Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 19 Outlaw

Film watched: Outlaw of Gor aka Outlaw

This episode features examples of:

  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Jack Palance's diary
    Servo: (mimicking Palance) "Day 10. Missed call. I think I..." (normal voice) "I think I killed a man today, more later"?!
    • The gang decides they've had enough and walk away from the book - til Crow exclaims that it has an entire chapter on Tango & Cash.
      Mike: (mimicking Palance) "Saw Russell's butt today!"
  • Call Back: A few:
  • Drinking Game: Servo suggests drinking every time the annoying sidekick says Cabot's name. According to IMDB the name is said fifty-five times throughout the entire movie, mostly by the sidekick.
  • End of an Age: This was the final episode to feature invention exchanges. In the "Amazing Colossal Episode Guide" book, it's stated that the reason is that Mike isn't an inventor by trade like Joel was. So it didn't make sense for him to keep being somebody he's not.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The lyrics to Tubular Boobular Joy as seen in the Quotes page - though it's not past the radar, it's in front of the radar showing off its naughty bits.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Invoked by Servo after Watney explains he's so into girls.
  • Kill Him Already: Watney Smith
    Mike, Tom, Crow: (chanting) Kill him, kill him, kill him...
    Mike: No one would see if you killed him now!
    Crow: He'd probably get a free drink at the Pullman.
  • Notable Original Music: The Tubular Boobular song, as seen in the Quotes page.
    • No Reprise, Please: Gypsy enters after the song ends, and...
      Gypsy: Hey guys! How's the movie?
      Mike & the Bots: (singing) Ohhh, it's, breasticaboobical, chesticamammical... (interrupted by Movie Sign)
  • Old Shame: In-universe, averted for the most part, as Mike doesn't seem that embarrassed about his early acting career. That said, he did seem to wear a lot of sailor suits. Even for Death of a Salesman, Waiting for Godot, Hamlet, Richard III, Inherit the Wind, Oh! Calcutta! ... Not even Mike realised this until the bots pointed it out to him, leading to some relatively mild Fridge Horror on Mike's part.
    Servo: (on Mike in Oh! Calcutta) WOW, THAT'S NAUGHTY!... You'd be nude if not for the sailor suit.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    "Missed call!"
    • The USA Network movie titles during the end credits. Pretty much any time the riffed movie was new enough to have long end credits!
  • Running Gag: Replying to the frequent questions by the film's cast of "What/Where the hell is _________?" with "It's/You're the hell here!"
  • Sanity Slippage: The Mads seem to have lost their minds at the end.
  • Say My Name: An absurd case; not only does useless little Watney repeatedly call out for Cabot, but the instant he returns to the city, everyone runs around shouting his name (a total of 19 times in about 90 seconds). It really starts to wear on the guys after a while.
    Marlenus: Cabot! CABOT! Cabot...
    Servo: So, Cabot, then.
    [...]
    Marlenus: Cabot! It is Cabot; he has returned, my darling! CABOT!
    Mike: "Oh, it's a different Cabot."
    [...]
    Marlenus: CABOTTTT!
    Talena: Cabot?
    Crow: So, uh, Cabot's coming, then?
    Servo: Yeah, pretty much.
    (All three, in agreement, repeat "Cabot" for a while)
    Mike: Personally, I think Cabot is highly overrated, but... eh.
    Talena: CAAAAAABOT!
    Servo: (Getting annoyed) So our hero's name is WHAT, again?
    Mike: (Sagely) Cabot.
  • Squick: Invoked by Mike and the bots, who have this reaction when Cabot and Talena make out.
    Crow: He dislocated his mandible!
  • Take a Third Option:
    Lara: There's a prisoner loose in the desert, and I want him back alive. Bring him to me and you shall receive 50,000 tusks. Dead? Nothing!
    Mike: Wounded? We can prorate it, we'll talk about that...
  • Take Our Word for It: The Mads' time machine.
  • Throw It In: In-universe, a few jokes are made of Jack Palance supposedly going off-script, like when he accuses the queen of acting like a "bitch in heat."
  • Title Confusion: The title Outlaw was only used for this episode. It was released elsewhere as either Outlaw of Gor or Gor II. Servo understandably thinks at first it's the film starring Jane Russell, especially since Howard Hughes heavily promoted Russell's breasts. (George S. Kaufman stated, "They ought to call it 'A Sale of Two Titties'".)
  • Visual Pun: Mike's pose for Inherit the Wind makes it look like he's farting.
  • Wham Line: In-Universe. Mike and the bots find an autobiography with journal excerpts on Jack Palance's experiences making this movie. They're having fun reading about Jack's drunkenness and the general lack of care on set when they get to an entry that reads "I think I killed a man. More later". They conclude that it's time to put down the book for a while... note 
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Invoked by Gypsy at the boys' roughhousing.



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