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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 20 The Unearthly
Films watched: Posture Pals (short), Appreciating Our Parents (short) and The Unearthly

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 version provides the following Tropes:

  • Callback: The snapshot of the junk-cluttered Satellite bridge includes past Invention Exchange items, including the Big Head and the Cellulite Phone. The standup of Judge Wapner used in episode 306 is also seen.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Subverted in-universe, in that Joel and the Bots get their initial guesses for John Carradine movies confused with his children.
    Joel: Starring, uh, John Carradine; that was Kung Fu, right?note 
    Tom: No, no, he was the guy in Revenge of the Nerds!note 
    Crow: Maybe he's the guy that does all those Alan Rudolph films.note 
    Joel and Tom: Oh, yeah, that must be it...
    • Played straight later on when Joel points out that John was the preacher in The Grapes of Wrath, one of his more iconic (and respectable) roles. Subverted a breath later when the bots go through some of Tor Johnson's fictional career.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The jokes about America's Funniest Home Videos that make Crow the Butt Monkey. Trace Beaulieu (the voice of Crow, who even uncharacteristically addresses Crow directly as Dr. Forrester at the moment) would later be a writer for it from 1998-2007.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Crow follows Carradine's request to 'retire' with "Why? Are you falling apart?" before excusing himself for using the wrong punchline.
  • Running Gag: Tor Johnson's delivery of "Time for to go to bed!" has become a staple for the MST3K crew, even appearing in RiffTrax's commentary for ''Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Totally Radical: After a bizarrely fast-paced dialogue scene, Joel and the 'bots start talking like gangsters from a 1930s film. Eventually, it spreads to the Mads as well.


"Time for go to bed!"
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