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Season 7, Episode 10


Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman and his crew put the guys through a grueling audition to see if they have what it takes to be in a Troma film.

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A customer has an interest in the creepy doll on display at the Secret Stash. Walt explains that it's actually a puppet and he's named Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces. The puppet is in its original box along with various prosthetic pieces and accessories to assemble new faces. "It's like a creepy Mr. Potato Head!" the customer exclaims. It's been at the shop for a while, so Walt is hesitant to sell it, but agrees to let it go for $200. The customer tries to bring him down to $100, but Walt immediately rejects the offer. Walt comes back at $175 but lets it go for $150 after the customer promises to treat it right. The customer uses the puppet hand to wave goodbye to the guys.

A conga line of costumed dancers rush into the store, led by a man Walt describes as "the most energetic senior citizen I have ever seen in my life." Lloyd Kaufman, film director, producer and co-founder of Troma Entertainment, greets the guys. Walt asks about one of his film characters, The Toxic Avenger, who is the first superhero from New Jersey. Lloyd shares some backstory and explains that all of his movies deal with the underdog. Since New Jersey is "living in the shadow of Manhattan," Lloyd found it fitting to set Tromaville there. Ming has been begging to be in one of Lloyd’s movies and today could be his lucky day.

Lloyd says he will be choosing one of the guys to put in his next film, Shakespeare's The Tempest/Troma's Sh-tstorm. First, he needs to hear the guys’ screams. Lloyd teaches them the signature "Troma" scream and the guys give their best attempt. The Toxic Avenger is very impressed.

A customer walks in with a General Mills animation celluloid featuring Count Chocula and Franken Berry. The guys fondly remember eating the cereals as kids and Walt is definitely interested in buying the piece. The customer wants $275 for it. Walt comes back at $160. The customer tries to get $200, but Walt draws the line at $175. The customer accepts.

Lloyd groups the guys in pairs and directs them in a dramatic star-crossed-lover scene between two women. They wear wigs and give it their all. Lloyd cuts Bryan and Walt, so it's down to Mike and Ming to compete for the part. In the next phase of the competition, Mike and Ming wear Hazmat suits and are chased around the store by an axe-wielding Toxic Avenger.

Then, it's time for the final competition. In a re-enactment from the Class of Nuke 'Em High movie, Ming and Mike drink a cup of "Troma nuclear meltdown" and pretend to convulse. After impressive performances, Lloyd declares Ming the winner. Walt thanks Lloyd for a "fantoxic" day.