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  • Pearl Forrester is a character on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series, played by Mary Jo Pehl. Forrester was the mother of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Initially devised as a guest character, Pearl would take on an increasingly important role in the series, first as a replacement supporting character for Dr Forrester and subsequently replacing him as the lead mad scientist. Pearl's first appearance was in episode 607, Bloodlust!. Her character was featured in the opening and closing host segments when she paid a visit to Dr Forrester and his current assistant, TV's Frank. It became apparent that Frank had become a firm friend of Pearl's through a long correspondence, and Pearl was much more interested in spending time with him than her own son. At the end of the sixth season, TV's Frank died. Forrester moved in to help her son at the beginning of the seventh season, and became a regular cast member from that point until the end of the show's tenth and final season. When Trace Beaulieu left at the end of the season, Pearl took over as the head Mad at the beginning of the eighth season. According to the backstory presented at that time, Pearl killed Dr. Forrester, then vowed to "avenge his death" by continuing his experiments on Mike and the Bots; she had herself cryogenically frozen until the year 2525 and became the leader of the Planet of the Apes-like apes who now dominated Earth, at which point she somehow drew the Satellite of Love's crew back to the ship so that she could send them bad movies. In the episode "The Deadly Mantis," the Earth was destroyed, when Professor Bobo and Dr. Peanut helped their mutant neighbors fix their thermonuclear device. From then until the end of the series, she was assisted by Professor Bobo, who often addressed her as "Lawgiver", and Observer. During the episode "Quest of the Delta Knights" she becomes frustrated with a significant lack of progress in the experiment and decides to do some role-reversal to see firsthand what is wrong with the experiment, switching places with Mike in the Satellite of Love while Mike takes her place in Castle Forrester. During the movie, in lieu of a smoke, she decides to suck on a mint and shares with the bots. She is later referred to as "Mintgiver" by the bots.

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