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THE PILOTS

Mythbusters Pilots DVD

Pilot 1: Jet-Assisted Chevy, Pop Rocks and Soda
The story of the jet-assisted Chevy goes like this. The Arizona Highway Patrol stumbled across a blackened crater in the side of a mountain at the end of a long stretch of desert road. After an investigation, they learned that an Air Force sergeant from a nearby military base had attached a rocket-assisted takeoff unit to the roof of a 1967 Chevy Impala. He got up to about 80 mph, and then fired the things off. Within seconds the car was traveling at 350 mph. The crater was found in the mountainside 100 feet off the ground. Who do you think will be the "dummy" to test this myth?

The Pop Rocks and soda legend concerns a boy known as little Mikey, who was featured in commercials for Life cereal. Some years later, Mikey was challenged by his friends to eat six packs of Pop Rocks candy with six cans of soda. According to the myth, the carbon dioxide in the candy combined with the carbon dioxide in the soda to create so much pressure that Mikey's stomach exploded and he died. Our MythBusters risk their lives for you, the viewer, in these two death-defying experiments.
Premiere: Jan 23, 2003

Pilot 2: Vacuum Toilet, Biscuit Bazooka, Leaping Lawyer
In this episode, Jamie and Adam take on a few legends involving dubious behavior. First, they contemplate the one about an obese woman on a trans-Atlantic flight whose derriere is suctioned into the plane's toilet after flushing, forcing the plane to land before she can be removed. Will the bottom fall out of this myth? How about the one involving a friend of a friend who thought she was shot while sitting in her car in a supermarket parking lot on a very hot day? The story goes that when the paramedics arrived, they found her head splattered with a mass of raw biscuit dough.

And then there's the leaping lawyer. Some guy (apparently a lawyer), kept bouncing off a plate-glass window on the 24th floor of a high-rise building. After one too many impacts, the window shattered and the guy fell 24 floors to the ground, where he promptly died. Another day, another deadly myth.
Premiere: Jan 23, 2003

Pilot 3: Larry's Lawn-Chair Balloon, Goldfinger, Poppy-Seed Drug Test
So, this guy named Larry Walters attached something like 45 weather balloons to this lawn chair. One of the tethers broke on the unemployed truck driver's little invention, shooting him straight up into the air. Apparently he sailed to 16,000 feet, where he was spotted by airline pilots, eventually closing LAX airport. He was finally rescued by a helicopter after he floated out to sea. Is this popular Internet legend full of hot air? Will Jamie and Adam close LAX?

In the 1964 James Bond classic, Goldfinger, the villain's secretary is murdered with the dreaded gold body paint, causing death by skin suffocation. Supposedly, leaving a small patch of skin unpainted at the base of the spine will save the victim. Unfortunately, the movie's producers didn't have this vital piece of information, dooming actress Shirley Eaton to death on set. Who will be the guinea pig in this experiment? On a tastier note, can eating a poppy-seed bagel produce a positive result for opiate use in a drug screen? Our brave hosts test these stories so you don't have to.
Premiere: March 7, 2003

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Episode 1: Ice Bullet, Exploding Toilet, Who Gets Wetter?
Jamie and Adam set out to methodically bust three urban legends in the premiere episode of Mythbusters. Smoking in the bathroom — a bad habit made worse when shards of flaming toilet start flying. But is it really possible to explode a commode by spraying a flammable substance down the bowl then lighting a match? Jamie and Adam find out if this myth holds water. Speaking of soggy, do you get wetter running or walking in the rain? And can assassins use bullets made of ice in order to not leave evidence in their victims? Our guys put these fables to the test.
Premiere: Sep 23, 2003

Episode 2: Cell Phone Destruction, Silicone Breasts, CD-ROM Shattering
In this episode, Jamie and Adam test several explosive theories. Can chatting on a cell phone while pumping gas cause the pump to blow up? Our mythbusters put themselves at risk so you don't have to. They also put silicone breast implants to the test at high altitude. Will they burst under pressure? Finally, we'll learn once and for all if high-speed CD-ROM players can really shatter a compact disc.
Premiere: Oct 3, 2003

Episode 3: Barrel of Bricks, Pissing on the Third Rail, Eel Skin Wallet
Is it really that dangerous to answer the call of nature on the electrified third rail of a train track? Can an eel skin wallet erase all the magnetic information on your credit cards if the skin came from an electric eel? How about the story of the unluckiest construction worker on earth? A pulley system breaks down while he is lifting a barrel filled with 500 pounds of bricks. Will the barrel come straight down on the guy doing the pulling, or will he walk away without a scratch? Jamie and Adam take a crack at these classic legends.
Premiere: Oct 10, 2003

Episode 4: Penny Drop, Deadly Microwaves, Radio Tooth Fillings
Can pennies from heaven kill? Or, more specifically, can a penny dropped from a skyscraper kill a pedestrian on the sidewalk below? Jamie and Adam take the challenge, hopefully without deadly results. Speaking of fatal fallacies, is it possible to literally bake yourself on a tanning bed from the inside out? The guys also investigate the claim that Lucille Ball exposed a Japanese spy ring by listening to radio signals transmitted by her tooth fillings. Hmmm ...
Premiere: Oct 17, 2003

Episode 5: Hammer Bridge Drop, Buried Alive, Cola
Can Jamie and Adam cheat death? We'll find out. First, they test the theory that a person could survive a leap from a bridge by throwing a hammer in the water first. According to urban legend, the hammer should break the plane of the water's surface, thereby softening the landing. They'll also investigate whether it's possible to survive being buried alive. How long would it take before all oxygen is cut off inside the coffin causing suffocation? On the lighter side, the guys will take a look at the many myths about cola. Can it remove bloodstains, clean rust or cook a steak? They'll get back to you on that.
Premiere: Oct 24, 2003

Episode 6: Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing, Tree Cannon, Beat the Breath Test
In this episode, Jamie and Adam test the limits of a homemade tree cannon. Their interest comes from the story of a small town in Hungary where the inhabitants supposedly built a working cannon out of a tree. Or maybe Jamie and Adam just want to blow things up ... according to the story, the contraption accidentally exploded with deadly results. Then they get jiggy with a Breathalyzer, testing the theory that very drunk people are lucid enough to fool technology. Oh, and can Adam's tongue piercing withstand the electric force of a lightning bolt? We'll see.
Premiere: Nov 7, 2003

Episode 7: Stinky Car, Raccoon Rocket
Is the myth of the stinky car true? Jamie and Adam put their noses on the line to find out if that nasty smell in your car is there to stay. Then they follow the gasoline trail to flush out the truth of the "raccoon in the drain" myth. Will our mythbusters become human cannonballs?
Premiere: Dec 5, 2003

Episode 8: Escape From Alcatraz, Duck Quack, Stud Finder
In this episode, Jamie and Adam retrace the steps of the infamous prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz without a trace in 1962. Although all were presumed drowned, our mythbusters are determined to find out if it's possible to survive the tides of the San Francisco Bay in a homemade raft. On a less precarious, but still hilarious note, they'll attempt to answer the age-old question: Does a duck's quack echo? And then there's the simply unhinged notion that a stud finder can prove whether or not human beings have been guinea pigs in mind control experiments. Yes, really.
Premiere: Dec 12, 2003

Episode 9: Chicken Gun, Octopus Egg Pregnancy, Killer Washing Machine
Will launching a chicken at an airplane disrupt its flight? Or will the bird be blown out of the way by the jet engines? Jamie and Adam want to know. And they're pretty sure you want to watch them find out. Then they'll journey inside the human body, where they'll take on a whopper. A woman claims she swallowed an octopus egg — and then gave birth to an eight-legged offspring. Finally, this question needs answering, quickly: Can your washing machine kill you?
Premiere: Jan 18, 2004

Episode 10: Explosive Decompression, Frog Giggin', Rear Axle
Jamie and Adam get trigger-happy trying to shoot down myths regarding firearms. First, they fire a bullet into the shell of an aircraft to find out if a single shot can cause explosive decompression — and total aircraft destruction. Speaking of heavy artillery, they'll test the story of two hunters who claim to have used a loaded .22 caliber gun cartridge as a replacement fuse in a car's ignition. Will the experiment backfire? Finally, they take on a movie myth when they try to rip a car off its rear axle. What could possibly go wrong?
Premiere: Jan 11, 2004

Episode 11: Sinking Titanic, Goldfish Memory, Trombone Explosion
In this episode, Jamie and Adam explore a "titanic" legend: Will a sinking ship suck you down as it goes under? Things keep flowing as they try to find an answer to the eternal question: Are goldfish bored or just plain stupid? Our mythbusters will determine once and for all whether the fish can remember anything for longer than three seconds. On a more explosive note: Will throwing a lit firecracker down the neck of a trombone make your music sweeter? Uh—huh.
Premiere: Feb 22, 2004

Episode: 12: Break Step Bridge, Toothbrush Surprise, Rowing Water Skier
Will the athletes of Stanford University's varsity rowing team be strong enough to pull Jamie up on water skis behind a fragile eight—person shell? Sounds like an excuse for a dip, no? Jamie and Adam move on to a myth with more legs when they take a stroll across a bridge to see if the rhythm of soldiers marching together can cause a bridge to collapse. Finally, watch where you put your toothbrush — the guys will attempt to learn if the bacteria from a toilet will settle in their toothbrushes. How did the toothbrushes get in the toilet again?
Premiere: Jan 25, 2004

Episode 13: Buried in Concrete, Daddy—Longlegs, Jet Taxi
Jamie and Adam make a brave attempt to solve a legendary mafia mystery by searching for the decomposed body of Jimmy Hoffa, allegedly buried in the concrete under Giants Stadium. Will they meet the same fate as Geraldo Rivera at the tomb of Al Capone? The mythbusters then fire up a jet engine and find out if the power and force of a 737 could launch a taxicab 75 feet in the air. Finally, will Adam's arachnophobia prevent him from finding out if the daddy—longlegs is the most venomous spider? Brave indeed.
Premiere: Feb 15, 2004

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Episode 14: Myths Revisited
And you thought the MythBusters usually got it right the first time. Psych! In this episode, Jamie and Adam, with a little help from you, the viewer, revisit some of the most popular and controversial myths, putting their own experiments to the test. You might not get electrocuted urinating on the third rail, but how shocking would it be to pee on an electrified fence? Did Adam apply enough pressure to test the exploding implants correctly? And are cell phones truly dangerous at gas stations?
premiere: June 8, 2004

Episode 15: Scuba Diver, Car Capers
Adam and Jamie are back at it, challenging new myths and taking one (or ten) for the team. If you've ever spotted a wetsuit dripping from a charred tree and asked yourself: Can an unsuspecting scuba diver be sucked out of the water by a fire-fighting helicopter and get spit out in the middle of a forest fire? Well, you're in luck. The MythBusters are going to solve this puzzling question. Then, they take on Hollywood in an attempt to discover if those zany motor-myths and car capers can live up to their urban legend status. The guys try shoving a banana in a car's tailpipe to find out if it stalls, then they'll pour sugar in the car's gas tank, trying to destroy its engine. Adding fuel to the fire, they'll fire a bullet at a gas tank, hoping to produce explosive results.
premiere: July 27, 2004

Episode 16: : Ancient Death Ray, Skunk Cleaning, What Is Bulletproof?
In this episode, Jamie and Adam reflect on one of the world's oldest urban legends — did the Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to a Roman fleet of ships using only mirrors and sunlight? Back in this century, they'll see which methods are effective at removing the fetid funk of a skunk. Easy enough to test, if only the MythBusters can find a skunk that will spray. And will a bulletproof shield really stop a direct hit from a bullet? Will Jamie be prepared to face the results?
premiere: Sept. 29, 2004

Episode 17: Elevator of Death, Levitation Machine
Jamie and Adam test their luck in the elevator of death. If an elevator suddenly falls, can you save yourself in the nick of time by jumping just before it hits bottom? Or will this leap of faith have disastrous consequences for Buster? Then, let the competition begin. The MythBusters challenge their imaginations and their building skills as they each try to create a homemade levitation machine. Will their appliances keep them afloat or leave them flat?
premiere: Oct. 6, 2004

Episode 18: Beat the Radar Detector
Jamie and Adam look into the myth about the construction worker who, while holding a piece of plywood, is blown from his building by a gust of wind and falls several stories, only to be swept back onto a lower floor. Then the crew tests several speed-radar-busting tricks, including hanging a disco ball from the rearview mirror, covering the car entirely with aluminum foil, and painting the car with flat black paint to scatter the radar's laser beams.
premiere: Oct. 13, 2004

Episode 19: Quicksand
Has Hollywood gotten it right all this time? Can you really murder someone by dropping an electrical appliance into a bathtub? In a truly electrifying experiment, the guys find out what actually happens when hair dryer and water collide. Then follow the MythBuilders as they pursue the case of the exploding tattoo in the MRI. How, if at all, will the traces of metal found in the ink of Scottie's tattoos react with the MRI's rays? And Tarzan used it successfully against his enemies, but will killer quicksand take down the MythBusters?
premiere: Oct. 20, 2004

Episode 20: Exploding Jawbreaker
Is it possible to throw a regular playing card fast enough to inflict bodily harm? Jamie and Adam put the "killer card" myth under the microscope, then look into whether a heated jawbreaker can explode in your mouth. Finally, the guys invent their own static cannon to learn if an unfortunate construction worker really died from sandblasting a PVC pipe on the job.
premiere: Oct. 27, 2004

Episode 21: Pingpong Rescue
It's wet-suit time for the MythBusters as Adam and Jamie investigate whether it's possible to lift a sunken boat from the ocean floor using only pingpong balls. Then Scottie, Tori and Kari get carried away testing a common Hollywood scene: Just how many balloons does it take to lift a 3-year-old child off the ground?
premiere: Nov. 3, 2004

Episode 22: Boom-Lift Catapult
Buster lends a hand as the MythBusters explore the myth of the boom-lift catapult. Will Buster overcome the raw power of a 30,000-pound piece of machinery, or will the boom-lift turn into the ultimate medieval catapult? Then, worried about the price of gas? Tune in to Jamie and Adam's investigation into the most fuel-efficient way to keep cool in the car: turning on the air conditioning or opening the windows.
premiere: Nov. 10, 2004

Episode 23: Exploding House
Just how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack? Egos fly as the MythBusters get competitive creating the supreme needle-finding machine. Then, returning to their familiar territory of blowing stuff up in the name of science, Jamie and Adam arm themselves with roach foggers and an abandoned apartment building to find out if toxic fumes and bug bombs really are an explosive combination. Finally, the MythBuilders hit the roof to prove whether or not whispering sweet nothings to your plants is the secret to gardening success.
premiere: Nov. 16, 2004

Episode 24: Ming Dynasty Astronaut
Deep in the Mojave Desert Buster takes the hot seat in the MythBusters' quest to test the myth of the Ming Dynasty Astronaut. Will he defy the laws of gravity and survive an explosive launch into space? Or ... not? Then "mad scientists" Adam and Jamie search for a source of free energy, as Adam's stunt double faces nearly losing his head at the hands of the MythBuilders' killer fan. It takes two heads, three fans and five MythBusters to test this head-turning, stomach-churning story.
premiere: Dec. 5, 2004

THE SPECIALS

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Special 1: Viewers-Choice/Christmas Special
On this special episode, Jamie and Adam present the winners from our fall 2004 favorite-myths online poll. So, did you guys vote for Stinky Car? Or will Pop Rocks and Coke emerge triumphant? Also, the MythBusters try their hand at a few holiday myths: Will putting a silver spoon in a champagne bottle keep it fizzy? Does a snowman melt faster with its clothes on ... or off? Tune in and find out.
1. Tree Cannon (episode 6)
2. Rocket Car (Pilot 1)
3. Escape from Alcatraz (episode 8)
4. Stinky Car (episode 7)
5. Barrel of Bricks (episode 3)
6. Lawn Chair Larry (Pilot 3)
7. Pop Rocks and Soda (Pilot 1)
8. Beat the Breath Test (episode 6)
9. Chicken Gun (episode 9)
10. CD-ROM Shattering (Season 1, episode 2)
premiere: Dec. 22, 2004