Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 03 City Limits
City Limits? Sounds like a clothing store for high school girls!

Film watched: City Limits

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Joel gets increasingly irritated with the Bots' repeated NBC Mystery Movie riffs every time a flashlight appeared. By the start of the next episode, Joel is putting them through Behavioral Conditioning.
  • Call Back: Frank singing "I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing" to himself during the opening skit.
    • Joel makes a quick joke about a phone in the movie being the Cheese Phone that the Mads once used in a previous invention exchange.
    • Crow loses his eyes in the first segment and says "help me" in the same inflection as the random blind man from Rocket Attack USA.
    • Joel references The Sidehackers, Mighty Jack and Pod People when singing to the credits, ending with his comparisons with a Curse Cut Short.
    • Crow mocks a buggy computer, saying "Must be System 7". Servo, the avowed Mac fan, protests "Hey!", harkening back to Crow and Servo's PC/Mac debate from Gamera Vs. Barugon.
  • Celeb Crush: Crow's crush on Kim Cattrall begins here and continues until The Magic Sword, where his affections switch to Estelle Winwood.
  • Ending Fatigue: Servo and Crow get really impatient during the end credits, annoyed Joel wouldn't let them. invoked
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Crow and Servo have this exchange as they sort through their comic books (also doubles as a Take That!):
    Crow: Shouldn't we be carefully placing these comic books in plastic bags?
    Servo: No, we have lives.
  • Filk Song: The guys make up their own snarky lyrics to the end credits rap.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Would you guys mind if I opened my umbrella here, I just thought that—you never know when something..."
  • Glasses Pull: Observed in Kim Cattrall's character:
    Tom Servo: She just has those glasses so she can pull them off dramatically.
  • Running Gag: A variation on "This is CNN" is uttered nearly every time James Earl Jones's character appears on screen.
  • Scenery Censor: Joel stands up just at the right time while holding an umbrella to obscure Frankie skinny-dipping.
  • Seasonal Rot: In-Universe. For their Invention Exchange, the Mads use Pop Star Tupperware to keep the freshness in pop stars, with Morrissey as a start.
  • Shout-Out: "Rules? In a knife fight?"
  • Super Team: Joel and the bots develop a list of increasingly oddly named superheroes to fill out their "Fantastic 85" (upgraded later in the episode to the "Fantastic 185").
    Crow: Super Sim Catrall!
    Joel: (confused) Super Sim Catrall?!
  • Troll: Joel clearly was getting a kick out of using his umbrella.
  • With Lyrics: The guys sing along with the end credits.