Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 20 The Human Duplicators

Film watched: The Human Duplicators

The episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Call Back: "S-A-N-T-A-C-L-A-U-S, hooray for Santy Claus!"
  • Coming-Out Story:
    Servo: Joel, we're robots and we want the world to know.
  • Continuity Nod: Michael J. Nelson reprises his Hugh Beaumont character from the Lost Continent episode, and his job in that episode (member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) is mentioned.
  • Corpsing: In-universe. Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank cannot make it through the Invention Exchange, due to the absolute absurdity of their invention - the William Conrad Fridge Alert.
    • Then William Conrad really does show up.
      Dr. Forrester: Frank! It's the big one - literally!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The final host segment. Servo and Crow come out to Joel as robots, and Joel tells them "it's more than a little obvious."
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Parodied. Forrester and Frank's giggling about the William Conrad Fridge Alert Crosses the Line Twice that it comes around to being funny.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe.
    Crow: Oh I get it! She's blind! That explains the decorating.
    Tom Servo: D'oh!
  • Hat of Flight: Joel's invention, the Beanie-Chopper, only looks like one of these, to the 'Bots' great disappointment.
    Crow: (dejectedly) I thought you were gonna go through the roof.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The trio who appear a few minutes into Lisa's introduction.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the first break Joel and the bots create model spaceships as an art project. The parts used for Joel's golden spaceship (a lacrosse mask, a bowling pin and food trays) looks a tad familiar...
  • Me's a Crowd: Servo orders a whole bunch of copies of himself about midway through the film. They end up sticking around for the rest of the series for jokes requiring additional Servos.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Invoked by Crow because the film's title card is mirrored at first.
    Crow: Eht, Namuh, Srotacilpud! [title flips around to become legible] ...Oh.