Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 13 The Sinister Urge

Film watched: The Sinister Urge, with short Keeping Clean and Neat

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Frank and potato cakes.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Mockingly evoked in the riffing during Keeping Clean and Neat.
    Crow: Remember, people like you better if you're pretty.
  • Brain Bleach: The scene in which porn director Johnny Ride gave mannish porn mogul Gloria Henderson a long kiss.
    Servo: Please, Mike, cover my eyes.
    Crow: That's it. I'm gonna be a monk.
    (Crow and Servo make gagging noises as they kiss.)
  • Call Back:
    TV's Frank: (to Forrester) HAHAHAHAHAHA - You're stuck here!
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    Crow: If they're arresting these guys, imagine the arrests they could make at the beach!
  • Genius Bonus: invoked Mike's riff, "Smut! I'll show ya smut!" is one of the most obscure MST3K riffs. (It was a line uttered by Hawkeye in an episode of M*A*S*H that was partly drowned out by other bickering characters.)
  • Hostage Situation: TV's Frank sets this up after being inspired by movies like In the Line of Fire, Blown Away and Speed.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall/Mythology Gag: Mike laughs at a car grill, commenting, "Jet Jaguar!" Crow laughs for a moment, "Hey, it is!", then quizzically asks, "How would you know?!" Joel, not Mike, was on the Satellite of Love for Godzilla vs. Megalon.
  • Let's Kick It Into KLINE OVERDRIVE!: Invoked by Crow when Kline fights Dirk during a sting operation. Unfortunately, Johnny intervenes.
    • Only it wasn't Kline. It was an unnamed undercover officer played by a different actor.
  • Padding: invoked It is an Ed Wood film, after all.
    Mike and the Bots are watching prolonged footage of the outside of a police station
    Crow: Ah. Ed Wood agonized over this scene.
    Mike: And now we are.
    The scene continues for several more seconds
    Crow: This is why Ed Wood gets final cut!
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ed Wood regular Conrad Brooks provides the special introduction to the episode on the Volume IX DVD set and it's hard to not smile at his enthusiasm for and enjoyment of being in these movies.
  • Poke the Poodle: "Big Ethel" is coerced into doing porn, but...
    Crow: They put her in more clothes than she's ever had in her life!
  • Police Are Useless
    Servo: Sir, shouldn't we get back to the office and speculate?
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That:
    Gloria: In church?! Don't tell me that they're peddling those pictures in church!
    Mike: That market is saturated.
  • Worth It: Mike and the 'bots state watching Gloria getting caught in an obvious lie and her reaction to seeing Dirk was worth the pain of watching the movie.
    • Servo also does a sarcastic version with his boisterous laughter at Lt. Carson's prank on Randy in an earlier scene.



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