PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?
At the Alpha Beta base, a technician tells Buck Murdock that the piece of equipment he is working on has red lights that go back and forth, but no other apparent purpose. This piece of equipment has been seen in many science fiction films and television series (including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), The Last Starfighter (1984) and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)), but its function is never explained.
Well, my goodness, Scraps is a boy dog, isn't he?
Clarence Oveur: Jimmy, do you like it when Scraps holds onto your leg and rubs up and down?
During its runaway course, the passenger shuttle travels through an asteroid belt just before heading straight for the sun, implying that there is a major asteroid field between Earth and the Sun. There are no asteroid fields of any kind between Earth and the Sun. The main asteroid belt is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. There are also several other minor asteroid fields, but all of them are located near the edge of our solar system and/or beyond the orbit of Neptune.
After the ending credits roll off the screen, a commercial comes up that says "Coming from Paramount Pictures: Airplane III". Then William Shatner, as Buck Murdock, comes on and says "That's exactly what they'll be expecting us to do!"
The TBS TV version adds a scene with McCroskey in the Ronald Reagan Home For The Mentally Ill. In a variation of the first film's Ethel Merman joke, a nurse explains that McCroskey thinks he's Lloyd Bridges. We then see him sitting in bed with a scuba mask on (referring to his show "Sea Hunt"). When told that they need him to bring the shuttle down, McCroskey sits up and says: "...looks like I picked the wrong week to go senile!"
$5,329,208 12 December 1982