Film watched: ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''

->'''Hamlet:''' To be, or not to be.\\
'''Mike:''' [[PopculturalOsmosis The verbal equivalent of]] "[[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Duh-duh-duh-DUM]]"!

Mike wins a bet with Pearl and gets to choose the movie of the week, so he picks the Bard's masterpiece, ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Unfortunately, [[DidntThinkThisThrough Pearl picks the version they'll watch]], [[DisproportionateRetribution just to spite him]]...

!!The [=MST3K=] treatment of ''Hamlet'' provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Pearl forwards mail to allow Mike to stay in contact with his family.
* AlasPoorYorick: One of the skits has Mike hosting a gameshow called ''Alas Poor Who?'' where the bots are shown random bones and have to guess whom they belonged to.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mike wanted to see a film version of Hamlet. Pearl complied... by presenting him with a poorly done version made in Germany.
* BedsheetGhost: When the bots try to pass themselves off as the ghost of Mike's father. Upon learning that he's alive, they try every other conceivable relative and get the same result.
-->'''Crow:''' Don't your relatives ever die?!
* CallBack: When tricking Pearl into playing a fixed game of 3-Card Monte and raising the stakes for the final round, Mike imitates Geronimo's CatchPhrase from ''Film/FinalJustice'', the previous episode.
-->'''Mike:''' You think you can take me? Go 'head on, it's your move.
* CampGay: Fortinbras.
-->'''Observer:''' He made ''me'' look butch.
* CreatorBacklash: Best Brains said that despite being a really strange adaptation of ''Hamlet'', the play's timelessness still showed through and it was difficult to come up with great riffs for it. [[invoked]]
* DoomedByCanon: The first shot of Ophelia has Servo saying as her, "Oh, I love life!"
* EndingFatigue: Invoked by the crew during Hamlet's (admittedly quite drawn-out) death scene.
* ExactWords: Mike should never have allowed Pearl to pick which production. He calls out Zeffirelli and Branagh, but gives Pearl enough wiggle (he ''DID'', after all, say "[[TooDumbToLive your choice]]"...) and she chooses Observer's suggestion of one filled with "Germans" and "bratwurst".
-->'''Pearl:''' Okay, you get ''Hamlet''. ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Oh boy,]]'' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor do you get]] ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Hamlet!]]''
* FreudWasRight: InUniverse, Mike and the bots take the play's subtext to its funniest conclusion. It could also be they were just referencing [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing another classic piece of theater]].
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Hamlet, get off your mom!
* HaveAGayOldTime: Used in one of the riffs.[[note]]"Bunghole" here means the hole in a barrel, of course. Interesting that using the word "bunghole" as slang for anus dates back to at least the XVII century.[[/note]]
-->'''Hamlet:''' Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he find it stopping a bunghole?\\
'''Tom Servo:''' Eww!
* HarsherInHindsight: In 2010, Senator Ted Stevens died in a plane crash. So don't assume his bone in "Alas Poor Who?" was taken from the crash site.
* LimitedWardrobe: Invoked as the riffers point out how Gertrude wears the same dress for every occasion.
-->'''Mike:''' ''[During Ophelia's funeral]'' Man, that really is an ''all-purpose'' dress.
* MyNaymeIs / PsmithPsyndrome / SpellMyNameWithAnS: All three rolled into one extended gag. In the first host segment, Tom declares that his last name is spelled "Sirveaux" (still pronounced "Servo"). Then he reveals his first name is now "Htom" (pronounced "Heh-Tom", though Mike had thought it would be "T-H-O-M"). Crow looks at Cambot in disbelief, then declares "Well, Htom, why don't you hlick me?"
-->'''Mike:''' So, we should start calling you "Sirveaux" now?\\
'''"Sirveaux":''' That's right.\\
'''Gypsy:''' What if we called you "Servo"?\\
'''"Sirveaux":''' [[PsmithPsyndrome I won't respond]].
** HypocriticalHumor: After the commercial break, Crow decides to start spelling his name Cröe.
--->'''Crow:''' No no, Cruuuuuuue, Cruuuuuuuee; purse your beak.\\
'''Mike:''' I'll purse your beak!
* NamesTheSame: [[invoked]] A guy named Creator/PaulVerhoeven plays the gravedigger.
* NoodleIncident: Meta example. [[ The official episode guide names the ''Alas, Poor Who?'' sketch as "series-cancelling"]], but doesn't elaborate. [[ Kevin Murphy later explained here]] that "it was unremittingly and aggressively dumb.
* PungeonMaster:
** Mike and the bots have a lot of fun with the now-archaic-sounding Shakespeare-lingo:
-->'''Claudius:''' Forgive me my foul murder.\\
'''Crow:''' It's just that that turkey was mouthing off to me.
** And:
-->'''Claudius:''' Bring us the foils!\\
'''Crow:''' We shall some potatoes bake.
-->'''Hamlet's Father:''' It was murder most foul.
-->'''Crow:''' He killed a chicken?!
* RailingKill: Servo gleefully assumes based on the set design there will be plenty of these.
* RunningGag:
** "Cut his throat in a church!"
** Another is Mike and the bots' disdain for the many long monologues in the movie.
** During Hamlet's meeting with the ghost of his father, 99% of the scene focuses on Hamlet himself (presumably interpreting the spirit as a delusion.) Mike and the 'Bots make jokes about the director making panicked orders to switch cameras to the ghost.
* ShellGame: Mike's 3 Card Monte of "find the lady [the Queen]".
** FixingTheGame: Mike, naturally.
** TheMark: Pearl, who falls for it hook, line and sinker.
** GenreSavvy: Observer, who warns Pearl to no avail.
** ComicallyMissingThePoint: Bobo.
--->'''Bobo:''' Oh, I get it! The lady is the Queen!
--->'''Pearl:''' Here, drink this. ''(hands him her vial of supervirus, which he downs immediately.)''
* ShoutOut:
** As Ophelia is buried:
-->'''Laertes''': Hold the earth a while!
-->'''Mike''': [[Music/LeslieBricusse Stop the world I want to get off!]]
** During the end credits, "Danish consultant: Creator/VictorBorge."
* WeirdnessMagnet: Pearl brings up the trope directly.
-->'''Pearl:''' ''[after dealing with Fortinbras]'' Is it ''me''? [[LampshadeHanging Am I a magnet for these idiots]]?![[note]]Considering her son is a maniacal MadScientist, and her companions are a talking ape and a pale-faced omnipotent being who carries his brain around in a bowl, then yes, she is.[[/note]]

->''[[TheStinger [Dazed Claudius suddenly looks to the right]]]''