Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 08 Code Name Diamond Head

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Code Name: Cubic Zirconium Head!

Original Work: Code Name Diamond Head

Short: A Day at the Fair

During the host segments, Magic Voice presents the bots with what life would be like if Mike were replaced with other questionable celebrities.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Anti-Humor / Bait and Switch: In the last host segment, Crow asks Mike if he wants a "nice Hawaiian punch". After a little goading to say, "Suuuure!" in a dopey voice, Crow gives him the canned drink, not the actual punch as seen in the commercials.
  • California Doubling: The crew accuse the TV movie of this as a Running Gag, and are shocked when the credits state every scene was shot on location in Hawaii.
    • The "FILMED ENTIRELY ON LOCATION IN HAWAII" at the very end of the credits almost acts as an unintentional Brick Joke.
  • Call Back:
    • Crow's "mother" gets thrown out with the trash.
      Crow: HEY! That's my mother! (beat) Oh, well. Bye, Mom!
    • Mike is eating a bowl of Wild Rebels cereal.
    • Later:
      Dr. Forrester: I see a germ on you!
    • Servo: This so almost Mitchell.
      Crow: It's about 50 pounds short of Mitchell.
    • Another Mitchell Call Back, during the climax: "We got a lot of money here, Mitchell!"
  • Captain Obvious: From the short:
    Narrator: This is the fair ground, where the fair is held."
    Servo: "Any questions so far?"
  • Corpsing: Mike's remark that Roy Thinnes looks like Simon Le Bon sends Trace Beaulieu (Crow) into a fit of giggles—which in turn cracks Mike up.
  • Cowboy Cop: Implied (and lampooned): "Dammit, security guard, this is not your personal war!"
  • I Taste Delicious: Crow is briefly impressed by his net being an ingredient.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The bots learn what it would be like if Mike weren't the bland, nice guy that he is.
  • Jerk Ass: The not-so-nice version of Mike that Magic Voice shows in one of her scenarios to make the 'bots appreciate the real Mike. He plays the Robert De Niro role from This Boy's Life, a bullying freak in a Boy Scout uniform, abusing Crow and Servo because they didn't finish their sodas.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Magic Voice tortures the Bots with videos of Mike-as-bad-celebrities in order to make them appreciate Mike more.
  • Jump Scare: In one scene, Crow starts talking about the Hawaiian scenery looks lovely, only to be startled by Zulu popping up in close-up.
  • Narm Charm: invoked The entire crew are delighted by the random jogger who finds the colonel's body, and her goofy Wangst.
    Servo: (amused) Her whole family gathered around the TV to watch her on his show and that was it!
  • Neat Freak / Terrified of Germs: The Mads become this in the opening in response to the situation on the Satellite of Love (see below).
  • Not What It Looks Like: Clay to the SOL crew (and viewers) on why he and Frank are in the bathtub together.
    Dr. F: What are you looking at? Haven't you ever seen two men practicing personal hygiene together?!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Assumed by the villain. Evidently the characters in the film aren't quite so astute as Mike and the 'bots, since the pathetic mustache and wig actually fool everyone.
  • The Pig Pen: Mike and the 'bots. They realize the problem has gone too far when one of Mike's shoes emanates an incredible stench - and later is moving on its own.
  • Pilot Movie: Painfully so.
    Servo: It's so poignant the way they're trying to set up the series!
  • Running Gag: Lovejoy, plenty of Hawaii Five-O references too.
    • The riffers refuse to accept the more mundane settings as actually being in Hawaii.
    • The riffers also frequently comment on what would have been running on TV at the same time as the movie.
    • The soundtrack gets a good drubbing—since the "action music" is a weird, sprightly bassoon/flute number that would be more at home in a wacky European comedy. (At one point Mike superimposes a sped-up version of "The Boy from Ipanema" over the tune.)
    • Actor Eric Braeden's is talked about continually as the riffers try to figure out where they know him from.
      Mike (as Eric Braeden): What the hell was I in? I know I know me....
      Crow: Now back to Code Name Diamond Head, starring...that one guy.
    • The riffers take the code "Aunt Mary" literally (as if Tree is being tracked by somebody's elderly aunt).
    • "I know a thing or two about a thing or two!"
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Servo assumes the TV movie will end with this. It might have if not for the Moment Killer.
  • Something Person: The airport security guard, as he whips off his jacket and pursues Tree.
    Crow: This looks like a job for— (voice breaks) Regular Guy!
  • Take That: In one of Magic Voice's "what-if" scenarios, Crow and Servo see what life would be like if, instead of Mike, they lived with...a Crash Test Dummy! Mike is then shown as a guitar-playing, mumbling Brad Robertsnote , who sings "Hummm harrr wrrrrhh hrrrhhhh!" to the 'bots; they, in turn, scream in agony and bash their heads on the table. (As soon as the scenario is over, they run up and hug the real Mike.)
    • Another scenario features Mike as an abusive version of The Frugal Gourmet. Again, the 'bots are appalled.
  • Trash of the Titans: Mike and the bots have made a complete mess of the Bridge of the Satellite of Love in the opening.


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