Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 22 The Day The Earth Froze

Films watched: Here Comes the Circus (short) and The Day the Earth Froze

The short Here Comes the Circus is about the Clyde Beatty and features legendary clown Emmet Kelly

The Segments

  • It's family photo time on the SOL! Crow and Servo misbehave, Gypsy worries about her hair, and the picture comes out badly.

Segment 1
  • Joel presents Snaction (includes wax knuckles, a Pixie Staff, the Five Lady Fingers of Death, the Everlasting Octa-gob-stomper, and ninja throwing cookies), while the Mads show off their Unhappy Meals. Frank wants his money back.

Segment 2
  • The SOL crew thinks up new ideas for clown acts. It gets increasingly dark.

Segment 3
  • What the heck is a Sampo, anyway?

Segment 4
  • The SOL presents "Gypsy Rose Me!", a new one-woman show starring Gypsy.

Segment 5
  • Servo and Crow wrap themselves in trash bags and pretend to be scents. Joel reads a letter from a bomb expert in Germany who sends a picture of their very own Crow — a bomb disposal robot. Clayton cuts Frank (who still wants his money) free.

This episode has examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Ilmarinen's second boat enters the water, wreaking fiery havoc amongst the trolls.
    Tom: Well, there's somethin' you don't see every day, Chauncey.
    Joel: What's that, Edgar?
    Tom: KISS goin' bass fishin'.
  • Curse Cut Short: Happens twice during the invention exchange with the Mads
    TV's Frank: You took all my money, you son of a - !
    Dr. Forrester: Watch it, Frank!
    • And later,
      Dr. Forrester: Oh, blow it out your - experiment today...
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the Sampo's construction, a group of trolls are working with huge logs; one of them is straddling it like a cowboy...
    Crow: HE'S got delusions of grandeur!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: A ton of examples in this episode. "Hey, my other log's a redwood!"
    Crow: I'm not a pheasant plucker; I'm a pheasant plucker's son, and I'm only plucking pheasants 'til the pheasant plucker comes.
    • Also, "Hey, that is cold!" (referring to the phrase "cold as a witch's tit")
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Two clowns do an acrobatic act that gets rather... questionable, resulting in: "Oh, NO! They're doing it clown style!" "And Madonna thinks she's innovative!" "More, more! I'm a bad clown!"
  • Hypocritical Humor: During the short Here Comes the Circus, Joel criticizes the bots several times for their dark humor during the piece, then falls into the habit himself.
    Joel: [During a trapeze act] "Pass the word; Ed's been hitting the bottle today!"
    [Tom and Crow audibly gasp]
    Tom: Oh, like that's a big improvement over what we've been doing.
    • Later...
      Joel: An elephant snaps its tether and kills a coolie!
      Tom: Now who's getting dark?...I like it!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Tons.
  • "I Am" Song: "Gypsy Rose Me", the original song Gypsy performs for her one-woman show.
  • Minnesota Nice: References in the "Scandinavian Ladies" sketch during the film. Prepped many MSTies for the film Fargo.
    Crow: (Minnesota accent) It was so ding-dang cold the stuff in my nose just freeze up!
  • Noodle Implements: Dr. Forrester gets Frank to send them the movie by threatening him with punishment in "the box".
    • It's a reference to Cool Hand Luke and a real, now-illegal form of prisoner punishment.
    • The film was originally written for a Finnish audience already somewhat familiar with the story. As such, it never actually describes what a sampo is, leading Joel and the bots to try to figure it out from context.
  • Notable Original Music: Gypsy's one-woman show, along with her Judy Garland-style monologue
  • Running Gag: Crow and Tom will be quick to remind you that Lemminkäinen is one big, fat failure.
    • The many and varied uses of a Sampo.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Inferred by Crow when Annikki is released
    Crow: Hey, that's the wrong sister!
  • Shout-Out: The crew makes five references to Monty Python's Flying Circus, with two of them referring to the "It's..." man (unsurprising, given the amount of beards in Finland)
    • Many comparisons between Finland and the Wisconsin Dells
    Tom: (Minnesota accent) D' Dooks. Ride d' dooks.
  • Take That!: A massive zing against A Prairie Home Companion as Louhi's troops are played music to death.
  • With Lyrics: The lyrics that Joel and bots song at Lemminkäinen and Annikki's wedding.
    Failure, failure, total failure
    He's a loser, la la la