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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 02 Invasion USA
Featured work: A Date With Your Family (Educational Short) and Invasion USA 1952

World War III separates the serious drinkers from the amateurs!
Tom Servo

The film Invasion USA (1952) was featured, along with the memorable short A Date With Your Family, an educational film about dinner manners served with a heaping side of Unfortunate Implications. The YMMV page can be found here.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Invasion USA contains these tropes:

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of A Date With Your Family contains these tropes:

  • Call Back: When Brother makes the "OK" sign after taking his first bite of dinner.
    Servo: This stinks!
  • Cheating with the Milkman:
    Narrator: Dad will be home soon. Better tell Mother she's needed in the kitchen.
    Servo: ... where the postman eagerly awaits.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The host segment based on this short has Mike and the Bots taking the narrator's advice. Their attempt to "converse in a refined and dignified manner" turns out to be bland and unspecific. They eventually get tired of this and proceed to eat their dinner with Jabba Table Manners.
    Crow: Say, how about that sporting event? One team emerged the victor, whereas the other, alas, found themselves vanquished.
    Gypsy: Ah, but such are the vicissitudes of sport.
    Tom: Indeed. You know, the other day, I had the occasion to witness a cultural event. It seemed to point to the foibles of everyday living. Afterwards, I reflected on the stimulating nature of the presentation.
    Mike: Recently, I was taken by an article of literature. The author used sentences and paragraphs to express his point of view.
    Crow: Oh, that reminds me of a pleasantry I was exposed to recently. An anecdote happened that might be interpreted as whimsical. It provided all parties with a puckish sense of diverting amusement.
  • I Have No Son: A running gag during the "dinner" portion of the short. When the narrator explains that nobody should start eating before Father serves everyone their platesnote ...
    Mike: Father feigns eating, draws Junior out, then disowns him!
    Mike: 'Least I have two sons...
  • Nuns Are Funny: Invoked during the Dinner and a Show portion of the family's dinner, during the scenes where Brother and Sister are shown talking with no sound.
    Servo: (As Brother, giving a blow-by-blow account of a fight) So Sister Mary Patrick had him up against the wall and nailed him...
    Servo: (As Sister, making "unkind comparisons" about someone) Oh, and she was a big nun, with a mustache (Sister makes a gesture across her upper lip) and this huge black habit...


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