Dig this mes amis: Your average Joe has never seen a film like today's experiment. Your average person on the street has not even begun to conceptualize the horror which is your experiment today Mr. Joel Average. I give to you, Manos: The Hands of Fate.
— Dr. Forrester
"You know, there are certain flaws in this film."Films watched: Hired! (Part 2) and "Manos" The Hands of FateWhen the crew at Best Brains discovered Manos, they thought about not riffing the film at first, as the crew considered the film too strange. Eventually, the group decided to go through with it under the idea that they must expose the world to Manos. The episode has since become one of the show's most famous episodes.It is freely available on the official channel here.
— Tom Servo
- Joel reprogrammed the Bots to praise him all the time. He soon has second thoughts after feeling hollow from the compliments.
- The Bots return to their normal selves after some adjustments. The Mads present the Chocolate Bunny Guillotine, with Frank as the executioner. Joel meanwhile present the Cartuner, a device that merges bland comics into funnier gestalts.
- Joel attempts at a driving sketch with Gypsy, Crow and Servo. Despite tears and suffering, the two bots try to continue performing, but their unprofessionalism causes Gypsy to walk off. Frank calls up to apologize for the film, but is greeted by a disgusted Joel.
- Influenced by Torgo's thighs, Joel and the Bots speculate on their own exaggerated features.
- Joel comes up the bridge dressed as the Master. Servo criticizes his costume and Crow, dressed as a hellhound, joins in. Dr. Forrester also calls the SOL apologizing for the film.
- The Bots attempt to cheer Joel up by reenacting the lingerie brawl from Manos. The Mads get their pizza from Torgo's Pizza, with horrible results.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Hired (Part 2) contains examples of the following tropes:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:Mr. Warren: The first thing Harry drilled into me -Crow: - was Harry!Joel: (dismayed) Ohhhh...
Mr. Warren's father: He worked that hard with every man he ever hiredCrow: He got sent to jail for it.
- Even a few minutes before that
- I Have Your Wife: A suggested selling technique.Joel: Now, if you wanna see your daughter again you'll do as I.....
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Mentioned by name at the beginning of the short.Tom: Hired! 2: Electric Boogaloo.
- Previously On: "Previous on Hired."
- Shout-Out: Servo confuses third and fifth placement when Mr. Warren is listing tips at the end of the short.
- Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: Servo and Crow took issue with Mr. Warren rebuking a salesman's technique despite it ultimately being successful.Servo: BUT HE BOUGHT THE CAR!
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Manos contains examples of the following tropes:
- Ambiguously Bi: When Torgo delivers the pizza, he briefly attempts to grope Frank the same way he touched Margaret and The Master's wives.
- Aside Glance: Torgo's quick and abrupt close-ups during his early scenes are treated as this trope in action, since he appears to be glancing at the audience over the couple's bickering.Servo: Oh, these two.
- Breaking Character: Tom and Crow wind up doing this during the driving sketch because of the "Manos" driving footage.
- Brick Joke: Torgo forgot the drinks in his car when he delivers the pizza at the end of the episode. He leaves to get them. Eight episodes later, he finally returns with their drinks.
- Character Filibuster/Motor Mouth: During one of the film's long driving sequences, Servo starts riffing in a female college student's voice:"So, so, I told Gary that I was going on this vacation, so he goes, 'Well, then I'm goin' hunting with Jeff next weekend.' Well, that's when we were at Nye'snote , and then Lou sang 'Fernando', and then Gary—oh, he sings so good. You should meet Jeff sometime. Do you like Barry Manilow songs? I know the farmers need rain, but when it's damp like this, my hair just explodes—just ex-puh-lodes! Oooh, I'm feelin' kinda gassy; McNuggets, y'know, they make me so gassy, all that grease and all. It really helps if you drink eight to ten glasses of water a day; did you know that? Sometimes I drink five; sometimes I drink nine just to make up for the other three I didn't drink. Oh, coffee and diet drinks don't count either. Y'know, this is pretty country, isn't it? Y'know, it's really kind of a blessing in disguise that I didn't get accepted to college, yeah. You know, I'm gonna have to revise my twenty-year plan, but—oh, did I tell you about my twenty-year plan? Okay, well, okay, listen here. In year one, this is the year when I'm going to take off those extra seven pounds—you know, that's equal to seven pounds of butter, huh-huh! So it's like I'm wearing seven pounds of butter, ha-ha! And, uh—oh, oh, where was I? Oh, oh, yeah. So my aunt and uncle here, they celebrated their twentieth anniversary, and my uncle wanted to sing, uh, 'Sunrise, Sunset'—he wanted me to sing that, and I haven't sung that since Cindy's wedding, and, well, she never thanked me for that—well, I'm still—uh, well, y'know, she's probably really busy and all, but..."
- Continuity Nod: During one of the host segments, the Bots break down sobbing, and Joel tries to lift their spirits:
- Department of Redundancy Department:Torgo: "There is no way out of here. It'll be dark soon. There is no way out of here."Joel (as Torgo): "It'll be dark soon."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Both of the Mads feel compelled to apologize to Joel and the Bots for making them watch this. Rather odd, since the show's entire premise (and the Mads' goal) is to find a movie that will drive people insane... but once you've seen the movie, you understand.
- Excuse Plot: Referenced; during the scene where The Master's various harem members fight each other, Tom observes this is probably the main reason why the film was made.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: The Master does this — and the MST crew give it a perfectly-timed riff.Tom: PULL my finger!!
- Leave the Camera Running: Background variant: Cambot accidentally keeps the "Manos" driving footage going when Officer Gypsy had "pulled over" Joel and the bots during the driving sketch.
- Merging Machine: Joel's "Cartuner" invention, which "takes stodgy, ambiguous cartoons like Mark Trail and mixes them with stiflingly unfunny cartoons like Blondie, puts 'em together, and makes 'em funny!"
- Not So Stoic: As in Lost Continent, typically laid back Joel is driven to scream "DO SOMETHING!" during one particularly interminable Leave the Camera Running scene.
- Off with His Head!: The Mads' invention is a "chocolate bunny guillotine".Dr. Forrester: You have stolen painted eggs in a time of famine. Off with her head, Frank!Servo: (sobbing) What about the pardon from Fanny Farmer?Crow: His only crime was BEING BORN DELICIOUS!
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Upbeat, friendly, nice guy Joel loses his patience during one endless scene's awkward silence, and demands the cast do something.
- Running Gag: In the beginning when the movie takes a long time to get its plot in motion: "So.... Manos, The Hands of Fate."
- Making fun of the strange way Torgo talks.
- Say My Name: The title is spoken loudly and in anguish after just a brief exposure to the film.
- During one of the skits, there's a subtle parody of It's a Wonderful Life when Frank, after apologizing for the awfulness of the film, encourages Joel, Tom, and Crow to keep playing.note
- Before that, Tom and Crow briefly channel Bill Paxton when they call the film "a bug hunt" and cry, "Game over, man! Game over!"
- Spit Take: "You know, it's been two hours but this pizza's still pretty warm!""Torgo": They always do that.
- Squick: In-universe, Joel and the Bots were not happy to see little Debbie dressed as a wife.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Early in the film, Crow makes a prediction:Crow: Joel, this is going to turn into a snuff film!
Joel: Oh, the Mads wouldn't do this. This is not a snuff film, I guarantee it.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: The episode begins with Joel having installed "protocol modules" in the Bots to make them believe everything Joel says or does is brilliant. Their incessant sucking up forces Joel to remove the modules during the first break.
Makeout Girl: Why don't you guys leave us alone?