Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 15 Wild World Of Batwoman

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Film watched: Cheating (short) and The Wild World of Batwoman

This episode was released on DVD by Rhino Entertainment.

The MST3K treatment of Cheating has examples of:

  • Brutal Honesty:
    John: Why don't they call?
    Crow: Because they don't like you.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cheating is bad. note 
  • Driven to Suicide: Early in the short, right after John gets a phone call informing him he's been kicked off the student council, he wanders despondent into the next room and Tom supplies a gunshot sound.
  • Epic Fail: Crow shows how bad John is at doing math homework.
    Crow: (as Mary, exasperated) John, this is geography!
  • Hot for Student:
    Narrator: Was there a shadow of doubt in Ms. Granby's face as she looked at you?
    Crow: Or was it lust?
  • Kick the Dog: The riffers seem really upset when Mary gives in and helps John cheat.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Joked about when Johnny gets caught cheating on a test.
    Tom Servo: Fortunately, your mob ties will get you off, Johnny.
  • Serious Business: Apparently, the high school student council is a cut-throat political machine:
    Servo: "You've made some powerful enemies, son."

The MST3K presentation of The Wild World of Batwoman has examples of:

  • Brain Bleach:
    • When one of the Batgirls instructs Tiger on how to dance, using his hips, Mike moans, "Oh, I'm going to have to think about his hips now!"
    • Mike and the bots scream when Professor Neon gives Heathcliff a big kiss on the lips when handing him the bomb.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Servo, and later Gypsy, could be said to overreact a little when Crow cheats.
    Servo: We must immolate him! Get a match!
  • Do Not Spoil This Ending: Parodied when Rat Fink is unmasked.
    Servo: (monotone) Please do not reveal the secret to The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman.
  • Driven to Suicide: By the end of the film all three viewers are begging for the sweet release of death.
    Tom and Mike: [singing] Kill me, kill me, kill me, kill me right now.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked in Mike and the bots' reaction to the "Chinese" spirit in the seance scene.
    Servo: [deadpan] You know, that may not really be Chinese.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
  • Mood-Swinger: On a shot of some teenagers dancing to beach rock music:
    Servo: The sad thing is, they're trying to tap dance! Haha... kill me.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: The black and white print makes one girl's dress the same tone as her skin except for a stripe around the chest, leading Crow to observe bemusedly that she's wearing "a gownless evening strap".
  • Running Gag: Crow and Servo begging Mike to kill them.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • As the movie just drags itself to the end, showing off another pool party with the Batgirls, Tom just loses it:
      Tom: END!! EEEENNNNNNDD!
    • Mike loses it a bit earlier.
      Mike: What about the hearing aid? Am I crazy? WASN'T THAT THE ENTIRE PLOT?!
  • Serious Business: All of the host segments were based on the Cheating short (except for a brief reference to the drugged soup scene), featuring overly dramatic responses to Crow plagiarizing Gypsy's essay on the short film.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Mike leaves the theater in the opening scene to get snacks, as if he were watching a movie rather than being tortured. The Bots question if this sort of thing is allowed.
    Servo: (amazed) You really are a rebel, aren't you?
  • Where Are They Now: Servo identifies one of the thugs in the opening scene as a thirty-years older Johnny from the short.

Bruno: (laughs while brunette Batgirl bites his hand) OOOOOWWWW!!!
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