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!"
* 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.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: 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?"
** HypocriticalHumor: After the commercial break, Crow decides to start spelling his name Cröe.
--->'''Crow:''' Purse your beak.\\
'''Mike:''' I'll purse your beak!
* 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.
* 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.)''
* WeirdnessMagnet: Pearl invokes the trope directly.
-->'''Pearl:''' ''[after dealing with Fortinbras]'' Is it ''me''? Am I a [[InvokedTrope magnet for these idiots]]?![[note]]Considering your son is a maniacal MadScientist, and your companions are a talking ape and a pale-faced omnipotent being who carries his brain around in a bowl, yes, you ''are''.[[/note]]

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