Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 13 Earth Vs The Spider

Films watched: Speech: Using Your Voice (short) and Earth vs. the Spider

Speech: Using Your Voice is an educational short about public speaking.

The Segments:

Prologue
  • Crow presents "Inside the Robot Mind" with Tom as his guest, but Politeness Judo prevents the actual interview.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • Frank is the operator for Dr. Forrester's cheese phone; he hopes to make a curdless model in the future. The 'Bots demonstrate now-outdated predecessors to Joel's CD player/hair dryer combo, but he forgot how loud hair dryers are on their own.

Segment 2
  • Crow has written his first screenplay, Earth vs. Soup, and he ropes Joel and Tom into performing it. It involves some uranium-235 being stored in a greasy spoon's boiling pot of soup.

Segment 3
  • The SOL crew are hot new rock band Spy-Dor, but they're interrupted with a visit from the Custodian from the Seventh Galaxy.

Segment 4
  • Joel plays with Creeple People and Creepie Crawlers, which leads to a discussion on the disappearance of dangerous toys.

Segment 5
  • The 'Bots were tasked with writing essays on Bert I. Gordon's films; Crow's is almost entirely made up. Frank ate too much of the cheese phone.

This episode contains these tropes:

  • Big Eater: Joel complains that the spider keeps eating the opening credits.
  • Continuity Nod: At one point, the spider eats a character who looks very similar to Dr. Erhardt (Dr. Forrester's previous aide, who had gotten brushed off with a simple "He's missing"). The crew immediately declares that this is where he wound up, and it is the last mention of him in the entire series (though oddly not the last time he'd be imitated during a theater segment).
    Joel: No, Dr. Erhardt, no! So that's what happened to him!
    Tom: Wow!
    Crow: (imitating Erhardt) Enjoy!
    • Earlier, during the Invention Exchange, Joel expresses his disgust with the Mads. Dr. Forrester and Frank respond with a simultaneous "Thank you!" in the same way Forrester and Erhardt had done during the first season. Clay and Frank then uncomfortably stare at each other for a moment.
    • And, of course, the return of a recurring season-one bit where Joel feeds the Bots RAM chips if they say good things about the movie.
    • As Mike walks behind the prominent movie poster for The Amazing Colossal Man:
      Crow: What kind of sin must a man commit in a single lifetime...
      Joel: Shame on you, Bert I. Gordon!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • While Mike and Carol are searching the cave for her Dad, Crow spots a very suspicious-looking stalagmite and utters this line:
    • Later, when the two teenagers are showing their science teacher a sample of the spider web:
      Joel: Does your dad eat bran?
    • The crew get a lot of mileage from the short advising "plenty of lip and tongue action".
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The Mads' invention is a phone made of cheese...and Dr. Forrester announces that they're working on the "curdless" phone. Even Frank grimaces at that one.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Tom promises that no spiders were squashed, stomped on, flushed or suffered serious emotional trauma during the film. But one died from old age and two letters from doctors confirm it.
  • Running Gag:
    • This is where the saga of Crow's screenplay for Earth Vs. Soup started.
    • Joel and the Bots constantly forgetting who Mike's father is.
    • They also keep imitating the sheriff's derisive chuckle when he hears about the giant spider (though they do it for random comments).
      Crow: (As sheriff) So I was sitting by myself, and I said "spider"! (guffaws) Cracks me up!
  • Stylistic Suck: In-universe Crow reeks of it.
    Joel: Crow, she's just going "no" for the next six pages!
    Crow: Do you think that's enough?
  • With Lyrics: "Spider, spider! Spider, spider!"



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