Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 20 Radar Secret Service

Films watched: Last Clear Chance (short) and Radar Secret Service

Dr. Forrester makes much of Radar Secret Service containing "Hypno-Helio-Static-Stasis" — which basically translates into lots of padding and boring, identical men in boring, identical suits.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Radar Secret Service includes examples of:

  • Bedsheet Ladder: Mike attempts to escape by fashioning one of these (long enough to reach from the SOL to Earth) from the Bots' unmentionables.
    Gypsy: (gasping) MY BRA!
  • Berserk Button:
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Herr Doktor: Frank as Dr. Felix Frankenkeister. Ya ya.
  • Hurricane of Puns: When the film shows a back of a car.
    Mike: Hey, Freddy Fender!
    Crow: Otto Preminger!
    Servo: James Carville!
    Mike: Harrison Ford!
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping/Paper-Thin Disguise: TV's Frank—er, Dr. Felix Frankenkeister.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Frank's obviously fake beard while explaining "Hypno Helio Static Stasis".
  • Running Gag: "Why don't they look?"
    • (whispered) Radar!
    • With Lyrics: "(Bum) Oh, those Golden Grahams!"
    • During the entire experiment, Mike and the 'Bots discuss Welcome Back, Kotter trivia. (And in the opening segment, Crow becomes Arnold Horshack.)
    • Calling out advertising slogans for various round objects ("Round things; 90% off round things") when the Radar Secret Service's radar car is on screen.
    • Jokes about how the various characters are indistinguishable from each other, leaving Mike and the 'Bots confused ("I thought that woman was supposed to be that woman!")
      Mike: (during brawl between cop and mobster) I'm dull!
      Servo: No, I'm way duller!
      Mike: Oh, okay — name my character!
      Servo: Gee, um, duh — I can't!
      Mike: See! See! Now, which one of us is the good guy?
      Servo: I don't know, I don't know! Who am I?!?
  • Sanity Slippage: Crow, big time. After Mike puts Crow's torn Underoos in his net, he starts chanting, "Panties! Panties!", then giggles like a little girl and coos, "I got 'em! Hee hee hee!"
  • Shout-Out: Dr. Felix Frankenhooker tries to explain "Hypno Helio Static Stasis" to Dr. Forrester.
  • Sick and Wrong: Gypsy comments, "This is wrong" while Mike applies underwear to Crow to keep him calm, as Crow giddily says, "Keep 'em coming!"
  • Stock Footage:
    Mike: Duplicate shots, with radar. Yes, thanks to radar, we only needed to shoot three scenes!
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Servo: MY PANTY HOSE! (beat) I mean, what are those?
  • Unusual Euphemism: As mobster Moran's girl blows him off while Michael, the mastermind of the heist, promises to pick her up that evening,
    Crow:(as Michael) It's not the radar, it's the size of the amplitude — if you know what I mean.
  • Use Your Head: Crow tries this on The Mads' button... and his right eye pops out for all his troubles.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of Sid Melton's character (if there was one) is not shown in the MST3K edit. Crow has his own theory:
    Crow: (As the gangsters load boxes of atomic material in a truck) Each box contains a piece of Sid Melton.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Last Clear Chance contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay:
    Mike: Hey, my Advocate is here!
  • Berserk Button: Tom Servo (as Hal) has just about had enough of the stupid general public.
  • Black Comedy:
    Crow: Could you identify this bucketful of your brother?
  • Car Fu:
    Servo (as motorist who looks like Henry Kissinger): Ach, Mister President, please watch where you're going!
    Crow: Whoa, almost ran over Kissinger! I'll have to go back.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: "Forty percent of all accidents are caused by women's hinders." "Rrr!"
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Just before the kid becomes street pizza, Servo calls out "Can I have your room?".
  • Sanity Slippage
    Hal: DON'T tell me that you were speeding a LITTLE, only BREAKING the law a LITTLE...
    Servo: Uh, oh...
    Hal: ...only doing something a LITTLE bit wrong, save THAT for somebody else, BROTHER!
    Hal: Because I've seen too many "litte bit" follies...
    Servo: He's a bad cop on the loose!
  • Shout-Out: "It's Big Daddy's birthday! I've got life in me, Big Daddy!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Frank and his girl looking backwards to wave at his brother as they approach a railroad crossing:
    Servo: "Hey, the cop never said anything about doing intensely stupid things!"
  • The Untwist invoked
    Crow: I have a feeling one of these characters is about to see their own intestines.
  • Women Drivers: Used as the punchline for another joke about another safety hazard. The actual issue was that the woman was reading a map instead of paying attention to where she was driving.