Mike is a likable temp worker from Wisconsin who comes to work for the "Mads", Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV’s Frank, in Deep 13 while they prepare for an evil scientist audit. When Joel Robinson escapes from the Satellite of Love, the "Mads" knock Mike unconscious and shoot him up to the satellite as their new experimental guinea pig. Mike finds that he is also forced to watch bad movies with robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, finding it impossible not to add his own witty take on what they’re being subjected to.
Unlike Joel, Mike would make repeated attempts to escape the Satellite of Love and return to Earth, only to be thwarted by the͞ "Mads" or sometimes by his own doing. Mike and the bots finally manage to escape in the season 10 finale, Diabolik.