Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 18 The Atomic Brain

Films watched: What About Juvenile Delinquency (short) and The Atomic Brain

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Dr. Forrester addresses Mike as "Nilsson" during the invention exchange.
  • Bare Handed Puppetry: Mike makes a chin puppet, which Crow and Tom simply find baffling instead of funny. Then he gets up and they find the upside down chin face hilarious.
  • Continuity Nod:
    Mike: Trumpy, you can do magic! (Odd, considering Mike wasn't there for that episode.)
    Crow: I'm looking for the Manos set.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Crow: I'm Dr. Clayton Forrester, and I've got my head stuck waaaay up—
    Mike/Tom: WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN!!!
  • A Day in the Limelight: Magic Voice gets the third host segment to herself, where she gets hit on by the sleazy voice-over guy from the movie.
  • Dead Man Writing: Mike's reaction to March's companion reading a letter.
    Mike: By the time I read this, you'll be dead.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: One of the reactions to one of the naked, dead girls.
    Mike: Hey, there's a naked lady in there and she's nude! With no clothes on!
    • Which is a Shout-Out to M*A*S*H, as Radar exclaimed that line more than once in the series.
  • End of an Age: The final episode (until the 2017 reboot) with an "invention exchange". Kevin Murphy explained in the ACEG:
    "Right about this time we stopped doing invention exchanges. Let's face it, Joel was the gizmocrat, the one who brought that invention exchange spirit on board. And Mike? Well, let's put it this way. Mike is not an inventor. Creative, yes, artistic, sure. Innovative, clever, resourceful, all of these and more. But the sight of a screwdriver puts him in a cold sweat. He used to hire kids to build his car models. I had to explain to him what a lawn mower does. We wrote the instructions on how to change the toilet paper roll right on the wall so he wouldn't be embarrassed. Mike is many things, but he is not a tinkerer."
  • Fake Nationality:invoked The ludicrous "foreign" accents of the women.
    Mike: You're all from Nebraska! Cut it out!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Mike muses that he wants to go to Egypt and see the...sights. Meanwhile Nina is lying on her back, with her chest looking rather pointy.
  • I Have Many Names: Every time Mrs. March shouts out Bea's name, Mike and the Bots tend to fill in different phrases/names at the end.
  • Low-Speed Chase: Invoked when old Mrs. March sets out after the girls:
    Servo: "Oh, this is going to be some chase scene."
  • Lucky Charms Title: At the end of What About Juvenile Delinquency, a question mark floats towards the audience.
    Tom: It's Prince's new name, isn't it?
    Crow: Naw, more like Frank Gorshin's new name.
  • ...Or So I Heard:
    Mike: It's The Facts of Life Go to Europe!…not that I've seen it…
  • Overly Long Gag:
    Mike: Your mission, Mr. Phelps, should you decide to accept it, is to pick up these three foreign women at the L.A. International Airport. Should you or any of your I.M. Force…
    Tom: Yeah, yeah, it goes on like that. We know.
    Mike: Sorry.
  • Running Gag: Two notable ones: The various additions to Bea's name, and "Selznick International Pictures" when Mrs. March's house shows up.
    • Singing like Stephen Stills whenever dog-man Hans shows up. "So we chaaaaaaange partners!" "Jump the one you're with!"
  • Shave and a Haircut: When Mrs. March knocks on the door to find out if the two remaining girls are in their room, Mike shouts out "'Shave And A Haircut'! What do we do?"
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Lampshaded; rather than featuring any rock & roll (or other music that actual 50's teen delinquents might enjoy), the first half of the short is full of Dixieland jazz.
    Crow: (As the mom is dusting up) What, does she live at Shakey's?
  • With Lyrics: Tom adds lyrics to the Mickey Mousing background music.
    Tom: (singing) She's old, she creaks, and pops...



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