WE HAVE RESULTS FOR THE 2020 TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT! Also, Tell Us Your Thanksgiving Day Plans

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Greetings, tournamenteers! When last we spoke, the Turkey Day Tournament Final had taken flight in an unthinkable battle between those two towering titans of MST3K, I Accuse My Parents and Pod People. Pod People emerged the victor, although things were neck and neck for awhile there.

There are no losers in MST3K, however, and I Accuse My Parents will be represented on this year’s Turkey Day marathon along with Pod People and the top three episodes by your votes and comments, plus one “wildcard” entry from the second round, just to keep things spicy.

But don’t assume you know these six episodes are all that’s going to happen this year — we have some surprises up our collective sleeve yet. This year’s marathon starts bright and early at 9am ET/6am PT, led by MST3K LIVE host Emily Marsh, along with Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC/MegaSynthia (Yvonne Freese), and featuring appearances by Joel, Jonah Ray and Rebecca Hanson (the OG Synthia Forrester). You can catch the event on a vast array of streaming services — including Shout Factory TV, Pluto TV, Twitch, and the MST3K YouTube Channel — and of course, right here on MST3K.org, where the cool kids hang out. If this all seems like a lot to remember, don’t worry, I’ll be back next week to remind you.

Which brings me to a community question: This Thanksgiving will be an unusual one for most of us, given the ongoing public health crisis (rhymes with Persona Gyrus), and its necessary impediments to travel and large social gatherings. So, besides the obvious (HUNGRILY DEVOURING EVERY SECOND OF THE MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON!!), what are your Thanksgiving plans?

Will you be holed up at home, by yourself, or with your family or pod? Are you cooking a turkey or nah? Are you for or against cranberry sauce that retains the shape of the can it came in? Is it true that turkeys contain enough l-tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving, um, butt? (Science says no, but I’m sticking with Crow on this one.) Got any beloved recipes to share? Seriously, if you’ve got recipes, I want your recipes.

32 thoughts on “WE HAVE RESULTS FOR THE 2020 TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT! Also, Tell Us Your Thanksgiving Day Plans”

    1. I know that PlutoTV has an option to broadcast through Xfinity, but as a streaming option only — not live on a particular cable channel. There may be other options through Xfinity streaming and I will find out!

    1. You gotta keep focus! When I was a kid I dreamed of being able to watch the entire marathon uninterrupted, this year I may be able to actually do it.

  1. I work as a medical courier and someone has to be on call for Thanksgiving so I volunteered. Chances of getting a call are limited and in return for about 3 hours of work I get 20 hours of pay (8 hours holiday, 8 hours at time and a half). So the plan is wake up, do a local delivery we do daily, then keep my phone on me in case a call comes in. And meanwhile cook up a turkey for myself alone in my apartment while watching the Turkey Day marathon. Also probably a video call to family at some point. And the next day repeat the procedure, complete with extra pay, but switch to leftovers.

  2. I believe you meant Sharona Cyrus. You know, that knock-off, bad singing distant cousin to Miley and Billy Ray. Only made one record. “I’ll Get You All, My Pretties…” never ever charted.

  3. I have gone to have Tday dinner with my friend and her, now, 93 year old father w/health issues, for the past few years. She still wants to have one next week. So, Monday i am gonna get a Covid 19 test before i agree to go. I don’t think i am infected, but one never knows, do one? Regardless, there is little for me to do there, so i will just watch the vids on my phone. Been a fan since the 90’s and have watched many Turkey marathons being such an early MSTgeek and fan club member!

  4. I will be spending Thanksgiving day alone, eating whatever, but definitely watching the MST3K Marathon! Friday I will have my ex-husband over (yes we are still friends!) and we will be watching the Iowa Hawkeye football game while eating a turkey dinner–turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie– from the deli at a local grocery store. Usually I make a big dinner but since our sons can’t be with us this year, we opted for the deli. My corgi, Scamper, will also be in attendance. We do google hangouts online to keep in touch with our sons and their wives. And yes I do like the canned-shaped cranberry sauce, may make green bean casserole also since that is a tradition too. Happy Thanksgiving to the whole gang at MST3K!

  5. Thank you Lesley and everyone else at MST3K for organizing this marathon. The voting has already been one of my favorite things EVER and I can’t wait to sit down with hot coffee, hot chocolate, pie slice after pie slice and just enjoy the marathon itself. That’s my Thanksgiving plan. I might miss the earliest part so I can see some of the downtown Detroit parade on TV but I’ll be streaming from the YouTube channel for sure after that. We’ll be having a family dinner here at the house. Turkey, stuffing & Hawaiian rolls are usually the essentials. Beyond those, I’ll just see what my mom & sister want to do with potatoes and appetizers. The stuffing is a time-honored family recipe and one of my all-time favorite foods. We grind up apples, celery & onions, boil those, add a huge bag of crutons and I’m told there are some spices added and sometimes portions of the turkey neck & gizzard are in there too. I’ve seen over 100 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 but, amazingly, I have not seen Pod People OR I Accuse My Parents yet, so this year’s Turkey Day Marathon is going to be huge for me! I’m very excited you got Mike’s Joe Don Baker episode in there too. Final Justice is one of my favorite and I haven’t seen it in years. Thanks again for everything you’ve done to make this happen and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

    1. ” … amazingly, I have not seen Pod People OR I Accuse My Parents yet, so this year’s Turkey Day Marathon is going to be huge for me! …”

      Oh man, are you in for a treat! I love seeing them again but I’m a bit jealous that you get to see them for the first time! Have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. Traditionally the marathon is replayed on MST3K channels over the next couple days, but it depends on where you want to watch it! I’ll inquire on whether the replay is happening this year as it usually does.

  6. I’m still contemplating whether or not to make a typical turkey dinner for just me and my husband. We’ll see if there are any small turkeys left at the store. I will at least make some roasted brussell sprouts with bacon, plus a butternut squash casserole recipe from Sarah Waldman’s book “Feeding a Family.” And of course I plan on watching as much of the Turkey Day marathon as I can before I take the inevitable nap.

  7. Staying home with my wife and kids to watch the marathon. We usually go to the in laws but with Covid rampant my wife and I aren’t willing to risk them. As for food I’m not sure.

  8. We are staying home… my hubs is cooking a turkey and our favorite sides and I’m subjecting our 4year old and our 2 month old to the Turkey Day Marathon and starting to unpack Christmas decoration! Free of family drama from either side!

  9. I will be working a double shift (healthcare, mixed population of positives and Gen-pop,) on Wednesday, coming home, washing the bleach smell off, and sleeping in until the Marathon. Then I will watch and nap in shifts until I have to go to bed to get up at 3:45 Friday to go to work.

  10. I’m expecting one special guest: a lady who shows up in all the worst places, offering herself as a ‘mom’ to the disowned. Her name is Marta.
    Yes, Turkey! I home-make the cranberry sauce, but I let it gel in a can shape, because… tradition.
    Yes, I believe turkey tryptophan will knock us all on our sorry Thanksgiving butts!
    And, recipes? Sure. Here’s my best:

    Maple-Brined Turkey

    1 ½ gallons water
    1 ½ cups maple syrup
    1 cup coarse salt
    ¾ cup packed brown sugar
    1 10-pound turkey
    Cooking oil
    ** You’ll need a kettle or a Sterilite tote with a lid, big enough to hold your turkey, and small enough to fit in your refrigerator.
    ** Cook in turkey bag for juiciest results

    1. For brine, combine water, syrup, salt and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Set aside.
    2. Rinse turkey. Remove excess fat and organs from cavity. Add the turkey to the brine. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours.
    3. Remove turkey from brine. Drain, and pat dry with towels. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with oil. If using turkey bag, follow instructions on box. Otherwise, cover the turkey loosely with foil.
    4. If using foil, roast turkey in a 325˚ oven for 2 ¼ hours. Then remove foil, and continue roasting for 30 minutes more, or until turkey is 180˚ F. If using the turkey bag, roast turkey in 325˚ oven for 3 hours, or until turkey is 180˚.
    5. Remove turkey from oven. Cover with foil and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.

    Remember: If you’re using a bigger bird, you will need to make more brine and roast longer. Mine is a 17-pounder this year, so I will be doubling the brine and roasting about 5 hours.

  11. I’ll be putting the turkey in around the time the marathon will start ET. Then it’s time for some MST3K and World of Warcraft while waiting to do the sides. Can’t wait to relax with my favorite show and enjoy the day. Thanks to all involved and to the cast and crew that made such a great show!

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