Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 03 Swamp Diamonds
Films watched: What To Do On A Date
(short) and Swamp Women
aka Swamp Diamonds
Joel and the bots were less than impressed with Connors' pseudonym "Touch", which was his nickname when he played NCAA basketball.What To Do On A Date
is a 1950s
educational short which attempted to teach... socially awkward teens of the time activites they could invite girls on dates to: exciting events like swim meets, weenie roasts and "scavenger sales".
The MST3K treatment of Swamp Diamonds provides examples of:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Beverly sure can handle a Johnson!"
- also, "ooh, you're kneeling on the little Touch!"
- The Long List: All the names "Touch" Connors might have taken:
Thrust, Jab, Fudge, Crunch, Blast, Smidge, Shout, Batch, Scrod, Flake, Wink, Sploot, Pinch, Probe, Wing, Snake, Jab [again?], Grunt, Flink, Branch, Snake [again!] Pitch, Pat, Hal, Snake [yet AGAIN!], Snack, Slap
- In the Rough Cut, the crew adds more, sometimes saltier, names for him.
- Running Gag:
- Referencing Phil Harris, Curt Gowdy, The Gun In Betty Lous Handbag, etc.
- Servo's narration during the many, many tracking shots of the swamp from the boat: "As we left the clam flowage that day..."
- Sophisticated as Hell: Invoked by Servo at Vera's Even Evil Has Standards moment:
Nice kid! Sell her man right down the river! Servo (in bad New Jersey accent):
Yeah, some women have no class!
- Spot the Impostor: When the girls are saying what they plan for the future, Servo has Lee say, "Well, I hope to make Detective... oops!"
- Take That: The Andrew Lloyd Weber [sic] grill, useful for burning Mr. Webber's scores.
The MST3K treatment of What To Do On A Date provides examples of:
- Big "NO!": The main character, Nick, is looking at a list of events he could take Kay to on a date:
Narrator: "Would Kay enjoy a bike trip?" [switch to a close-up of the list] "Or a weenie roast?"
Joel, Crow, and Servo: "Nick, NO!"
- Whole Plot Reference: The host skits follow a plot about Servo asking Gypsy out on a date, in a parody of the episode's short "What To Do On A Date". It also serves to deconstruct the short's Eisenhowerrific Values Dissonance.