • Notes

    • This is the only episode to center around the character of Wally

    • The ending to this episode was originally a lot more complicated (and a lot longer). The manager of the theater used to hire a panel of critics to come in and make fun of Wally's film. Then he'd get fed up and give a speech and everyone would cheer for him.

    • There was a subplot to the episode about Andy and Jim being pushed around by a horde of SUVs outside the advertising agency. Although it was cut out, it became a subplot in the never-produced episode "Death of a Yaleman".

    • The "clean" title has sometimes been listed as "Plan 9 from Mission Hill."

    • This was the producers' favorite episode, and thus was pushed up to make sure it would air (on its original WB run). Unfortunately, it never got to air on the WB.

    • Five additional scripts were written and recorded: "Meditations on a Career in Advertising (or Supertool)," "To Grandmother's House We Go (or Freaky Weekend in the Crappy Crudwagon)," "Pretty in Pink (or Crap Gets in Your Eyes)," "Death of a Yale Man (or Premature Matriculation)," and "Bye Bye Nerdie (or I Was a Teenage Porn Star)." Yes, the WB actually ordered more scripts, and asked that they be recorded. Pretty funny, considering that they could barely muster up the airtime to show the 13 that were already delivered to them.

    • This was originally scheduled to air on July 30, 2000 on the WB.

  • Allusions

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey

      When Kevin and his friends are watching 'the greatest sci-fi movie ever made', his friends ask confusedly "What is that big black thing? Whose baby is that?" as the famous music from 2001: A Space Odyssey plays, making it clear they are watching 2001.

    • I Married a Gay Man From Outer Space

      The "dirty" title is a play on the 1958 movie title "I Married a Monster from Outer Space."

    • Charlton Heston: It's either me, or that damn dirty ape! (musing to himself) Hmm, I like the sound of that.

      The actor Charlton Heston is well known for delivering the line, "Get your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!", in the 1968 science fiction classic, The Planet of the Apes. In the episode context, he says this as he quits Wally's production in disgust; the "dirty ape" he is referring to is Gus.

    • Both the episode title, Planet 9 from Mission Hill and Wally's film, The Man From Pluto , within the episode are referencing director Ed Wood's "worst movie ever made", the 1959 cult classic science fiction film, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Many of the scenes shown from Wally's movie also directly parallel those from the Ed Wood film.

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