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Original Air Date:October 19, 1995
Guest Stars:Matthew Sweet, Catherine Bach

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Zorak (Z): (sitting in Space Ghost's chair, watching monitor; subtitles: LIVE FEED: MANTIS MATING SEASON) Oh, get a load of that one! She's sublime! Those twitchy eyes, those powerful forelimbs!
Moltar (M): (sighs) Every seven years, it's the same thing. Mantis mating season.
Z: Oh, wait, that one's even cuter! Lovely pincers!
M: Look, Zorak, the show's about to start. I've gotta switch the feed.
Z: No! Don't! I think I just spotted the girl of my dreams.
M: Which girl?
Z: That girl! (zooms in on monitor, to Marlo Thomas mantis look-alike)
(Opening theme music, from "That Girl", & titles)
Space Ghost (SG): (invisos in) Greetings, citizens! Oops! (invisos out; zipper sound) Ah, better. (invisos back in)
M: Eh, it's gonna be one of those shows... I think instead, I'll watch the Lava Network. (switches monitor to molten lava scene) Oooooh!
SG: (invisos to desk) Greetings! I'm Space Ghost, welcome to the show! Today's guests include...
Z: Uh, show's over! G'night! G'night everybody! (band starts playing closing theme)
M: (still watching lava show) Mmmm, make sweet love to me... What? Closing credit music? Yikes! (throws switch, starts closing credits)
SG: Wow, hold it! What is goin' on? Stop those credits! Moltar!
M: (stops closing credits) Sorry, SG, I... thought the show was over.
Z: It is.
SG: Nonsense! I had just started.
Z: No, you finished.
SG: I did?
Z: Yes!
SG: Uh, um... who was on the show?
Z: It's right here. (opens "TV Today" magazine and reads) "Tonight the interplanetary talk show host interviewed TV star Catherine Bach and singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet."
SG: (to himself) (Hmmm, I can't remember, did I do the show or not?) What did Catherine Bach have to say?
Z: Oh, she told a very amusing anecdote about... a bowling trophy!
SG: Is that right, Moltar?
M: Uh, I think so.
SG: And how about Matthew Sweet? What did he have to say?
Z: (pause) Nothin'.
SG: Nothing? I find that hard to believe.
Z: Oh, wait, you're right! He did say something.
SG: (with "tingle tingle tingle" voice in background) (Hmmm, my super-power senses are tingling. What are they trying to tell me? Is it time to switch mouth wash? Stock up on string cheese? Start wearing a derby.) I've got it! Zorak's lying! No more fibs! What's going on?
Z: Aaaaggghh! Mating season on my planet started twenty minutes ago! I must go!
SG: To get butter and cheese?
Z: I feel... the urge!
SG: Typical musician! Look, we have a show to do, and you can't leave 'til it's over.
Z: But...
SG: Put a lid on it, Zorak, or whatever you do. You'll just have to wait fifteen minutes before you go spread your evil seed. Now, I want to talk to Catherine Bach and ask her about that bowling trophy. (screen lowers with Catherine on it)
Z: (starts gibbering)
SG: Greetings, Catherine, and welcome to the show.
Catherine Bach (CB): Thank you, Space Ghost.
SG: Tell me, Catherine, do you have a bowling trophy?
CB: Yes I do.
SG: (laughs)
M: (laughs)
SG: That was a good anecdote.
M: (laughs)
Z: I'm getting splotchy.
SG: As we all know, you originated the role of Daisy on "The Dukes of Hazzard," and I think we all want to know, what two words would you use to describe Boss Hogg?
CB: Monkey gland, uh, sauce?
SG: Uh, two words, please!
CB: So delicate and perfect.
SG: You could tell! And how did they treat you on that show? Would they give you a whole meal, or just one course?
CB: "The Dukes of Hazzard" gave me the entree...
SG: But no dessert? Hmmm, sounds kind of cheap. Now, your new TV series takes you to a new continent. Tell me, how is Africa different from the States?
CB: There's no Sigfried and Roy in, um, in South Africa.
SG: What! I didn't know that. Moltar! Get my investment advisor on the phone. Divest all interest in South Africa immediately! (low voice) Uh, those views were mine, and do not necessarily reflect the station or its owners. (normal voice) Quick, Catherine, cover for me! Tell a story about the black rhino!
CB: First of all, the black rhino does not breed in captivity.
Z: Nor do I!
CB: They are now taking the black rhino and trying to impregnate the, the white rhino, the female white rhino... (switches getting thrown?)
Z: Go on.
SG: Would you please keep your mind on the music!
Z: I can't! It's mating season!
SG: So what's the big deal? Unless... Zorak! (chuckles) Is it your first time?
Z: Don't be ridiculous! I've mated, uh, plenty of times!
M: Wait a minute, that can't be true!
Z: And why not?
M: 'Cause your head's still attached to your body!
CB: (moving hands in front of mouse) Whhhoooosh!
M: (crude mantis head graphic appears on control room monitor) See, in the mantis marital act, the female typically eats the head and brain of the male. (pieces of head disappear one by one)
Z: You're kidding!
M: You didn't know that?
Z: That's not what my mother told me!
CB: (laughs)
Z: It's not funny!
CB: (laughs)
SG: Catherine, I'll have to ask you to please stop laughing.
CB: (laughs)
SG: I'm serious!
CB: (laughs)
SG: I warned you. (zaps her off monitor) Okay, Zorak, she's gone. And you know what I was thinking? If you want to go mate, I shouldn't stop you. It's every space creature's inalienable right to know love and be loved and have love and share love and know love and... did I say that one already?
Z: I'm not so sure I want to be loved anymore!
SG: What, are you afraid of commitment?
Z: Hey, look, there's Matthew Sweet! (Matthew appears on monitor)
Matthew Sweet (MS): ... the teen tycoon of rock, from beyond the valley of the dolls.
SG: Eh, tell me, Matt, uh, how.. do.. your pants, uh, stay up?
MS: I just concentrate very hard, it's built into my brain. Like, I don't even need a belt for that.
SG: Very good! Here's a riddle... What would you eat with a bio-dip?
MS: A bio-chip.
SG: You're sharp! I bet you're pretty powerful, too!
Z: (starts makes gibbering noises, which continue in background)
SG: You know, I can use my power bands to bring the Atlantic Ocean to a boiling point in five seconds! Can you point a finger and heat something up?
MS: If you, if you mean like baking a potato or boiling an egg, I might be okay. (laughs)
SG: I thought so. Keep working at it, you have the makings of a super-hero! Perhaps I might could give you some tips.
Z: (still gibbering, then stops) I can't hold it! I must go to my home planet! I want lo-o-o-ve!
M: But the consequences...
Z: (starts gibbering again)
M: Yeah, go on...
SG: Matthew, what do you think? Should Zorak go home to mate?
MS: Uh, have a good time, all the time.
SG: Even if it means certain death?
MS: Why not?
Z: That settles it! I'm off, and I'm taking the Phantom Cruiser!
SG: All right, but in the event you lose your head, call a cab. Oh, and, uh, there's a Gino Vanelli tape in the glove compartment.
Z: (boing!) (bounds off stage and into Phantom Cruiser & takes off, burning rubber sounds) Yee-hoo!
SG: (belches, then notices camera is on; his face turns red) Heh heh, dear me! Uh, a thousand pardons, friends... Zorak's music normally covers that.
M: It's all because you sneak bites from a pork chop sandwich during station breaks.
SG: (with mouth full of food) I don't know what you're talking about!
M: It's a disgusting habit!
SG: Come on, lots of people are doing it! Matthew Sweet, you're a man of the world, have you ever had a big, sloppy pork chop sandwich?
MS: Yeah, it wasn't too good, we had to cancel some shows. Needless to say, I haven't done it since then.
SG: Aw, you're no help! (Eh, what was I talking about?) That's right, no music! Well, we can't have that, so I will provide it.
MS: Oh, really?
SG: You bet! Steve Allen played the piano, Arthur Godfrey played the ukulele, and I, Space Ghost, play... the blues harp! Can't really do it unless someone's telling a sad story! Tell a sad story!
MS: Uh, well, I... what happens is, I'll drink...
SG: Perfect, keep going. (starts playing)
MS: I get really thirsty on stage, y'know, and I don't feel it or anything, 'cause I just have a couple of beers, you know...
SG: Yeah, yeah... (keeps playing)
MS: ... but when they're empty, I keep going back and picking up an empty bottle, over and over again, it makes me really frustrated...
SG: Sadder, make it sadder! (keeps playing)
MS: ... so I got in the habit of knocking them off the back of the amplifier, 'cause they would never break.
SG: Testify!
MS: Uh...
SG: Go on with your bad self!
MS: Like, a beer bottle's pretty sturdy.
SG: (in blues voice) A beer bottle's, pretty sturday!
MS: But anyhow, uh, so I would knock them off the back, and one night, uh, I knocked one off, and I guess it must have exploded or something, 'cause I was playing the last song, and my hands felt all sticky, and I looked down, and there was blood everywhere.
SG: (finishes playing) We should take this show on the road! Play the House of Blues!
M: Here's where he mentions Dan Ackroyd.
SG: Hey, I know Dan Ackroyd! I know Dan Ackroyd! Matthew, can I ask you a favor?
MS: Alright.
SG: Would you mind holding your breath while I ask Moltar a non-show-related question?
MS: (takes a deep breath and holds it)
SG: Moltar, what's going on with Zorak?
M: My readings show he's landed on his home planet, and is zeroing in on his target.
Z: (talking to female mantis) If I said you had a beautiful exoskeleton, would you hold it against me?
Female Mantis 1 (FM1): (giggles)
SG: Stru-u-uck o-u-t! You know, Moltar, I never realized how scrawny Zorak was compared to the others!
M: Yeah, his steady diet of evil has taken its toll. Ultimately the internal manifested self and the external...
SG: Um, yeah. (I wish I had the slightest idea what Moltar was talking about.)
M: Uh, Space Ghost?
SG: What?
M: You should check on Matthew. I think we're about to lose him. (Matthew's face is purple on monitor, still holding his breath)
SG: Silly me! (laughs) Matthew, you can stop now! (Matthew starts breathing again, his face returns to normal) You know, Matthew, just because somebody tells you to do something, doesn't mean you should always do it.
MS: Really?
SG: Do you think, in the future, you should try to be more careful?
MS: Yeah, a little more careful.
M: Space Ghost, you better check this out. There's activity on Zorak's home planet. (monitor shows Zorak and second female mantis, a Marlo Thomas look-alike)
Female Mantis 2 (FM2): (blink!)
Z: (blink!)
FM2: (blink! blink!)
Z: (blink! blink!)
FM2: (blink! blink! blink!)
Z: (blink! blink! blink! blink!)
FM2: (blink! blink! blink! blink! blink! blink!)
Z: (blink! blink! blink! blink! blink! blink!)
(Both of them start blinking like mad; finally they stop)
SG: Looks like Zorak's made a love connection! (romantic music swells)
(Zorak and female mantis each have thought balloons; Zorak's is full of hearts, female mantis's shows her biting off Zorak's head)
Z: Do you like walks in the rain?
FM2: Oh, yes!
Z: And Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets from the Portuguese?
FM2: How did you know?
Z: I know things about you.
FM2: You're the most exciting mantis I've ever met!
Z: I want to spend the rest of my life with you!
FM2: And so you shall!
SG: Zorak going to his home planet was a great idea! Love has transformed him. When he comes back, he'll be a new bug!
M: I don't think he'll be coming back.
SG: Why not?
M: I explained it all earlier in the show. Don't you remember?
SG: Of course I remember! (pause) I have to go to the little ghost's room. (flies off to room with console) (Note to myself: got to use my memory.) (rewinds through video tape of show, back to Moltar's original explanation)
M: (on tape) ...the female typically eats the head and brain of the male... (rewinds) the male... (rewinds) the head...
SG: (stops tape) Dear Lord! That's right! (flies back to desk) Sorry, Matthew, our time is up. There's a crisis, and you've got to understand, I'm a super-hero first, and a talk show host second!
MS: We can be invisible together.
SG: Nice try, but I was saving galaxies while you were still reading along with the lyrics of the Three Dog Night "Harmony" album. I think I can handle this one alone! Goodbye! (zaps Matthew off monitor) Moltar, it's time for action! We must get Zorak out of there!
M: Well, what can we do? Nature must run its course. Plus, he took the Phantom Cruiser.
SG: But, this means certain death for Zorak!
M: I know. Uh, can I have his dressing room?
SG: How can you think of dressing rooms at a time like this? (choir music swells) A time of great sadness. Oh, Zorak, we hardly knew ye! Yes, you were pure evil, but I learned to see the good in that. I'll miss you, my little friend who used to try and kill me. But, rest assured, you will not be forgotten! I'll always remember that vile, near-poisonous gas you would emit when you were happy. And I'll never forget lunching with you in the commissary, watching you eat ten raw chickens and drink toner from the copy machine. You loved that toner. I know! We'll have a parade! (music changes to marching band music) We'll declare a national holiday on the Ghost Planet! With wonderful floats and big balloons, and we'll all drink fizzy lemonade, and eat Neapolitan ice cream! We'll celebrate the moments of your life, Zorak! You shall not have died in vain!
Z: (walks across stage and returns to bandstand)
SG: A ghost!
Z: Idiot!
M: Zorak? Is that really you?
Z: Yes!
SG: He's back!
M: Darn! I wanted that Neapolitan ice cream.
SG: What happened on your home planet?
Z: I don't wanna talk about it.
M: But you couldn't have mated. We can see your head's still attached to your body!
Z: I said, I don't want to talk about it!
SG: We're all co-workers here, there's nothing you couldn't open up and tell us! Couldn't close the deal, could you?
Z: That wasn't the problem!
M: Then what was? I mean, we saw you leave with that lady mantis.
Z: That lady mantis... wasn't really a lady.
SG: Not really a lady? Huh? Then she must have been... Wait! You were digging on a dude?
Z: It's not what you think. Carl is part of a male mantis resistance movement that intercedes at the moment when the urge is the worst. He lured me back to his nest, where we ate barbecue and talked sports until the urge had passed. He... saved my life, and for that, I will always be grateful.
SG: What a remarkable story! I wonder who owns the movie rights.
Z: Ted Turner.
SG: Oh well, never mind. We're just glad to have you back!
Z: And, I'm glad to be back. You know why? Because now, I can continue to plot my revenge against you, Space Ghost, and make every moment of your life a living heck! (evil laugh)
M: (laughs)
SG: (laughs)
(Shots of other cartoon characters laughing: Jonny Quest, Hadji, Bandit, Muttly, giant creature from "Herculoids")
(Credits roll, with "That Girl" music & Marlo Thomas mantis kite)
Z: It's not funny!
SG: (laughs)

Catherine Bach
Matthew Sweet
Nell Scovell
Joel Hodgson
Jon Schnepp
(inverted) Tom Roche
Sonny Sharrock
Eddie Horst
Sonny Sharrock
Lance Carter
Eddie Horst
Alfrieda Gerald
Dave Willis
George Lowe
C. Martin Croker
C. Martin Croker
Jon Schnepp
Roy Clements
Kaili Rubin
Gus Jordan
Robin Agranoff
Michael Cahill
Stuart Shaklee
Chip Duffey
Alex Toth
Matt Harrigan
Keith Crofford
Michael Lazzo

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