Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 22 Teenage Crime Wave

Film watched: Teenage Crime Wave

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Black Comedy: "Would ya' look at that - the other half of the Black Dahlia!"
  • Broken Aesop/Affectionate Parody: The Mentos parody host segment: "Youth is better! Old is stupid!"
  • Call Back: Mitchell!
  • Critical Research Failure: Invoked. Crow didn't know the difference between LOX the liquid oxygen and LOX the fish product while Mike was putting the Jet Pack together.
    • Crow: "That's still no reason why it shouldn'ta worked..."
  • Jet Pack: Mike's half of the Invention Exchange is a rocket pack to get him and the 'Bots down to Earth; unfortunately it misfires, and Mike is forced to explain it to Doctor F. as a skit about "what would happen if our escape plan failed." Clayton is too busy macing Frank to do more than snark.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Mocked with the "Mystos" sketch.
  • Notable Original Music: "Doughy Guys", part of the moving tribute to, well, doughy guys.
  • Overly Long Gag: The overdone macing of TV's Frank at the end credits.
  • Running Gag: "He'd never touch you, Terry. You're dirt." Becomes a Call Back in later episodes.
    • Also the constant freak-outs whenever the phone rings.
    "There's that THING again! WHAT DOES IT MEAN???"
    • And humming the wedding theme whenever any characters (including the two beefy cops) run under the trellis.
    • And everybody has taken a course in Observatory Maintenance.
    • TV's Frank getting repeatedly maced throughout the show and during the credits sequence.
  • Shout-Out: Several:
    Terry: Be our guest!
    Crow: Put our service to the test!